Coming Events

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Save the date!

  • Sept. 18 at 4:30 p.m. - Grace Lin at Bookmarks
  • Oct. 4 at noon - Patti Callahan Henry at Greensboro Public Library
  • Oct. 4 at 6:30 p.m. - Patti Callahan Henry at Bookmarks
  • Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. - Jennifer Niven and Angelo Surmelis at Bookmarks
  • Oct. 6 at 3 p.m. - Book Launch for Alan Gratz at Bookmarks





Eat at Five Points, Support Bookmarks
Thursday, August 16, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Five Points, 109 S. Stratford Rd., Winston-Salem, NC 27104

Join award-winning authors, Charlie Lovett and Sarah McCoy, and our Bookmarks Board for a fun evening celebrating Bookmarks.  Pick up a brochure for the Festival and learn more about our mission and outreach work in our community.  Enjoy dinner and drinks while you support your local literary arts nonprofit!  From 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm, 15% of proceeds at Five Points restaurant benefit Bookmarks.

RiverRun Retro presents High Noon with Author Glenn Frankel
Friday, August 17 at 7:30 pm
Hanesbrands Theatre, 209 N Spruce St., Winston-Salem, NC 27101


Fred Zinnermann’s legendary western film High Noon, starring Gary Cooper and Grace Kelly, will show at Hanesbrands Theatre.  Historian Foster Hirsch and author Glenn Frankel will discuss the film and Frankel’s book High Noon: The Hollywood Blacklist and the Making of An American Classic, followed by a reception and book signing.  Copies of High Noon by Glenn Frankel will be available through Bookmarks for purchase and author signing.  Event tickets are $12 (including taxes & fees) Click here to purchase tickets.

WFDD Book Club
Saturday, August 18 at 5 p.m.
Bookmarks, 634 W. Fourth Street #110, Winston-Salem, NC

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid will be discussed.  A story of young lovers in a country on the brink of civil war, Exit West explores ideas of identity, relationships, and risking it all to maintain them.

Camel City Lecture Night: Esperanto
Saturday, August 18 at 7:30 p.m.
Bookmarks, 634 W. Fourth Street #110, Winston-Salem, NC

Invented in 1887, Esperanto is the largest, most well-known artificial language in the world. Despite persecution by Nazis and Communists, it continues to survive and make its way into popular culture. This is going to be a fun and informational lecture and you'll even learn some Esperanto along the way!

Elementary School Book Club
Sunday, August 19 at 2:00 pm
Bookmarks, 634 W. Fourth Street #110, Winston-Salem, NC

Elementary school students will discuss The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl by Stacy McAnulty.  Lucy Callahan’s life was changed forever with a strike of lightning!  Lucy’s new superpowered brain is no match for middle school, where she must navigate new experiences and make new friends.

Middle School Book Club
Sunday, August 19 at 2:00 pm
Bookmarks, 634 W. Fourth Street #110, Winston-Salem, NC

The Stars Beneath Our Feet by David Barclay Moore, a story of teenage grief and persistence, will be discussed.  The story’s protagonist, Lolly, is recovering from the death of his brother and must rebuild his life without instructions - both literally and figuratively.


LGBTQ Book Club
Sunday, August 19 at 4:00 pm
Bookmarks, 634 W. Fourth Street #110, Winston-Salem, NC

The LGBTQ Book Club will discuss Blue is the Warmest Color by Julie Maroh.  This French graphic novel tells the story of Clementine and Emma, both bound by love, passion, infidelity, and addiction at the beginning of the 21st century.

4 on 4th Local Author Event
Wednesday, August 22 at 7 p.m.
Bookmarks, 634 W. Fourth Street #110, Winston-Salem, NC

Our 4 on 4th Local Author series kicks off its fall season with Jen Brown, Using Improv to Find Your Voice, Style and Self; Victoria Gilbert, Shelved Under Murder; Jefferson Holdridge, The Sound Thereof; and Marcia Phillips, Davie County Mavericks. Bookmarks partners with Winston-Salem Writers to program and host this event.

