Blue Bicycle Books, Charleston, SC


Events and Pre-orders

Tues., Feb. 2 — Cameron Eubanks Wimberly of Southern Charm

Tues., Feb. 16 — Robert Elder, Calhoun: American Heretic

Tues., Mar. 16 — Shep Rose, Average Expectations

Fri. Apr. 23 & Sat. Apr. 24Yallwest Santa Monica

Tues., April 27 — Jessica Murnane: Know Your Endo (Release Date)

Tues., May 11 — Mary Alice Monroe, Summer of Lost and Found (Release Date)

Tues., May 18 —  Kate Fagan, All the Colors Came Out (Release Date)

Tues., June 15 — Mary Alice Monroe w/ Angela May, The Islanders (Release Date)

Tues., July 13 — Katie Crouch, Embassy Wife (Release Date)

Fri. Nov. 12 & Sat. Nov. 13 — YALLFest Charleston



Shep Rose of Southern Charm, Tues. Mar. 16

 

Set your expectations to HIGH and join us on Zoom, Tues., Mar. 16, 2021, 6:30 – 7:30 pm for a special evening with Southern Charm’s Shep Rose.

All tickets include a signed copy of Shep’s book Average Expectations: Lessons in Lowing the Bar (Gallery Books, 240 pp., $28). He’ll be in conversation with Whitney Sudler-Smith, Southern Charm creator and executive producer.

Click here for tickets. 

Zoom link will be emailed to registered ticketholders the day of the event.

Sorry, we are not able to take requests for personal inscriptions.

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About the book:

Average Expectations is a witty and engaging collection of essays from the charismatic star of Southern Charm that offers rip-roaring stories and tongue-in-cheek advice on everything from relationships to travel to “woke” culture and beyond. In Average Expectations Shep shares this irreverent and relatable collection of lessons and anecdotes about living an untamed yet genuine life, raising hell, and having fun along the way. With his signature endearingly snarky voice, he explores topics as varied as the trials and tribulations of being a late bloomer, the ins and outs of ghosting, how to talk about politics without resorting to blows, the do’s and don’ts of getting drunk abroad, and much more.

Shep has caroused around the world, from Hong Kong to Dubai to the mean streets of Charleston, and the fact that he hasn’t been the subject of a Locked Up Abroad episode defies all logic. Average Expectations is a chronicle of one lucky SOB and the exploits that got him where he is today, with advice and stories that will help unleash your inner rabble-rouser, inspire you to live an untamed life, and remind you that at the end of the day, life is all about having fun, having a laugh, and, most important of all, being in on the joke.

About the author:

Shep Rose is one of the original cast members of Bravo’s hit reality series Southern Charm, following the lives of young, affluent Charlestonians, and in 2018 he launched his own spinoff dating show called RelationShep. He also has a line of coastal wear called ShepGear.

 

 



Sara Shepard and Lilia Buckingham, Influence, Feb. 25, 7 pm

Join the Conroy Center on Zoom, Thurs., Feb. 25, 2021, 7 – 8 pm for an evening with co-authors Sara Shepard and Lilia Buckingham,  discussing their book, Influence (Delacorte Press, hb., 368 pp., $18). Shepard and Buckingham will be joined in conversation by the Pat Conroy Literary Center‘s Holland Perryman and Jonathan Haupt.

To register for this FREE event click here.

To order a signed copy of Influence, click here. 

About the Authors:

Sara Shepard is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Pretty Little Liars series, the Perfectionists series, and many more novels for teens and adults. She lives with her family in Pittsburgh. @saracshepard on Instagram; @sarabooks on Twitter

Lilia Buckingham is a seventeen-year-old writer, actress, dancer, and student. Though she has a strong social media presence, Lilia hates the term “influencer” but loved writing Influence. She lives in Los Angeles with her mother, brother, and two dogs. @lilia on Instagram; @BuckinghamLilia on Twitter

About the book:

Influence tells the story of life under the social media limelight through the perspectives of four young women. Jasmine is a former child star, Delilah was recently catapulted into fame by a viral video, Fiona is a long established figure in social media and looking to move into Hollywood, and Scarlet’s perfect relationship and famous boyfriend have made her famous. The three women struggle together through the many anxieties and pitfalls of social media fame.

