The 40th annual New World Festival of the Arts returns to the Manteo Waterfront on August 16 and 17 and in addition to the wide variety of amazing artists who will have their creations on display, we always think it's a great time to celebrate the literary arts as well with a book signing! This year we're featuring not just any book, but one of our favorite (and best-selling) books of the year! Alicia Bessette's first book in her Outer Banks Bookshop mystery series, Smile Beach Murder, published in May, is one of our top two books for 2022 and has also spent time on the SIBA Best-seller list. Smile Beach Murder is set on a fictional Outer Banks island based on a mix of Ocracoke and Manteo and introduces Callie Padgett, a former reporter turned bookshop clerk who is pulled into a deadly web of secrets when a mysterious fall at a lighthouse echoes a tragedy from her past. Our customers are loving this newest entry on our mystery shelves and when they ask 'will they be more?' we can say YES! Alicia has a second book in the series coming next year. But for now, if you're headed to Manteo to take some awesome art pop into Downtown Books, meet Alicia- a true literary artist!- and grab a signed copy of Smile Beach Murder!