Blue Bicycle Books, Charleston, SC

Events and Signings

Sat., June 4Author Luncheon w/ Karen White, Flight Patterns (Halls Chophouse)

Sat., June 4Piccolo Fiction in the Courtyard, Grady Hendrix, My Best Friend’s Exorcism

Fri., June 10 Sandra Griffin, 2700 Before 70

Thurs., June 16Tom Poland, Georgialina

Mon., June 20 — We Are Charleston with Marjory Wentworth, Herb Frazier, and Bernard Edward Powers Jr.

Tues., June 28 — Brad Taylor, Ghosts of War

Fri., July 1 Jenn Marie Thorne, The Inside of Out

Sat., July 2Author Luncheon w/ Bronwen Dickey, Pit Bull (Halls Chophouse)

Fri., July 8 Author Luncheon w/ Marjory Wentworth, We Are Charleston (Halls Chophouse)

Tue., July 12 Timber Hawkeye, Faithfully Religionless

Thur., July 14 West Fraser, Painting the Southern Coast

Fri., July 22 — Jane Green, Falling

Fri., Sept. 9 Sarah J. Maas, Empire of Storms




Special Ticketed Event — Conversation with Sarah J. Maas, Empire of Storms — Fri., Sept. 9

empire of storms cover

Fri., Sept. 9, 5 pm, Blue Bicycle Books welcomes New York Times bestselling YA author Sarah J. Maas.  Sarah will discuss and sign copies of Empire of Storms (Bloomsbury, 704 pp., hb.), the fifth installment in the Throne of Glass series. Aelin’s journey from assassin to queen has entranced millions across the globe, and this fifth novel will leave readers breathless.

Tickets are required and include a signed hardback copy of Empire of Storms and admission to the talk and signing. (Sarah will be in conversation with a bestselling author to be named later, followed by a Q&A.)

Purchase tickets here to reserve your space.

Questions? Please call the bookstore, 843.722.2666.

Event Policies:

1)  Sarah will sign three books per person, but only personalize one.

2) There will be no posed photos, but photos taken of the author during the event and from the line are fine.

3) We ask that no video be taken of the event.

About the book: The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friendships lost and garnered, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those who don’t.

As the kingdoms of Erilea fracture around her, enemies must become allies if Aelin is going to keep those she loves from falling to the dark forces. With war looming, the only chance for salvation lies in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear. Will Aelin succeed in keeping her world from splintering, or will it all come crashing down?

About the author: Sarah J. Maas is the author of the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series: Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight, Heir of Fire, Queen of Shadows, and the series’ prequel, The Assassin’s Blade; as well as the New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses and A Court of Mist and Fury. A New York native, Sarah currently lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and dog.



Faithfully Religionless with Timber Hawkeye, Tue., July 12, 5:30 pm


Join us Tue., July 12, 5:30 pm as Timber Hawkeye discusses and signs copies of his new book Faithfully Religionless.

About the book: His pursuit of happiness in Corporate America felt counterproductive, so Timber Hawkeye escaped the flourescent-lit hell of his cubicle in Seattle and set out to fully embrace the stress-free lifestyle of Hawaii. Intrigued and curious about what (and why) people believe, he questioned everything he ever thought was true and discovered the beauty of letting go.

About the author: Timber Hawkeye offers a secular and non-sectarian approach to being at peace with the world, both within and around us. Author of the international bestseller Buddhist Boot Camp, his intention is to awaken, enlighten, enrich, and inspire.

Timber Hawkeye Headshot

Author Luncheon with Marjory Wentworth, We Are Charleston, Fri., July 8, 12 pm

We are Charleston


Join us Fri., July 8, 12 pm for lunch with Marjory Wentworth at Halls Chophouse (434 King St.). Marjory will talk and sign copies of her new book, We Are Charleston (Thomas Nelson, hp., 256 pp, $24.99).

