Blue Bicycle Books, Charleston, SC

May and June Events

Sat., May 23, 11 am, Jonathan Miller, author and illustrator of The Adventures of Sammy the Wonder Dachshund, will signs copies and give a storytime reading. Jonathan Miller quit his job at Oak Steakhouse to create and market this great local children’s book about a dachshund saying his goodbyes around town. All of the artwork was created from construction paper cut-outs and Sharpies. Come join us on the carpet for juice boxes and a raffle to win a free copy.

Blue Bicycle Books Spoleto Party Series – Four Nights of Great Books and The Coldest Wine in TownTM

 Sat., May 23, 5 – 7 pm. Release party for Sandy Logan’s book of photography, From the Edge. (Reidesign, hb., $75). A noted local architect, Logan’s sublime collection of “abstract” photographs of graffiti and industrial sites ain’t exactly Rainbow Row, so leave your fanny pack at home and come join us for a glass of wine. Sandy will also be hanging prints around the store — our first art show in two years.

Thurs., May 28, 5 – 7 pm, Greenville writer Mindy Friddle will sign copies of Secret Keepers (St. Martin’s, hb., $25). I first met Mindy when we both read at the inaugural Piccolo Fiction Open back in 1999 (see below: Sat., May 30), and we’re thrilled to host the Charleston release party for her second novel. Come join us for a glass of wine.

Fri., May 29, 5 – 7 pm. Anne Barnhill will sign copies of her short story collection, What You Long For (Main Street Rag, pb. $15). Come join us for a glass of wine.

Sat., May 30, 5 – 7 pm. Charleston homegirl Katie Crouch will read and sign copies of Girls in Trucks (Back Bay, pb., $14). She’ll headline the 9th Annual Piccolo Fiction Open, a free Piccolo Spoleto event. This year’s PFO winners John Foster, Debra Daniel and Susanna Glattly will read their winning short stories. This was one of the top literary fetes of the festival last year (see for yourself here.) We’re giving you plenty of notice: do not miss out.


Sun., May 31, 2 – 4 pm, Margaret Wagner will sign copies of World War II 365 Days. (Abrams, hb., $30)

Wed., June 10, 5 – 7 pm. Jonathan Miles will sign copies of Dear American Airlines. (Mariner Book, pb., $14). This debut novel made the cover of the New York Times Book Review (read the review). Miles will read in our courtyard and sign copies at a party sponsored by our friends across the street at Garden and Gun magazine.

Fri., June 12, 5 – 7 pm. Jeffrey Rotter, signing The Unknown Knowns. (Scribner, hb. $25). This debut novel has drawn comparisons to Pynchon and Vonnegut, and Douglas Coupland calls it “A Confederacy of Dunces meets Linus waiting for the Great Pumpkin.” Coming from one of my very favorite writers, that’s one tasty morsel of blurb stew. Jeff grew up in Columbia and his folks live down here — come welcome him back to Kakalak.

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