Blue Bicycle Books, Charleston, SC


Events and Pre-orders

Tues., Sept 14 — Nancy Springer, Enola Holmes and the Black Barouche — with the Pat Conroy Literary Center

Tues., Sept 14 — Antoni Porowski, Let’s Do DinnerVirtual Release Party

Thurs., Sept 30 — Tabitha Brown, Feeding the Soul

Sun. Oct. 3 — Katie Crouch, Embassy Wife, Gervais Hagerty, In Polite Company and Grady Hendrix, The Final Girl Support Group

TBDCarrie Morey, Hot Little Suppers

Wed., Oct. 20 — Peter Zheutlin, Spin

Sun., Oct. 31Jeff Kinney, Big Shot: Diary of a Wimpy Kid # 16 — James Island Library

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



Jeff Kinney, Diary of a Wimpy Kid # 16 — Oct. 31, 2 pm

 

Don’t miss your BIG SHOT to meet BIG SHOT Jeff Kinney, Sun. Oct. 31, Baxter-Patrick Public Library, 1858 S. Grimball Rd., James Island, at the drive-thru book signing for Big Shot: Diary of Wimpy Kid #16 (Abrams, hb., 224 pp., $15)

All tickets include a signed book, photo with the author, and a trip though the the multi-stationed, sports-themed, drive-thru extravaganza in the  library parking lot.

Get tickets and more info here

Grab the whole family and Wimpify your car so it’s ready to roll through The Big Shot Drive-Thru! Decorations and signs are highly encouraged. The family with the best-decorated car will win a boxed set of Awesome Friendly books.

Jeff Kinney is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and a six-time Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Award winner for Favorite Book for his Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. Jeff has been named one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. He is also the creator of Poptropica, one of Time’s 50 Best Websites. He spent his childhood in the Washington, D.C., area and moved to New England in 1995. Jeff lives with his wife and two sons in Massachusetts, where they own the bookstore An Unlikely Story. For more about Wimpy Kid visit wimpykid.com



Katie Crouch, Grady Hendrix, and Gervais Hagerty, Sun. Oct 3, 4 pm

Come hassle them, they’re local!

Join Katie Crouch, Embassy Wife (FSG, 368 pp., hb., $27), Gervais Hagerty, In Polite Company (Morrow, pb., 368, pp., $17).  and Grady Hendrix, The Final Girl Support Group (Berkley, 352 pp., hb., $26) in the Blue Bicycle Books courtyard for a reception, talk and signing Sunday, Oct. 3 at 4 pm

Can’t make it? Order signed copies to be shipped: The Embassy WifeThe Final Girl Support Group, and In Polite Company.

About Embassy Wife:

Persephone Wilder is a displaced genius posing as the wife of an American diplomat in Namibia. She takes her job as a representative of her country seriously, and comes up with an intricate set of rules to survive such problems as: how to dress in hundred-degree weather without showing too much skin, how not to look drunk at embassy functions, and how to eat roasted oryx with grace. She also suspects her husband is not actually the ambassador’s general counsel, but a secret agent in the CIA. Ever the embassy wife, she takes Amanda Evans, under her wing.

Amanda Evans has just arrived in Namibia, mere weeks after giving up her Silicon Valley job, as her husband, Mark, has accepted a Fulbright. But once they arrive in the sub-Saharan desert, it becomes clear that Mark, who lived in Namibia two decades earlier, had other reasons for returning. Their marriage, which seemed solid in the safety of home, feels tenuous in the glaring heat of the Kalahari. When Amanda’s daughter becomes involved an international conflict, lines are drawn in the sand.

About The Final Girl Support Group:

In horror movies, the final girl is the one who’s left standing when the credits roll. The one who fought back, defeated the killer, and avenged her friends. The one who emerges bloodied but victorious. But after the sirens fade and the audience moves on, what happens to her?

