First Friday Book Signing with Matthew Quick at Downtown Books

By on March 30, 2023

First Fridays are back at Downtown Books and on Friday, April 7, the 2023 author signing season kicks off with a First Friday Book Signing featuring New York Times best-selling author Matthew Quick. Matthew’s latest novel, We Are the Light, arrived in bookstores on November 1, the same day he did a launch event with Downtown Books in Nags Head before heading across the country on book tour.

We Are the Light is a very timely and moving story about a small town in the wake of tragedy- a Christmastime mass shooting in a beloved historic theatre- but brings a strong message of hope to its readers. From the Washington Post’s Karin Tanabe- “When you read Quick, you don’t feel guilty if your tears are mixed with laughter.. his skill at crafting an engaging narrative around trauma is as strong as ever… We Are the Light is a reminder that grief is complex and that we shouldn’t be afraid to grasp the hands stretched out to help us. As the title points out, even in the dark, there can be light.”

Authors such as Mitch Albom and Harlan Coben provided jacket blurbs for Quick, he was a featured author at the Texas Book Festival and the Virginia Festival of the Book and We Are the Light is the upcoming choice for One Book One City in Powder Springs, Ga.

Matthew will be signing copies of We Are the Light, meeting fans and greeting friends from 5:30pm to 7:30pm at Downtown Books located at 103 Sir Walter Raleigh Street in Manteo.

His previous titles including The Silver Linings Playbook will also be on hand. First Friday is a fun, free family friendly event that takes place throughout downtown Manteo featuring live music, restaurant specials, later shop hours, trunk shows, art openings, book signings and more. For more information or to reserve a copy of We Are the Light call 252-473-1056 or visit

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