Blue Bicycle Books, Charleston, SC

Events and Signings

Fri., Sept. 9 Sarah J. Maas, Empire of Storms (PURE Theatre, 5 pm)

Sun., Oct. 16 Helen Stine, The Truthful Story

Tue., Oct. 18 Vivian Howard, Deep Run Roots

Tue., Oct. 25 Mary Alice Monroe, A Lowcountry Christmas

Fri., Oct. 28 Brian Hicks, Greetings from Charleston

Tue., Nov. 1 Ryan Graudin, Blood for Blood

Fri. and Sat., Nov. 11 & 12 YALLFest

Author Luncheon with Brian Hicks, Greetings From Charleston, Fri., Oct. 28, 12 pm

Join us Fri., Oct. 28, 12 pm for lunch at High Cotton (199 East Bay St.) with Brian Hicks. Brian will talk and sign copies of his newest book Greetings From Charleston: Rants & Raves from The Post & Courier Columnist (Evening Post Books, hb., $24.95). Tickets are $31 for the author talk and three-course luncheon at High Cotton, or $56 that includes the luncheon plus a signed copy of Greetings From Charleston.

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About the Book: Greetings from Charleston collects the best and most notorious of Hicks’ columns. The book features brand-new commentary and columns never-before-seen in print. For the past decade, Hicks has been “slaughtering the Lowcountry’s sacred cows by the herd in his thrice-weekly metro column.”

About the Author: Hicks is a senior writer and metro columnist with the Post and Courier. He has covered Southern politics for more than 20 years, including turns as a statehouse correspondent in three states. His journalism has appeared in national magazines and newspapers for 25 years, and he has won more than two-dozen awards for his reporting.


Blood for Blood Release Party with Ryan Graudin, Tue., Nov. 1, 5 pm


Join us Tue., Nov. 1, 5 pm as we celebrate the release of Blood for Blood, the latest book by Ryan Graudin, a very popular young adult novelist and Charleston native.

Blood for Blood is set in a world ruled by the Axis Powers of Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan. Death camp survivor Yael, who has the power to skinshift, is on the run because the world has just seen her assassinate Adolph Hitler. But the truth of what happened is even more complicated. As Yael and her unlikely comrades dive into enemy territory to try to turn the tide against the New Order, they have no alternative but to see their mission through to the end at any the cost.

Ryan Graudin was born in Charleston, with a severe case of wanderlust. When she’s not traveling, she’s busy photographing weddings, writing, and spending time with her husband and wolf-dog.

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Deep Run Roots Food Truck Tour with Vivian Howard, Tue., Oct. 18, 5 pm

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Tue., Oct. 18, 5 – 8 pm, Blue Bicycle Books welcomes the star chef and creator of PBS’s A Chef’s Life and now author of Deep Run Roots (Little, Brown, 576 pp., hb.).

Join us at Whole Foods (923 Houston Northcutt Blvd., Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464) for Vivian’s Food Truck Tour. Tickets include a signed copy of Deep Run Roots as well as food from Vivian’s food truck. Buy tickets here.

Deep Run Roots is Vivian Howard’s comprehensive record of modern Southern cooking, filled with stories and more than 200 recipes that celebrate the flavors of her eastern North Carolina home.

Vivian Howard is the chef and owner of the acclaimed Chef and the Farmer restaurant in Kinston, NC, fifteen miles from her home of Deep Run. She trained under Wylie Dufresne and Sam Mason at WD-50 and was a member of the opening team at Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Spice Market in New York. The first woman since Julia Child to win a Peabody Award for a cooking program, she co-created and stars in the PBS series A Chef’s Life.

Author Luncheon with Mary Alice Monroe, A Lowcountry Christmas, Tues., Oct. 25, 12 pm



Join us Tues., Oct. 25, 12 pm for lunch with Mary Alice Monroe at High Cotton (199 East Bay St.). Mary Alice will talk and sign copies of her new book A Lowcountry Christmas (Gallery Books, hb., 384 pp., $20).

Tickets are $61 for a three-course meal and a signed copy of the book. A portion of ticket sales will benefit Pets for Vets, a program dedicated to rescuing shelter pets and pairing them with military veterans who could benefit from a companion animal.

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About the book: In this poignant continuation of the Lowcountry Summer series, a wounded warrior and his younger brother discover the true meaning of Christmas.

About the author: Mary Alice Monroe is the New York Times bestselling author of more than a dozen novels. She has received numerous awards, including the 2008 South Carolina Center Book Award for Writing, the 2014 South Carolina Award for Literary Excellence, the RT Lifetime Achievement Award, and the International Book Award for Green Fiction. An active conservationist, she lives in the Lowcountry of South Carolina.

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The Truthful Story with Helen Stine, Sun. Oct. 16, 3 pm


the-truthful-storyJoin us Sun., Oct. 16, 3 pm as Helen Stine discusses and signs copies of her new novel The Truthful Story (Cardinal Press, hb., 220 pp., $24).

