Blue Bicycle Books, Charleston, SC

Events and Signings

Sat., June 4Author Luncheon w/ Karen White, Flight Patterns (Halls Chophouse)

Sat., June 4Piccolo Fiction in the Courtyard, Grady Hendrix, My Best Friend’s Exorcism

Fri., June 10 Sandra Griffin, 2700 Before 70

Thurs., June 16Tom Poland, Georgialina

Mon., June 20 — We Are Charleston with Marjory Wentworth, Herb Frazier, and Bernard Edward Powers Jr.

Tues., June 28 — Brad Taylor, Ghosts of War

Fri., July 1 Jenn Marie Thorne, The Inside of Out

Sat., July 2Author Luncheon w/ Bronwen Dickey, Pit Bull (Halls Chophouse)

Fri., July 8 Author Luncheon, We Are Charleston (High Cotton Restaurant — NOTE CHANGE OF VENUE)

Tue., July 12 Timber Hawkeye, Faithfully Religionless

Thur., July 14 West Fraser, Painting the Southern Coast

Fri., July 22 Jane Green, Falling

Fri., Aug. 12 John Lane, Coyote Settles the South

Fri., Aug. 26 Harry Farthing, Summit

Tue., Sept. 6 Holly Herrick, Mashed

Fri., Sept. 9 Sarah J. Maas, Empire of Storms

Tue., Sept. 13 W. Scott Poole, In the Mountains of Madness

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.

Holly Herrick

In the Mountains of Madness with W. Scott Poole, Tues., Sept. 13, 5 pm

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Join us Tues., Sept. 13, 5 pm as W. Scott Poole discusses and signs copies of his new book In the Mountains of Madness (Soft Skull Press, pb., 320 pp., $18).

About the book: More than a traditional biography, In the Mountains of Madness places Lovecraft and his work in a cultural context, as an artist more in tune with our time than his own. Poole offers his reading of Lovecraft in relation to the comics of Joe Lansdale, the novels of Stephen King, and some of the biggest blockbuster films in contemporary America, proving the undying influence of this rare and significant figure.

About the author: W. Scott Poole, who teaches at the College of Charleston, has written widely about American history, horror, and pop culture. His books include Vampira: Dark Goddess of Horror and his award-winning history Monsters in America, which received the John G. Cawelti Prize from the Popular Culture Association and was named among the “Best of the Best” by the AAUP for 2011. Poole is a regular contributor to Popmatters and his work has appeared in the Huffington Post, Religions Dispatches, and Killing the Buddha.
Scott Poole

Author Luncheon with Harry Farthing, Summit, Fri., Aug. 26, 12 pm


Join us Fri., Aug. 26, 12 pm for lunch with Harry Farthing at High Cotton (199 East Bay St.). Harry will talk and sign copies of his new book Summit (Hawkridge, hb., 494 pp., $30).

Tickets are $31 for three-course lunch and talk or $61 for lunch and book. Click here for tickets.

Summit is an action-packed mountaineering adventure in which a mysterious discovery leads to breathtaking revelations about the world’s highest peak. Beautifully written and meticulously researched, Summit follows two climbers across two continents as their stories intertwine, culminating in one final push for the top of the world.

An Englishman born in Lynton, North Devon, Harry Farthing has had a lifelong interest in exploration, archaeology, and world history. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and has travelled widely to extreme environments such as the Sahara Desert, the Himalaya, the Amazon, and the Arctic North. He is an experienced mountaineer who has climbed Mont Blanc and the Matterhorn in the Alps, Mount McKinley in Alaska, Shishapangma (the highest mountain in Tibet), and even Mount Everest itself.


Author Luncheon with John Lane, Coyote Settles the South, Fri., Aug. 12, 12 pm

Coyote Settles the South

Join us Fri., Aug 12, 12 pm for lunch with John Lane at High Cotton (199 East Bay St.). John will talk and sign copies of his new book, Coyote Settles the South (UGA Press, hb., 200 pp., $30).

