Blue Bicycle Books, Charleston, SC

Events and Signings


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

Fri. and Sat., Nov. 11 & 12 YALLFest

Sat., Dec. 3 Heather Lyn Mann, Ocean of Insight

Fri., Dec. 9 Frank Lee, The S.N.O.B. Experience

Fri., Dec. 9 Marion Lear Swaybill and Scott Snider, Oysters: A Celebration in the Raw

Tue., Dec. 13 Jen Snyder, HMS Log Book: 2017 Part One

Mon., Jan. 10 Brad Taylor, Ring of Fire

Sat., Jan. 14 Karen White, The Guests on South Battery

Sun. Feb. 5 Silhouettes by Clay Rice


Author Luncheon with Karen White, The Guests on South Battery, Sat., Jan. 14, 12 pm


Join us Sat., Jan. 14, 12 pm for lunch at High Cotton (199 East Bay St.), as Karen White discusses her latest mystery novel The Guests on South Battery (Berkley, hb., 352 pp., $26). Tickets are $57 for the author talk, three-course luncheon, and a signed copy of the book.

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The Guests on South Battery begins when Melanie Trenholm is woken by a phone call with no voice on the other end—and the uneasy feeling that the ghostly apparitions that have stayed silent for more than a year are about to invade her life once more. Melanie knows nothing good can come from unearthing the past. But some secrets refuse to stay buried.

Karen White is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, known internationally for her mystery series set in Charleston. She spent most of her growing-up years in London and is a graduate of the American School there. She now lives near Atlanta with her husband, two children, and her dog Quincy (who appears in several of her books).




Clay Rice Silhouettes — Sun., Feb. 5!

Renowned silhouette artist Clay Rice returns to Blue Bicycle Books, Sun., Feb. 5, 1 – 3 pm to cut children’s silhouettes and sign his latest books, The Stick and Ants ‘n’ Uncles (Familius, hb, $17).

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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!

clayricesillPersonal silhouettes start at $42 for two copies. We expect slots to fill up quickly; to book an appointment, please call us at 843.722.2666. 

Ring of Fire Release Party with Brad Taylor, Tue. Jan. 10, 7 pm


Join celebrated local author Brad Taylor at the Charleston Harbor Fish House in Mount Pleasant (32 Patriot’s Point Road), Tues., Jan. 10, 7 pm. Brad will talk and sign copies of his latest thriller, Ring of Fire (Dutton, hb., 448 pp., $27).

Ring of Fire begins when confidential offshore-banking documents known as the “Panama Papers” are leaked to the public. In addition to exposing a secret shell company that finances terrorism, the leak also jeopardizes an extralegal counterterrorism organization known as the Taskforce, for which Pike Logan works. Pike’s team must follow the money trail of a wealthy Saudi businessman’s planned string of attacks, code-named Ring of Fire.

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.

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HMS Log Book: 2017 Part One with Jen Snyder, Tue., Dec. 13, 5 pm


Join us Tue., Dec. 13, 5 pm as Jen Snyder discussions and signs copies of the latest installment in her very popular HMS Log Book series.

This smart and beautifully organized journal is engineered to maximize your time and head space to make for efficient journaling. The “fill in the box” format invites you to log all the variables that affect the mind, body, and spirit as you journey through each day. The HMS Log Book is a powerful tool for helping bring awareness to our cycles, patterns, strengths, and opportunities for growth, as each page presents the daily moon phase and an inspirational quote from the world’s most beloved motivational and spiritual teachers.


Oysters: A Celebration in the Raw with Marion Lear Swaybill and Scott Snider, Fri. Dec. 9, 5 pm


Join us Fri., Dec. 9, 5 pm as author Marion Lear Swaybill and photographer Scott Snider discuss their new book Oysters: A Celebration in the Raw (Abbeville Press, hb., 216 pp., $25).

Overflowing with gorgeous original photography and fascinating anecdotes, Oysters: A Celebration in the Raw is the perfect book for oyster aficionados and newbies, foodies and chefs of all stripes, lovers of photography and art, the environment, history, and the sea.

Marion Lear Swaybill is an Emmy award-winning television producer, writer, and pioneering media executive. A cook as well as a writer, her recipes have appeared in the “Great Cooks Guide” series (Random House) and New England’s “Sound Magazine.”

Scott Snider is an award-winning natural history filmmaker whose work takes him around the world as an accomplished underwater, long lens, and macro cinematographer. He is the founder of Half Moon Productions, a film and photography studio based in Charleston.

Author Luncheon with Chef Frank Lee, The S.N.O.B. Experience, Fri. Dec. 9, 12 pm


Join us Fri., Dec. 9, 12 pm for lunch at High Cotton (199 East Bay St.), as Frank Lee discusses his new book The S.N.O.B. Experience. Tickets are $76 for the author talk, three-course luncheon, and a signed copy of the book.

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Shortly after opening in 1993, Slightly North of Broad restaurant became an integral part of Charleston, reflecting the city’s bright spirit, open attitude, and historic character. The S.N.O.B. Experience presents classic recipes that regulars will recognize, as well as long-running seasonal plates and many of the sauces, side dishes, and dressings from the restaurant’s popular Lunch Express and Dailies menus.

Frank Lee served as executive chef of Slightly North of Broad from 1993 to 2016. Lee been lauded in Food Arts, Food & Wine, The New York Times, Southern Living and The Washington Post, among scores of other publications. He has appeared on “ABC’s Good Morning America,” and has thrice served as guest chef at the James Beard House. His Maverick Grits earned a Golden Dish award from GQ Magazine, and he is featured on the “Great Chefs of the South” television series and cookbook.


Author Luncheon with Heather Lyn Mann, Ocean of Insight, Sat. Dec. 3, 12 pm


Join us Sat., Dec. 3, 12 pm for lunch at High Cotton (199 East Bay St.), as Heather Lyn Mann discusses her new book Ocean of Insight: A Sailor’s Voyage from Despair to Hope (Parallax Press, pb., 304 pp., $19). Tickets are $31 for the author talk and three-course luncheon, or $50 for the luncheon plus a signed copy of the book.

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About the Book: Heather Lyn Mann was a battle-weary environmental advocate in Wisconsin when she and her husband decided to explore the Atlantic on a small sloop. This memoir of six years living afloat is a chronological unfolding of disasters and discoveries–life-threatening storms, the boredom of isolation, societies on the brink of extinction, sinking ships, colorful Caribbean characters, near collisions, a pirate scare, and more.

About the Author: Spiritual ecologist Heather Lyn Mann is a practitioner of Buddhism, sailing, and mindful advocacy. In 2007, together with her husband and cat, Mann set sail on a 15,000-nautical-mile ocean voyage.


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.

If you preorder Blood for Blood and submit your proof of purchase at, you’ll get a digital short story also written by Ryan.

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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.