Blue Bicycle Books, Charleston, SC


Events and Signings

Sat., Jan. 12 Kate DiCamillo, Lousiana’s Way Home at CCPL

Tues., Jan. 15 Chris Covert, Never Missed

Thurs., Jan 17 Frank Harmon, Native Places

Thurs., Jan. 17 Brad Taylor, Daughter of War (at Victor Social Club)

Fri., Jan. 25 Tommy Tomlinson, Elephant in the Room — Author Luncheon

Sat., Feb. 2 — Mickey Dubrow, American Judas

Tues., Feb. 5 — Alexandra Bracken, The Last Life of Prince Alastor

Wed., Feb. 6 — James Scott, Rampage at CCPL

Fri., Feb. 15Adam Parker, Outside Agitator

Sat., Mar 2 — Megan Griswold, Book of Help

Mon., Mar. 11 — Michael Mewshaw, The Lost Prince: A Search for Pat Conroy

Fri., Mar. 29 George Brewington, The Monster Catchers

Sat., Mar. 30 — George Singleton, Staff Picks

Tues., Apr. 23 — David Sedaris, Calypso

 

 



Outside Agitator Author Discussion with Adam Parker, Fri., Feb. 15, 5 pm

Join us Fri., Feb. 15, 5 pm as Adam Parker will be here to discuss his new book Outside Agitator (Hub City Press, pb., 240 pp., $18).

In 1968 state troopers gunned down black students protesting the segregation of a South Carolina bowling alley, killing three and injuring 28. The Orangeburg Massacre was one of the most violent moments of the Southern Civil Rights Movement, and only one person served prison time in its aftermath: a young black man by the name of Cleveland Sellers Jr. Many years later, the state would recognize that Sellers was a scapegoat in that college campus tragedy and would issue a full pardon.

Outside Agitator is the story of a Sellers’ early activism: organizing a lunch counter sit-in as a 15-year-old in the tiny South Carolina town of Denmark, registering voters in Alabama and Mississippi, refusing the Vietnam War draft, serving as national program director of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and working alongside 1960s civil rights icons Stokely Carmichael, Martin Luther King Jr., H. Rap Brown and Malcolm X. It’s also the story of his lifelong struggle to overcome the Orangeburg incident and his slow crawl to justice. Adam Parker’s incisive biography is about a proud black man who refuses to be defeated, whose tumultuous life story personifies America’s continuing civil rights struggle.

Adam Parker earned degrees in music, then spent a decade in the business world before going back to school to earn a graduate degree in journalism from Columbia University. He taught journalism as an adjunct professor at the College of Charleston and soon landed a job at The Post and Courier. At the newspaper, he worked as a copy editor, metro editor, general assignment reporter, restaurant critic and religion reporter, arts writer and more. A long-time student of the civil rights movement and race in America, he has written extensively about the African-American experience. Outside Agitator is his first book.

 

 



The Monster Catchers Release Party with George Brewington, Fri., Mar. 29, 4 pm

All the kids who are out of school for Spring Break should join us Fri., Mar. 29, 4 pm as local author George Brewington will read from his new middle-grade novel The Monster Catchers (Henry Holt, hb., 288 pp., $17).

The Monster Catchers are Bailey Buckleby and his dad. They can rid your home of whatever monster is troubling you—for the right price. But when Bailey discovers that his dad has been lying to him, he begins to question the family business. A criminal mastermind puts everyone and everything he loves in peril. Only Bailey and his friends can set things right.

George Brewington has written fantasy for years, publishing short stories in a variety of magazines and anthologies. The Monster Catchers is his debut middle-grade novel.



American Judas with Mickey Dubrow, Sat., Feb. 2, 5 pm

 

Join us Sat., Feb. 2, 5 pm as Mickey Dubrow will be here to discuss his new novel American Judas (SFK Press, pb., 344 pp., $17).

American Judas is a dystopian tale about a young couple’s life after opportunistic U.S. politicians abolish the wall of separation between Church and State. Seth and Maggie Ginsberg do their best to navigate an oppressive theocracy where fundamental Christianity is the only legal religion, and abortion, homosexuality, and adultery are outlawed. When a co-worker outs Seth as a Jew, Seth escapes to Mexico, while Maggie is sent to a Savior Camp. American Judas mixes political satire, suspense, and family drama.

