Festival of Books & Authors

ON SEPTEMBER 22 - 25, 2022!


We are happy to announce that we will host our 17th annual Festival of Books and Authors on September 22 - 25, 2022 in downtown Winston-Salem. We had a fun and safe time at our 2021 Festival and we are excited to do it again in 2022! 

See how our 2021 Festival went below!

If you are a publisher and wish to submit an author to be considered for our festival, please email all proposals to Beth Seufer Buss, Program Director, at beth@bookmarksnc.org. Open author submissions begin January 2, 2022.

If you are an independently published author (self-published author), exhibitor, or food truck owner, who wants to be the first to know when registration begins for our 2022 Festival, fill out this form here. We will contact you when registration begins! 

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We are proud to have hosted over 5,000 readers with over 50 in-person authors and 15 virtual authors at our 2020 Festival. This is a quarter of our 2019 attendance but it felt appropriate given where we are with the pandemic. We were thrilled this year's festival allowed for an intimate experience for both authors and attendees. We thank our community for their consistent support and for celebrating our 16th festival year with us! 


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.