 



Cameran Eubanks Wimberly of Southern Charm, Tues., Feb. 2

Join us on Zoom, Tues., Feb. 2, 2021, at 6:30 pm for a special evening with Southern Charm’s Cameran Eubanks Wimberly. Tickets are $34 and include a signed copy of her new book One Day You’ll Thank Me: Essays on Dating, Motherhood and Everything in Between (Gallery Books, 208 pp, $28).

Click here for tickets.

Click here to order a signed copy.

The Zoom link will be emailed to registered ticketholders on the day of the event.

Your SIGNED copy of One Day You’ll Thank Me will be shipped to the address provided at checkout.

Sorry, we are not able to take requests for personal inscriptions.

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About the book:

The fan favorite alumna of the Bravo hit series Southern Charm offers a witty and candid collection of essays on dating, pregnancy, and parenthood.

Growing up in South Carolina with a family that goes back ten generations, Cameran Eubanks knew from a young age that Southern women are expected to want the white picket fence life. But Cameran has never been your typical Southern belle, and she was always determined to flout expectations.

She set out to paint the town red, enjoy her single life, focus on her successful real estate career, maybe join the cast of a hugely popular reality show…and then she met her future husband, Jason. After falling in love and getting married, Cameran faced the same dilemma so many women encounter: whether or not to have kids. Ultimately, her own journey to motherhood was anything but simple.

Now, she takes you deeper into her life—from her first foray into reality TV on The Real World to dating in her twenties to the honest truth about her pregnancy and motherhood—to get to know the person behind the camera. Known as the voice of reason on Southern Charm, she’ll share the same honest advice she gives to her castmates and guide y’all through dating, pregnancy, and motherhood. Charming, hilarious, and a hell of a lot fun, One Day You’ll Thank Me is for anyone who has ever wondered if they should or can.

Cameran Eubanks Wimberly is an alumna of Southern Charm, the hit Bravo reality series. She is also a real estate agent based in Charleston, South Carolina, where she lives with her husband, Jason, and daughter, Palmer.



Robert Elder, Calhoun: American Heretic, Feb. 16, 6:30 pm

Join us on Zoom, Tues., Feb 16, 6:30 pm as Baylor University professor Robert Elder discusses his newest book, Calhoun: American Heretic (Basic Books, hb., 640 pp., $35). Elder, a Clemson Grad, will be joined in conversation by Paul Anderson, professor of history at Clemson University.

This event is free and open to the public.

To buy a signed copy of the book click here.

To register, click here.

About the book: John C. Calhoun was first elected to Congress in 1810, and went on to serve as secretary of war and vice president. But he is perhaps most known for arguing in favor of slavery as a “positive good” and for his famous doctrine of “state interposition,” which laid the groundwork for the South to secede from the Union—and arguably set the nation on course for civil war.

Calhoun has catapulted back into the public eye in recent years,  as protests over racial injustice have focused on his legacy. In this revelatory biographical study, historian Robert Elder shows that Calhoun is even more broadly significant than these events suggest, and that his story is crucial for understanding the political climate in which we find ourselves today. By excising Calhoun from the mainstream of American history, he argues, we have been left with a distorted understanding of our past and no way to explain our present.

About the Author: Robert Elder is an assistant professor of history at Baylor University, where his research focuses on the American South. His first book was The Sacred Mirror: Evangelicalism, Honor, and Identity in the American South, 1790‒1860. He has a B.A. and M.A. from Clemson University, a PhD. from Emory University and lives in Woodway, Texas.

About the Moderator: Paul Anderson is Associate Professor of History and University Historian at Clemson University, where he has taught the history of the American South and the history of South Carolina for twenty years. His most recent book, A Short History of the American Civil War, was published in 2019 by Bloomsbury.



Clay Rice Silhouettes – Jan. 31!

Renowned silhouette artist Clay Rice returns to Blue Bicycle Books, Sun., Jan. 31, 1 – 4 pm to cut children’s silhouettes and sign his latest books, At the Stroke of Goodnight and The Stick (Familius, hb, $17).

Taught by his grandfather, Carew Rice, Clay is a 21st-century folk artist and a Lowcountry treasure. Cutting a child’s silhouette in under five minutes is a performance in itself. You’ll be amazed when he captures a recognizable profile of your squirming two-year-old in less time than it takes to get her shoes on. His national touring schedule keeps him on the road often, cutting more than 10,000 children’s silhouettes a year, so events back home in Charleston are rare!