Mickey Dubrow is passionate about telling stories with fresh, entertaining perspectives. He wants readers to feel excitement, sympathy, amusement, joy, and maybe even a little anxiety when they read his novels. In American Judas, he explores, among other possibilities, lost faith in America and what this might mean for the freedoms we cherish so much. As a freelance writer and producer for television, Mickey’s clients include CNN, Cartoon Network Marketing, and SRA/McGraw Hill.



Author Luncheon with Tommy Tomlinson, The Elephant in the Room, Fri., Jan. 25, 12 pm

Join us Fri., Jan. 25, 12 pm for lunch at Halls Signature Events (5 Faber St.), as Tommy Tomlinson discusses his memoir The Elephant in the Room (Simon and Schuster, hb., 256 pp., $27).

Tickets are $32 for the three-course luncheon, or $64 to add a signed copy of the book.

Get tickets here.

When he was almost fifty years old, Tommy Tomlinson weighed an astonishing—and dangerous—460 pounds, at risk for heart disease, diabetes, and stroke, unable to climb a flight of stairs without having to catch his breath, or travel on an airplane without buying two seats. Raised in a family that loved food, he had been aware of the problem for years, seeing doctors and trying diets from the time he was a preteen. He was only one of millions of Americans struggling with weight, body image, and a relationship with food that puts them at major risk.

Intimate and insightful, The Elephant in the Room is Tomlinson’s chronicle of meeting those people, taking the first steps towards health, and trying to understand how, as a nation, we got to this point. He brings us along on an unforgettable journey of self-discovery that is a candid and sometimes brutal look at the everyday experience of being constantly aware of your size. Over the course of the book, he confronts these issues head on and chronicles the practical steps he has to take—big and small—to lose weight by the end.

Tommy Tomlinson has written for publications including EsquireESPN the MagazineSports IllustratedForbesGarden & Gun, and many others. He spent twenty-three years as a reporter and local columnist for the Charlotte Observer, where he was a finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize in commentary. Tommy and his wife, Alix Felsing, live in Charlotte.



Never Missed with Chris Covert, Tues., Jan. 15, 5:30 pm

Join us Tues., Jan. 15, 5:30 pm as Chris Covert will tell us the story behind his new book Never Missed (Warren Publishing, pb., 254 pp., $16), about his father Mark, a world-class long-distance runner who ran every day for exactly forty-five years.

What started as a hobby quickly became a life’s passion and a legacy for Mark Covert, holder of the second-longest running streak in history. He covered an astonishing 159,000 miles during the 16,436 consecutive days he kept The Streak alive. From his first national championship, to competing in the 1972 Olympic trials wearing the first pair of Nike shoes, Mark’s story is one of toughness, perseverance, and unwavering dedication to the sport of running.

Chris has spent fifteen years working with collegiate and professional athletes. A graduate of California State University, Fullerton and a student of Ken Ravizza, he has worked with athletes in High School, the NCAA [baseball, softball, football, soccer, cross country, and track & field], MLB, PGA, and NFL. As a former Head Coach at the NCAA level, he has worked with over 175 First Team All-Americans and over 250 All-Conference Athletes, along with being named a 9x Conference and Regional Coach of the Year. Chris now lives in Charleston and works as a motivational consultant.



Daughter of War Release Party with Brad Taylor, Sat. Jan. 20, 7 pm

Join celebrated local author Brad Taylor at Victor Social Club (39F John Street), Sat., Jan. 20, 7 pm. Brad will talk and sign copies of his latest thriller Daughter or War (Dutton, hb., 400 pp., $27).

About the book: Hot on the trail of a North Korean looking to sell sensitive US intelligence to the Syrian regime, Pike Logan and the Taskforce stumble upon something much graver: the sale of a lethal substance called Red Mercury.

Unbeknownst to the Taskforce, the Syrians plan to use the weapon of mass destruction against American and Kurdish forces, and blame the attack on terrorists, causing western nations to reassess their participation in the murky cauldron of the Syrian civil war.

Meanwhile, North Korea has its own devastating agenda: a double-cross that will dwarf the attack in Syria even as it lays the blame on the Syrian government. Leveraging Switzerland’s fame for secrecy and its vast network of military bunkers, now repurposed by private investors for the clandestine storage of wealth, North Korea will use Red Mercury to devastate the West’s ability to deliver further sanctions against the rogue regime.

As the Taskforce begins to unravel the plot, a young refugee unwittingly holds the key to the conspiracy. Hunted across Europe for reasons she cannot fathom, she is the one person who can stop the attack–if she can live long enough for Pike and Jennifer to find her.

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.

