Highlighting authors living in Winston-Salem during National Book Month

Whether you’re looking for your next leisure read, a book for the whole family, or a thrilling fictional novel, we’ve got a list of books written by authors with ties to the Twin City.

WStoday: Local authors books on display at the Book House

Local authors’ books on display at the Bookhouse in Reynolda Village.

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What’s better than a good book? A good book written by your neighbor (or former neighbor). Since October is National Book Month, we’re sharing book recommendations that are written by authors that may live just down the street from you. Spoiler alert: some include New York Times best sellers.


  • Stealing Freedom” by Sylvia Leontaritis | Release date: Apr. 5, 2022 | A 16-year-old has the plan to change the course of history as she spies on Italian troops during the Great War— but what happens when she falls in love with the enemy?


  • Untethered: Faith, Failure, and Finding Solid Ground” by Laura Whitfield | Release date: Apr. 5, 2022 | A stirring memoir about a young woman’s quest as she sets out to dream big despite taking risks.
  • The Mapmaker’s Children” by Sarah McCoy | Release date: Feb. 9, 2016 | The daughter of abolitionist John Brown realizes her artistic talents can save slaves fleeing north. This New York Times best seller defines courage, family, love, and legacy in a new way.
  • The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts” by Gary Chapman | Release date: Jan. 1, 2015 | Chapman says it himself: Falling in love is easy. Staying in love — that’s the challenge. The New York Times best seller lays out practical steps to deepen your relationship with your partner.

Winstonian Pride

  • Great Houses and Their Stories: Winston-Salem’s Era of Success, 1912-1940” by Margaret Supplee Smith | Release date: Apr. 1, 2022 | For Winston-Salem residents who have always wondered about the historical mansions still standing in the Twin City. This book tells the story about families whose fortunes shaped neighborhoods like Buena Vista, West Highlands, and Reynolda Park.
  • Haunted Winston-Salem” by Michael Bricker | Release date: Sept. 14, 2015 | Whether it was Winston, Salem or Winston-Salem, the book tells the tale of the city back to the days when tobacco was king.