First Friday Book Signing: Save Our Sand Dunes


In the early 1970s, the voices of three children transformed the future of North Carolina’s coastal environment when the sand dune known as Jockey’s Ridge was set to be leveled and developed for residential housing.

One day, Ann-Cabell, Inglis, and Gibbs Baum saw bulldozers where they often played at Jockey’s Ridge and ran home to tell their mom, Carolista. With her children’s urging, Carolista mobilized the community and relentlessly lobbied local and state leaders to save the dunes. In 1975, Jockey’s Ridge was designated as a North Carolina state park. Learn more about collective environmental activism and its effects in "Save Our Sand Dunes," a new children’s book from the North Carolina Office of Archives and History.

Authored by Hannah Bunn West with Ann-Cabell Baum, one of the three Baum children, the book brings to life the unique ecosystem of Jockey’s Ridge, the tallest living sand dune system on the Atlantic coast, and the successful effort to save it from development.

“Our family is so excited to see this long-awaited story come to life in the pages of this book,” said Ann-Cabell Baum. “The artwork is incredible! Our hope is that the book will stand as a testament to our mom's spirit and what the determination of children can accomplish.”

We are thrilled to be celebrating the release of Save Our Sand Dunes with Hannah and will be hosting a book signing on May 3 during First Friday. Hannah will be in the store from 6pm to 8pm greeting friends and fans and signing copies of her books. Downtown Books Inner Circle members are invited to join us for an intimate reception with the author from 5:30pm - 6pm.


Hannah Bunn West grew up on the Outer Banks and is passionate about sharing its history, advocating for its people, and protecting its natural wonders. She is a freelance writer, former teacher, and the author of Remarkable Women of the Outer Banks. She lives in Kill Devil Hills. Ann-Cabell Baum grew up in Nags Head across from Jockey’s Ridge. She is the oldest daughter of Carolista Fletcher Baum, artist, jeweler, preservationist and great granddaughter of Inglis Fletcher, a noted historian and author instrumental in the development of the Elizabethan Gardens in Manteo. Ann-Cabell is a successful businesswoman in Raleigh and vice chairwoman of the Friends of Jockey’s Ridge State Park.

First Friday is a fun, free family friendly event taking place throughout Downtown Manteo featuring live music throughout town, restaurant specials, art show openings, trunk shows, book signings and more. It's a great night to call up a friend and say 'meet me in Manteo'! But meet me first at the bookstore! 

Signed copies will be shipped after the event. 

Event date: 
Friday, May 3, 2024 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Event address: 
103 Sir Walter Raleigh Street
Manteo, NC 27954
Save Our Sand Dunes By Hannah Bunn West, Larry McCarter (Illustrator), Anne Marshall Runyon (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Hannah Bunn West, Larry McCarter (Illustrator), Anne Marshall Runyon (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780865265059
Availability: Usually Ships in 3-7 Days
Published: North Carolina Division of Archives & History - April 15th, 2024

Remarkable Women of the Outer Banks (American Heritage) By Hannah Bunn West Cover Image
ISBN: 9781467146029
Availability: Usually Ships in 3-7 Days
Published: History Press - April 25th, 2022