Festival of Books & Authors

September 5-8, 2019
We are thrilled to celebrate the 15th year of the Festival of Books & Authors this year. Join us to celebrate our favorite programming from the past 15 years, and enjoy brand new events for 2019—stay tuned for updates!

The Festival of Books & Authors is a four-day celebration of reading and writing with over 40 featured authors conducting readings, panel discussions, workshops, and more. 

Saturday's free street festival will take place on September 7 along Poplar Street, Holly Avenue, and Spruce Street in downtown Winston-Salem. The street festival is fun for all ages, with author events, demonstrations, food trucks, vendors, and children's activities.

Be the First to Know This Year's Featured Authors
Join us for Preface Party on July 25th to learn which authors are coming to this year's festival. Guests can enjoy hors d'oeuvres, wine, and live music, as well as silent and live auctions to benefit Bookmarks and the Festival of Books & Authors. Get your tickets here.

Publishers, please send authors name and book title, publisher's information (ISBN, format, price, pub date), author bio, and why this selection is a good fit for Bookmarks and Winston-Salem to Jamie Rogers Southern at jamie@bookmarksnc.org. We will be in touch if we believe this to be a good fit with this year's festival programming.

Please note that we only feature authors who have new books out between September 2018 and September 2019. Authors who are independently published or who otherwise do not meet the aforementioned criteria are invited to participate as exhibitors at Saturday's street festival (see below).

Saturday's street festival features exhibitors, vendors, food trucks, and more. Click here to learn more and register online to be an exhibitor or vendor.

Thank you to our 2018 Festival sponsors! Bookmarks offers a range of sponsorship levels and opportunities. For more information about becoming a sponsor, email Executive Director Ginger Hendricks at gh@bookmarksnc.org.




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