Personal silhouettes start at $48 for two copies.

Note — Covid protocols will be in place. Masks required. Only one family will be allowed in the silhouette-cutting area at a time, and Clay will be separated by a 6 ft table.

We expect slots to fill up quickly; to book an appointment, just register here!



YALLWrite (YALLFest 2020) — Get Signed Books!

YALLWrite (a.k.a YALLFest 2020) is this weekend! 

Over 80 bestselling authors will share their trade secrets in a virtual, craft-themed festival Fri. Nov. 13 and Sat. Nov 14.

Writers like Marie Lu, Victoria Aveyard, Nic Stone, Neal Shusterman, Marissa Meyer, V.E. Schwab, Varian Johnson and more will teach dialogue, structure, world-building, writing as a political act, graphic novels, collaboration, romance, fantasy … all told there are SEVENTY (70) master classes, panels, scavenger hunts and giveaways!

Register here (it’s all free)

Even though we’ve gone virtual, you can still get signed books. We’ve sent out YALLWrite bookplates all over the world. 

Order here or click on a name below

Renee Ahdieh SIGNED

Melissa Albert SIGNED

Jennifer L. Armentrout SIGNED

John August SIGNED

Victoria Aveyard SIGNED

Lindsay K. Bandy SIGNED

Kalynn Bayron SIGNED

Holly Black SIGNED

Gwenda Bond SIGNED

Pseudonymous Bosch SIGNED

Alexandra Bracken SIGNED

Z Brewer SIGNED

Mahogany L. Brown. SIGNED

Roseanne A. Brown SIGNED

Lilia Buckingham SIGNED

Julie Buxbaum SIGNED

Patrice Caldwell SIGNED

Kacen Callender

Kristin Cashore

Soman Chainani SIGNED

Sona Charaipotra SIGNED

Traci Chee SIGNED

Dhonielle Clayton SIGNED

Brandy Colbert SIGNED

Ally Condie SIGNED

Zoraida Cordova SIGNED

Sayantani DasGupta SIGNED

Somaiya Daud SIGNED

Melissa de la Cruz SIGNED

Susan Dennard SIGNED

Tracy Deonn SIGNED

Corinne Duyvis

Kristina Forest SIGNED

Namina Forna SIGNED

Stephanie Garber SIGNED

Kami Garcia SIGNED

Ryan Graudin SIGNED

Jordan Ifueko SIGNED

Holly Jackson

Tiffany D. Jackson SIGNED

Leah Johnson SIGNED

Varian Johnson

Kimberly Jones

Amie Kaufman SIGNED

Erin Entrada Kelly SIGNED

Jay Kristoff 

Nina LaCour

David Levithan SIGNED

Alex London SIGNED

Marie Lu SIGNED

Kwame Mbalia

Anna-Marie McLemore SIGNED

Karen McManus SIGNED

Gretchen McNeil SIGNED

Tehlor Kay Mejia SIGNED

Marissa Meyer SIGNED

Kass Morgan SIGNED

Brandon Mull SIGNED

Marieke Nijkamp SIGNED

Jennifer Niven SIGNED

Garth Nix

Daniel Jose Older SIGNED

Tochi Onyebuchi SIGNED

Claribel A. Ortega SIGNED

Mark Oshiro SIGNED

Danielle Paige SIGNED

Brendan Reichs SIGNED

Caleb Roehrig

Margaret Rogerson SIGNED

Veronica Roth SIGNED

Yusef Salaam

Adam Sass SIGNED

Victoria / V.E. Schwab SIGNED

Gilly Segal

Samantha Shannon

Sara Shepard SIGNED

Neal Shusterman 

Adam Silvera SIGNED

Meagan Spooner SIGNED

Margaret Stohl SIGNED

Nic Stone SIGNED

Sabaa Tahir

Aiden Thomas SIGNED

Kiersten White SIGNED

C. Yee SIGNED

Nicola Yoon

Sara Zarr SIGNED

Ibi Zoboi SIGNED

Note that we can’t take orders for personal inscriptions. Signed bookplates may ship separately from books. Thank you so, so much for your support. 

 



YALLWrite (YALLFest 2020) is Fri., Nov. 13 and Sat., Nov. 14

YALLWrite (a.k.a YALLFest 2020) is this weekend!


