The independent bookstore on Roanoke Island is Downtown Books, which has been serving Manteo and the entire Outer Banks since 2012. Featuring an eclectic, interesting selection of books handpicked by owner and book buyer Jamie Anderson, their shelves include NYT best sellers in all genres, cookbooks, spiritual titles, books for young readers from babies through teens, a curated nonfiction section, an expansive local fiction table and books on every Outer Banks subject imaginable – the Lost Colony, the Wright brothers, history, culture, the natural environment and more. Downtown Books also offers a wide range of greeting cards for all occasions, including several lines featuring local artists. Journals, boxed notes, specialty gift items and more round out the fun shopping experience that awaits you. Downtown Books hosts a variety of authors and events every year, including national best-selling authors, local writers, First Friday book signings and more. Whether it’s a quick pop in to pick up the book you just heard about on NPR or a long leisurely afternoon whiled away among their shelves, a trip to Downtown Books is a must do for every Outer Banks vacation.
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