Founder and former owner of Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh dies

RALEIGH (WTVD) -- 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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