An Evening with John Railey ... & Andy

June 1 would have been Andy Griffith's 96th birthday so what better date for this very special event featuring a new book about this beloved resident of Manteo and the Outer Banks.

The world loves Sheriff Andy Taylor. Yet the actor who played him was intensely private. Here, for the first time, is the real Andy Griffith, his career and life defined by the island that made him in the years soon after World War II. He achieved his artistic breakthrough while acting in The Lost Colony outdoor drama on Roanoke Island and then spent much of the rest of his life repaying the island for giving him that start. Here, in unique close-up, is Andy of Manteo, reveling in wild, watery and loving ways with his fellow islanders. Author and journalist John Railey paints an intimate portrait of Andy, based on multiple interviews with many of those who knew him best on the sand where he lived and died.

John Railey has spent much of his life on the Outer Banks. A graduate of the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill, he is the former editorial page editor of the Winston-Salem Journal. He has contributed to the Coastland Times and has won numerous national, regional and state awards for his writing and investigative reporting. His previous book from The History Press is The Lost Colony Murder on the Outer Banks: Seeking Justice for Brenda Joyce Holland (2021). He is also the author of the memoir Rage to Redemption in the Sterilization Age: A Confrontation with American Genocide.

For one night only, John Railey will be talking about his book, the research behind it, the people he spoke with and, of course, Andy. Tickets will include a copy of the book and John will be signing books after the event. Click here to reserve your ticket today! 


Event date: 
Wednesday, June 1, 2022 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Event address: 
300 Queen Elizabeth Street
Manteo, NC 27954