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Event Details

Nicholas Sparks has decided to stop in Southern Pines to sign books for our customers! 


This event has sold out! If you would still like an autographed copy of The Return you can pre-order that on our website, just follow this link.


You can purchase a ticket for a specific time slot to attend a small, socially distanced gathering to get a photo taken with Nicholas Sparks. These events are more like "mini events" so that we can ensure our health and safety around gathering. Masks must be worn for entry.


Each ticket comes with an autographed copy of The Return (books will not be personalized). You will get your autographed copy during your chosen time slot.


  • If you cannot attend the event but would still like an autographed copy of The Return you can purchase that on our website (please follow this link). We can then hold your copy at the shop for pickup, mail it to you, or deliver it locally.


We will hold these mini- events at The Pilot Newspaper office so that we can better follow guidelines and rules regarding social distancing.

  • The books will be signed prior to you coming through the signing line.
  • The author will not be personalizing books.
  • Attendees will be able to meet and greet from a socially distanced space of 6-7'. A professional photographer will be present to take photos at no cost to attendees.
  • We will be maintaining 6' social distancing while queuing to meet the author.
  • Masks MUST be worn. We understand some may oppose wearing a mask or have health issues preventing them from wearing a mask; in that case, please consider curbside pickup the following week or having your book shipped instead. No exceptions.
  • The author will ONLY be signing copies of THE RETURN purchased from The Country Bookshop. No additional books will be signed; thank you for understanding.
  • As always, if you are not feeling well or have recently tested positive for COVID-19, we ask that you pickup your book another time or have it shipped.


In the event that an in-person event is canceled due to changing circumstances, no refunds will be issued. However, everyone who purchases a ticket will still get a signed copy of THE RETURN. While it is the author's intent to sign the actual books, book plates may be used instead.


We are so excited to offer autographed copies of Nicholas Sparks' upcoming book The Return. We enjoyed having him to Southern Pines a few years ago and are overjoyed that he has chosen to autograph books for our Country Bookshop community.  


Please select your specific time slot on the next page of ticket categories/time slots. There is to be one person per ticket, there is one book per ticket. We will send an email closer to the event with specific guidelines about entry, exit and the flow of the mini-event to ensure safety.


(author photo credit to James Quantz Photography)

Venue Information

The Pilot
145 West Pennsylvania Avenue
Southern Pines, NC 28387
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Organizer Information

The Country Bookshop


140 NW Broad Street
Southern Pines, NC 28387
(910) 692-3211

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