The Luminous Island
Wrightsville Beach: The Luminous Island, second edition, $22.95 hardcover. ISBN 978-0-9987881-1-1. Pub. 2017. 6-3/8 by 9-1/4 inches, 256 pages, 150 B&W photographs, maps, drawings.
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NEW Enhanced edition of Wrightsville Beach: The Luminous Island, with larger pages and photographs, with additional photographs, and signed by the author.
Wrightsville Beach: The Luminous Island, award-winning story of the North Carolina island by Ray McAllister, has been published in an enlarged and enhanced 2nd edition. Wrightsville Beach has been a continuous seller since its 2007 publication by John F. Blair, Publisher. Now the new edition, distributed by Beach Glass Books, is 35 percent larger, with double the number of illustrations, further enhancing it as a keepsake or gift. Included is a new foreword by Washington StarNews Book Columnist Ben Steelman and an afterword by the author detailing changes and challenges facing Wrightsville Beach. The $22.95 hardcover is signed by the author.
ABOUT WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH: Soon after crossing the drawbridge from the mainland, you’ll reach a fork in the road. Bearing left will take you to the famous Johnnie Mercer’s Fishing Pier and near the site where a giant sperm whale named Trouble once washed ashore and refused to leave. Bearing right will take you to the classic downtown and points south, including the Coast Guard station and the site of the late, great Lumina Pavillion. Wrightsville Beach is Ray McAllister’s homage to a special place, a book that captures not only Wrightsville’s history but its heart. Along the way, he shares stories of fire and and hurricanes and beach trolleys and Big Bands. Through all the changes, Wrightsville has never forgotten the hospitality that made it such a destination in the first place. Just ask the airplane full of Pennsylvanians who fled here to escape one of America’s first man-made disasters. Or the thousands who continue to come for happier reasons today.
WINNER OF THE NORTH CAROLINA SOCIETY OF HISTORIANS HISTORY BOOK AWARD
Nominee for the Library of Virginia Literary Award
“Covering Big Bands, fire, hurricanes, and trolleys, McAllister captures Wrightsville Beach history and hear as he explains the appeal of the area that attracts so many annual visitors.”
—OUR STATE NORTH CAROLINA MAGAZINE
“Why is it called the ‘luminous’ island? You’ll have to reach the book, … which is filled with fabulous historical stories [and] dotted with wonderful pictures.”
–NORTH CAROLINA SOCIETY OF HISTORIANS
“Congratulations on Wrightsville Beach: The Luminous Island. … I admire the research and effort you put into your well-written book. I’m also glad to have the map and the information I had never heard of about the ‘National Negro Playground.” I’m recommending Wrightsville Beach. … Your book made me hungry for seafood and the beach.”
–TOM WICKER, NEW YORK TIMES COLUMNIST; AUTHOR OF A TIME TO DIE AND UNTO THIS HOUR: A NOVEL
“Another home run with this book. … Can’t wait for your next one.”
–AL BAIRD, FOUNDER, NORTH CAROLINA FISHIER PIER SOCIETY
“McAllister perfectly captures the essence of Wrightsville Beach.”
–DEAN SAFRIT, OWNER, LITERARY BOOKPOST, OUR STATE NORTH CAROLINA MAGAZINE
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