Lynnette Tarkington is a real-life final girl who survived a massacre twenty-two years ago, and it has defined every day of her life since. And she’s not alone. For more than a decade she’s been meeting with five other actual final girls and their therapist in a support group for those who survived the unthinkable, putting their lives back together, piece by piece. That is until one of the women misses a meeting and Lynnette’s worst fears are realized—someone knows about the group and is determined to take their lives apart again, piece by piece.

But the thing about these final girls is that they have each other now, and no matter how bad the odds, how dark the night, how sharp the knife, they will never, ever give up.

About In Polite Company:

Tourists think they see the real Charleston, but Simons Smythe knows there’s more to her hometown than sweet tea and Southern hospitality. Behind the walled gardens, inside the fabled historic homes, live Charleston’s elite. Simons was born into this powerful aristocracy that has quietly ruled the city for centuries.

Simons’s family has a banner year ahead; Her older sister will give birth to her second child, and her younger sister will make her debut—a series of cocktail parties and balls to introduce her to society. And in one year, Simons plans to marry Trip. She hopes that’s enough time to fall back in love.

Simons produces the news at a local TV station, a job that increasingly tests her loyalty to her family and friends. On her days off, Simons surfs the waves of Folly Beach, crabs the salty rivers of Edisto Island, and follows her wayward heart to King Street bars. The one touchstone in this confusing time is her elegant and secretive grandmother, Laudie, who—repeatedly and mysteriously—urges Simons to “be brave”.

In this sparkling novel, Simons unlocks riddles from the past, flirts with a new future, and discovers that some rules are made to be broken.

About the authors: 

Charleston native Katie Crouch is the author of the New York Times bestselling novel Girls in TrucksMen and Dogs and Abroad. Her writing has appeared in The New York TimesThe GuardianMcSweeney’sTin HouseSlate, and Salon. A MacDowell Fellow, she teaches at Dartmouth College and lives in Vermont.

Grady Hendrix has written about the confederate flag for Playboy magazine, covered machine gun collector conventions, and scripted award shows for Chinese television. His novels include Horrorstör about a haunted IKEA, My Best Friend’s Exorcism, which is basically “Beaches” meets “The Exorcist”, and We Sold Our Souls, a heavy metal horror epic out now from Quirk Books. He’s also the author of Paperbacks from Hell, a history of the horror paperback boom of the Seventies and Eighties, and the movie Mohawk, a horror flick about the War of 1812, and the upcoming film, Satanic Panic. You can discover more ridiculous facts about him at www.gradyhendrix.com.

Gervais Hagerty grew up in Charleston, South Carolina. She earned her B.A. in psychology from Vanderbilt University. After a post-college stint in Southern California, she returned to the East Coast, where she worked as a news reporter and producer for both radio and television broadcasts. In 2013, she earned her M.B.A. from The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, and soon after became a professor teaching Leadership Communications. She lives in Charleston with her husband and daughters. In Polite Company is her first novel.




Katie Crouch and Grady Hendrix: High school friends publish on the same day

Friends Grady Hendrix and Katie Crouch were named “Wittiest” in the class of 1991 at Charleston’s Porter-Gaud High School. Thirty years later they have novels released the same day!

Order signed copies here:

Katie Crouch, Embassy Wife (FSG, 368 pp. hb., $27)

Grady Hendrix, The Final Girl Support Group (Berkley, 352 pp., hb., $26)

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Praise from BBB staff:

Traveling in a Fried-Out Combi

Embassy Wife would already be a rarity — a smart, observant social novel about smart Southern women — the type who grew up in Charleston and Virginia in the 80s and “share a complex lexicon of Laura Ashley, white guilt, Dave Matthews…and the kind of sex that happens in a car during a church picnic.

But its Namibian setting makes it truly unique. Katie Crouch spent two years there and her insight shines without looking like someone trying to show off research. It almost reads like an African mash-up of Gatsby: Ivy League athletes, car crashes, smuggling, a much-too-late quest for lost love, and lots of drinking. Crouch sets the wheels in motion and all the elements come hurtling together like a combi minibus coming at you in the passing lane.

