Founder and former owner of Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh dies

Raleigh writer's champion and Quail Ridge Books founder Nancy Olson hugs seasonal gift wrapper, Brenda Holloman, left, in December 2015 at the bookstore in Raleigh. (image credit: Travis Long / The News & Observer )

Nancy Olsen, the founder and former owner of Raleigh's popular independent bookstore, Quail Ridge Books, died early Sunday morning, according to a store representative.

She died around 4 a.m. after a 3-year battle with kidney disease.

In a post on Facebook, the manager of the store expressed her condolences: "On behalf of Quail Ridge Books, our hearts and condolences go out to Nancy's family: her husband Jim, sons David and Corey, and granddaughters Leila and Sarah."

The bookstore hosted national and local writers and often was a regional draw for those with a new book or a big idea, the News & Observer reports.

Olson received the Raleigh Medal of Arts Award in 2010 for her more than 25 years of being an arts advocate.

She owned the shop for 29 years.

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