Blue Bicycle Books, Charleston, SC

Events and Signings

Thurs., Aug. 23 Kimothy Joy, That’s What She Said

Sun., Aug. 26 Jason Ryan, Race to Hawaii

Sat., Sept. 1 Ed Waldrop, Living Waters

Thurs., Sept. 6  Author Luncheon with Karen White, Beatriz Williams, and Lauren Willig

Sat., Sept. 8 Nicole Rivas, A Bright and Pleading Dagger

Tues., Sept. 18 — Reese Witherspoon at the Gaillard

Fri., Sept. 21Author Luncheon for Our Prince of Scribes: Writers Celebrate Pat Conroy

Sat., Sept. 22 — Archive: SC Poetry Since 2005

Fri., Sept. 28 Author Luncheon with Gigi Wilson, Fun and Simple Gourmet

Sat., Sept. 29 F. Rutledge Hammes, A Curious Matter of Men with Wings

Wed., Oct. 3 Joyce Blaylock, Adelicia: Grace, Grit, and Gumption

Fri., Oct. 5 Author Luncheon with Diane Chamberlain, The Dream Daughter

Mon., Oct. 8 Elin Hilderbrand, Winter in Paradise

Thurs., Oct. 11 Jason Ryan, Race to Hawaii at Charleston County Public Library

Sat., Oct. 20Busy Philipps, This Will Only Hurt a Little , Charleston Museum

Wed., Oct. 24 Jacqueline Friedland, Trouble the Waters

Thurs., Oct. 25 Nina Collins, What Would Virginia Woolf Do?

Fri., Oct. 26 — GennaRose Nethercott, The Lumberjack’s Dove

Sat., Oct. 27 — Author Luncheon with Patti Callahan, Becoming Mrs. Lewis

Sat., Oct. 27 Tim Pakron, Mississippi Vegan 

Tue., Oct. 30 Joseph Kelly, Marooned: Jamestown, Shipwreck, and a New History of America’s Origin

Fri. & Sat., Nov. 9-10 — YALLFest!

Marooned: Jamestown, Shipwreck, and a New History of America’s Origin with Joseph Kelly, Tue., Oct. 30, 5 pm

Join us Tue., Oct. 30, 5:00 pm to celebrate the release of Joseph Kelly‘s new book Marooned: Jamestown, Shipwreck, and a New History of America’s Origin (Bloomsbury Publishing, hb., 512 pp., $32).

In Marooned, Joseph Kelly reexamines the history of Jamestown and comes to a radically different and decidedly American interpretation of these first Virginians. We all know the great American origin story. Fleeing religious persecution, the hardworking, pious Pilgrims thrived in the wilds of New England, where they built their fabled city on a hill. However, the epic origin of America was not an exodus and a fledgling theocracy. It is a tale of shipwrecked castaways of all classes marooned in the wilderness fending for themselves in any way they could–a story that illuminates who we are today.

Joseph Kelly is a professor of literature at the College of Charleston. He is the author of America’s Longest Siege: Charleston, Slavery, and the Slow March Toward Civil War, and the editor of the Seagull Reader series. He lives in Charleston, South Carolina.

Author Luncheon with Diane Chamberlain, The Dream Daughter, Fri., Oct. 5, 12 pm

Join us Fri., Oct. 5, 12 pm for lunch at Halls Signature Events (5 Faber St.), as Diane Chamberlain discusses The Dream Daughter (St. Martin’s Press, hb., 384 pp., $28).

Tickets are $32 for the three-course luncheon, or $62 to add a signed copy of the book.

Get tickets here.

The Dream Daughter is a rich, genre-spanning, breathtaking novel about one mother’s quest to save her child, unite her family, and believe in the unbelievable. When Carly Sears receives the news that her unborn baby girl has a heart defect, she is devastated. She is told that nothing can be done to help her child, but her brother-in-law tells her there is a way to save her baby. What he suggests is something that will shatter every preconceived notion that Carly has.

Diane Chamberlain is the international bestselling author of more than twenty novels, including The Dream Daughter, Necessary Lies, and The Silent Sister. She lives in North Carolina with her partner, photographer John Pagliuca, and her sheltie.

Trouble the Water with Jacqueline Friedland, Wed., Oct. 24, 6 pm

Join us Wed., Oct. 24, 6:00 pm to celebrate the release of Jacqueline Friedland‘s debut novel Trouble the Water (SparkPress, pb., 352 pp. $17).

Set against the vivid backdrop of Charleston twenty years before the Civil War, Trouble the Water is a captivating tale replete with authentic details about Charleston’s aristocratic planter class, American slavery, and the Underground Railroad. Abigail Milton was born into the British middle class, but her family has landed in unthinkable debt. To ease their burdens, Abby’s parents send her to America to live off the charity of their old friend, Douglas Elling. Just as she begins to grow comfortable in her new life, she overhears her benefactor planning the escape of a local slave―and suddenly, everything she thought she knew about Douglas Elling is turned on its head.

