Shelter Series: Carolina Built: The story of Josephine N. Leary

Tuesday September 6
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Carolina Built: The story of Josephine N. Leary
Tuesday, September 6th at 4pm


Join North Carolina novelist Kianna Alexander for a fun discussion about her recent book, Carolina Built.

Carolina Built is a historical novel set in the factual story of Josephine N. Leary, an African-American entrepreneur and woman behind the 1894 J.N. Leary Building on South Broad Street in downtown Edenton.

For a fun twist on a Shelter Series, we encourage you to buy and read Carolina Built beforehand to join a preservation minded book club event. The book is available at a discount for Shelter Series attendees at Flyleaf Books HERE.

Although this is a free program, registration is required.







Synopsis of Carolina Built:
Josephine N. Leary is determined to build a life of her own and a future for her family. When she moves to Edenton, North Carolina from the plantation where she was born, she is free, newly married, and ready to follow her dreams. As the demands of life pull Josephine’s attention away, it becomes increasingly difficult for her to pursue her real estate aspirations. She finds herself immersed in deepening her marriage, mothering her daughters, and being a dutiful daughter and granddaughter. Still, she manages to teach herself to be a businesswoman, to manage her finances, and to make smart investments in the local real estate market. But with each passing year, it grows more and more difficult to focus on building her legacy from the ground up.



The author, Kianna Alexander wears many hats: doting mother, advice dispensing sister, and voracious reader. The author of more than forty novels, she currently lives in her home state of North Carolina.