Blue Bicycle Books, Charleston, SC

Events and Signings

Sun. Jan. 31 — Clay Rice Silhouettes

Clay Rice Silhouettes – Jan. 31!

Renowned silhouette artist Clay Rice returns to Blue Bicycle Books, Sun., Jan. 31, 1 – 4 pm to cut children’s silhouettes and sign his latest books, At the Stroke of Goodnight and The Stick (Familius, hb, $17).

Taught by his grandfather, Carew Rice, Clay is a 21st-century folk artist and a Lowcountry treasure. Cutting a child’s silhouette in under five minutes is a performance in itself. You’ll be amazed when he captures a recognizable profile of your squirming two-year-old in less time than it takes to get her shoes on. His national touring schedule keeps him on the road often, cutting more than 10,000 children’s silhouettes a year, so events back home in Charleston are rare!

Personal silhouettes start at $48 for two copies.

Note — Covid protocols will be in place. Masks required. Only one family will be allowed in the silhouette-cutting area at a time, and Clay will be separated by a 6 ft table.

We expect slots to fill up quickly; to book an appointment, just register here!

YALLWrite (YALLFest 2020) — Get Signed Books!

YALLWrite (a.k.a YALLFest 2020) is this weekend! 

Over 80 bestselling authors will share their trade secrets in a virtual, craft-themed festival Fri. Nov. 13 and Sat. Nov 14.

Writers like Marie Lu, Victoria Aveyard, Nic Stone, Neal Shusterman, Marissa Meyer, V.E. Schwab, Varian Johnson and more will teach dialogue, structure, world-building, writing as a political act, graphic novels, collaboration, romance, fantasy … all told there are SEVENTY (70) master classes, panels, scavenger hunts and giveaways!

Register here (it’s all free)

Even though we’ve gone virtual, you can still get signed books. We’ve sent out YALLWrite bookplates all over the world. 

