2021 Festival of Books & Authors

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**Festival information is subject to change, including festival authors, schedules information, and Covid protocols**


Virtual sessions being held live in Reynolds Place on Saturday can also be accessed using this link: www.artarie.com/bookmarks

 

festival schedule with venues and times

To download the Saturday schedule of events, click here

Virtual sessions being held live in Reynolds Place on Saturday can also be accessed using this link: www.artarie.com/bookmarks



SCHEDULE OF WEEKEND EVENTS

Thursday, September 23

Festival Kick-Off Book Trivia Live  |  7:30 p.m.  |  Footnote Cafe & Cocktails  
Presented with Support from Blue Rock Wealth Management

Free event; registration required.  Registration extended until Wednesday, September 22 at 5 p.m. 

Book Trivia Live with Caleb is back in-person for a special Festival kick-off event! Test your literary might against Winston-Salem's best book nerds!
 

EVENT UPDATE: Welcome to the Final Girl Support Group Show with Grady Hendrix has been rescheduled for Friday, September 24 at Bookmarks 

Welcome to the Final Girl Support Group with Grady Hendrix  |  9 p.m.  |  Footnote Cafe & Cocktails Bookmarks

Book Cover - The Final Girl Support Group A Novel by Grady HendrixTickets required: $30, includes a presigned copy of The Final Girl Support Group and a Foothills beer [with separate ticket option available for anyone who previously purchased the book from Bookmarks]  
Online ticket sales have closed; tickets will be available at the door for $30 each. 

Bestselling author Grady Hendrix (The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires) welcomes you to a very special support group, so have a seat, coffee's in the back, and remember there's no cross-talk. Then prepare yourself for a guided tour of the history of murder books, because ever since the invention of the printing press we've been using it to tell stories about killing each other, from bizarro 19th century Jack the Ripper fan fiction, through Psycho, the industry-changing success of Silence of the Lambs, all the way up to today. Along the way you'll encounter astrological assassins, the female authors who wrote serial killer books first, and primal hamster trauma as together we try to figure out what it means that so much of publishing is about selling murder for fun.

Because attendees will be unmasked for beverages during this event, all attendees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
 

Friday, September 24

Eat & Greet with Anne Bogel & Kendra Adachi  |  11:30 a.m.  |  Footnote Cafe & Cocktails  

Book Cover: The Lazy Genius Kitchen by Kendra AdachiTickets required: $30, includes lunch option and a copy of My Reading Life |
Online ticket sales have closed; tickets will be available at the door for $25 each; ticket includes My Reading Life but does not include lunch.Book Cover: My Reading Life by Anne Bogel

Join Anne Bogel (Don't Overthink It, The Modern Mrs. Darcy blog, What Should I Read Next? and One Great Book) and Kendra Adachi, (The Lazy Genius Way and The Lazy Genius podcast), for an author talk about books, journaling, and the reading life.  
Because attendees will be unmasked for lunch during this event, all attendees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
 

 

Eat & Greet with Belinda Smith-Sullivan  |  4:30 p.m.  |  Lavender & Honey 

Tickets required: $35, includes a presigned copy of Southern Sugar and samples from Lavender & Honey 
Ticket sales have closed for this event. Tickets will not be available at the door.Book Cover: Southern Sugar by Belinda Smith Sullivan

Join cookbook author Belinda Smith-Sullivan for an author talk about her new cookbook, Southern Sugar, while enjoying samples prepared by Lavender & Honey that were inspired from the book. 
Because attendees will be unmasked during this event, all attendees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
 

 

Books & Brews with Wiley Cash and Jason Mott  |  5:30 p.m.  | 4th Street Breezeway (Between Bookmarks and Footnote)
Presented with Support from the North Carolina Writers' Network
Ticket sales will be available at the door at the $48 and $68 price range. SFEC tickets will not be available at the door. 

