Quail Ridge Books is an award-winning , independently-owned, full-service general book and music store serving North Carolina and beyond since 1984. Browse in our 10,000 square foot store and let our expert staff handle your book and music needs.

Upcoming Events

Monday, September 22, 2014 - 7:30pm
John Darnielle, best known as the writer, composer, guitarist, pianist and vocalist of the band the Mountain Goats, now adds novelist to his resume with Wolf in White Van. As the creator of “Trace Italian”—a text-based, role-playing game played through the mail—Sean guides players from around the world through his intricately imagined terrain, which they navigate and explore, turn by turn, seeking sanctuary in a ravaged, savage future America. Lance and Carrie are high school students from Florida, and are explorers of the Trace. But when they take their play into the real world, disaster strikes, and Sean is called on to account for it. John Darnielle joins us Monday, September 22 at 7:30 pm to share the story of Wolf in White Van
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 7:30pm
Get your hiking boots ready! Stephanie Jeffries and Thomas Wentworth, authors of Exploring Southern Appalachian Forests: An Ecological Guide to 30 Great Hikes in the Carolinas, Georgia, Tennessee and Virginia, are joining us to share their unique hiking guide. This manual to the southern Appalachian mountains leads readers to explore the rich forest ecosystems and other natural communities visitors encounter along the trail. Join us Tuesday, September 23 at 7:30 pm to learn about the mountains that live within our own state and our immediate neighbors. 
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 7:00pm

Scott WesterfeldYou may know him best for his alternate history Leviathan Trilogy, or The Uglies science fiction series.  Now Scott Westerfeld brings us his new novel, Afterworlds, on Wednesday, September 24, at 7 p.m. It's a smart, thought-provoking novel-within-a-novel about the parallels between a young writer and the heroine of her story. When Scott visited here a few years ago for Leviathan, he did a mesmerizing program. Strong and brilliant writing, for ages 14+.

Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 7:30pm
Sarah Shaber is back with the 4th addition to her Louise Pearlie mystery series. 1940s, Washington DC. Louise, herself, is asked to review the file usage of a missing analyst from the Office of Strategic Services only to learn he hadd drowned in the Tidal Basin days before. Louise's life soon takes a dangerous and sinister turn, and she can't help but worry if she'll wind up floating in the Tidal Basin herself. Sarah Shaber is here Thursday, September 25 at 7:30 pm to share the newest addition to her mystery list, Louise's Blunder
Friday, September 26, 2014 - 5:00pm

Dan Hanna (illustrator)Author Debbie Diesen and illustrator Dan Hanna brought you the popular Pout-Pout Fish. Now they visit with the new The Pout-Pout Fish Debbie Diesen (Author) Goes to School. Mr. Fish is nervously awaiting his first day of school.  Not to worry, kinderguppy! For ages 3+.

Sunday, September 28, 2014 - 3:00pm

Tomie dePaola

We're sorry to say our event with Tomie dePaola has been canceled due to illness. Feel better, Tomie!  We've seen Jack, and it's charming.

A new tale from Tomie dePaola (Strega Nona and 200+ other books!) is always a reason to cheer, and this new picture book riff on “Jack Tales” will bring smiles.  With Jack, adults who have been through the ordeal of a fixer-upper will appreciate the ending, and everyone will enjoy the fun.  Ages 4+. 


Sunday, September 28, 2014 - 3:00pm
It's time for a musical day out. Tony & Gary Williamson perform a free concert of traditional music with guitar and mandolin from their new CD, Bluegrass. It's a great music event for the whole family. Join us September 28 at 3:00 pm. 


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