Festival of Books & Authors


We are happy to announce that we will host our 16th annual Festival of Books and Authors on Saturday, September 25 in downtown Winston-Salem. Though we had to cancel in 2020, we plan to move forward with this year's festival and plan on a hybrid format with both in-person and virtual events. 

If you are a publisher and wish to submit an author to be considered for our festival, please email info@bookmarksnc.org. In the subject line, please put in "Festival Submission: AUTHOR NAME/TITLE" for consideration. If you are an independently published author (self-published author), click here to see how to be an exhibitor. 

2021 Festival Exhibitor Information & Registration

2021 Festival Food Truck Information & Registration

2021 Festival Getaway Package at the Brookstown Inn
Go Behind the Pages with a Festival Getaway Weekend at the Brookstown Inn! Hotel amenities include: daily hot, Southern breakfast, nightly wine and cheese receptions, cookies and milk at bedtime, wireless internet, and free parking within easy walking distance to the Festival site. Getaway package includes two nights' accomodation at the Historic Brookstown Inn, two meal vouchers for food trucks to be redemmed at the September 25 Festival, Bookmarks tote with a bottle of Raffaldini Vineyards wine, a Festival t-shirt, and other Festival goodies.

2021 Festival Rate at the Cardinal Kimpton Hotel



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We are proud to have hosted over 20,000 readers and over 50 authors and illustrators at our 2019 Festival, and we thank our community for making our 15th year extra special.

Bookmarks began as an annual book festival in 2004. The Festival of Books & Authors has since grown to be the largest annual book festival in the Carolinas, reaching tens of thousands of readers each year. 

Since its beginnings as a book festival, Bookmarks has grown to be a 501(c)(3) literary arts nonprofit organization and bookstore in downtown Winston-Salem. All of Bookmarks' programming, including the Festival of Books & Authors, is part of the organization's mission to connect people in the community with books and authors. Click here to learn more about Bookmarks' history and mission.