Blue Bicycle Books, Charleston, SC

Events and Signings

Tues. April 11Corrie Wang, The Takedown — Worldwide Release Party at Edmund’s Oast

Thur., April 13 Karen White, The Night the Lights Went Out

Wed., Apri. 19Katie Ashley, Living Life on Purpose

Thur., April 20 Michel Stone, Border Child

Fri., April 21 Paul Starobin, Madness Rules the Hour

Sat., April 22 Timothy Banks, Monsters in Charleston

Sun., April 23 Charlamagne Tha God, Black Privilege 

Sat., April 29 Kristy Harvey, Slightly South of Simple 

Thur., May 4 Lindsey Drager, The Lost Daughter Collective and Anthony Varallo, Everyone Was There

Fri., May 5 Mary Kay Andrews, Beach House Cookbook

Tue., May 9  Deborah Altschul, The Art of Southern Charm

Wed., May 10 Sheryl Sandberg, Option B – SOLD OUT

Fri. May 12 — Chris Ullman, Find Your Whistle

Fri., May 19Dorothea Benton Frank, Same Beach, Next Year

Sat. June 3Piccolo Fiction

2017 Write of Summer Dates!

Author Luncheon with Dorothea Benton Frank, Same Beach, Next Year, Fri., May 19, 12 pm

Join us Fri., May 19, 12 pm for lunch at Stars Rooftop and Grill Room (495 King St.), as Dottie Frank will talk about and sign her new book Same Beach, Next Year (William Morrow, hb., 384pp., $28). Tickets are $62 for the three-course luncheon plus a signed copy of the book.

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Bursting with the intoxicating richness of Dorothea Benton Frank’s beloved Lowcountry—the sultry sunshine, cool ocean breezes, icy cocktails, and starry velvet skies—Same Beach, Next Year is a dazzling celebration of the intangible power of friendship, the enduring promise of summer, and the indelible bonds of love.

The novel begins with a chance meeting on the Isle of Palms that brings former sweethearts, Adam Stanley and Eve Landers together again. Their respective spouses, Eliza and Carl, fight sparks of jealousy, while striking up a deep friendship and an unexpected attraction of their own. Adam, Eliza, Eve, and Carl grow closer over time, building a friendship that will withstand financial catastrophe, family tragedy, and devastating heartbreak.

Dottie is the author of 18 novels placed in and around the Lowcountry of South Carolina. She was born and raised on Sullivan’s Island, attended Bishop England High School and graduated from General William Moultrie High School in 1969. She is the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from The College of Charleston and a Doctorate of Fine Arts from Bloomfield College. An avid cook who also enjoys fly-fishing, reading, and travel, Dottie now divides her time between South Carolina and New Jersey.


Author Luncheon with Chris Ullman, Find Your Whistle, Fri., May 12, 12 pm

Join us Fri., May 12, 12 pm for lunch at High Cotton (199 East Bay St.), when Chris Ullman will teach you how to Find Your Whistle (Mascot, hb., 256 pp., $20). Tickets are $31 for the three-course luncheon, 0r $51 for the luncheon plus a signed copy of the book.

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Find Your Whistle is the heartwarming, hilarious, and outrageous journey of a Washington and Wall Street insider who uses his simple gift to touch hearts and change lives. In this sweet and authentic memoir, Chris tells readers how he found, developed, and shares his whistle with big-wig politicians, special needs children, Wall Street billionaires, and more than 400 people on their birthdays every year. Chris inspires readers to find their simple gift – their whistle – and make the world a better place.

Chris Ullman is a four-time national and international whistling champion. He has performed with major symphony orchestras, serenaded President George W. Bush in the Oval Office, whistled the national anthem at major league sporting events, and entertained millions around the world on TV and radio. He has appeared on The Tonight Show, The Today Show, CNN, NPR, CNBC, and been featured in The New York Times, People Magazine, The Washington Post, and Time Magazine. In 2003, Chris released his debut CD, The Symphonic Whistler, and in 2012 he was inducted into the International Whistling Hall of Fame. By day he is a Director of Global Communications at The Carlyle Group, an investment firm based in Washington, DC.

Author Luncheon with Patricia Altschul, The Art of Southern Charm, Tue., May 9, 12 pm

Join us Tues., May 9, 12 pm for lunch at High Cotton (199 East Bay St.), as Patricia Altschul explains The Art of Southern Charm (Diversion, hb., 240 pp., $27). Tickets are $57 for the three-course luncheon, including a signed copy of the book, 0r $88 for two tickets with one book.