Order here or click on a name below

Renee Ahdieh SIGNED

Melissa Albert SIGNED

Jennifer L. Armentrout SIGNED

John August SIGNED

Victoria Aveyard SIGNED

Lindsay K. Bandy SIGNED

Kalynn Bayron SIGNED

Holly Black SIGNED

Gwenda Bond SIGNED

Pseudonymous Bosch SIGNED

Alexandra Bracken SIGNED


Mahogany L. Brown. SIGNED

Roseanne A. Brown SIGNED

Lilia Buckingham SIGNED

Julie Buxbaum SIGNED

Patrice Caldwell SIGNED

Kacen Callender

Kristin Cashore

Soman Chainani SIGNED

Sona Charaipotra SIGNED

Traci Chee SIGNED

Dhonielle Clayton SIGNED

Brandy Colbert SIGNED

Ally Condie SIGNED

Zoraida Cordova SIGNED

Sayantani DasGupta SIGNED

Somaiya Daud SIGNED

Melissa de la Cruz SIGNED

Susan Dennard SIGNED

Tracy Deonn SIGNED

Corinne Duyvis

Kristina Forest SIGNED

Namina Forna SIGNED

Stephanie Garber SIGNED

Kami Garcia SIGNED

Ryan Graudin SIGNED

Jordan Ifueko SIGNED

Holly Jackson

Tiffany D. Jackson SIGNED

Leah Johnson SIGNED

Varian Johnson

Kimberly Jones

Amie Kaufman SIGNED

Erin Entrada Kelly SIGNED

Jay Kristoff 

Nina LaCour

David Levithan SIGNED

Alex London SIGNED


Kwame Mbalia

Anna-Marie McLemore SIGNED

Karen McManus SIGNED

Gretchen McNeil SIGNED

Tehlor Kay Mejia SIGNED

Marissa Meyer SIGNED

Kass Morgan SIGNED

Brandon Mull SIGNED

Marieke Nijkamp SIGNED

Jennifer Niven SIGNED

Garth Nix

Daniel Jose Older SIGNED

Tochi Onyebuchi SIGNED

Claribel A. Ortega SIGNED

Mark Oshiro SIGNED

Danielle Paige SIGNED

Brendan Reichs SIGNED

Caleb Roehrig

Margaret Rogerson SIGNED

Veronica Roth SIGNED

Yusef Salaam

Adam Sass SIGNED

Victoria / V.E. Schwab SIGNED

Gilly Segal

Samantha Shannon

Sara Shepard SIGNED

Neal Shusterman 

Adam Silvera SIGNED

Meagan Spooner SIGNED

Margaret Stohl SIGNED

Nic Stone SIGNED

Sabaa Tahir

Aiden Thomas SIGNED

Kiersten White SIGNED


Nicola Yoon

Sara Zarr SIGNED

Ibi Zoboi SIGNED

Note that we can’t take orders for personal inscriptions. Signed bookplates may ship separately from books. Thank you so, so much for your support. 


YALLWrite (YALLFest 2020) is Fri., Nov. 13 and Sat., Nov. 14

YALLWrite (a.k.a YALLFest 2020) is this weekend!

Over 80 bestselling authors will share their trade secrets in a virtual, craft-themed festival Fri. Nov. 13 and Sat. Nov 1W
riters like Marie Lu, Victoria AveyardNic StoneNeal ShustermanMarissa Meyer, V.E. Schwab, Varian Johnson and more will teach dialogue, structure, world-building, writing as a political act, graphic novels, collaboration, romance, fantasy … all told there are SEVENTY (70) master classes, panels, scavenger hunts and giveaway
Even though we’ve gone virtual, you can still get signed books. We’ve sent out YALLWrite bookplates all over the world.
Order here or click on a name below

Nicola Yoon

Note that we can’t take orders for personal inscriptions. Signed bookplates may ship separately from books.
Thank you so, so much for your support.

Vivian Howard, This Will Make It Taste Good, Sun. Oct. 25, 3 – 6 pm


Vivian Howard, star of “A Chef’s Life” on PBS will be in Charleston, Sun. Oct. 25, 3 – 6 pm for a special in-real-life drive-thru book signing at Tradesman Brewing (1647 King St. Extension), presented by Blue Bicycle Books.

All tickets include a signed copy of Vivian’s new book This Will Make It Taste Good: A New Path to Simple Cooking, plus a snack-pack of special treats from Vivian’s team!

SIGNED Copies still available here



*Tickets are divided into 15-minute timeslots from 3 to 6 pm.*You will remain in your car but still be able to get a personalized book and photo with Vivian, following proper Covid-safety procedures. Details to follow.

*Masks required.

*Additional books and merchandise will be available for sale.

*After getting your book signed, please feel free to park and have a beer at Tradesman!


About This Will Make It Taste Good (Voracious Books, hb., 352 pp., $35):

An Eater Best Cookbook of Fall 2020!

From caramelized onions to fruit preserves, make home cooking quick and easy with ten simple “kitchen heroes” in these 125 recipes from the New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of Deep Run Roots.

“I wrote this book to inspire you, and I promise it will change the way you cook, the way you think about what’s in your fridge, the way you see yourself in an apron.”

Vivian Howard’s first cookbook chronicling the food of Eastern North Carolina, Deep Run Roots, was named one of the best of the year by 18 national publications, including the New York Times, USA Today, Bon Appetit, and Eater, and won an unprecedented four IACP awards, including Cookbook of the Year. Now, Vivian returns with an essential work of home-cooking genius that makes simple food exciting and accessible, no matter your skill level in the kitchen.

The Sophia Institute presents Sue Monk Kidd: Longings, Largeness, and Thunder — Thurs., Oct. 8, 6:30pm


Thurs., Oct. 8, 6:30 pm,  The Sophia Institute presents a special online talk with author Sue Monk Kidd: Longings, Largeness, and Thunder in The Book of Longings.

Sue will be discussing her new novel and instant New York Times bestseller, The Book of Longings (Viking, hb., 432 pp, $28). The online conversation will be moderated by Sophia Institute founder and director, Carolyn Rivers.

Click here to register for this free online event.

