Blue Bicycle Books, Charleston, SC

Enough Pie’s Tales from the Manor, Thurs., Feb. 27

Thurs., Feb. 27, at 5:30, help us celebrate the release of local nonprofit Enough Pie‘s book, Tales from the Manor, a counterpart to their popular podcast of the same title.

Enough Pie’s mission is to use creativity to connect and empower the community in Charleston’s Upper Peninsula. With this mission at its heart, Tales from the Manor discovers and projects the stories from residents of Joseph Floyd Manor, a twelve-story building on Upper King that serves low-income, elderly, and disabled residents, creating in the process, a dynamic and oft-overlooked history of Charleston. More than 5,000 listeners have enjoyed the radio show and podcast, and the goal of the book is to get these important stories out even wider. The book features the complete interviews from each show (10 episodes), photographs of the residents by local photographer Vintage Noir, and opening and closing chapters from the show’s hosts, Summer Anderson and Jae Smith and Enough Pie’s project lead Bennett Jones.

Poet Brit Washburn, Thurs., Feb. 20

Join us Thurs., Feb. 20 at 5:30 as Asheville-based poet Brit Washburn reads from her debut collection Notwithstanding (Wet Cement press, pb., 110 pp., $14).  Through the collection, Washburn courageously ventures into the shadows of romantic love and motherhood, examining a decade of choices and their results with a clear-eyed measure.

Brit Washburn’s work has appeared in a number of journals and anthologies including Alexandria Quarterly, Art Mag, Controlled Burn, The Dunes Review, and Manoa. She served for many years on the board of the Poetry Society of South Carolina, and was co-director of the literary salon Poet’s House South. The winner of two consecutive Albion Prizes for Poetry, she is a graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy and Goddard College. She worked and studied in New York City, Brazil, France, and Charleston.

Clay Rice Silhouettes – Feb. 9!

Renowned silhouette artist Clay Rice returns to Blue Bicycle Books, Sun., Feb. 9, 2-5 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. We expect slots to fill up quickly; to book an appointment, just register here!

I Won’t Starve with J Haleem, Sun., Jan. 26, 4 pm

Join us Sun., Jan. 26, 4 pm, in-store as photographer, author, and speaker J Haleem discusses and signs his book I Won’t Starve (pb., 183 pp., $19.97).

In I Won’t Starve, Haleem shares his life’s experiences, and the highs and the lows that not only comes from life as a convicted felon but also with owning and operating a business. He offers an intimate look behind the veil as he shares his story from making $8 an hour to running a successful business.

J Haleem is a nationally published, award winning, corporate and commercial photographer. He was born and raised in Newark, New Jersey where his interest for entrepreneurship was birthed. With more than 15 years of experience as an entrepreneur, his company I Won’t Starve, LLC provides education and training focused on entrepreneurship and career development.

Hunter Killer Release Party with Brad Taylor, Sat., Jan. 18, 7 pm

Join celebrated local author Brad Taylor at Uptown Social (587 King St.), Sat., Jan. 18, 7 pm. Brad will talk and sign copies of his latest thriller Hunter Killer (William Morrow, hb., 432 pp., $28.99).

The fourteenth installment of his New York Times bestselling Pike Logan Series, Hunter Killer finds Logan and his team entangled in a byzantine scheme involving Russian and Israeli assassins, Brazilian politics, a cut-throat battle for control of offshore oil fields, leading to an attack on his team both in Brazil and Charleston, SC.

Brad Taylor 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.

Nian, The Chinese New Year Dragon with Timothy Banks, Sat., Jan. 25, 1 pm

Join us Sat., Jan. 25, 1 pm as local artist Timothy Banks will read from and sign his illustrated children’s book Nian, The Chinese New Year Dragon, written by Virginia Loh-Hagan

About the Book: Mei hates springtime. Why? Because it’s only in the spring that Nian, a fierce dragon, is able to leave his mountain prison under the sea to terrorize the local village. When the villagers hear the rumblings of Nian’s hungry stomach, they know that winter has ended and spring is coming. But this year on the night before the first day of spring, a magical warrior visits Mei in her dreams. He tells Mei that it is her destiny to face and defeat Nian. But she must do it within 15 days or the dragon will be free forever.

About the Author: Timothy has made designs for Nike, Paste Magazine, Egmont, Faber & Faber, and Nickelodeon. He has illustrated dozens of children’s books, and most recently reimagined the Wizard of Oz story for a new generation of young readers. In 2014, his work was chosen as the official poster for the Piccolo Spoleto Festival here in Charleston, one of the largest, comprehensive arts festivals in the US.

Timothy lives in Charleston, along with his wife, three wonderful daughters, and one crazy pug. They enjoy playing in their backyard, and watching alligators swim by their house.

