Media & News

Welcome Sara, a new bookseller

Welcome our newest team member!

This is Sara (pronounced like Zara but with an ‘s’), a new bookseller!

When Sara is not in school, she likes to read books on religion/philosophy, history, and self-help. When she is in school, she usually needs something a bit lighter, so currently, she’s loving mystery/thrillers (specifically books by Louise Penny and Liane Moriarty!).

Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts is one of her favorite books because it is a true story about a man who spent 10 years in India - where her family is originally from. Sara grew up going to India every summer as a child so it holds some nostalgia for her.  It's a thriller, mystery, and romance, all wrapped up in one book, so there is something in it for everybody!

She is currently a graduate student at WFU studying Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Sara also works at the Trauma Center at Wake Forest Baptist, providing bedside counseling to the staff and patients.

Make sure you say hi to Sara next time you stop by!

(November 2021)

Q2 Employee of the Quarter - Kate Storhoff, Retail Manager

A belated congratulations to our Retail Manager, Kate Storhoff, for being our Q2 Employee of the Quarter!
Kate navigated the bookstore and staff through the tougher times during the pandemic and we couldn’t have done it without her.

Thank you Kate for your amazing leadership and your love of Bookmarks!

(November 2021)

Welcome Lupe Penn, our new Youth & Schools Manager

Lupe (looh-pay) Penn is Bookmarks's new Youth & Schools Manager! She will handle all our school programs such as book fairs, author visits, and storytimes. We are so happy and excited that she is with us!

Here is more about Lupe in her own words:
"Growing up in Southern California, life was not easy. Born the eldest daughter of a young Mexican immigrant, I found solace and adventure in the form of books. I lost myself in the pages of stories from STACY’S BIG IDEA to HOUSE OF MANGO STREET. Most Saturdays my mother quite literally hauled my siblings and me through two bus rides and several blocks on foot to reach the Santa Ana Public Library. Every footstep, every bus fare, every book, every hour invested in the notion that our story could be different. At age fifteen after my family relocated to North Carolina, I attained my first job as a library page for a local public library.

My love for learning and reading continued to evolve along with my story. As an adult after attending 2 years of college, I began working in this community for agencies serving the underserved populations. I discovered Bookmarks shortly after the store opened and it instantly became a place, I visit any chance I get. I am in love with its charm, staff, and its mission to ignite the love of reading. Bookmarks has become part of my story.”

One of her favorite books is Dragon Loves Tacos by Adam Rubin because she too loves tacos and dragons. Another favorite is The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho because “life is a journey with every hardship is a lesson and the universes will conspire to give you what’s in your heart.”

Say hi next time you see Lupe at Bookmarks!

(November 2021)

Bookmarks Names Jamie Rogers Southern as its New Executive Director 

The Bookmarks Board of Directors is pleased to announce that after guiding the organization for six months, Jamie Rogers Southern has been named Executive Director of Bookmarks.

The Board of Directors conducted a nationwide search for an executive director before unanimously approving hiring Jamie, who started with Bookmarks as a volunteer at the 2009 Festival of Books & Authors.

“Jamie was by far the most qualified candidate, and we are fortunate to have her take the helm and lead Bookmarks into the future,” said Barbara C. Raffaldini, the board chair for Bookmarks. “Jamie’s dedication to and love of Bookmarks are evident. Her desire for Bookmarks to be a force for good in our community is inspiring.”

Before becoming Interim Executive Director in October 2020, Jamie worked as Bookmarks’ Operations Director for nine years. She previously served as an education coordinator with the American Booksellers Association, managed an independent bookstore in Alabama, and ran her own events company.

One of Jamie's main focuses in the coming months will be Book with Purpose, an all-ages and communitywide anti-racism initiative, which is part of Bookmarks’ Books with Purpose programming.

“Everyone deserves the chance to see themselves in books and to know that books exist for them to be inspired, entertained and educated,” said Jamie. “As an organization, we must continue and extend our outreach, getting books into the hands of children and adults, and connecting to people through the life-changing power of story.”

The Book with Purpose anti-racism initiative is scheduled to begin in mid-May and continue through our 16th Annual Festival of Books & Authors, which is scheduled for September 25, 2021.

(April 2021)

Bookmarks Bookseller Honored for Community Outreach Efforts by Southern Independent Booksellers AssociationPicture of Lisa Yee Swope

Lisa Yee Swope of Bookmarks in Winston-Salem, N.C., is one of two winners of the 2020 Nancy Olson Award from the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA).

According to SIBA, the award honors “booksellers who embody the spirit of Olson’s bookselling legacy of supporting writers–especially new writers– other booksellers, and community outreach.” The late Olson was the founder of Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh. The awards comes with a $2,000 cash prize.

In addition to her work as a frontline bookseller, Swope manages the Bookmarks Kids Club, a subscription service that allows her to individually select books for dozens of children while forming relationships with families in the community. Swope joined Bookmarks three years ago as it was expanding from an annual book festival to include a physical bookstore with year-round programming.

