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Bookmarks Explores Brick and Mortar Expansion

Winston-Salem-based Bookmarks is arguably best-known for their annual Festival of Books and Authors, the largest of its kind in North Carolina. But the festival is only one of many programs run by this literary non-profit, including Authors in Schools (which reached 5,500 students last year) and a series of author talks in the Triad.

On Monday, Bookmarks announced their newest venture: the launch of an exploratory committee charged with the mission of “creating a gathering place that combines an independent bookstore, a space for Bookmarks-sponsored events and programs with other organizations, and Bookmarks’ offices.”

A brick and mortar bookstore would be a terrific addition to the cultural landscape of Winston-Salem, which has been without an indy since Barnhill’s transitioned (and eventually closed) in mid-2014.

“An independent bookstore will provide a cultural gathering place and fill a major gap in Winston-Salem’s literary scene,” said Charlie Lovett, a New York Times bestselling novelist and president of Bookmarks’ Board of Directors.

Bookmarks is rare, if not unique, among literary organizations, because it also sells books. Under the direction of Operations Director Jamie Rogers Southern, book sales have tripled since Bookmarks began selling books in 2013. Book sales have become an increasingly important part of Bookmarks’ funding support.

For the full press release, click here.