Book lovers turn out for Bookmarks festival in Winston-Salem


Members of the Joyner family — from left, Tony, Harris, Bess and Elisabeth — participated in the Bookmarks Festival for a fifth year. (Credit: ANDREW DYE/JOURNAL)

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Michelle Delaney of Fayetteville said she gave up a vacation trip to Myrtle Beach, S.C., to see her favorite author Saturday at the Bookmarks Festival of Books.

“I’ve always been interested in mythology, and I love the way that she combines it all,” Delaney said of Sherrilyn Kenyon, who is well-known for her “Dark-Hunter” paranormal romance series. “She’s a really good author.”

The book festival featured more than 45 authors and ran from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Downtown Arts District around Sixth and Trade streets. Other authors included Gillian Flynn, Kevin Fox, Tayari Jones, Michael Malone, Esmeralda Santiago, Peter Reinhart and Daniel Wallace.

The festival had more than 45 exhibitors and more than 200 volunteers.

Ginger Hendricks, the executive director of Bookmarks, said she won’t have final attendance numbers until later in the week, but believes around 7,500 people attended.

That’s fewer than the 8,000 organizers wanted, but more than the 7,000 people who were at the 2011 festival.

Read more: The Winston-Salem Journal.

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