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From the primetime show Southern Charm, Patricia Altschul finally brings fans her eagerly anticipated opus on etiquette and living a glamorous Southern lifestyle. Patricia provides advice on every situation, from hosting a memorable cocktail party, to decoding the dress code for any event, to handling a drunken boor at the dinner table, to delivering the perfectly phrased insult―like her now iconic “shameless strumpet.” The Art of Southern Charm takes readers inside the world of Charleston’s most captivating grande dame, who (with Michael the Butler) offers a blueblood’s blueprint for curating and celebrating life at its best.

Patricia Altschul has been featured in publications including Vogue, Town & Country, People, and Architectural DigestWise, cultivated, elegant, and funny, Patricia is a consummate hostess and a lifestyle icon whose unique combination of class and sass has endeared her to fans of all ages.

New Book Release Readings by College of Charleston Professors Lindsey Drager and Anthony Varallo, Thur., May 4, 5:30 pm


Join us Thurs., May 4, 5:30 pm as local authors, and College of Charleston professors, Lindsey Drager and Anthony Varallo will give readings from their new books.

Lindsey Drager is the author of The Sorrow Proper (Dzanc, 2015), winner of the 2016 Binghamton University / John Gardner Fiction Award. Originally from Michigan, she is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at the College of Charleston, where she teaches in the MFA program in fiction. Her work has been published in prominent venues including Web Conjunctions, Gulf Coast, West Branch Wired, Black Warrior Review, Cream City Review, Quarterly West, and Kenyon Review Online.

Her new novel, The Lost Daughter Collective (Dzanc, pb., 176 pp., $16), is a gothic fairy tale fusing the fabulism of Donald Barthelme and Ben Marcus with the language play of Rikki Ducornet and Jenny Offill.

Anthony Varallo is the author of three previous short-story collections: This Day in History (University of Iowa Press), winner of the John Simmons Short Fiction Award and Finalist for the Paterson Fiction Prize; Out Loud (University of Pittsburgh Press), winner of the Drue Heinz Literature Prize; and Think of Me and I’ll Know (TriQuarterly Books).

His latest, Everyone Was There (Elixir Press, pb., 164 pp., $19), will be released in May.

Anthony has received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Literature, and his stories have appeared in over seventy literary magazines and journals. He joined the Department of English at the College of Charleston in 2005 and serves as Fiction Editor of Crazyhorse.


Author Luncheon with Mary Kay Andrews, The Beach House Cookbook, Fri., May 5, 12 pm

Join us Fri., May 5, 12 pm for lunch at High Cotton (199 East Bay St.), as Mary Kay Andrews discusses The Beach House Cookbook (St. Martin’s, hb., 272 pp., $30). Tickets are $61 for the three-course luncheon, including a signed copy of the book, 0r $92 for two tickets with one book.

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You don’t have to own a beach house to enjoy Mary Kay Andrews’ recipes. All you need is an appetite for delicious, casual dishes, cooked with the best fresh, local ingredients and presented with the breezy flair that make Mary Kay Andrews novels a summertime favorite at the beach.

From an early spring dinner of cherry balsamic-glazed pork medallions and bacon-kissed Brussels sprouts to Fourth of July buttermilk-brined fried chicken, potato salad, and pudding parfaits to her New Year’s Day Open House menu of roast oysters, home-cured gravlax, grits ‘n’ greens casserole, and lemon-cream cheese pound cake, this cookbook will supply ideas for menus and recipes designed to put you in a permanently carefree, coastal state of mind all year long.

Mary Kay Andrews is The New York Times bestselling author of The Weekenders, Beach Town, Save the Date, Ladies’ Night, Christmas Bliss, Spring Fever, Summer Rental, The Fixer Upper, Deep Dish, Blue Christmas, Savannah Breeze, Hissy Fit, Little Bitty Lies, and Savannah Blues. A former journalist for The Atlanta Journal Constitution, she lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

Piccolo Fiction – Charleston Music Hall – Sat., June 3, 5 pm

Piccolo Fiction presented by Blue Bicycle Books, Sat., June 3, 5 pm, Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Free and open to the public.

The festival’s longest-running event exclusively devoted to fiction, Piccolo Fiction invites local authors to write and share original  short stories. This year’s reading will be in the historic Charleston Music Hall, and, following recent tradition, each story will begin with the words “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.

Featured authors:

Julia Elliott’s writing has appeared on, in Tin House, The Georgia Review, Conjunctions, The New York Times, and other publications. She has won a Rona Jaffe Writer’s Award, and her stories have been anthologized in Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses and Best American Short Stories. Her debut story collec­tion, The Wilds, was chosen by Kirkus, BuzzFeed, Book Riot, and Electric Literature as one of the Best Books of 2014 and was a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice. Her first novel, The New and Improved Romie Futch, arrived in October 2015.

