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Bookmarks Festival of Books & Authors

This playlist features books by authors who will be featured at our 16th annual Festival of Books & Authors will be September 23-26, 2021 in downtown Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Visit bookmarksnc.org/festival to learn more!

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The Boyfriend Project

By Farrah Rochon
Narrated by: Je Nie Fleming
Length: 9 hours 41 minutes

The Boyfriend Project

“Smart, steamy, and fun! I listened to this one through Libro.FM and loved everything from the author's voice to the female friendships to the recognition that internet fame is an emotional burden. (I was also deeply amused by the fact that the male lead had lived/worked in Vienna, in the building locals affectionately refer to as "The Toilet Bowl.")”

Bards Alley image Leah, Bards Alley
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The Dating Playbook

By Farrah Rochon
Narrated by: Rebecca Lee
Length: 9 hours 3 minutes

When a personal trainer agrees to fake date her client, all rules are out the window in this delightful romantic comedy from the USA Today bestselling author of The Boyfriend Project!

When it comes to personal training, Taylor Powell kicks serious butt. Unfortunately, her bills are piling up, rent is due, and the money situation is dire. Taylor... Read more »

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Lily and the Octopus

By Steven Rowley
Narrated by: Michael Urie
Length: 8 hours 3 minutes

Lily and the Octopus

“Lily and the Octopus is a profound book about all the important things in life -- love, how to let go, how important it is to live in the moment, and how one big love can lead to another. And Lily, dear Lily, is at the center -- a smart, movie-loving dog who would never pass up the chance at some good ice cream, tofurkey dinner, or beaming her unconditional love at her human companion, Ted. Told with humor, compassion, and a quirky sense of life's possibilities, Lily and the Octopus will hold you by the heart long after the final page is turned.”

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The Editor

By Steven Rowley
Narrated by: Michael Urie
Length: 10 hours 20 minutes

The Editor

“There a couple of reasons why I chose The Editor to read. The first is the cover. Yes, I am one of those people who actually does judge a book by its cover. The second reason is the fact that I am a closet Kenedyphile. Let me start by saying I give an A++ for the narration. I felt as though James was actually speaking to me. The story is one that kept me intrigued and I actually grew giddy when Jackie O was in a scene. The writing was colorful and full of humor. James had me laughing out loud when describing one of the several awkward scenes that he seemed to find himself in. I didn't want this book to end. This is one of the few books that I have listened to that I found myself smiling chapter after chapter. I highly recommend The Editor to anyone who appreciates a touching story told with warmth and wit.”

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The Guncle

By Steven Rowley
Narrated by: Steven Rowley
Length: 11 hours 23 minutes

From the bestselling author of Lily and the Octopus and The Editor comes a warm and deeply funny novel about a once-famous gay sitcom star whose unexpected family tragedy leaves him with his niece and nephew for the summer.

Patrick, or Gay Uncle Patrick (GUP, for short), has always loved his niece, Maisie, and nephew, Grant. That is, he loves... Read more »

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The Freedom Race

The Dreambird Chronicles: Book #1

By Lucinda Roy
Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
Length: 19 hours 17 minutes

The Freedom Race, Lucinda Roy’s explosive first foray into speculative fiction, is a poignant blend of subjugation, resistance, and hope.

The second Civil War, the Sequel, came and went in the United States leaving radiation, sickness, and fractures too deep to mend. One faction, the Homestead Territories, dealt with the devastation by recruiting...

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Playing the Palace

By Paul Rudnick
Narrated by: Michael Urie
Length: 7 hours 33 minutes

One of Buzzfeed's 39 Excellent LGBTQ Books To Read This Month And Always

THEIR LOVE STORY CAPTIVATED THE WORLD…THE CROWN PRINCE AND THAT GUY FROM NEW YORK

When a lonely American event planner starts dating the gay Prince of Wales, a royal uproar ensues: is it true love or the ultimate meme? Find out in this hilarious romantic comedy.

After having... Read more »

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Punching the Air

By Ibi Zoboi & Yusef Salaam
Narrated by: Ethan Herisse
Length: 4 hours 28 minutes

New York Times and USA Today bestseller * Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor * Walter Award Winner * Goodreads Finalist for Best Teen Book of the Year * Time Magazine Best Book of the Year * Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year * Shelf Awareness Best Book of the Year * School Library Journal Best Book of the Year * Kirkus Best Book of the...

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Better, Not Bitter

Living on Purpose in the Pursuit of Racial Justice

By Yusef Salaam
Narrated by: Yusef Salaam
Length: 7 hours 25 minutes

This inspirational memoir serves as a call to action from prison reform activist Yusef Salaam, of the Exonerated Five, that will inspire us all to turn our stories into tools for change in the pursuit of racial justice.

