Blue Bicycle Books, Charleston, SC

Desperation Road with Michael Farris Smith, Tue., Mar. 14, 5 pm

Join us Tues., Mar. 14, 5:00 pm as Michael Farris Smith discusses and signs copies of his new novel Desperation Road (Lee Boudreaux Books, hb., 304 pp., $26).

In the vein of Daniel Woodrell’s Winter’s Bone and the works of Ron Rash, Desperation Road takes place in a tough-and-tumble Mississippi town where drugs, whiskey, guns, and the desire for revenge violently intersect.

After completing an 11 year jail sentence, Russell Gaines believes his debt to society has been paid. But when he returns home, he discovers that revenge lives and breathes all around him. Meanwhile, a woman named Maben and her young daughter trudge along the side of the interstate. Desperate and exhausted, the pair spend their last dollar on a room for the night, a night that ends with Maben holding a pistol and a dead deputy. With the dawn, destinies collide, and Russell is forced to decide whose life he will save – his own or those of the woman and child.

Michael Farris Smith is a native Mississippian who has spent time living abroad in France and Switzerland. He is the recipient of the 2014 Mississippi Author Award and has been awarded the Mississippi Arts Commission Literary Arts Fellowship, the Transatlantic Review Award for Fiction, and the Alabama Arts Council Fellowship Award for Literature. His short fiction has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and his essays have appeared in The New York Times, Catfish Alley, Deep South Magazine, and more. He lives in Columbus, Mississippi, with his wife and two daughters.

Author Luncheon with Tony Bartelme, A Surgeon in the Village, Fri. Mar. 24, 12 pm

Surgeon in the Village

Join us Fri., Mar. 24, 12 pm for lunch at High Cotton (199 East Bay St.), as Tony Bartelme from The Post and Courier discusses his latest book, A Surgeon in the Village: An American Doctor Teaches Brain Surgery in Africa (Beacon Press, hb., 288 pp., $28). Tickets are $31 for the author talk and three-course luncheon, or $58 for the luncheon plus a signed copy of the book.

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A Surgeon in the Village tells the story Dilan Ellegala, an accomplished neurosurgeon who took a sabbatical at a remote missionary hospital in Haydom, Tanzania. While there, he discovered a medical world entirely different from the one he knew: Tanzania had just three neurosurgeons in a country with a population of 43 million.

Since that first trip, Dr. Ellegala has solidified his “train-forward” philosophy, which sends doctors around the world to serve as mentors and to create a sustainable new model for global health. This story exposes a major and largely neglected global-health issue—the shortage of surgeons. As many as 17 million people die every year because of this gap, more than die from AIDS, malaria, and TB combined.

Tony Bartelme is the senior projects reporter for The Post and Courier. He spent four years researching and writing this book, including multiple trips to Tanzania. In 2011, Bartelme was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for his series of articles that is the basis for this book, the third time he has been a Pulitzer finalist.

Tony Bartelme

Author Luncheon with A. Roger Ekirch, American Sanctuary, Wed. Mar. 1, 12 pm

American Sanctuary

Join us Wed., Mar. 1, 12 pm for lunch at High Cotton (199 East Bay St.), as Dr. A. Roger Ekirch discusses his latest book American Sanctuary: Mutiny, Martyrdom, and National Identity in the Age of Revolution (Pantheon, hb., 320 pp., $30). Tickets are $31 for the author talk and three-course luncheon, or $61 for the luncheon plus a signed copy of the book.

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American Sanctuary delves into the far-reaching ramifications of a violent mutiny aboard a British frigate named the HMS Hermione. The book builds a strong case that the politics informing the controversy were instrumental in the historical refusals of the U.S. to extradite aliens charged solely with political crimes. Dr. Ekirch, a meticulous historian who writes with flair, brings the political theater of the early 1800s into full view.

A. Roger Ekirch was born in the nation’s capital, and raised in Alexandria, Virginia. He holds degrees from Dartmouth College and John Hopkins University, and has received a Guggenheim fellowship. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Huffington Post. He now lives in Roanoke, Virginia, where he is a professor of history at Virginia Tech.

Roger Ekirch

SC Aquarium presents Blue Mind with Wallace J. Nichols, Wed., Feb. 15, 7 pm

Blue Mind

Tickets are on sale now  for the fifth session in the South Carolina Aquarium‘s Holland Lifelong Learning series, featuring Dr. Wallace J. Nichols, author of Blue Mind (Back Bay Books, pb., 368 pp., $17), at Ashley Hall, Wed., Feb. 15, 7 pm.

Tickets are $25 and include a signed copy of Blue Mind. Find more information and buy tickets here. (Note: The Aquarium is offering a $10 discount off the general ticket for this event using the code 10OFFBLUE at checkout.)

About Blue Mind: Discover the remarkable truth about the benefits of being in, on, under, or simply near water. Combining cutting edge research with compelling personal stories, Dr. Nichols shows how proximity to water can improve performance, increase calm, diminish anxiety, and increase professional success. Blue Mind not only illustrates the crucial importance of our connection to water, it presents a paradigm shifting “blueprint” for a better life.

Wallace J. Nichols is a scientist, activist, community organizer, author and dad. He is a Research Associate at California Academy of Sciences and his work has been broadcast on NPR, BBC, PBS, National Geographic and Animal Planet and featured in Time, Newsweek, GQ, Scientific American and New Scientist, among others. 


wallace nichols

Princess Pamela’s Soul Food Cookbook with Matt Lee and Ted Lee, Thurs., Mar. 2, 5:30 pm

Princess Strobel


Join us Thurs., Mar. 2, 5:30 pm as Matt Lee discusses and serves bites from his and Ted Lee’s reissue of Princess Pamela’s Soul Food Cookbook (Rizzoli, hb., 240 pp., $30). Pamela Strobel owned the legendary Little Kitchen in New York City’s East Village, where regulars such as Andy Warhol, Sidney Lumet, Gloria Steinem, and Diana Ross, among others, came for Southern home-style cooking and live jazz sessions.

This project has been spearheaded by Matt and Ted, who first encountered Pamela Strobel’s cookbook when they bought it from a used bookstore in 2004. This new edition offers 147 recipes and practical advice gained from a lifetime of experience, as well as Strobel’s heartfelt musings and sage advice. Matt and Ted have added an introduction that fleshes out Strobel’s life story. They also share tips and updated measurements in helpful Editor’s Notes that ensure even a novice can recreate these dishes with ease.

Pamela Strobel was born in Spartanburg, and went to New York to pursue her love of jazz. In 1965, she opened her restaurant, serving the soul food of her childhood while singing for her guests.

Matt Lee and Ted Lee have written three cookbooks, including The Lee Bros. Charleston Kitchen. They contribute to Bon Appétit, the New York Times, Fine Cooking, and Food & Wine.


2017 Write of Summer Dates!

Celebrating its 15th year in the Lowcountry, Write of Summer is where young people find their writing voices and have a blast doing it. Each session will visit the Gibbes Museum of Art and will close with a coffeehouse reading.

Monday through Friday, 9 am to noon.

$190 ($200 after June 1).

Sessions are for rising grade levels 3 – 6, 5 – 9 or 7 – 12.


Christ Our King Church, 1149 Russell Dr., Mt. Pleasant

Hibben United Methodist Church, 690 Coleman Blvd., Mt. Pleasant

Blue Bicycle Books, 420 King St., Charleston

Click here for camp registration forms and more information.

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.

Get tickets here.

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.

Brad Taylor

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.