bookmarks festival | james patterson | winston-salem event photographer

It's not often that my work strays from weddings and portraits, but yesterday, thanks to my friend Jamie of Southern Celebrations (who by day works for the wonderful non-profit organization, Bookmarks), I had the honor of photographing New York Times bestselling author James Patterson's keynote address at R.J. Reynolds Auditorium in Winston-Salem, NC.

Bookmarks connects readers and authors with events promoting reading, community, and discovery. Patterson's appearance marks the beginning of Bookmarks' 10th Annual Festival of Books and Authors being held in downtown Winston-Salem this Saturday, September 6th. There are events for readers and writers of all ages, including presentations by bestselling authors Emily Giffin, Karen Abbott, and many, many more, so be sure to check out the full schedule here.

Mr. Patterson spent his time before his address signing some of his newest books to be sold at the event...

Patterson, who has also authored children's books, including "I Funny," "Treasure Hunters," and many others, spoke on the importance, as parents and as a society, of getting kids to read early in life. If you're interested in some staggering statistics, check out "The Economic and Social Cost of Illiteracy" from the World Literacy foundation here

See more photos from this event here.

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