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Congratulations All Around

NCWN board member Ginger Hendricks is now the Executive Director of Winston-Salem’s BookMARKS Festival of Books.  Congratulations are in order, not just to Ginger for this new position, but to BookMARKS for hiring someone with Ginger’s abilities, and to Winston-Salem for having one of its cultural highlights in such capable hands.  BookMARKS has quickly become one of the outstanding book festivals in the state, the South, and the country.

Below is the release announcing Ginger’s hiring, or you can read the Winston-Salem Journal‘s article about it.

Congratulations again to Ginger.

BOOKMARKS Names Ginger Hendricks as Executive Director

Winston-Salem, NC– BOOKMARKS works to foster a community of passionate readers. It promotes literacy and inspires the love of reading and writing through literary experiences.  The BOOKMARKS Board of Directors recently named Ginger Hendricks as Executive Director. Hendricks will manage the production of BOOKMARKS annual book festival and its author-based and literary events.  She is also charged with fundraising, marketing and public relations, and other duties as assigned by the Board.

“We are delighted that Ginger is joining us as BOOKMARKS’ first Executive Director,” said Debbie Harllee, BOOKMARKS President. “This is a major move forward for the organization, securing her as Executive Director to oversee its operation and the work of our Community Volunteer Planning Committee.”

Most recently, Hendricks served as the Director of the Center for Women Writers and Coordinator of Cultural Events at Salem College and, from 2003 – 2005, as Assistant to the Dean of Cultural and Special Programs at Elon University.  Hendricks has more than seven years of experience in event planning, public relations, development, and media relations.

“During the past four years,” Ginger Hendricks said, “I worked regularly with BOOKMARKS, participating in their annual Book Festival each September. I also helped to coordinate two stand alone events in the BOOKMARKS “Conversations with” series featuring bestselling and nationally acclaimed authors, Sue Monk Kidd and Geraldine Brooks. I am excited to work with an organization whose mission is aligned with my own passion for reading and writing.”

The sixth BOOKMARKS Festival of Books will be held on Saturday, September 11, 2010, returning to the downtown Winston-Salem’s Arts District, centering on Trade and Sixth Streets. The 2010 Festival will present more than 35 local, regional, and nationally renowned authors, illustrators, storytellers, and chefs.

The annual festival brings thousands of book enthusiasts together for a free celebration of literacy through readings, workshops, panel discussions, cooking demonstrations, and creative and interactive activities for children and teens. In partnership with community organizations, BOOKMARKS features live entertainment, a variety of food vendors and reading-related exhibitors. Activities will take place in enclosed tents and interior spaces donated by Arts District studios, galleries, and businesses.