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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.

Picture of Lisa Yee SwopeBookmarks Bookseller Honored for Community Outreach Efforts by Southern Independent Booksellers Association

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (January 26, 2021) 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.

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. 
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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. 
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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. 
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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. 
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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. 
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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. 
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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. 
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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. 
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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.
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Acclaimed Mystery Writer, Alexander McCall Smith in Conversation with Charlie Lovett
Bookmarks is hosting the beloved author of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series and award-winning author Alexander McCall Smith in conversation with Winston-Salem's Charlie Lovett via virtual Crowdcast event on Tuesday, December 1 at 12:00 pm EST. To read the press release, click here

Bookmarks Presents International Bestsellin Author Margaret Atwood
Bookmarks is hosting award-winning author Margaret Atwood in conversation with Madeline Miller, author of  Circe and Son of Achilles, via virtual Crowdcast event on Monday, November 16 at 7:00 pm EST. To read the press release, click here. 

Bookmarks Presents award-winning NC Chef Vivian Howard
Bookmarks is thrilled to present award-winning author and chef Vivian Howard via virtual Crowdcast event on Thursday, November 5 at 7:00 pm EST. To read the press release, click here

An Announcement from the Board of Directors - 7-30-2020
Executive Director Ginger Hendricks has submitted her resignation to the Bookmarks Board of Directors; Jamie Rogers Southern named as Interim Executive Director beginning October 1. To read the full press release, 
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Bookmarks Receives $50,000 Grant from The Literary Arts Emergency Fund 
Bookmarks was chosen as one of 14 literary arts organizations to receive a $50,000 grant from The Literary Arts Emergency Fund, made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. 
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David Mulder Named Bookmarks' Employee of the Quarter  (11/24/19)
David Mulder, a part-time bookseller and Wake Forest University undergraduate student, has been named Bookmarks' Employee of the Quarter. Bookmarks' Inventory Manager Caleb Masters says "David has become an essential part of the Bookmarks team. His willingness to always do whatever is needed and his keen eye for helping streamline processes have become indispensable to bookstore operations. He has helped us immensely with reconciling inventory in the store as well as cataloging and organizing our shelf talker inventory. Friendly, knowledgeable, and extremely hardworking, we are proud to choose David as Bookmarks' employee of the quarter!"

Bookmarks Announces 2019 Volunteer Award Winners  (10/7/19)
Bookmarks Staff is incredibly appreciative of the 100+ volunteers that support Bookmarks' mission to connect our community with books and authors. The 2019 Volunteer of the Year Award was given to Kathy Pounds for her outstanding contributions to Bookmarks' Book Build initiative, which is placing 25,000 new books in WS/FCS media centers. Sedley Abercrombie, Head Librarian at West Davidson Public Library, won the Educator of the Year Award for embodying Bookmarks' mission to connect readers with books and authors. Kathy Shields was recognized for her invaluable help as Author Hospitality Coordinator for the 2019 Festival of Books & Authors, during which she upheld the impressive hospitality standards that Bookmarks is known for in the literary community. Teresa Dampier, a Bookmarks bookseller, won the Green Thumb Award for her dedication to the maintenance of Bookmarks' Penelope Niven Memorial Garden. Anne Cannon and Jamie Castlebury were recognized for their unceasing dedication and willingness to help behind the scenes and at community events.

Charlie Lovett Wins Bookmarks' 2019 Literary Achievement Award  (9/6/19)
Lovett is a Winston-Salem resident, New York Times bestselling author, playwright, antiquarian, and champion of the literary arts in our community. His writing and service represent represent artistic achievement and meritorious contributions to community and humanity. Congratulations, Charlie, and thank you for your support!


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"15th Bookmarks festival to open with true crime and have 60 authors" Winston-Salem Journal (7/26/2019)

"AASL Commends Twelve Programs and Events Across the Country" American Library Association (7/22/2019)

"Word Power: Literary Couple Will Help Break the Code of Publishing and Selling" Winston-Salem Journal (4/15/2019)

"Bookmarks named Winston Under 40's 2019 Community Partner" Yes! Weekly (3/15/2019)

"Bookmarks and Kilpatrick Townsend present Beth Macy Author of Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America" Yes! Weekly (12/17/2018)

"Dav Pilkey Tour." Scholastic (12/10/2018)

"Mebane Foundation Awards Grant to Bookmarks to Bring 25,000 New Books to Winston Salem/Forsyth County Public School Libraries." EdNC (10/16/2018)

"Easton First-Graders Use Their Imaginations to Make a Giant Mooncake." Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools (09/19/2018)

"15,000 Head to Bookmarks Festival to See 51 Acclaimed Authors." Greensboro News & Record (09/09/18)

"Dav Pilkey Author of the Popular Childrens Book Series Captain Underpants Visits the Piedmont. Fox 8 (09/07/18)

"Bookmarks Brings Rick Bragg to Tell Stories About Family, Food, and the Late Pat Conroy." Winston-Salem Journal (09/05/2018)

"Our View: Bookmarks Begins Today." Winston-Salem Journal (09/05/2018)

"Author Does Her Part to Preserve North Carolina Foods." Winston-Salem Journal (09/05/2018)

 "Elementary and Middle School Students Swap Books." WFMY News (07/17/2018)

"Bookshop Chalkboard of the Day: Bookmarks." Shelf Awareness (07/13/2018)

"Looking for summer reads? We've got you covered." Twin City Talks (07/11/2018)

"Our view: Bookmarks bookstore turns 1." Winston-Salem Journal (07/07/2018)

"Bookmarks to Host Scholastic Summer Reading Road Trip Author and Character Event"Yes Weekly (07/05/2018)

"Our view: Bring on summer reading." Winston Salem Journal (06/29/2018)

"Fundraising initiative looks to put hundreds more books in each WS8)/FCS media center." Winston Salem Journal (06/05/2018)

"Tips From a Bookseller: What Happens When Your Facebook Page Gets Hacked?" Bookselling This Week (04/11/2018)

"The Magic of a Local Bookstore." Our State (02/28/2018)

"Footnote cafe and event space opens between Bookmarks and Foothills Brewing in downtown Winston-Salem." Winston-Salem Journal (02/21/2018)

"15 Great Independent Bookstores in North Carolina." Our State (02/18/2018)

"Diana Gabaldon, author of Outlander series, closes out Bookmarks' Festival." Winston-Salem Journal (09/11/2017)

"2017 Festival of Books and Authors Heads to Winston-Salem." Winston-Salem Journal (09/08/2017)

"Our view: Bring it, Bookmarks." Winston-Salem Journal (09/07/2017)

"Bookmarks Festival kicks off today; lineup includes more than 45 authors." Relish (09/07/2017)

"Bestselling Author Leads Bookmarks Into New Space." For Seniors Only Winston-Salem (09/05/2017)

"Four on Fourth Features Local Authors at a Live Reading." For Seniors Only Winston-Salem (09/05/2017)

"Outlander series author Diana Gabaldon to speak at Bookmarks." Winston Salem Journal (08/07/2017)

"John Grisham, Award-Winning Author, Hosts Rare Book-Signing in Winston Salem." Winston-Salem Journal (07/13/2017)

“Bookmarks reveals Grisham's return, other authors coming to festival.”  Winston Salem Journal (05/11/2017)