We hope you will participate in our Third Annual Student Art Contest for Middle and High School Students in Forsyth County. Deadline is June 1, 2014. Winner will have Artwork Printed on 5,000 bookmarks! For rules, click here. For the template, click here.
We would like to thank the many sponsors, foundations, granting organizations, and community collaborators that have worked with us to get us to this point in our history. We also would like to thank the volunteer members of our planning and programming committees who help us throughout the year as well as our volunteers who help us in the days and weeks surrounding our September festival, which is the largest annual book festival in North Carolina.
We are excited to share two announcements with you today. Our growth and accomplishments with the Festival over the past nine years, combined with the prospects for special celebrations at our tenth anniversary Festival, helped us to decide that our September 6, 2014 Festival of Books and Authors will be held at the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts and the immediate area on Spruce Street.
This area offers venues and facilities that allow us to expand the Festival in numerous ways. Participants will enjoy the convenience and comfort of the Center, find more opportunities to hear favorite authors, and still enjoy the festive atmosphere of a street fair. Festival Venues will be located inside of the Rhodes Center and Hanesbrands Theatre, and outside under tents and in Winston Square Park. Exhibitors will again participate in our Festival, and Bookmarks will sell featured authors’ books at an onsite bookstore. A booksigning tent will be set up as well as an area for food trucks.
Our second announcement also relates to our anniversary. With the support of the Winston-Salem Arts Council’s 2013-2014 Milton Rhodes Innovative Project Grant, we are pleased to announce that we have created a new logo for our organization.
Our goal with Bookmarks is to bring people together through a love of reading. Bookmarks' events celebrate gatherings of authors and readers, and gatherings that enrich and build community. Books draw us together, while also offering innovative ideas, discussion and analysis, a new authors’ perspective, or another volume to enjoy. Bookmarks brings these authors, these books, these ideas to Winston-Salem.We hope to see you at our ten year anniversary events. Thank you for your support as Bookmarks celebrates ten years of books and authors!
850 people attended the event with Lemony Snicket at Wake Forest University on Tuesday, October 22. Many of the attendees were young readers. Here's a FUN video made by one local student. BookMarks distributed 200 tickets to the Winston-Salem Forsyth County public schools along with other community organizations. It was a very fun evening with Snicket's representative, Daniel Handler, signing books until past 10:30 p.m. Please visit our facebook page to view photos from the evening. Signed books available from the BookMarks Office!
Isabel Allende's only stop in North Carolina brought her to Winston-Salem. She spoke to 500 plus people at Salem College and was a huge hit! People asked terrific questions about Ms. Allende's life and books. One fan even painted a picture of Allende's dog! For more photos, click here.
The Book Club Movable Feast, held at SECCA on February 10, hosted 14 authors and 135 attendees. Called by some as the “author/reader version of speed dating,” this event gave tables approximately ten minutes with many authors with a chance to meet additional authors and have their books signed after the event. Over 25 prizes were also given out We have had great feedback and hope to do this again in 2014! One of our favorite comments came from attendee Racheal Garrity, “I can say without any exaggeration that the experience was one of the best I can remember of this kind of event. In fact, it may be better said that this may break the mold for me. By that I mean, perhaps I've never experienced "this kind of event."
In a special partnership with the Lewis Carroll Society of North America, BookMarks Authors in Schools program had extra excitement as two actors performed scenes from Alice in Wonderland for the students at Morgan Elementary. All the students received their own copy of the book and many dressed as characters from the book.