Each year, authors from all walks of life travel to Winston-Salem for Bookmarks’ annual Festival of Books & Authors. This year, to commemorate the 15th annual event, more than 40 authors will be heading to the Twin City for the four day celebration of reading and writing.

Since Bookmarks strives to be the Triad’s resource for new book suggestions throughout the entire year, a few Bookmarks staff members offered their reviews of five of the visiting festival authors.

"The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet" by Becky Chambers

“Chambers’ Wayfarers series (starting with ‘The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet’), is a celebration of difference, diversity, and cooperation — and takes place in space. Action-packed with lively characters, Chambers seamlessly blends the hopefulness of old-school ‘Star Trek’ episodes with sharp wit and a keen eye for contemporary issues of gender, race, and sexuality. Some of the most fun you’ll ever have reading a science-fiction space adventure.” –Caleb Masters

"The Wedding Party" by Jasmine Guillory

“Jasmine Guillory’s ‘The Wedding Party’ is the steamy summer sequel we’ve all be waiting for — and the wedding of the season. Told in the same timeline as ‘The Wedding Date’ and ‘The Proposal,’ readers get to relive some of their favorite moments from the previous books while enemies Maddie and Theo navigate an unexpected, secret relationship they foolishly agree will end before Drew and Alexa’s upcoming wedding. This was such a fun book to read; Maddie and Theo are by far my new favorite couple in fiction.” –Beth Seufer Buss

"Hope Rides Again" by Andrew Shaffer

“Everyone’s favorite bromance is back in action with another mystery to solve. This time they are on Obama’s home turf, and Biden learns the hard way that Chicago’s history isn’t exactly all in the past. Systematic racism, gun laws, and kids getting caught up in the system take this book a lot deeper than one would initially think. I cannot possibly love these books more, and will be waiting eagerly for the next in the series.” –Jamie Southern

"Midnight Beauties" by Megan Shepherd

“The perfect sequel and finale to ‘Grim Lovelies,’ ‘Midnight Beauties’ drives home the message of what it means to be human, and takes you on a beautiful, fantastical ride. Anouk is a delightful protagonist, and you learn right alongside her. When she fails, you almost wish you can reach into the book and offer her a hand — but she doesn’t need it. She’s kind and gentle, but she’s a tough one, which makes this series a favorite for me. I know I’ll be recommending it to everyone that will listen for many years to come. Meghan Shepherd has shaped a magical world.” –Caitlyn Vanorder

"Waiting for Tom Hanks" by Kerry Winfrey

“This novel celebrates some of my most beloved romantic comedies. It’s a fun romcom that both readers and movie fans will enjoy. It’s the perfect treat for a weekend read.” –Ginger Hendricks

Want to Go?

What: Festival of Books & Authors is a four-day celebration of reading and writing with more than 40 authors. Readings, panel discussions, workshops, and a street festival will take place.

When: September 5–8, 2019

Where: Bookmarks, 634 W. Fourth Street

More info: Visiting authors can be found online, as well as the full schedule of events by going to bookmarksnc.org.

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