Tickets are $31 for three-course lunch and talk or $61 for lunch and book.

Buy tickets here.

Coyote Settles the South is the story of Lane’s journey as he visits coyote territories: swamps, nature preserves, old farm fields, suburbs, a tannery, and even city streets. Along the way, he gains insight concerning the migration into the Southeast of the American coyote, an animal that, in the end, surprises him with its intelligence, resilience, and amazing adaptability.

John Lane teaches environmental studies at Wofford College, where he also directs the Goodall Center for Environmental Studies. In 1995 he co-founded a community press and literary arts organization in Spartanburg called The Hub City Writers Project. His poems have been published in magazines such as The Virginia Quarterly Review, Harvard Magazine, Ironwood, Ploughshares, and Nimrod, among many others.

John Lane

Author Luncheon with Jane Green, Falling, Fri., July 22, 12 pm


Join us Fri., July 22, 12 pm for lunch with Jane Green at High Cotton (199 E. Bay St.). Jane will talk and sign copies of her new book, Falling (Berkley, hb., 352 pp., $26).

Tickets for this event, part of our ongoing Author Luncheon Series, are $56 – included are a three-course meal and signed hardback. Click here for tickets.

About the book: Falling is the first girl-meets-boy love story Jane has written since her wildly popular early novels Jemima J and Mr. Maybe. Loosely based on how Jane met her husband, the novel is an irresistible story about two people from vastly different backgrounds falling in love.

About the author: Jane Green is the author of 17 novels, 16 of which were New York Times Bestsellers, including her last novel, Summer Secrets. A former journalist in the UK, she had her own radio show on BBC Radio London, and regularly appears on “Good Morning America,” “The Martha Stewart Show,” and “The Today Show.” She now lives in Westport, Connecticut with her husband and their family.

Jane Green


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

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Fri., Sept. 9, 5 pm, Blue Bicycle Books welcomes New York Times bestselling YA author Sarah J. Maas.  Sarah 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 a bestselling author to be named later, followed by a Q&A.)

Purchase tickets here to reserve your space.

Questions? Please call the bookstore, 843.722.2666.

Event Policies:

1)  Sarah will sign three books per person, but only personalize one.

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.



Faithfully Religionless with Timber Hawkeye, Tue., July 12, 5:30 pm


Join us Tue., July 12, 5:30 pm as Timber Hawkeye discusses and signs copies of his new book Faithfully Religionless.

About the book: His pursuit of happiness in Corporate America felt counterproductive, so Timber Hawkeye escaped the flourescent-lit hell of his cubicle in Seattle and set out to fully embrace the stress-free lifestyle of Hawaii. Intrigued and curious about what (and why) people believe, he questioned everything he ever thought was true and discovered the beauty of letting go.

About the author: Timber Hawkeye offers a secular and non-sectarian approach to being at peace with the world, both within and around us. Author of the international bestseller Buddhist Boot Camp, his intention is to awaken, enlighten, enrich, and inspire.

Timber Hawkeye Headshot

Author Luncheon, We Are Charleston, Fri., July 8, 12 pm — HIGH COTTON RESTAURANT

We are Charleston


Join us Fri., July 8, 12 pm for lunch with Marjory Wentworth, Herb Frazier and Bernard Edward Powers at HIGH COTTON RESTAURANT, 199 E. Bay St. PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE OF VENUE. They will talk and sign copies of her new book, We Are Charleston (Thomas Nelson, hp., 256 pp, $24.99).

About the book: Following the shooting of nine victims at a June 2015 bible study at Emanuel AME Church, residents of the community recognized the need to examine and learn from the events that led to the tragedy. Through in-depth interviews with the victims’ families, friends, and other community members, Marjory, with co-authors Herb Frazier and Bernard Edward Powers Jr., wrote We Are Charleston. The book explores the impact of the shooting, the role of the AME church, and the importance of awareness, action, and forgiveness.

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