First Friday book signing to feature Hannah Bunn West, Save Our Sand Dunes

Published 9:02 am Thursday, May 2, 2024

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Downtown Books will hold a First Friday book signing featuring Hannah Bunn West and her most recent title Save Our Sand Dunes, a children’s picture book with illustrations by local artist Larry McCarter and Ann Marshall Runyon, on Friday, May 3 in the store at 103 Sir Walter Raleigh Street in downtown Manteo.

West’s book, co-authored by Ann-Cabell Baum and published by the North Carolina Office of Archives and History, brings to life the efforts in the 1970s by Carolista Baum to save Jockey’s Ridge from development.

“Carolista relentlessly mobilized the community and lobbied local and state leaders until it was designated a State Park in 1975,” noted the event announcement. “Hannah Bunn West grew up on the Outer Banks and is passionate about sharing its history, advocating for its people, and protecting its natural wonders.”

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West is a freelance writer, former teacher, author of Remarkable Women of the Outer Banks and lives in Kill Devil Hills. She will be in the store from 6 to 8 p.m. greeting friends and fans and signing copies of her books. Downtown Books Inner Circle members are invited to a reception with the author from 5:30-6 p.m.

Books can be pre-ordered at and signed copies will be shipped after the event.

“First Friday is a fun, free family friendly event taking place throughout downtown Manteo featuring live music throughout town, restaurant specials, art show openings, trunk shows, book signings and more,” stated the announcement. “It’s a great night to call up a friend and say ‘meet me in Manteo’! But meet me first at the bookstore!”