Cinelle Barnes writes memoirs and personal essays on trauma, growing up in Manila, Philippines, and being a mother and immigrant in America. In 2014, she was nominated for the AWP Journal Intro Award for Creative Non-Fiction. She has an MFA from Converse College and teaches writing workshops throughout the year, including Poses and Prose, a yoga + writing workshop. Her debut memoir, Monsoon Mansion, will be released by Little A publishing in Spring 2018.

Benjamin Brandenburg is a former Columbia University graduate student and current bookstore clerk living in Charleston. His stories are sometimes published online, most recently at Hobart and Monkeybicycle.

Born in Raleigh, N.C., Aaron Wood and his wife moved to Charleston in 2013 to escape the winters of Appalachia. His fiction has been published in Charleston City Paper. A sous chef for a local caterer, when he’s not working on a collection of short stories, he spends time with his wife and dog or fishing the local waters.

Living Life on Purpose with Katie Ashley, Wed., April 19, 5 pm

Join us Wed., April 19, 5:00 pm as Katie Ashley discusses and signs copies of her book Living Life on Purpose.

Anyone looking to create a future that is not defined by their past will find refuge in this book. Living Life on Purpose proves how far people can progress in one lifetime when they rebel against fate and follow their heart to find a spiritual purpose. Katie provides a roadmap for readers to engage with one of life’s most important questions: How can I feel happy no matter my experience? Katie shows you how to work through your biggest challenges to be the one guiding your soul’s ship. When you finish reading, you’ll realize you had the power to actualize your life all along. You just needed the tools to see more clearly.

Katie Ashley is a mentor, yoga teacher, positive body image activist and the author of Living Life On Purpose – a collection of essays, stories, and timeless teachings from a modern perspective. She lives and teaches in Charleston, and serves students worldwide via her mentoring practice, workshops and upcoming retreats.

Author Luncheon with Kristy Woodson Harvey, Slightly South of Simple, Sat., April 29, 12 pm

Join us Sat., April 29, 12 pm for lunch at High Cotton (199 East Bay St.), as Kristy Woodson Harvey discusses her new novel Slightly South of Simple (Gallery Books, pb., 400 pp., $16). Tickets are $31 for the three-course luncheon and talk, or $47 with a signed copy of the book.

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About the book: Caroline Murphy swore she’d never set foot back in the small Southern town of Peachtree Bluff; she was a New York girl born and bred and the worst day of her life was when, in the wake of her father’s death, her mother selfishly forced her to move—during her senior year of high school, no less—back to that hick-infested rat trap where she’d spent her childhood summers. But now that her marriage to a New York high society heir has fallen apart in a very public, very embarrassing fashion, a pregnant Caroline decides to escape the gossipmongers with her nine-year-old daughter and head home. Exploring the powerful bonds between sisters and mothers and daughters, this engaging novel is filled with Southern charm, emotional drama, and plenty of heart.

About the author: Kristy Woodson Harvey is a born-and-bred North Carolina girl who loves all four seasons—especially fall in Chapel Hill, where she attended college, and summer in Beaufort, where she and her family spend every free moment. The author of Dear Carolina and Lies and Other Acts of Love, Kristy is also the founder of the popular interior design blog Design Chic.

Michel Stone at the Charleston Museum, Thur., Apr. 20, 6 pm

Join us at the Charleston Museum (360 Meeting Street), Thur., April 20, 6 pm, as South Carolina native Michel Stone discusses her newest novel Border Child (Nan A. Talese, hb., 272 pp., $27).

About the book: For Héctor and Lilia, pursuit of the American Dream became every parent’s worst fear when they were separated from their infant daughter as they crossed from Mexico to the United States. Now they must try to get her back. Border Child drops readers into the whirlwind of the contemporary immigrant experience, where a marriage is strained to the breaking point by the consequences of wanting more for the next generation. With great empathy and a keen awareness of current events, Michel Stone delivers a novel of surpassing sensitivity and heart.

About the author: Michel Stone has previously published a novel called The Iguana Tree, as well as more than a dozen stories and essays in various journals and magazines. She is a 2011 recipient of the South Carolina Fiction Project Award. She is a graduate of Clemson University with a Master’s Degree from Converse College, and she is an alumna of the Sewanee Writers Conference. Raised on Johns Island, Michel now lives in Spartanburg.