Jacqueline Friedland holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and a JD from NYU Law School. She practiced as an attorney in New York before returning to school to receive her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College. She lives in New York with her husband, four children, and a tiny dog.

Mississippi Vegan with Timothy Pakron, Sat., Oct. 27, 5 pm

Join us Sat., Oct. 27, 5:00 pm to celebrate the release of Timothy Pakron‘s debut cookbook Mississippi Vegan (Avery, hb., 288 pp. $35).

Inspired by the landscape and flavors of his childhood on the Mississippi gulf coast, Timothy Pakron shares 125 plant-based recipes, all of which substitute ingredients without sacrificing depth of flavor and reveal the secret tradition of veganism in southern cooking. Finding ways to re-create his experiences growing up in the South on the plate, Pakron looks to history and nature as his guides to creating the richest food possible.

Timothy Pakron is a passionate cook, artist, and photographer, and the creator of the blog Mississippi Vegan. Before devoting himself to the culinary arts, he spent time as a fine artist in Charleston, South Carolina, and New York City. He currently lives and works in New Orleans.

Winter in Paradise with Elin Hilderbrand, Mon., Oct. 8, 5:30 pm

Join us Mon., Oct. 8, 5:30 pm to celebrate the release of Elin Hilderbrand‘s new novel Winter in Paradise (Little, Brown and Co., hb., 320 pp., $28).

Winter in Paradise has everything that readers have come to know and love about an Elin Hilderbrand novel, plus a healthy dose of intrigue. Irene Steele’s idyllic life is shattered when she is woken up by a late-night phone call. Her beloved husband has been found dead. As Irene investigates the mysterious circumstances of her husband’s death, she is plunged into a web of intrigue and deceit belied by the pristine white sand of the Caribbean beaches of St. John.

Elin Hilderbrand lives on Nantucket with her husband and their three young children. She grew up in Collegeville, Pennsylvania, and traveled extensively before settling on Nantucket, which has been the setting for her five previous novels. Hilderbrand is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and the graduate fiction workshop at the University of Iowa.




This Will Only Hurt a Little with Busy Philipps, Sat., Oct. 20, 7 pm

Since falling in love with Charleston while filming Vice Principals, Busy Philipps has returned with her family many times. Join us in welcoming her back to the Lowcountry, Sat., Oct. 20, 7 pm, at the Charleston Museum, as we celebrate the release of her book This Will Only Hurt a Little (Touchstone, Oct. 2018, hb., 320 pp).

Tickets include a hardback copy of This Will Only Hurt a Little, pre-signed by the author. 

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About the book: A hilarious, heartfelt, and refreshingly honest memoir by the beloved comedic actress known for her roles on Freaks and GeeksDawson’s Creek, and Cougar Town who has become “the breakout star of Instagram stories…Imagine I Love Lucy mixed with a modern lifestyle guru” (The New Yorker).

“You guys!! Busy is a legit writer with a voice as clear as a bell. This book is honest, funny, intimate, and well-observed by a person who has observed some sh*t.” —Tina Fey

“Judy Blume meets Karl Ove Knausgaard meets one brave woman from Arizona. On the page, Philipps’ toughness shines through—a rare and feminine ethical code; devoted and blunt. It’s a thrill to watch her stumble right up until the very moment she storms the f*cking gates.” —Miranda July

Busy Philipps is an actress best known for roles in cult TV classics like Dawson’s Creek, Freaks & Geeks, Cougar Town, ER, and most recentlyHBO’s Vice Principals. She has appeared in fan-favorite films such as Made of Honor, I Don’t Know How She Does It, He’s Just Not That Into You, White Chicks, and The Gift. She also was one of the writers of the hit film Blades of Glory. Busy lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their two daughters.

A Curious Matter of Men With Wings Book Launch Party with F. Rutledge Hammes, Sat., Sept. 29, 5 pm

Join us Sat., Sept. 29, 5 pm to celebrate the release of F. Rutledge Hammes’s debut novel A Curious Matter of Men with Wings.

A Curious Matter of Men With Wings tells the story of the Walpole family who fled their sorted past and escaped to one of the nearly 2,000 uninhabited Sea Islands off the Carolina coast. The novel opens with the two Walpole boys taking their little sister out on their johnboat for the first time to pirate the waterways for beer and loose change. In the process, their little sister goes overboard and appears to have drowned, until two men with gigantic wings swoop down and carry her body away into the sky. The news of her disappearance hits the family particularly hard, and the mother goes so far as to fashion herself wings and tries to fly. The Walpole boys set off in search of their little sister and, in the process, discover the truth behind the centuries-old Gullah tale of the Flying Men as well as numerous other mysteries native to the South Carolina Sea Islands.

