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February Community Book Club

Dare Arts and Downtown Books are partnering on two upcoming community book club events as a part of North Carolina Humanities’ statewide book club, North Carolina Reads. 


At the heart of North Carolina Reads is N.C. Humanities’ desire to connect communities through shared reading experiences.  


The first NC Reads book club discussion on the Outer Banks will be held on Monday, February 26 at 6:30pm at Dare Arts in downtown Manteo. The event is free and open to everyone. 


In February, participants will be discussing Beyond Innocence: The Life Sentence of Darryl Hunt by Phoebe Zerwick, which is a powerful non-fiction narrative about injustices, exoneration, and the life-long impacts of incarceration. The book club discussion will be led by Dare Arts Executive Director Jessica Sands and owner of Downtown Books, Jamie Anderson.


Community members who are interested in participating in this event can purchase the book at Downtown Books in Manteo or Duck’s Cottage Coffee & Books in Duck now, so that they can begin reading and are prepared to discuss the book in February. 


As a part of this wonderful program Dare Arts has received a small batch of books from NC Humanities to give out to people who would like to participate in the event, but may not be able to afford to purchase a book. If you want to participate and need a free book, please call 252- 473-5558 or stop by the Dare Arts Gallery and see Jessica Sands.

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Spring Book Club + Sponsors

Dare Arts and Downtown Books will be hosting another book club discussion in the spring for The Violin Conspiracy by Brendan Slocumb, which is a riveting fiction story about a young black musician who faces racism, poverty, and social stigmas while pursuing his dream.


North Carolina Humanities’ North Carolina Reads is a statewide book club exploring issues of racial, social, and gender equity and the history and culture of North Carolina. North Carolina Humanities is a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, opinions, or recommendations expressed do not necessarily represent those of NC Humanities or the National Endowment for the Humanities.


This program is supported by North Carolina Humanities, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities,

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