“I am delighted that the Bookmarks community sees and lauds my exuberance for sharing the things I love,” Swope said. “It's a daily joy to be part of a great organization that is making such a difference in our schools and community.”

The other winner of the 2020 Nancy Olson award was Bonnie Shank of The Storybook Shoppe in Bluffton, South Carolina. Kate Storhoff and Cat VanOrder of Bookmarks also were nominated for the honor.

(January 2021)

P R E S S   R E L E A S E S

Lunch & Learn: Gender Stereotypes in the Workplace
Join Greater Winston-Salem, REACH Women's Conference, and Bookmarks for a lunch and learn on overcoming gender stereotypes in the workplace in this virtual event with author Jodi Detjen via a virtual Crowdcast event on Thursday, April 22 at 12:00 pm EST. 
To read the press release, click here. 

Highly Anticipated Nonfiction Bio of the Sackler Family
Patrick Radden Keefe will launch his highly anticipated history of the Sackler family in a conversation with Beth Macy via a virtual Crowdcast event on Tuesday, April 13 at 7:00 pm EST. 
To read the press release, click here

Children's Author Stars: Victoria Schwab and R. L. Stine in Conversation
Infamous kids' author, R. L. Stine, will be in conversation with YA and middle grade bestselling author Victoria Schwab via a virtual Crowdcast event on Thursday, March 18 at 6:30 pm EST. 
To read the press release, click here

Signed First Editions Club Authors in Conversation
February and March 2021 SFEC authors, Leesa Cross-Smith and Naima Coster, in conversation via a virtual Crowdcast event on Tuesday, March 9 at 7:00 pm EST. 
To read the press release, click here. 

Bookmarks Hosts Anne Lamott
Bestselling author Anne Lamott visits with Bookmarks virtually via a pre-recorded YouTube event on Thursday, March 4 at 7:00 pm EST. 
To read the press release, click here. 

Lunch & Learn: How to Connect
Authors David Bradford and Carole Robin will discuss their new book, Connect, about how to create good relationships in business and life,  via virtual Crowdcast event on Wednesday, February 17 at 12:00 pm EST. 
To read the press release, click here. 

President Gerald Ford's Son, Mike, in Conversation about His Father
Children's author Lindsey McDivitt will be in conversation with President Ford's son, Mike, about her new book, Truth and Honor, via virtual Crowdcast event on Monday, February 15 at 6:00 pm EST. 
To read the press release, click here. 

International Bestselling Author Kristin Hannah in Conversation with Elin Hilderbrand
Book club favorites, Kristin Hannah and Elin Hilderbrand, will be in conversation via virtual Crowdcast event on Friday, February 5 at 12:00 pm EST. 
To read the press release, click here

Bestselling Thriller Authors, John Hart and Patricia Cornwell, in Conversation
Bestselling thriller and mystery author John Hart will be in conversation with Patricia Cornwell to discuss his newest book, The Unwilling, via virtual Crowdcast event on Tuesday, February 2, at 7:00 pm EST.
To read the press release, click here.

B O O K M A R K S   I N   T H E   N E W S

2017 | 2018 | 2019 | 2020

"Yusef Salaam of the ‘Exonerated Five’ closes out Bookmarks Festival as part of book tour," Triad City Beat (9/29/21)

"Winston-Salem: 16th Annual Festival of Books and Authors" WXII 12 Winston Salem (9/24/21)

"Author Grady Hendrix to share his love of horror at Bookmarks Festival" Triad City Beat (9/23/2021)

"Bookmarks 16th annual Festival of Books and Authors is set for downtown Winston-Salem" Greensboro News & Record (9/19/21)

"Bookmarks 2021 Festival will showcase 50 authors in person and virtually" Winston Salem Journal (9/18/21)

"Bookmarks 16th Annual Festival of Books & Authors is set for downtown Winston Salem" Winston Salem Journal (9/15/21)

"Harlem restauranter to appear at Bookmarks" Winston Salem Journal (9/14/21)

"Bookmarks Announces 2021 Festival of Books & Authors" Yes! Weekly (9/8/21)

"Here are the authors headlining Bookmarks' Festival when it returns to Winston-Salem in September" Winston Salem Journal (8/13/21)

"Local librarians and Bookmarks staff make recommendations for your 2021 summer reading list" Winston Salem Journal (7/10/21)

"Bookmarks launches community-wide antiracism initiative: Book with Purpose" WS Chronicle (5/19/21)

"Dr. Yusef Salaam of the Exonerated Five, author of ‘Better, Not Bitter’ to present in virtual Bookmarks event" WS Chronicle (5/5/21)

"David Bradford and Carol Robin, authors of: Connect: Building Exceptional Relationships with Family, Friends, and Colleagues, to be a featured virtual event at Bookmarks in February" Yes! Weekly (2/8/21)