They didn't know who they had.

So begins Yusef Salaam telling his story. No one's life is the sum of the worst things that... Read more »

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First, Become Ashes

By K.M. Szpara
Narrated by: Aaron Landon, Avi Roque, Briggon Snow & Graham Halstead
Length: 10 hours 54 minutes

K. M. Szpara follows his explosive debut novel Docile with First, Become Ashes, a fantastic standalone adventure that explores self-discovery after trauma and outgrowing abusive origins over the course of an American road trip.


The Fellowship raised Lark to kill monsters.
His partner betrayed them to the Feds.
But Lark knows his magic is real, and...

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The Lesson

A Novel

By Cadwell Turnbull
Narrated by: Janina Edwards & Ron Butler
Length: 8 hours 36 minutes

An alien ship rests over Water Island. For five years the people of the US Virgin Islands have lived with the Ynaa, a race of superadvanced aliens on a research mission they will not fully disclose. They are benevolent in many ways but meet any act of aggression with disproportional wrath. This has led to a strained relationship between the Ynaa...

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No Gods, No Monsters

A Novel
The Convergence Saga: Book #1

By Cadwell Turnbull
Narrated by: Dion Graham
Length: 9 hours 49 minutes

The captivating first novel in the Convergence Saga by Cadwell Turnbull, the award-winning author of The Lesson

An Indie Next Pick

A LibraryReads Pick

Named A Most Anticipated Book by Bustle, Buzzfeed, Forbes, GoodReads, Marie Claire, The Millions, and Tor.com

“Profound and unsettling in the best way…Sharp, insightful social commentary wrapped up in...

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The Shaadi Set-Up

By Lillie Vale
Narrated by: Rukhmani K. Desai
Length: 11 hours 34 minutes

In this witty and heartfelt rom-com debut for fans of Jasmine Guillory, Emily Henry, and Tessa Bailey, an Indian American woman signs herself and her boyfriend up for a matchmaking site to prove they're a perfect match, only to be paired with her ex instead.

High school sweethearts Rita Chitniss and Milan Rao were the golden couple, until the day... Read more »

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The Past Is Red

By Catherynne M. Valente
Narrated by: Penelope Rawlins
Length: 5 hours

The Past Is Red

The Past Is Red is an electrifying parable for this era of climate change, as bitterly optimistic and cheerfully furious as this dire hour demands. All that, and its hilarious and heroic protagonist is sure to steal that gorgeous garbage patch in your chest you call a heart.”

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The Chosen and the Beautiful

By Nghi Vo
Narrated by: Natalie Naudus
Length: 8 hours 52 minutes

The Chosen and the Beautiful

“What would you give up to have it all? Magical and queer as hell, Jordan Baker takes readers through Jazz Age New York as her snark, rage, and feelings for Daisy keep us turning pages until early morning. Like one of Gatsby’s cursed parties, this book was one I wanted to never end.”

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The Book of Lost Friends

A Novel

By Lisa Wingate
Narrated by: Sophie Amoss, Lisa Flanagan, Dominic Hoffman, Sullivan Jones, Robin Miles, Bahni Turpin & Lisa Wingate
Length: 15 hours 6 minutes

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the bestselling author of Before We Were Yours comes a dramatic historical novel of three young women searching for family amid the destruction of the post–Civil War South, and of a modern-day teacher who learns of their story and its vital connection to her students’ lives.

“An absorbing historical . . ....
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Fable

A Novel
Fable: Book #1

By Adrienne Young
Narrated by: Emma Lysy
Length: 8 hours 51 minutes

Fable

“Fable was a lovely character, and although the story strongly focused on her I really liked everyone else too. They all got their moment to shine and to add meaning to the story. Adrienne Young is an amazing writer and the almost lyrical tone to story and its vivid description added much charm to it. A great easy to read young adult fantasy!”

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Namesake

A Novel
Fable: Book #2

By Adrienne Young
Narrated by: Emma Lysy
Length: 8 hours 53 minutes

Filled with action, emotion, and lyrical writing, New York Times bestselling author Adrienne Young returns with Namesake, the final audiobook in the captivating Fable duology.

Trader. Fighter. Survivor.

With the Marigold ship free of her father, Fable and its crew were set to start over. That freedom is short-lived when she becomes a pawn in a...

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The Last Legacy

A Novel

By Adrienne Young
Narrated by: Suzy Jackson
Length: 8 hours 15 minutes

New York Times bestselling author Adrienne Young returns with The Last Legacy, a captivating standalone about family and blood ties, reinventing yourself, and controlling your own destiny.

When a letter from her uncle Henrick arrives on Bryn Roth's eighteenth birthday, summoning her back to Bastian, Bryn is eager to prove herself and finally take...

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