About the book: Following the shooting of nine victims at a June 2015 bible study at Emanuel AME Church, residents of the community recognized the need to examine and learn from the events that led to the tragedy. Through in-depth interviews with the victims’ families, friends, and other community members, Marjory, with co-authors Herb Frazier and Bernard Edward Powers Jr., wrote We Are Charleston. The book explores the impact of the shooting, the role of the AME church, and the importance of awareness, action, and forgiveness.

About the author: Marjory Wentworth is the Poet Laureate of South Carolina. Her poems have appeared in numerous books, magazines, and anthologies. She has been nominated five times for the Pushcart Prize.

Marjory Wentworth

Tickets for this event, part of our ongoing Author Luncheon Series, are $60 – included are a three course meal and signed hardback. Click here for tickets.

We Are Charleston at Charleston County Public Library, Mon., June 20, 6 pm

We are Charleston

Join us Mon., June 20, 6 pm at the Main Branch of the Charleston County Public Library (68 Calhoun St.), as the authors of We Are Charleston discuss their powerful new book.

Following the shooting of nine victims at a June 2015 bible study at Emanuel AME Church, residents of the community recognized the need to examine and learn from the events that led to the tragedy. Through in-depth interviews with the victims’ families, friends, and other community members, three authors penned We Are Charleston as a way to explore the impact of the shooting, the role of the AME church, and the importance of awareness, action, and forgiveness. Authors Herb Frazier, Dr. Bernard Edward Powers Jr., and Marjory Wentworth will reflect on their journey and what they uncovered in this deeply emotional book.

Copies of the book will be available to purchase, with a portion of the proceeds going to CCPL’s Cynthia Graham Hurd Memorial Fund. Attendees also will be able to donate directly to the Memorial Fund, created to honor the 31-year librarian’s legacy and commitment to literacy.

Painting the Southern Coast with West Fraser, Thur., July 14, 5 pm

Paintings of the Southern Coast

Join us Thur., July 14, 5 pm as artist West Fraser discusses and signs copies of his newest art book Painting the Southern Coast (USC Press, hb., 288 pp, $49.99).

About the book: From the sultry streets of Savannah to the winding waterways and unique environs of the region’s sea islands, the works included offer a view of the land West Fraser loves. Fraser augments his visual tour of the coast with original maps of the region and location coordinates of each painting, enhancing the viewer’s knowledge and appreciation of the region, as well as of Fraser’s artistic gift.

About the author: West Fraser was born in Savannah, Georgia. A true son of the Lowcountry, Fraser has dedicated much of his career to capturing the lush, primordial beauty of the Southeast’s coastal regions that have been altered by man and time.

wes fraser

Sandra B. Griffin’s 2700 Before 70, Fri., June 10, 5 pm

2700 Before 70


Join us Fri., June 10, 5 pm as South Carolina author Sandra B. Griffin signs copies of her book, 2700 Before 70.

Sandra always dreamed of riding her bicycle across the country. At sixty-nine years old, with her husband by her side, she set out to make that dream come true. Sandra shares her experiences on the road in this inspirational memoir.

Sandra B. Griffin is a retired educator and former vice president of a two-year college. She and her husband Gerry live in Florence, South Carolina.

Sandra Griffin

Author Luncheon with Bronwen Dickey, Pit Bull, Sat., July 2, 12 pm

Pit Bull


Join us Sat., July 2, 12 pm for lunch with Bronwen Dickey at Halls Chophouse (434 King St.). Bronwen will talk and sign copies of her new book, Pit Bull: The Battle over an American Icon (Knopf, hb., 352 pp, $26.95).

About the book: When Bronwen Dickey brought her new dog home, she saw no traces of the infamous viciousness in her affectionate, timid pit bull. Which made her wonder: How had the breed—beloved by Teddy Roosevelt, Helen Keller, and Hollywood’s “Little Rascals”—come to be known as a brutal fighter? Pit Bull is the hugely illuminating story of how a popular breed of dog became the most demonized and supposedly the most dangerous of dogs—and what role humans have played in the transformation.