Trivia Night
Friday, August 24 at 7 p.m.
Bookmarks, 634 W. Fourth Street #110, Winston-Salem, NC

We're back for another round of Book Trivia! Join your host, Caleb Masters, and put your literary knowledge to the test! Featuring categories like 'Name That Cover', 'Shakespeare Not Shakespeare', 'Author Initials', and many more; grab your friends, grab a drink from Footnote, and join us for a fun, casual evening of trivia and prizes!

Hobby Trails to You - Fun Run, 5K & 10K
Saturday, August 25 at 7:30 am
Hobby Park, 2301 W. Clemmonsville Road, Winston-Salem, NC

Show up and show out in a single track trail 5K and 10K race, starting at 8 am!  Kids Trail Fun Run begins at 7:30 am and Bookmarks will provide prizes and activities for younger runners as they wait for the older kids to finish! To register:


Arts Council Summer Parks Series
August 26 at 5 p.m.
Tanglewood Park

Join The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County for an evening of Motown and beach music with family activities by Bookmarks and Associated Artists of Winston-Salem. Gates open at 4:00 p.m. and the concert begins at 5:00 p.m. It’s not too late to finish your summer reading journey with Bookmarks (due Sept. 8) - so join us for this free activity and earn another check on your reading passport!

Bookmarks Book Club
Tuesday, August 28 at 6:00 pm
Bookmarks, 634 W. Fourth Street #110, Winston-Salem, NC

Bookmarks Book Club will discuss What We Lose by Zinzi Clemmons.  Hailed as ‘a deeply felt meditation on race, sex, family, and country,’ What We Lose follows protagonist Thandi as she experiences the loss of a maternal figure, unexpected motherhood, and the complexities of a multiracial identity.  Please RSVP to

Lecture Night in Camel City: Guns & Dynamite: Machine Politics, Mountain Style
Saturday, September 1 at 7:30 pm
Bookmarks, 634 W. Fourth Street #110, Winston-Salem, NC

The early 20th Century South was dominated by machine politics. Bosses handed out local jobs, dead men voted and corruption was rampant. In southeast Tennessee, local elections broke out in violence so severe that it made national headlines, with shootings at the polls and even an Election Day dynamiting of a sheriff’s office. This talk explores what life in rural Polk County, TN was like once the bullets started flying. It draws on contemporary accounts and family oral histories, including a firsthand view of the local organized crime boss.

Bookmarks Festival of Books and Authors
September 6 – 9, 2018
Winston-Salem, NC

The largest annual book festival in the Carolinas, Bookmarks brings writers and readers of all ages together for four days of keynote author presentations, Eat & Greets, and a free Festival on Saturday featuring over 45 award-winning and bestselling authors in conversation and 65 exhibitors and food trucks.  2018 featured authors include Kelly Barnhill, Rick Bragg, Jeffrey Brown, Maurene Goo, Silas House, Kelly Link, Beth Macy, David Barclay Moore, Daniel Jose Older, Aisha Saeed, and Carole Boston Weatherford.  Three free Festival Kickoff Events will be held on Thursday including the Opening Keynote with Zinzi Clemmons.  For the first time, we will have a ticketed Kids’ Keynote on Friday evening featuring popular and award-winning author, Dav Pilkey.  Please visit for more information.


 Looking for information about previous Bookmarks events? View our archived calendars here:
January 2018 - February 2018 - March 2018 - April 2018 - May 2018 - June 2018 - July 2018 

December 2017 - November 2017 - October 2017
September 2017 - August 2017 - July 2017

Bookmarks hosts events throughout the year. These events are held at our home at 634 W 4t Street #110 in downtown Winston-Salem, public libraries, colleges, theatres, restaurants, galleries, and other arts facilities. Some events are ticketed as fundraisers and some are free and open to the public. Bookmarks works with more than 75 organizations and community groups each year on their fundraisers and events. We can supply books for sale at your event with a percentage given back to non-profits. Contact us more information on how we can help; email

Author Isabel Allende being interviewed on stage     Author Lemony Snickett speaking to an auditorium of children