About the book: When ten-year-old Genevieve Donovan’s Nannie dies mysteriously in the Lowcountry river she’s loved and lived near all her life, Genny and her family are heartbroken. In 1960s South Carolina, new industry is encroaching on old country, and Genny fears her grandmother may have gotten in the way of so-called progress. What’s more, ever since Nannie passed, Genny has been hearing and seeing things she’s not sure she can share with anyone except her mother, whose own grief is making it harder and harder to get through to her. As Genny struggles to understand justice, healing, and a world in which Nannie is gone but still present, The Truthful Story traces a family’s journey through the pain of loss and the survival of love.

About the author: Helen grew up near Charleston, in the heart of South Carolina’s Lowcountry. After receiving an English degree from the College of Charleston, she raised a family, traveled extensively, and pursued a career in education, but she never lost touch with the powerful sense of place and family her childhood home imbued in her.


Blue Bicycle Books Weathers the Storm!

Thank you for all the well-wishes! We were very lucky; Hurricane Matthew did no damage to the bookstore.


Special Ticketed Event — Conversation with Sarah J. Maas, Empire of Storms — Fri., Sept. 9, PURE Theatre

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Fri., Sept. 9, 5 pm, PURE Theatre, 477 King St. Sarah J. Maas will discuss and sign copies of Empire of Storms (Bloomsbury, 704 pp., hb.), the fifth installment in the Throne of Glass series. Aelin’s journey from assassin to queen has entranced millions across the globe, and this fifth novel will leave readers breathless.

Tickets are required and include a signed hardback copy of Empire of Storms and admission to the talk and signing. (Sarah will be in conversation with Charleston’s own Ryan Graudin author of Wolf by Wolf, followed by a Q&A.)

Purchase tickets here to reserve your space.

Questions? Please call the bookstore, 843.722.2666.

The talk will be at PURE Theatre, 477 King St. at 5 pm. Afterwards, Sarah will sign at Blue Bicycle Books, 420 King St..

Event Policies:

1)  Sarah will sign one book per person. Please note this is a change in policy due to a hand injury. Sarah will have a special stamp for this tour and we can stamp 2 other books per person.

2) There will be no posed photos, but photos taken of the author during the event and from the line are fine.

3) We ask that no video be taken of the event.

About the book: The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friendships lost and garnered, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those who don’t.

As the kingdoms of Erilea fracture around her, enemies must become allies if Aelin is going to keep those she loves from falling to the dark forces. With war looming, the only chance for salvation lies in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear. Will Aelin succeed in keeping her world from splintering, or will it all come crashing down?

About the author: Sarah J. Maas is the author of the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series: Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight, Heir of Fire, Queen of Shadows, and the series’ prequel, The Assassin’s Blade; as well as the New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses and A Court of Mist and Fury. A New York native, Sarah currently lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and dog.



BevCon Authors Book Signing, Mon., Aug. 22, 7:30 pm


Join us Mon., Aug. 22, 7:30 pm for a book-signing party with authors and presenters from this year’s BevCon, a multi-day event that brings national and international beverage and culinary professionals together here in Charleston.

Bartender Olin Cramer, from Cannon Green, will serve cocktails featuring spirits from Striped Pig Distillery in North Charleston. Aaron Hoskins and Sarah Simmons, from Birds & Bubbles in Manhattan, will also be making their own specialty called the “Dawg Gonet.” Food will be provided by Bohemian Bull Tavern & Beer Garden.

This event is free and open to the public, so everyone will have the chance to talk shop with some highly celebrated chefs and food writers, and even take home a signed copy of one of their books.


Author Luncheon with Holly Herrick, Mashed, Tue., Sept. 6, 12 pm



Join us Tue., Sept. 6, 12 pm for lunch with Holly Herrick at High Cotton (199 East Bay St.). Holly will talk and sign copies of her new book Mashed: Beyond the Potato (Gibbs Smith, hb., 184 pp., $25).

Tickets are $31 for three-course lunch and talk or $56 for lunch and book. Click here for tickets.

About the book: This fresh take on classic comfort foods includes not only delicious variants on mashed potato dishes, but also gratins, soups, dips, sauces, guacamoles, pâtés, casseroles, panna cottas, and sorbets made with a plethora of vegetables, fruits, beans, grains, nuts, eggs, and even meats. Hot or cold, savory or sweet, classic or innovative, rustic or elegant, Mashed shows that mashing doesn’t need to stop at just traditional mashed potatoes.

About the author: Holly Herrick is a bona fide lover of delicious food and life in general. Born in Alabama and raised in New England, Herrick’s roots hail back to rural life. She then attended Boston College as a journalism major, and began her food-writing career with a Grande Diplome in pastry and cuisine from Le Cordon Bleu in Paris. She has written features and columns for many magazines, including Southern Living, Lowcountry Living, Bon Appetit, and more.

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