About the author: Bronwen Dickey is a contributing editor at The Oxford American. Her writing has also appeared in The New York Times, NewsweekThe Virginia Quarterly Review, Outside, Popular Mechanics, Best American Travel Writing 2009SlateGarden & GunThe San Francisco ChronicleSouthern Living, World Hum, Sport Diver, and The Independent Weekly, among other publications. She lives in North Carolina.

Bronwen DickeyTickets for this event, part of our ongoing Author Luncheon Series, are $57 – included are a three course meal and signed hardback. Click here for tickets.


Jenn Marie Thorne The Inside of Out, Fri., July 1, 5 pm

inside of out book cover

Join us Fri., July 1, 5 pm for Jenn Marie Thorne as she signs copies of her newest book – The Inside of Out (Dial Books, hb., 432 pp, $18).

About The Inside of Out: When her best friend Hannah comes out the day before junior year, Daisy is all set to let her ally flag fly. Before you can spell LGBTQIA, she’s leading the charge to end their school’s antiquated ban on same-sex dates at dances—starting with homecoming. And if people assume Daisy herself is gay? Meh, so what. It’s all for Hannah, right? It’s all for the cause. What Daisy doesn’t expect is for “the cause” to blow up—thanks to Adam, the cute college journalist whose interview with Daisy for his college newspaper goes viral, catching fire in the national media. With the story spinning out of control, protesters gathering, Hannah left in the dust of Daisy’s good intentions, and Daisy’s attraction to Adam practically written in lights, Daisy finds herself caught between her bold plans, her bad decisions, and her big fat mouth.

About Jenn Marie Thorne: Jenn Marie Thorne writes YA fiction from a lovely seaside town in Florida, alongside her dashing husband, two daring toddlers, and trusty hound Molly. An NYU-Tisch grad with a BFA in Drama, Jenn still enjoys making a fool of herself on at least a weekly basis. Other hobbies include writing about herself in the third-person, studying classical voice, learning languages, and traveling the world with her family.


Release Party for Ghosts of War by Brad Taylor, Tues., June 28, 7 pm

Ghosts of War

Join celebrated local author Brad Taylor at the Windjammer on the Isle of Palms (1008 Ocean Blvd.), Tues., June 28, 7 pm. Brad will talk and sign copies of his latest thriller, Ghosts of War (Dutton, hb., 416 pp., $27).

About the book: Pike Logan travels to Poland, hired to verify artifacts hidden for decades in a fabled Nazi gold train, only to find himself caught amid growing tensions between East and West. On the brink of war, Pike discovers that there is a separate agenda in play, one determined to force a showdown between NATO and Russia. With time running out, Pike races to unravel the mystery before a point of no return is reached.

Brad Taylor is the author of the New York Times bestselling Pike Logan series. He served for more than twenty years in the U.S. Army, including eight years in 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment–Delta, commonly known as Delta Force. He retired as a Special Forces Lieutenant Colonel and now lives in Charleston.

Can’t make it? Preorder a signed coping of Ghosts of War here.

Brad Taylor

Release Party for Heartless by Leah Rhyne, Tues., May 24, 5 pm


Join us Tues., May 24, 5 pm for the Hometown Release Party for Leah Rhyne‘s Heartless (Polis Books, hb., 320 pp, $19). There will be wine, there will be cake, it will be epic.

About Heartless: Jolene Hall is dead — sort of. She walks, thinks, and talks, but her heart no longer beats. A contemporary retelling of Frankenstein, Heartless follows Jolene, her best friend, and her boyfriend as they follow a treacherous trail to find out who has turned her into a monster, and who’s next.

Leah Rhyne is a Jersey girl who’s lived in the South so long she’s lost her accent…but never her attitude. After spending her childhood watching movies like Star Wars, Alien, and A Nightmare On Elm Street, and reading Stephen King, Leah now spends her days writing tales of horror and science fiction. Her short fiction has appeared in such publications as Abyss & Apex Magazine and Revolt Daily. She writes for, and for herself at Leah lives with her husband, daughter, and a small menagerie of pets in Charleston, South Carolina.

Leah Rhyne -- Piccolo Fiction