Blue Bicycle Books, Charleston, SC


Jenna Bush Hager at the Gaillard Center Sat., May 2

Saturday, May 2, 7 pm, Today show co-host Jenna Bush Hager will be at the Gaillard Center with her new book, Everything Beautiful in its Time.

Jenna will take fans behind the scenes of her life – from growing up in a political family to dating in the public eye to life on the Today show set. Through it all, she’s relied on advice from her beloved grandparents who taught her about respect, humility, kindness, and living a life of passion and meaning—timeless lessons that continue to guide her as she tackles motherhood, marriage, and (very) early wake-up calls.

Each ticket includes a copy of Jenna’s book, Everything Beautiful In Its Time (William Morrow, hb., 240 pp., $27). VIP ticket holders will meet Jenna and walk away with an autographed copy.

Jenna Bush Hager is the co-host of the fourth hour of the Today show with Hoda Kotb and the founder of the Today book club Read with Jenna. She is the coauthor of the #1 New York Times bestselling Ana’s Story and two children’s books that she wrote with her mother, Laura—Our Great Big Backyard and Read All About It—as well as the #1 New York Times bestsellers Sisters First, written with her sister, Barbara, in both adult and children’s editions. She lives with her husband and three children in New York City.

Find tickets here.



Dr. Adam H. Domby The False Cause, Thurs., Mar. 5

Join us Thurs., Mar. 5, 5:30 pm as College of Charleston professor Dr. Adam H. Domby will be here to discuss his book The False Cause: Fraud, Fabrication, and White Supremacy in Confederate Memory (UVA Press, hb., 272 pp., $30).

The Lost Cause ideology that emerged after the Civil War and flourished in the early twentieth century in essence sought to recast a struggle to perpetuate slavery as a heroic defense of the South. As Adam Domby reveals here, this was not only an insidious goal; it was founded on falsehoods. The False Cause focuses on North Carolina to examine the role of lies and exaggeration in the creation of the Lost Cause narrative. In the process the book shows how these lies have long obscured the past and been used to buttress white supremacy in ways that resonate to this day.

Domby explores how fabricated narratives about the war’s cause, Reconstruction, and slavery―as expounded at monument dedications and political rallies―were crucial to Jim Crow. He questions the persistent myth of the Confederate army as one of history’s greatest, revealing a convenient disregard of deserters, dissent, and Unionism, and exposes how pension fraud facilitated a myth of unwavering support of the Confederacy among nearly all white Southerners. Domby shows how the dubious concept of “black Confederates” was spun from a small number of elderly and indigent African American North Carolinians who got pensions by presenting themselves as “loyal slaves.” The book concludes with a penetrating examination of how the Lost Cause narrative and the lies on which it is based continue to haunt the country today and still work to maintain racial inequality.

Adam H. Domby is Assistant Professor of History at the College of Charleston.

 

 



Author Luncheon with Lori Gottlieb, Maybe You Should Talk to Someone, March 27

Join us for lunch with renowned psychotherapist and New York Times bestselling author Lori Gottlieb, Fri., March 27, 12 pm, at Halls Signature Events. Gottlieb will discuss her most recent book, Maybe You Should Talk to Someone (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, hb., 432 pp., $28).

Tickets are $64 and include a three-course meal and a signed hardback copy of the book. You can find them here.

About the book: As Gottlieb explores the inner chambers of her patients’ lives — a self-absorbed Hollywood producer, a young newlywed diagnosed with a terminal illness, a senior citizen threatening to end her life on her birthday if nothing gets better, and a twenty-something who can’t stop hooking up with the wrong guys — she finds that the questions they are struggling with are the very ones she is now bringing to her own therapist.With startling wisdom and humor, Gottlieb invites us into her world as both clinician and patient, examining the truths and fictions we tell ourselves and others as we teeter on the tightrope between love and desire, meaning and mortality, guilt and redemption, terror and courage, hope and change.

About the author: Lori Gottlieb is a psychotherapist and New York Times bestselling author. In addition to her clinical practice, she writes The Atlantic’s weekly “Dear Therapist” advice column and is the co-host of iHeart’s upcoming “Dear Therapists” podcast, produced by Katie Couric. She is also a TED speaker, a ​member of the Advisory Council for Bring Change to Mind, and advisor to the Aspen Institute. She is a sought-after expert in media such as The Today Show, Good Morning America, The CBS Early Show, CNN, and NPR’s “Fresh Air.”



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.