Festival 2017

Friday, September 8

Yoga with Internationally Recognized Yogi Jessamyn Stanley  Event sold out
8 a.m. | Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts, 251 North Spruce Street
We are now sold out for this event. See Jessamyn on Saturday 9/9 at 2:45 p.m. at Calvary Moravian Church. 

Presented with support from Village Yoga Studio

Eat & Greet with New York Times Bestselling Author Jamie Ford Event sold out
11:30 a.m. | Hanesbrands Theatre, 209 North Spruce Street
Tickets required: $35 (includes a box lunch and a copy of Love and Other Consolation Prizes)
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Robert Hicks, A Fiction Reading
Friday, September 8 at 2 p.m.
Salemtowne Retirement Community, 190 Moravian Way Drive, Winston-Salem, NC
No tickets or reservation required. Free event.
Robert Hicks is the New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of The Widow of the South and A Separate Country. A lifelong collector, Hicks was the first Tennessean to be listed among Arts & Antiques' Top 100 Collectors in America. The Orphan Mother is an epic tale of one remarkable woman's quest for justice in the years following the Civil War.

Girls’ Night Out with New York Times Bestselling Humorist Jancee Dunn Event sold out
7 p.m. | Art for Art’s Sake Center for the Arts, 630 North Liberty Street
Tickets required.

Presented with support from Triad Moms on Main

Saturday, September 9

Eat & Greet with John Feinstein, Author of the Top Bestselling Sports Books of All Time  Event sold out
8:30 a.m. | Calvary Moravian Church Fellowship Hall, 600 Holly Avenue (entrance off Poplar Street)
Tickets required.

Presented with support from Wells Fargo

Bookmarks Free Festival
Featuring 40+ Authors in Readings, Panels, and Booksignings
9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Various venues on Spruce, Holly, and Poplar Streets

Celebration of Summer Reading Participants
9:30 - 10 a.m., Winston Square Park

Summer Reading Program Exhibit
10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Bookmarks, 634 West Fourth Street #110
Bookmarks is proud to celebrate its third year of the Summer Reading Program! K-12 students across North Carolina have read and prepared written, visual, and video responses to the books on Bookmarks' summer reading list. These responses will be on display to showcase the students' talent.

Summer Reading Book Pick Up & Kids' Passport Table
Spruce Street, Children's Exhibitors Area, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Summer reading participants may present their book certificate at this table and choose their free book. Also, children attending the Festival may earn a free book by visiting Children's Exhibitors and attending the children's sessions. Information available at this table.


"Where's Waldo?" Scavenger Hunt
10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Spruce Street, Children's Exhibitor Area
Celebrate the 30th anniversary of Where's Waldo? by participating in a scavenger hunt. Participants can pick up entry cards from the info booth or the Kids' Passport Table to find the three "Waldos" throughout the day. Completed cards must be turned in before 5:00 p.m. at the Info Booth or Kids' Passport Table to be valid for the prize drawing. Winners will be notified via email or phone following the Festival. Celebrate Where's Waldo? with us! 

Exhibitor Passport for Adults
10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Bookmarks, 634 West Fourth Street #110
The Bookmarks Festival hosts dozens of publishers, local and indie published authors, and other nonprofit organizations in our Exhibitors and Vendors area throughout the Festival site. We encourage all attendees to visit these booths, and while you're there, have them stamp your Exhibitor Passport to be entered into several prize drawings held throughout the day! Turn in completed Passports by the end of the day. Winners will be notified via email or phone following the Festival. 

Spanish and English Storytime
Winston Square Park, 11:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Stories shared in English & Spanish in this family-friendly event.
Presented with support from Qué Pasa

Flash Fiction Workshop with Author Steve Cushman
Sawtooth School for Visual Art-Studio 206, 251 North Spruce Street
Registration is full for this event.

This workshop will explore the exciting genre of Flash Fiction. It will define what makes a piece of writing flash and how this is similar, yet different, from other forms of fiction. 

2017 Festival Lineup

Fiction Authors: Steve Cushman, Jamie Ford, Kathleen Grissom, Allan Gurganus, Linnea HartsuykerChristina Henry, Patti Callahan Henry, Robert Hicks, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Margaret Maron, Jill McCorkleSarah McCoy, Robin Sloan, Daren Wang, Stephanie Powell Watts, Lisa Wingate

Nonfiction Authors: Garth Callaghan, Andrew Carroll, Jancee Dunn, Marc Lamont HillDara Kurtz, The Lee Brothers, Joan Nathan, Andrés Reséndez, Jessamyn Stanley, Beverly Tatum

Children’s Book Authors: John Claude Bemis, Angela Dominguez, Michael Fry, Alan GratzTeri Kanefield, Grace Lin, Jason Reynolds, Javaka Steptoe, Matt Tavares

Young Adult Authors: Leigh Bardugo, Martha Brockenbrough, Megan E. Bryant, John Feinstein, S. Jae-JonesJeff Zentner

Poets and Storytellers: Jill Bialosky, Mitch Capel (Gran’daddy Junebug), Jaki Shelton Green

Including panels entitled: Celebrating the NC Arts Council’s 50th Anniversary, Superheroes, Southern Fiction, Alexander Hamilton, and Civil War Fiction; as well as a Flash Fiction Writing Workshop; a K-12 Summer Reading Program Celebration; and–back by popular demand–NC Writers’ Network presents Slush Pile Live!

Click here to download the 2017 Festival Schedule. 

Sunday, September 10

A Lee Brothers Brunch
Sunday, 10:30 a.m. | Old Salem Visitor Center, 900 Old Salem Road
Tickets required: $45 (includes a copy of Princess Pamela’s Soul Food Cookbook: A Mouth-Watering Treasury of Afro-American Recipes with a breakfast inspired by the cookbook’s recipes prepared by California Fresh Catering)
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Bookmarks Keynote Closing Event: Diana Gabaldon  Event sold out

Presented with support from Historic Bethabara Park Board of Trustees
Sunday, 5 p.m. | RJ Reynolds Auditorium, 301 N. Hawthorne Road

Diana Gabaldon is the author of the award-winning, #1 New York Times bestselling Outlander novels. The series is now published in 26 countries and 23 languages with more than 28 million copies in print worldwide. Gabaldon serves as co-producer and adviser for the popular Outlander TV series on the Starz network, based on her novels. Gabaldon holds three degrees in science: Zoology, Marine Biology, and a Ph.D. in Quantitative Behavioral Ecology. 

This event is now sold out.




Bookmarks is so grateful to the community for their amazing support! We could not do all that we do without the support of individuals, foundations, and sponsors. The Festival's 2017 Top Sponsors are: The Dash, The Winston-Salem Journal, Our State, Winston-Salem Arts Council, Fidelity Investments, The Millennium Fund, Wake Forest University, and Salemtowne Retirement Community