Hammes himself was born here in the Lowcountry, where he fell in love with the waterways, the people and the folklore that inhabit the Sea Islands. His whole life, he has been writing about the Charleston area and Sea Island culture, and for the past decade, he has been teaching those young writers who will keep our lush storytelling tradition alive. He earned his MFA in fiction from Old Dominion University, has had numerous short stories, essays and poems published in various journals and magazines around the country, and is a contributing writer in several books. He is also the 2019 South Carolina Arts Commission Prose Fellow and is presently Director of the Creative Writing program at Charleston County School of the Arts, the most awarded middle- and high-school writing program in the nation.

Adelicia: Grace, Grit, and Gumption with Joyce Blaylock, Wed., Oct. 3, 5 pm

Join us Wed., Oct. 3, 5 pm as Joyce Blaylock will be here to sign her new novel Adelicia: Grace, Grit, and Gumption (Carvyl Publishing, pb., 656 pp., $20).

Adelicia: Grace, Grit, and Gumption is an historical fiction based on Adelicia Hayes’s life and historical events of the time. Twenty-one, self-willed and ambitious, Adelicia steps into the Nashville of 1838, as it is making its transition from frontier town to enterprising city. After her first husband’s death, she arguably becomes the wealthiest woman in America. However, her wealth offers little protections against the sufferings of the human heart, and Adelicia has her share. Adelicia’s universal and timeless appeal is driven by the enthralling adventures of the compelling heroine, and the numerous sub-plots that keep both dialogue and narrative active.

Joyce Blaylock has taught English Literature at both the high school and university level. Among the numerous awards she has received are the National Endowment for the Humanities Grant for the Dante Institute, the Frist Foundation Grant to study Dante in Italy, and the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship. A lover of historical research and libraries, she serves on the board of the Giles County Public Library where she enjoys her farm in Lynneville, Tennessee. Ms. Blaylock lives in Nashville with her husband, Steve, and Gabby, the cat.

Author Luncheon for the Release of Our Prince of Scribes: Authors Remember Pat Conroy, Fri. Sept. 21, 12 pm

Join us Fri., Sept. 21, 12 pm for lunch at Halls Signature Events (5 Faber St.), as we celebrate the release of Our Prince of Scribes (UGA Press, hb., 320 pp., $30), a new anthology of essays on Pat Conroy.

Tickets are $64 for the three-course luncheon and book.

Get tickets here.

Conroy’s was a messy fellowship of people from all walks of life. His relationships were complicated, and people and places he thought he’d left behind often circled back to him at crucial moments. The book’s contributors include Pulitzer Prize winners Rick Bragg and Kathleen Parker; Grammy winners Barbra Streisand and Janis Ian; Lillian Smith Award winners Anthony Grooms and Mary Hood; National Book Award winner Nikky Finney; James Beard Foundation Award winners Nathalie Dupree and Cynthia Graubart; a corps of best-selling authors like Ron Rash, Sandra Brown, and Mary Alice Monroe; Conroy biographers Katherine Clark and Catherine Seltzer; longtime Conroy friends Bernie Schein, Cliff Graubart, John Warley, and Walter Edgar; Pat’s students Sallie Ann Robinson and Valerie Sayers; members of the Conroy family; and many more.

Each author in this collection offers a slightly different view of Conroy. Through their voices, a vibrant, multifaceted portrait comes to life and sheds new light on the writer and the man.


Local Book Launch Party for Archive: South Carolina Poetry Since 2005, Sat., Sept. 22, 5 pm

Join us Sat., Sept. 22, 5 pm to celebrate the release of a new poetry anthology called Archive: South Carolina Poetry Since 2005.

Edited by Furman faculty members Gil Allen, Jeffrey Makala and Bill Rogers, Archive: South Carolina Poetry Since 2005 anthologizes the writings of 46 contemporary South Carolina poets. The anthology’s contents were previously published in national poetry journals, chapbooks or single-authored works. As such, the anthology is the best survey and summary of the writings of South Carolina poets since the previously-published 2005 Ninety-Six Press poetry anthology.

Many of the poets selected will be here to promote the book, including: Gil Allen, Mike Bassett, Emily Davis-Fletcher, Linda Ferguson, Vera Gómez, Ann Herlong-Bodman, Ellen Hyatt, Jacquelyn Markham, Rick Mulkey, Frances Pearce, Emily Rosko, and Marjory Wentworth.

For more information about the book, or about the South Carolina poetry archives, contact Kathleen Hamlin at 864-294-2191 and [email protected]