— Jonathan Sanchez, West Charlotte H.S. ’91

 

Final Answer

In the slasher genre, a “final girl” is the one character left at the end to confront the killer — think Jamie Lee Curtis in Halloween. Grady Hendrix’s novel The Final Girl Support Group takes six survivors of horror-film-inspiring traumas and puts them in a group therapy session.

We see the dark and conspiratorial precautions that are taken once surviving a fight to the death. We see the security, the backup plans, the backup to the backup plans. All with good reason, considering that someone starts killing off the six girls. The final battle / killer-reveal scene could not get any more 70s slasher — an all-out brawl at a summer camp. I often find myself wondering why it is that horror captivates me. Hendrix has given me an answer.

— Judith Arendall, not alive yet in ’91



Mary Alice Monroe, Drive-Thru Book Signing for The Islanders — Sat., Jun 12

Join New York Times bestselling author Mary Alice Monroe and her longtime colleague Angela May at Wando Mt. Pleasant Public Library for an in-person drive-thru book signing of their new book for young readers, The Islanders (Aladdin, 304 pp., hb., $18.00), Sat, June 12, 11 am to 1 pm.

Books: To purchase a book to be picked up at the event, please visit City Paper Tickets and select the “Signed Copy of The Islanders” ticket option. Additional books will be available on site. Note: this is a special pre-release-day event, books will not otherwise be available in stores or online until June 15.

Time-slots: Free drive-thru time-slots are available in fifteen-minute increments. Please arrive as close to your time slot as possible. Each ticket admits one car. Details about this drive-thru book signing will be sent to you prior to the event.

All CDC guidelines will be followed, and you will be asked to stay in your car for the entirety of your visit. You will have a chance to meet Mary Alice and Angela and have them sign your book and take a quick photo together before you leave.

Photos: Mary Alice and Angela are happy to take socially distanced photos with fans. A library staff member will take photos of each family with the authors.

About the book: The Islanders is the story of friendships forged in the wild and what happens when kids unplug and experience nature’s power to heal and unite. Eleven-year-old Jake is spending the summer with his internet-and-TV-averse grandmother on remote Dewees Island. The South Carolina barrier island is a nature sanctuary, which means no paved roads, cars, stores, or restaurants, but plenty of wildlife and wide open spaces. Alongside Jake and his new friends Macon and Lovie, readers will fall in love with the Lowcountry landscape as well as the furry, finned, and feathered animals with whom they share it.

About the authors:

Mary Alice Monroe is the New York Times best-selling author of more than twenty books, including the recent The Summer of Lost and Found, The Beach House, Beach House Memories, Swimming Lessons, Beach House for Rent, Beach House Reunion, and On Ocean Boulevard. She is a 2018 inductee into the South Carolina Academy of Authors’ Hall of Fame, and her books have received numerous awards, including the 2008 South Carolina Center for the Book Award for Writing, the 2014 South Carolina Award for Literary Excellence, the 2015 Southwest Florida Author of Distinction Award, the RT Lifetime Achievement Award, the International Book Award for Green Fiction, and the 2017 Southern Book Prize for Fiction. The Beach House is also a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie. An active conservationist, she lives in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. The Islanders is her first novel for middle-grade readers.

Angela May is a former television news journalist who helps promote great books and share important community stories as a media specialist. She’s been working with Mary Alice Monroe for more than a decade. This is their first book together! Angela lives with her family in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.

 



Release Party for Kate Fagan, All the Colors Came Out — Thurs., May 20

Join us Thurs., May 20, 6 – 7:30 pm to celebrate the release of Kate Fagan‘s memoir All the Colors Came Out: A Father, a Daughter, and a Lifetime of Lessons (Little Brown, hb., 208 pp., $26). Kate will sign in the Blue Bicycle Books courtyard at 418 King St., downtown Charleston.

Can’t make it?  Buy a signed copy online here. (You’ll be in good company, All the Colors is Blue Bicycle Books’ all-time bestselling preorder!)

