Nancy Olson founded Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh in 1984. Dedicated to providing “carefully selected books, events, discussion groups and town hall meetings,” Quail Ridge has been awarded Publishers’ Weekly Bookseller of the Year, the Pannell Award for Excellence in Children’s Bookselling, and the Haslam Award for Excellence in Bookselling.
On Sunday, October 5, at 1:00 pm, owner Lisa Pooleâ€”who bought the store in 2013â€”will honor Ms. Olson with a tribute. Featured guests include Angela Davis-Gardner, Clyde Edgerton, Charles Frazier, North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame inductee Allan Gurganus, Randall Keenan, Bridgette Lacy, Margaret Maron, Jill McCorkle, Clay Stalnaker, Oren Teicher (Executive Director of the American Booksellers’ Association), and a proclamation from the City of Raleigh.
While you’re partying, you may want to take a peak in the bathroom. There, the walls are lined with autographed profiles of authors who have visited the store.
â€œIf I could write books like Nancy sells them, Iâ€™d win the Nobel Prize,â€ says an inscribed bathroom photo from Edgerton.
Refreshments and live music from Bruce Emery start at 1:00 pm, with the official tribute happening at 2:00 pm.