 



Native Place with Frank Harmon, Thurs., Jan. 17, 5 pm

Join us Thurs., Jan. 17, 5 pm as renowned architect Frank Harmon discusses his new book of sketches Native Places: Discovering a Way to See (ORO Edition, hb., 168 pp., $25).

Native Places is a collection of 64 watercolor sketches paired with mini-essays about architecture, landscape, everyday objects, and nature. The sketches relate the delight found in ordinary places. The short essays, rather than repeat what is visible in the sketch, illustrate ideas and thoughts sparked by that image and offer a fresh interpretation of ordinary things.

The goal of Native Places is, in part, to transform the way we see. Through its pages, barns become guidebooks to crops and weather; a country church is redolent of the struggle for civil rights and human dignity; and a highway rest stop offers a glimpse of egalitarian society.

Frank Harmon, FAIA, has designed sustainable modern buildings across the Southeast for 30 years. A graduate of the Architectural Association in London, Frank is a professor at the North Carolina State University College of Design. He has also taught at the Architectural Association and has served as a visiting critic at Harvard, the University of Virginia, and Auburn University’s Rural Studio.



Stones Ripe for Sowing with Libby Bernardin, Thur., Nov. 29, 5 pm

Join us Thurs., Nov. 29, 5 pm to celebrate the release of Libby Bernardin’s new poetry collection Stones Ripe for Sowing (Press 53, pb., 82 pp., $15). Libby will read a few of her poems and then stick around to sign books and answer questions.

Libby Bernardin has published two chapbooks, The Book of Myth (SC Poetry Initiative, 2009) and Layers of Song (Finishing Line Press, 2011). Her poems have appeared in Notre Dame ReviewAsheville Poetry ReviewSouthern Poetry ReviewCairn, Kakalak, Pinesong, and the Poetry Society of South Carolina Yearbooks. She is a Life Member of the Board of Governors of the South Carolina Academy of Authors, and a member of the Poetry Society of South Carolina and the North Carolina Poetry Society. Her poem “Transmigration” was nominated for a 2017 Pushcart Prize.

 



Author Luncheon with Patti Callahan, Becoming Mrs. Lewis, Sat., Oct. 27, 12 pm

Join us Sat., Oct. 27, 12 pm for lunch at Halls Signature Events (5 Faber St.), as Patti Callahan discusses Becoming Mrs. Lewis (Thomas Nelson, hb., 416 pp., $26).

Tickets are $32 for the three-course luncheon, or $60 to add a signed copy of the book.

Get tickets here.

At once a fascinating historical novel and a glimpse into a writer’s life, Becoming Mrs. Lewis is above all a love story. When poet and writer Joy Davidman began writing letters to C. S. Lewis—known as Jack—she was looking for spiritual answers, not love. Everything about New Yorker Joy seemed ill-matched for an Oxford don and the beloved writer of Narnia, yet their minds bonded over their letters. Embarking on the adventure of her life, Joy traveled from America to England and back again, facing heartbreak and poverty, discovering friendship and faith, and against all odds, finding a love that even the threat of death couldn’t destroy.

Patti Callahan (Patti Callahan Henry) is a New York Times bestselling author. Patti was a finalist in the Townsend Prize for Fiction, has been an Indie Next Pick, twice an OKRA pick, and a multiple nominee for the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) Novel of the Year. Patti attended Auburn University for her undergraduate work and Georgia State University for her graduate degree. The mother of three children, she lives in both Mountain Brook, Alabama, and Bluffton, South Carolina, with her husband.



The Lumberjack’s Dove with GennaRose Nethercott, Fri. Oct. 26, 8 pm

Join us Fri., Oct. 26, 8:00 pm to celebrate the release of GennaRose Nethercott‘s book of poetry The Lumberjack’s Dove (Ecco, pb., 96 pp. $15).

In the ingenious and vividly imagined narrative poem The Lumberjack’s Dove, a lumberjack cuts his hand off with an axe—however, instead of merely being severed, the hand shapeshifts into a dove. Inflected with the uncanny enchantment of modern folklore and animated by the sly shifting of points-of-view, The Lumberjack’s Dove is wise, richly textured poetry from a boundlessly creative new voice.

The Lumberjack’s Dove was selected by Louise Glück as a winner of the National Poetry Series for 2017. GennaRose’s other recent projects include A Ghost of Water and the narrative song collection Modern Ballads. She tours nationally and internationally composing poems-to-order for strangers on a 1952 Hermes Rocket typewriter.