Festival of Books & Authors

The Bookmarks Festival has been canceled for 2020. To read the full press release, please click here. We will celebrate our 16th festival with you in 2021.



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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.