About the book: In her fourth novel, Kidd takes an audacious approach to history, telling the story of a young woman named Ana. Raised in a wealthy family with ties to the ruler of Galilee, she is rebellious and ambitious, with a brilliant mind and a daring spirit. She engages in furtive scholarly pursuits and writes narratives about neglected and silenced women. Ana is expected to marry an older widower, a prospect that horrifies her. An encounter with eighteen-year-old Jesus of Nazareth changes everything.

To order a signed copy click here.


Core Work

Friends & Fiction with special guest Signe Pike — Wed., Sept. 16, 7 pm


Join us Wed., Sept 16, 7 pm for Friends & Fiction on Facebook Live!

Five Bestselling Authors. Endless Stories. The Friends & Fiction team is Mary Kay Andrews, Mary Alice Monroe, Patti Callahan Henry, Kristy Woodson Harvey, and Kristin Harmel. The quintet started Friends and Fiction back in April with the mission of helping support independent booksellers affected by the pandemic. Each week they feature a different independent bookseller and invite a special guest author to join them.

This week’s is Charleston’s own Signe Pike, who’ll be discussing The Forgotten Kingdom (Atria Books, Sept. 15) the second book in her Lost Queen fantasy series.

To join them online and post your questions go right here.

To purchase their books go to our online store and use promo code FRIENDS to receive 10% off your order!


Recent arrivals — Poe, Angelou, Salinger, Hemingway


Rare-ly Here

For some crazy reason folks have felt cooped up lately and are cleaning out their bookshelves like mad. Upshot is we’ve got some nice things to share…

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger (Little, Brown, 1951), early book club edition in good dust jacket with full b/w author photo on rear panel. $400
Gather Together in My Name by Maya Angelou (Random House, 1974). First edition, first printing, VG in VG dust jacket. Second book in the author’s series of seven autobiographies. $195
The Nick Adams Stories by Ernest Hemingway (Scribner, 1972). First edition. VG in VG dust jacket. Posthumously published, these autobiographical stories of a young man from rural Michigan showcase Hemingway’s genius for detail and rich knowledge of geography and natural history. $195
The Tales and Poems, Edgar Allan Poe (London, John C. Nimmo, 1884). Limited edition, number 15 of 150 printed. 4 volumes in green half leather, green marbled boards, top edge gilt, we’re talking MUSCLE. $750


Virtual Book Launch with Rachel Beanland July 9


Join us and Spartanburg-based bookshop and publisher Hub City on Thurs., July 9, 5 pm, for a virtual event with author Rachel Beanland to celebrate her debut novel, Florence Adler Swims Forever (Simon & Schuster, hb., 320 pp, $26).

Over the course of one summer that begins with a shocking tragedy, three generations of the Adler family grapple with heartbreak, romance, and the weight of family secrets in this stunning debut novel that’s perfect for fans of Manhattan Beach and The Dollhouse.

Rachel Beanland writes fiction and essays. Her essays have appeared in Creative Nonfiction and Broad Street, among other places.

She has an MFA in creative writing from Virginia Commonwealth University and holds bachelor’s degrees in art history and journalism from the University of South Carolina. Before turning to writing full-time, Rachel worked in public relations and nonprofit management.

To register for the event with or without a signed copy of the book, go here.

Writing Camp goes Virtual!

Against the odds, our writing camps are off and running this year. Session 1, for grades 3 – 6, was in the airy and spacious sanctuary of Bright City Church — thank you to Nick and Jess Connolly for generously donating use of this space.

This week’s session (and the two following) are Write of Zoom-er Virtual Camps, led by Sara Peck. Each student gets this killer care package (above) delivered to their doorstep Sunday night, with t-shirts, snacks and special secret envelopes to be opened each day.

Thanks to author Brendan Reichs — who joined Session 2 via zoom and donated copies of his and Ally Condie’s awesome middle grade series The Darkdeep. 

Margaret Stohl — video game and comic book writer / YALLFest co-founder / author of many books including the recent Jo and Laurie — will join this week!

Space available in most sessions. For more information see, and please call Jonathan any time at 843-323-2834, he’s always happy to talk about camp!