Hitting Rock Middle with Sallie Holder

On Thurs., Jan. 16, 6 pm, help us celebrate the release of attorney-turned-speaker and thought-leader Sallie Holder’s book Hitting Rock Middle: The Roadmap from Empty Success to True Fulfillment (Advantage Media Group, hb., 160 pp., $27.95) at Hampden Clothing, 314 King Street.

A nationally recognized public speaker and business coach, Sallie Holder has been helping businesses, entrepreneurs, and employees break through barriers and into success for over fifteen years. In Hitting Rock Middle, she has created a step-by-step plan to help you start creating the path to your greatest potential – a place that includes true fulfillment and success. Through the journey this book will take you on, you will pinpoint who you are, what you want to do with your life, and how to get out of Rock Middle and into the big, bold, successful career that was waiting for you all along.

Sallie hosts a weekly podcast of the same title, which can be found here.

Author Dinner with Rick Reilly, Commander in Cheat, Fri., Feb. 7

Join us Fri., Feb. 7,  6 pm, for dinner at Halls Signature Events (5 Faber St.) as acclaimed Sports Illustrated writer Rick Reilly discusses his book Commander in Cheat: How Golf Explains Trump.

Tickets are $64 and include a 3-course dinner and a signed copy of the book, or $96 for 2 tickets and one book. Get tickets here.

Commander in Cheat (Hachette Books, 2019, hb. $28) is an uproarious indictment of Donald Trump’s lying, cheating, and poor sportsmanship by the bestselling author and acclaimed sportswriter. Rick Reilly has been with Trump on the fairway and in the rough. He’s seen first-hand how the president plays and it’s not pretty. Through interviews with dozens of pros, developers, partners, opponents, and caddies, Reilly takes a deep and hilarious look at how Trump shamelessly cheats at golf, lies about it, sues over it, bullies with it, and profits off it.

Rick Reilly is a screenwriter, author, and journalist. He was voted National Sportswriter of the Year 11 times over a career that began in 1979. Long known for the back page “Life of Reilly” column for Sports Illustrated, Reilly moved to ESPN in 2008.

USA Today has called Reilly the closest thing sportswriting ever had to a rock star. The New York Daily News described him as one of the funniest humans on the planet. Three times his columns have been read into the record in the U.S. Congress. An astronaut once took his signed trading card into space.

Reilly is the founder of the anti-malaria effort Nothing But Nets, which has raised over $60 million to hang mosquito nets over kids in Africa, where 2,000 children die every day of the disease. He is the author of 13 books.

Doors open at 6 pm for a cash bar happy hour, and dinner is served at 7 pm.


Say Grace with Steve Palmer of Indigo Road, Wed., Dec. 18, 6 – 7:30 pm

Join us Wed., Dec. 18, 6 – 7:30 pm, for the Charleston release party of Say Grace: How the Restaurant Business Saved My Life (ForbesBooks, 184 pp., $25) by Steve Palmer, managing partner of Indigo Road (The Macintosh, Indaco and many more).

The author will talk and sign books, and Katie Daniel of Bar Mash will be on hand serving her award-winning mocktails.

About the Author: After an adolescence filled with addiction, rehabs, half-way houses, and homelessness, and with the help of colleagues, Steve Palmer was able to get sober. He is the managing partner of the Indigo Road Hospitality Group, which employs about a thousand people in 20 restaurants and bars that stretch across four Southern states and Washington, D.C. He is on a quest to help others learn how to be sober in an industry awash with alcohol and drugs.

Palmer has worked in hospitality since he was 13 years old. He has been recognized by The New York Times, NPR, Southern Living, Food & Wine, the James Beard Foundation, and Forbes Small Business Giants for his career as well as his charitable and community efforts. In 2016, Palmer co-founded Ben’s Friends, the food-and-beverage industry support group offering hope, fellowship, and a path forward to industry professionals struggling with substance abuse and addiction.

See the recent New York Times Visionary Series article on Palmer: After Rehab and Loss, A Restaurant Leader Helps His Colleagues

Ran Walker, Portable Black Magic., Fri., Dec. 13, 6 pm

Join us at Blue Bicycle Books, Fri., Dec. 13, 6 pm, for a reading and book signing with 2019 Indie Author of the Year Ran Walker.

Walker is the author of 17 books, most recently Portable Black Magic, a collection of short stories ranging from a writer involved in a love triangle with a ghost to a couple chronicling their adoption process on social media.

His previous books include Daykeeper, a novel following a recent widower through both grief and unexpected joy, and Most of My Heroes Don’t Appear on No Stamps, a collection of poems in an African-American form called the Kwansaba.

About the author: Ran Walker is the winner of the Indie Author Project‘s 2019 National Indie Author of the Year Award, the 2019 Black Caucus of the American Library Association Best Fiction Ebook Award, and the 2018 Virginia Indie Author Project Award for Adult Fiction. He currently works as an assistant professor of English and Creative Writing at Hampton University and lives in Virginia with his wife and daughter.