Downtown Books owner praised by authors, illustrators — and those who love their work

Downtown Books in Manteo is celebrating its sixth year putting books in the hands of readers.

Downtown Books, located in the heart of the historic district of Manteo, is a go-to place for all those who love the written word.

Owner Jamie Hope Anderson’s appreciation for authors and illustrators is renowned on the Outer Banks, and she provides opportunities for those who create literature to meet those who relish their words and images.

Beloved local children’s book author Suzanne Tate says that she greatly appreciates Jamie Hope Anderson’s inventive and exciting promotional efforts in behalf of local authors.

“Jamie thinks of new and different ways to promote books, such as having book signings at local delis and other inviting venues,” says Tate, who recently celebrated the launch of the 39th book in her uber-popular Suzanne Tate’s Nature Series. Her latest book, “Merri-Lee Monarch: A Tale of A Big Trip” — which boasts lush illustrations by Tate’s literary partner, James Melvin — documents the life and journey of the beautiful Monarch butterfly.

Anderson also brings in a nationally published, New York Times best-selling authors to her shop, including Mary Kay Andrews, Susan Boyer, Vivian Howard, Alan Gratz, Lisa Wingate and more.

Downtown Books’ inventory includes a large selection of books — personally selected by Anderson — from cookbooks and local history to best sellers, non-fiction, nature, young adult and children’s titles, and more. She also carries specially chosen gift items — from children’s toys, puppets, adult and children’s puzzles, to greeting cards. Downtown Books also is the exclusive retailer for the North Carolina candle by Southern Firefly.

Like Downtown Books, its sister store in Duck — Duck’s Cottage Coffee & Books in the Waterfront Shops — also hosts book signings.

It also boasts a charming coffee shop that serves fresh-roasted coffee from a small artisanal roaster.


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