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Bookmarks Festival of Books and Authors - September 26, 2020

Bookmarks Festival of Books and Authors, the largest book and author festival in the Carolinas celebrates 16 years with the 2020 festival in downtown Winston-Salem September 26. This year, the festival celebrates "the power of story," encouraging reader and attendees to "travel all over the world" exploring a wealth of subjects and issues. The four-day festival takes place primarily along Spruce Street and inside the contemporary Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts. Special events are also hosted in Bookmarks Bookstore downtown on Fourth Street. 

Each year, more than 15,000 festival goers enjoy enriching panel discussions with national best-selling authors, Eat & Greet events and exciting family activities that engage young readers. More than 50 guest authors attending have written a cumulative 300 New York Times best sellers and are winners of prestigious awards such as the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the Coretta Scott King Honor Award.

Saturday's festival (from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.) is free and chock full of author sessions, various reading-related exhibitors, food trucks, and creative activities for children. These events take place at the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts and the surrounding areas on Spruce, Poplar, and Holly Streets in downtown Winston-Salem.




Check out this video to learn more about the power of books and the purpose of Bookmarks Festival of Books and Authors!





About Bookmarks Festival of Books and Authors

Over the last 15 years, Bookmarks has brought more than 550 authors, illustrators, and storytellers to Winston-Salem for the annual Festival of Books and Authors. Collectively, Bookmarks authors have won hundreds of awards from dozens of countries, including more than 100 honorary degrees, multiple Emmy Awards, 10 James Beard Awards, several NAACP Image Awards, 10 Grammy Awards, and multiple PEN, Agatha, Nebula, Hugo, RITA, and Edgar Awards. Bookmarks authors have been translated into 150 languages and have had their work adapted into more than 50 movies, plays and television shows. In addition to the eight Pulitzer Prize winners and the United States Poet Laureate, Bookmarks has presented winners of the National Book Award, National Book Critics Circle Award, American Book Award, National Medal of the Arts, Lincoln Medal, Presidential Medal of Freedom, Coretta Scott King Award, and Newbery Award. Bookmarks authors have written more than 500 New York Times bestsellers and spent at least 1,000 weeks -- over 20 years -- on the New York Times bestseller list.

To learn more about the festival go to bookmarksnc.org.

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