Over 80 bestselling authors will share their trade secrets in a virtual, craft-themed festival Fri. Nov. 13 and Sat. Nov 1W
riters like Marie Lu, Victoria AveyardNic StoneNeal ShustermanMarissa Meyer, V.E. Schwab, Varian Johnson and more will teach dialogue, structure, world-building, writing as a political act, graphic novels, collaboration, romance, fantasy … all told there are SEVENTY (70) master classes, panels, scavenger hunts and giveaway
Even though we’ve gone virtual, you can still get signed books. We’ve sent out YALLWrite bookplates all over the world.
Order here or click on a name below

Nicola Yoon

Note that we can’t take orders for personal inscriptions. Signed bookplates may ship separately from books.
Thank you so, so much for your support.


Vivian Howard, This Will Make It Taste Good, Sun. Oct. 25, 3 – 6 pm

 

Vivian Howard, star of “A Chef’s Life” on PBS will be in Charleston, Sun. Oct. 25, 3 – 6 pm for a special in-real-life drive-thru book signing at Tradesman Brewing (1647 King St. Extension), presented by Blue Bicycle Books.

All tickets include a signed copy of Vivian’s new book This Will Make It Taste Good: A New Path to Simple Cooking, plus a snack-pack of special treats from Vivian’s team!

SIGNED Copies still available here

 

Note:

*Tickets are divided into 15-minute timeslots from 3 to 6 pm.*You will remain in your car but still be able to get a personalized book and photo with Vivian, following proper Covid-safety procedures. Details to follow.

*Masks required.

*Additional books and merchandise will be available for sale.

*After getting your book signed, please feel free to park and have a beer at Tradesman!

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About This Will Make It Taste Good (Voracious Books, hb., 352 pp., $35):

An Eater Best Cookbook of Fall 2020!

From caramelized onions to fruit preserves, make home cooking quick and easy with ten simple “kitchen heroes” in these 125 recipes from the New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of Deep Run Roots.

“I wrote this book to inspire you, and I promise it will change the way you cook, the way you think about what’s in your fridge, the way you see yourself in an apron.”

Vivian Howard’s first cookbook chronicling the food of Eastern North Carolina, Deep Run Roots, was named one of the best of the year by 18 national publications, including the New York Times, USA Today, Bon Appetit, and Eater, and won an unprecedented four IACP awards, including Cookbook of the Year. Now, Vivian returns with an essential work of home-cooking genius that makes simple food exciting and accessible, no matter your skill level in the kitchen.



The Sophia Institute presents Sue Monk Kidd: Longings, Largeness, and Thunder — Thurs., Oct. 8, 6:30pm

 

Thurs., Oct. 8, 6:30 pm,  The Sophia Institute presents a special online talk with author Sue Monk Kidd: Longings, Largeness, and Thunder in The Book of Longings.

Sue will be discussing her new novel and instant New York Times bestseller, The Book of Longings (Viking, hb., 432 pp, $28). The online conversation will be moderated by Sophia Institute founder and director, Carolyn Rivers.

Click here to register for this free online event.

About the book: In her fourth novel, Kidd takes an audacious approach to history, telling the story of a young woman named Ana. Raised in a wealthy family with ties to the ruler of Galilee, she is rebellious and ambitious, with a brilliant mind and a daring spirit. She engages in furtive scholarly pursuits and writes narratives about neglected and silenced women. Ana is expected to marry an older widower, a prospect that horrifies her. An encounter with eighteen-year-old Jesus of Nazareth changes everything.

To order a signed copy click here.

 

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Friends & Fiction with special guest Signe Pike — Wed., Sept. 16, 7 pm

 

Join us Wed., Sept 16, 7 pm for Friends & Fiction on Facebook Live!

Five Bestselling Authors. Endless Stories. The Friends & Fiction team is Mary Kay Andrews, Mary Alice Monroe, Patti Callahan Henry, Kristy Woodson Harvey, and Kristin Harmel. The quintet started Friends and Fiction back in April with the mission of helping support independent booksellers affected by the pandemic. Each week they feature a different independent bookseller and invite a special guest author to join them.

This week’s is Charleston’s own Signe Pike, who’ll be discussing The Forgotten Kingdom (Atria Books, Sept. 15) the second book in her Lost Queen fantasy series.

To join them online and post your questions go right here.

To purchase their books go to our online store and use promo code FRIENDS to receive 10% off your order!