Quail Ridge Books & Music

Address: 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh, NC 27607

Phone: 919-828-1588 (customers); 919-828-7912 (business)

Owner: Nancy Olson


Twitter: @quailridgebooks

When Nancy Olson moved to Raleigh back in 1984, she was disappointed. She couldn’t find a truly wonderful bookstore in town. A passionate reader, Nancy found this to be completely unacceptable – and soon opened Quail Ridge Books & Music at a location near numerous colleges and universities, right off the main interstate and roads leading to Raleigh.

Walk in today and it is evident that is bookstore is Dixie through and through. Quail Ridge Books & Music has spotlighted Southern writers since they opened. That just happened to be same year that Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill opened, so they have an excellent relationship with their writers, alongside most other Southern authors. Customers clamor for fiction or nonfiction, written by a Southerner, or about the South. Favorites include Lee Smith, Reynolds Price, Angela Davis-Gardner, Kaye Gibbons, Charles Frazier and many more.

And, as the title of the store suggests, Quail Ridge isn’t just about books.  It is about music too, with a department that specializes in classical, jazz, and traditional music and presents a diverse program of free concerts. Last year, the store’s 25th anniversary party featured a harp player and bluegrass trio in the midst of shelves of glorious literature and non-fiction.

An amazing book and music store in Raleigh? That’s music to my ears!

P.S. Cannot write about this store without mentioning their show stopping bathroom decor. The walls are lined with framed photos of successful writers. (Seems like this is the moment to talk about various reading habits and multi-tasking, but I’ll refrain.)

Posted September 16, 2010 at 9:07 am · 2 comments · Leave a Comment


  1. sportsbooktop, November 28th, 2016, 6:31 pm

    Do you have any video of that? I'd love to find out some additional information.

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