This Week at Downtown Books
Art, authors, a toy sale and book release!
For more information, or to place a pre-order that will be shipped after the event, please call Downtown Books at 252-473-1056


There's lots to do downtown this week! The New World Art show will be held Wednesday, Aug. 15, and Thursday, Aug. 16! August 18 is the birthday of Virginia Dare and at Duck's Cottage Downtown Books....



Suzanne Tate Signing & Reading

Wed. August 15

11am - 1pm Reading at 12 noon.


Living Legend Suzanne Tate has been writing for 24 years and her popular children's Nature Series has contributed to book sales of over three million. Suzanne will signing titles from her children's History and Nature Series ($4.95) as well as copies of her much in demand oral history collections- Bring Me Duck, Memories of Manteo and Logs & Moonshine (Buffalo City) ($5.95).

Suzanne's Nature Series started with Crabby & Nabby: A Tale of Two Crabs and has continued, accurately covering a wide range of species found both on the Outer Banks and elsewhere- horseshoe crabs, flamingoes, starfish, oysters and more all star in her delightful books, whimsically illustrated by local artist James Melvin.


Suzanne's 34th book is coming out soon- Davy the Starfish!

Suzanne will be giving a special preview reading of Davy at twelve noon! 




Marjorie Hudson
Thurs. August 16
11am - 1pm


In anticipation of what would be Virginia Dare's 425th birthday on August 18,  writer Marjorie Hudson will be at Downtown Books on Thursday, August 16,from 11am to 1pm signing her book Searching for Virginia Dare ($16.00). In the book, Hudson weaves research, memory and imagination into a highly readable account of her investigation into both legends and facts in an attempt to finally discover the fate of the Lost Colony. Ms Hudson is also the author of a short story collection, Accidental Birds of the Carolinas ($17.95).
At 1pm on Thursday, August 16, author Gwenda Bond will be in attendance for a very special pre-release signing of her upcoming young adult title- BLACKWOOD
 "On Roanoke Island, the legend of the 114 people who mysteriously vanished from the Lost Colony hundreds of years ago is an outdoor drama, a story people tell. But when the island faces the sudden disappearance of 114 people now, an unlikely pair of 17-year-olds may be the only hope of bringing them back. Miranda, a misfit girl from the island's most infamous family, and Phillips, an exiled teen criminal who hears the voices of the dead, must dodge everyone from federal agents to long-dead alchemists as they work to uncover the secrets of the new Lost Colony. The one thing they can't dodge is each other."
 Blackwood is set entirely on Roanoke Island- visitors and locals alike will love reading this novel about the New World's first unsolved mystery intermixed with a modern day whodunit all set against familiar backdrops. This book is a must read for anyone of any age with any tie to the area. Be one of the first people ANYwhere to get a copy of Blackwood at this pre-release signing!
To further celebrate the release, Lost Colony characters Eleanor Dare and John Borden will be making an appearance at 1pm!
During the New World Art festival, Duck's Cottage Downtown will be holding a seasonal Toy sale- all Melissa & Doug summer, beach and pool toys plus select plush animals will be 25% off! Don't miss this  once a season shopping opportunity!
 Additionally, for a limited time, all Melissa & Doug art supplies
 are buy 2 get 1 free!
Start making plans now for a trip this week to Downtown Manteo- there's so much going on you'll have to agree it is simply 'the goodliest land under the cope of heaven'!