Blue Bicycle Books, Charleston, SC

Piccolo Fiction in the Courtyard — Sat., June 1 at 5 pm

Sat., June 1, 5 pm — the festival’s longest-running event exclusively devoted to fiction, Piccolo Fiction returns to the Blue Bicycle courtyard for the 25th year! Four S.C. authors will read brief short stories: Mindy Friddle, Emilie Ross, Sara Cappell Thomason, and Susan Beckham Zurenda.

The reading is in the courtyard beside the bookstore, and, following tradition, each story begins with “I ducked into the alley…” Since 2000, Piccolo Fiction has featured dozens of S.C. writers, with stories broadcast by S.C. Public Radio and published in the Charleston City Paper. This is often a popular event, come early to snag a seat!

Free and open to the public, for more information please call 843-722.2666.

Featured authors:

Mindy Friddle is the author of The Garden Angel and Secret Keepers, both with St. Martin’s Press. Her short stories have appeared in Orca, storySouth, LitMag and other publications. Her third novel, Her Best Self, was published by Regal House in May. She has an MFA in fiction from Warren Wilson and lives on Edisto Island.

Emilie Ross is a writer and painter. She’s worked as a senior editor on Copper Nickel and currently works as an editorial assistant for swamp pink. Currently pursuing her MFA in fiction at the College of Charleston, she received her undergraduate degree at the University of Colorado Denver.

Sara Cappell Thomason was the winner of the 2022 New Flash Fiction Review Prize. Her work has previously appeared in Electric Literature, Tin House, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Witness, SmokeLong Quarterly, and The Citron Review, among others. She has an MFA in fiction from Sarah Lawrence College and lives on Isle of Palms.

Susan Beckham Zurenda taught literature and creative writing to high school and college students for 33 years. Her debut novel, Bells for Eli, was nominated for a 2021 Pushcart Prize, and her latest, The Girl From the Red Rose Motel, was released last fall. She lives in Spartanburg with her husband Wayne and two Boston Terriers.

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