Tickets required:Book Cover When Ghosts Go Home by Wiley Cash
$48 ticket includes a copy of both books and a drink ticket for 1 person  
$68 ticket includes a copy of both books and drink tickets for 2 people
$33 Signed First Editions Club ticket includes a copy of When Ghosts Come Home (Cash) and drink ticket for 1 person *SFEC membership must be active & confirmed*

Books & Brews is back! Enjoy a beer and an author talk with North Carolina authors Wiley Cash and Jason Mott about their latest books, When Ghosts Come Home and Hell of a Book

Presented with Support from the North Carolina Writers' Network

 

An Evening with Meng Jin  |  7:00 p.m.  | Salem College, Shirley Recital Hall (412 Rams Drive, Winston-Salem, NC 27101)
Presented with Support from Salem Academy & College

This event is free and open to the public. Join Salem us for a conversation with Meng Jin, author of Little Gods. Meng will read from her novel and talk to attendees about her debut novel. Little Gods is a sharp yet expansive exploration of the aftermath of unfulfilled dreams, an immigrant story in negative that grapples with our tenuous connections to memory, history, and self. Please note the campus Covid-19 protocols before attending.


Saturday, September 25

The full schedule of Saturday events is available by clicking here.
Virtual sessions being held live in Reynolds Place on Saturday can also be accessed using this link: www.artarie.com/bookmarks

Booksigning Fast Pass

All members of Bookmarks' Signed First Editions Club will receive a front of the line signing pass. This special wristband allows members to jump to the front of any booksigning line on Festival Saturday. Want to be in the front of the line? Join the Signed First Editions Club by Monday, September 20. SFEC members may pick up their wristbands from the Information Booth located at the intersection of Holly Avenue & Poplar Street on Saturday.
 

Festival Keynote: Lauren Groff  |  5 p.m. |  Calvary Moravian Church
This event is presented with support from Kilpatrick Townsend.
Tickets will be for sale at the door; SFEC members must pre-register ahead of time.

Book Cover: Matrix by Lauren GroffTickets required: $27, includes presigned copy of Matrix  [Signed First Editions Club members receive free attendance to this event] 

Lauren Groff returns with her exhilarating first new novel since the groundbreaking Fates and Furies. Named a Most Anticipated Book of 2021 by Time, Entertainment Weekly, Buzzfeed, Harper's Bazaar, Vulture, and The Guardian, Matrix is a defiant and timely exploration of the raw power of female creativity in a corrupted world. 

 

Sunday, September 26

Appalachian Music & Stories with Kim Ruehl  |  2 p.m.  |  4th Street Breezeway 
Free event; registration remains open.

Book Cover: A Singing Army by Kim RuehlFree event; registration required. Enjoy an afternoon of Appalachian-themed entertainment in the 4th Street Breezeway leading to Footnote and Bookmarks. The first half of the program will include music from Mark Dillon who will share some old-time favorites. The second half of the event will feature author Kim Ruehl speaking about her debut book, A Singing Army: Zilphia Horton and the Highlander Folk School.

An Afternoon at Reynolda with Bryan Huffman  |  2 p.m.  | Reynolda House Museum of American Art
Free event; registration remains open.

Book Cover: Garden Secrets of Bunny MellonFree event with advanced registration, includes admission to the museum. Reynolda House Museum of American ArtChat one-on-one with Bryan Huffman, co-author of Garden Secrets of Bunny Mellonthe intimate story of one of the most unintentionally influential women of twentieth-century design.  After meeting the author, guests are invited to take a closer look at the decor of the restored bungalow's 1917 interior. Reynolda was the country estate of R.J. and Katharine Reynolds. This event is part of Bookmarks' annual Festival of Books. Copies will be available for purchase from Bookmarks.

 

Festival Keynote Closing with Yusef Salaam
Presented with support from Forsyth County Public Library

Book Cover: Better, Not Bitter by Yusef SalaamFree event; registration required  |  4 p.m.  |  Forsyth County Public Library

Join Bookmarks and the Forsyth County Public Library for a conversation with Yusef Salaam, the inspirational speaker and prison abolitionist, who, at age fourteen was one of the five teenage boys wrongly convicted and sentenced to prison in the Central Park Jogger case. Better, Not Bitter is Salaam's inspirational memoir that serves as a call to action that will inspire us to turn our stories into tools for change in the pursuit of racial justice. The conversation will be moderated by Brian Hart, Director of the Forsyth County Public Library System. 

 

16 Years of Literary Excellence

We are proud to have hosted over 20,000 readers and over 50 authors and illustrators at our 2019 Festival, and we look forward to hosting our 16th annual Festival September 23-26, 2021. 

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. Learn more about Bookmarks' history and mission.