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Lecture Night: When Tobacco Road Reached Winston-Salem, Lecturer: Ed Southern

Saturday, February 1  |  7:00 pm at Bookmarks

When Wake Forest opened its Reynolda Campus in 1956, Winston-Salem changed in ways big and small. For sports fans, Winston-Salem was now the western end of Tobacco Road, home to one of the Atlantic Coast Conference’s “Big Four” North Carolina schools — just as the ACC, the Big Four, and North Carolina were becoming synonymous with big-time college basketball.But why? Why did North Carolina go (and stay) crazy for college basketball, when the rest of the Old South states were (and are) crazy for college football? Join author, Wake Forest University graduate and lifelong Demon Deacon fan Ed Southern for a talk about the ties between Wake Forest’s move to Winston-Salem, the rise of ACC basketball, and the peculiar history of North Carolina within the South.

Fred Chapell and As If It Were

Sunday, February 2  |  4:00 pm at Bookmarks

Join us in the bookstore for a reading with North Carolinian author and poet Fred Chapell and his wife, Susan. Inspired by ancient, modern, and contemporary writings, Fred Chappell’s sprightly new collection of verse, As If It Were, presents tales, anecdotes, pointed stories, and aphorisms to spark the conscience of readers young and old. Chappell illustrates how the fable offers a timeless form of wisdom, surprising us with revelations that challenge what we think we already know, along with fresh observations of daily experiences.

Bookmarks Movable Feast

Saturday, February 8 Sunday, February 9  |  Hanesbrands Theatre

Movable Feast is one of Bookmarks’ signature events, now in its eighth year! The 2020 Movable Feast will feature 21 authors, including Anissa Gray (The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls), Etaf Rum (A Woman is No Man), and Adam O’Fallon Price (The Hotel Neversink). See the full lineup and details at Saturday’s Parapalooza features a chance to connect with four authors and all authors will read their works aloud onstage while guests enjoy a coursed meal. Sunday’s program is now sold out.

Galentine’s Day with Romance Author Mia Sosa

Thursday, February 13  |  7:00 pm at Bookmarks

Celebrate Galentine’s Day in the bookstore and help kick off Bookmarks’ new Romance Book Club! Hear from author Mia Sosa about her new rom-com, The Worst Best Man, and enjoy wine, sweet treats, and a girls’ night out. Pre-order your copy of The Worst Best Man to reserve your spot:

Lecture Night: Human Evolution & Skin Color

Saturday, February 15  |  7:00 pm at Bookmarks

Hear about human evolution through the lens of skin color from Dr. Ellen Quillen of Wake Forest University. Our skin is a phenomenal organ: it protects us from the sun and rain, helps us regulate heat, and keeps microbes out and our insides in. Not only that, but it encodes the last two million years of human evolutionary history. From losing our fur to walking upright to our remarkable range of variation in skin color, we will discuss how our skin made us the species we are today. Trained in evolutionary and statistical genetics and anthropology, Dr. Quillen is a professor in the Department of Molecular Medicine at Wake Forest School of Medicine where her research focuses on understanding how human evolutionary history and the interactions of our genes with the environment influence our health.

Vitruvian Man Book Launch with John Oksanish

Wednesday, February 19  |  6:30  pm at Bookmarks

Join us as Wake Forest University professor John Oksanish launches his new book, Vitruvian Man: Rome Under Construction. Vitruvian Man offers a new assessment of the Roman architect Vitruvius and his treatise, On Architecture, dedicated to Augustus in the 20s BCE. Once reviled by scholars, Vitruvius emerges as an imperial expert par excellence when read alongside literary coevals through an intertextual lens. The book explores Vitruvius’ portrait of the ideal architect as an imposing “Vitruvian man” at the dawn of Augustus’ empire. This event is free and open to the public.

Erik Larson and The Splendid and the Vile
Saturday, February 29  |  7:00 pm at Calvary Moravian Church

In The Splendid and the Vile, Erik Larson — #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Devil in the White City and Dead Wake — delivers a fresh and compelling portrait of Winston Churchill and London during the Blitz. On Winston Churchill’s first day as prime minister, Adolf Hitler invaded Holland and Belgium. In The Splendid and the Vile, Erik Larson shows, in cinematic detail, how Churchill taught the British people “the art of being fearless.” It is a story of political brinkmanship, but it’s also an intimate domestic drama, set against the backdrop of Churchill’s prime-ministerial country home, his wartime retreat, and of course 10 Downing Street in London. Tickets available on January 13, 2020. Learn more at

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