Offsite Events

Did you know that Quail Ridge Books & Music provides books for author events held outside the store?

Book sales outside our store provide another service to individuals and organizations in the community by offering fundraising opportunities.  We have sold books at author-signing parties in private homes, in churches, and at many other venues. We have even sold books at restaurants, theater performances and comedy shows! Each out-of-store sale is different.

Quail Ridge Books & Music provides books and the necessary sales equipment to sell them - cash box, bags, table-top signs, credit card imprinters or (for customers with access to a smartphone) Square readers for quick and easy credit card processing. Although we have occasionally sent staff to handle a sale, most groups prefer to sell books themselves and earn a 20% commission on the sales total before tax.

If you are giving a party for a friend who has a book coming out, or if your business, school or organization is sponsoring a speaker who's written a recent book, contact our outside sales coordinator, Vicki Breeden, at (919) 828-8777 or at - the earlier the better - and we'll make every effort to accommodate your needs. We look forward to adding to the success of your event.

And, of course, if you want a signed or personalized book by one of the authors, just contact us!  (If ordering withing 48 hours of the event, please call rather than ordering online.)  

Wednesday, April 23 @ 5 - 7 p.m.

Wine Authorities, Raleigh

Jo Maeder and the Sabbatical Chef will be on hand to help Wine Authorities celebrate the opening of a new store in Raleigh with prizes, food samples, and a book signing. Maeder will be signing copies of her new book, OPPOSITES ATTACK: A NOVEL WITH RECIPES PROVENCAL, as well as a newly re-released version of WHEN I MARRIED MY MOTHER that includes the famous cookie recipe. For more information, visit

Thursday, April 10 @ 7:30 p.m.

NC State University, Caldwell Hall Lounge

Li-Young Lee is the featured speaker and judge of the 2014 NC State Poetry Contest as part of the NCSU Owens-Walters Spring Reading Series. Lee is the author of four critically acclaimed books of poetry, his most recent being BEHIND MY EYES, and a memoir entitled THE WINGED SEED: A REMEMBERANCE, which received an American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit

Saturday, April 5 @ 7 p.m.

Chelsea Handler – UGANDA BE KIDDING ME
Durham Performing Arts Center, Durham

Superstar comedian, author and talk show host Chelsea Handler will perform at the DPAC in Durham on her national stand-up comedy tour to promote the release of her fifth book, UGANDA BE KIDDING ME. To purchase tickets, visit


Tuesday, April 1 @ 6 p.m.
Sharyn McCrumb – KING'S MOUNTAIN

Hardy Alumni Hall, Barton College, Wilson

The Barton College Friends of Hackney Library will welcome award-winning Southern writer Sharyn McCrumb as the featured speaker for its Spring Dinner and Lecture. The event will begin at 6 p.m. with a wine reception and book signing, followed at 7 p.m. by the dinner and program. Reservations are required, and tickets for the dinner event are $35 per person.For more information, visit