About the book:

Kate and her father forged their relationship on the basketball court, bonded by sweaty high fives and a dedication to the New York Knicks. But as Kate got older, her love of the sport and her closeness with her father grew complicated. The formerly inseparable pair drifted apart. The lessons that her father instilled in her about the game, and all her memories of sharing the court with him over the years, were a distant memory.

When Chris Fagan was diagnosed with ALS, Kate decided that something had to change. Leaving a high-profile job at ESPN to be closer to her mother and father and take part in his care, Kate Fagan spent the last year of her father’s life determined to return to him the kind of joy they once shared on the court. All the Colors Came Out is Kate Fagan’s completely original reflection on the very specific bond that one father and daughter shared, forged in the love of a sport which over time came to mean so much more.

Studded with unforgettable scenes of humor, pain and hope, Kate Fagan has written a book that plumbs the mysteries of the unique gifts fathers gives daughters, ones that resonate across time and circumstance.

About the author: 

Kate Fagan is an Emmy-award winning journalist and the No. 1 New York Times bestselling author of What Made Maddy Run, as well as the coming-of-age memoir The Reappearing Act. She currently writes for Sports Illustrated, and previously spent seven years as a columnist and feature writer for espnW, ESPN.com and ESPN The Magazine. She was also a regular panelist on ESPN’s Around the Horn and host of Outside the Lines. She lives in Charleston with her wife, Kathryn Budig, and their two dogs.



Josephine Caminos Oría, Sobremesa: A Memoir of Food and Love in Thirteen Courses

Join us on Zoom Thurs., May 6, 2021 at 7 pm, for an evening with Josephine Caminos Oría, author of Sobremesa: A Memoir of Food and Love in Thirteen Courses. Oría will be joining Blue Bicycle Books as part of the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) Reader Meet Writer author series.

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

Click here to purchase a signed copy of Sobremesa.

Click here to register for this FREE event!

About the book: 

In her coming-of-age adventure, Josephine travels to her family’s homeland of Argentina in search of belonging—to family, to country, to a love, and ultimately, to oneself. Steeped in the lure of Latin culture, she pieces together her mom and abuela’s pasts, along with the nourishing dishes—delectably and spiritually—that formed their kitchen arsenal. But Josephine’s travels from las pampas to the prairie aren’t easy or conventional. Just as she’s ready to give up on love all together, Josephine’s own heart surprises her by surrendering to a forbidden, transcontinental tryst with the Argentine man of her dreams. To stay together, she must make a difficult choice: return to the safe life she knows in the States, or follow her heart and craft a completely different kind of future for herself—one she never saw coming.

This otherworldly, multigenerational story of a daughter’s love and familial culinary legacy serves up, in 13 courses, the timeless traditions that help Josephine navigate transformational love and loss. It’s a reminder that that home really is anywhere the heart is. Sobremesa invites you to linger at the table, reveal your own hidden truths and savor the healing embrace of time-honored food and the wisdom it espouses.

Foreword by Sofía Pescarmona, CEO and Owner, Lagarde Winery

About the author: 

Josephine Caminos Oría was born in the city of La Plata, Argentina, and raised Stateside from infancy on in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Gathering around a table large enough to sit her family of eight, food and the sobremesa that accompanied it was how Josephine learned to make sense of the world. Stories of where she came from, and the people she’d left behind, were served to Josephine during family sobremesas she savored like meals.

Today, Josephine, along with her Argentine husband, Gastón, is the founder of La Dorita Cooks, an all-natural line of dulce de leche products and Pittsburgh’s first resource-based kitchen incubator for start-up and early stage foodmakers. In addition, Josephine is the author of the cookbook as food-memoir, “Dulce de Leche: Recipes, Stories, and Sweet Traditions” (Burgess Lea Press, February 2017).The Orías, along with their five children and golden retriever, are currently living la vida low-country in Charleston, SC.



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.

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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.