The 15th annual Festival of Books & Authors is September 5-8! Join us for a multi-day celebration of reading and writing and meet over 50 authors and illustrators right here in Winston-Salem. See our full list of featured authors and the weekend schedule at

The following events are free and open to the public unless otherwise specified:

Bookmarks Presents Mike Lupica

Monday, September 16 at 6:00 pm

BB&T Ballpark, 951 Ballpark Way, Winston-Salem, NC 27101

Mike Lupica is one of the most prominent sports writers in America. His longevity at the top of his field is based on his experience and insider’s knowledge, coupled with a provocative presentation that takes an uncompromising look at the tumultuous world of professional sports. Today he is a syndicated columnist for the New York Daily News, which includes his popular “Shooting from the Lip” column, which appears every Sunday. In addition to covering sports, he is a bestselling writer for children. His newest novel, Strike Zone, is a timely and heartfelt follow-up to the #1 New York Times bestseller Heat, about a young baseball prodigy and his immigrant family living in today’s America. Family-friendly event. Free to attend but pre-registration is required at – guests have the option to pre-order a book and/or a meal for this event.

Stuart Gibbs & Charlie Thorne and the Last Equation

Thursday, September 19 at 4:30 pm

Bookmarks, 634 W. 4th Street #110, Winston-Salem

Stuart Gibbs is the author of the FunJungle series, as well as the New York Times bestselling Spy School and Moon Base Alpha series. He has written the screenplays for movies like See Spot Run and Repli-Kate and developed TV shows for Nickelodeon, Disney Channel, ABC, and Fox. Charlie Thorne and the Last Equation is the first novel in a thrilling new series about the world’s youngest and smartest genius who is forced to use her unbelievable code-breaking skills to outsmart Einstein and save the world. 

Jacinta White Poetry Launch

Thursday, September 19 at 6:30 pm

Bookmarks, 634 W. 4th Street #110, Winston-Salem

Come celebrate the launch of Jacinta White’s first book-length poetry collection, Resurrecting the Bones: A Journey Through African American Churches and Cemeteries of the Rural South. As a poet and lover of all things creative, Jacinta V. White merges her perspective as an artist,  professional and community advocate for change.  Jacinta has her BA in Speech Communications from UNC at Greensboro, and after receiving her MPA in  Nonprofit Management from Georgia State University, she decided to redirect her love for art and  community by starting The Word Project and serving as a consultant. Known throughout the  community as one who brings individuals (and groups) and often diverse thinking to the “art table,”  Jacinta is sought out to work with others on better understanding the role and value of arts in our lives  for healing and to build community. 

Jelani Favors & Shelter in a Time of Storm 

Saturday, September 21 at 4:00 pm

Bookmarks, 634 W. 4th Street #110, Winston-Salem

Winston-Salem native Jelani Favors’s new book, Shelter in a Time of Storm: How Black Colleges Fostered Generations of Leadership and Activism, offers a history of historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs). Their nurturing environments not only provided educational advancement but also catalyzed the Black freedom struggle, forever altering the political destiny of the United States. 

4 on 4th with Local Authors

Wednesday, September 25 at 7:00 pm

Bookmarks, 634 W. Fourth Street #110, Winston-Salem, NC

4 on 4th features 4 local authors or authors with ties to the region. In September, we’ll hear from Vernon Glynn (Friday Calls), Jason Gray (Radiation King), Timothy Reinhardt (Jesus’s Brother James), and Michael Roberto (Coming of the American Behemoth). Co-hosted by Winston-Salem Writers.

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