Blue Bicycle Books, Charleston, SC

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.

Bernie Schein and Pat Conroy: Our Lifelong Friendship, Thurs., Dec. 19, 5:30 pm

 Thurs., Dec. 19, 5:30 pm, Bernie Schein will discuss and sign his new memoir, Pat Conroy: Our Lifelong Friendship (Skyhorse, hb., 304 pp, $25.99). Both writers and educators, Schein and Conroy were best friends from the moment they met during a high school pickup basketball game until Pat Conroy’s death in 2016. A love letter and homage, and a way to share the Pat he knew, this book collects Bernie’s cherished memories about the gregarious, welcoming, larger-than-life man who remained his best friend, even during the years they didn’t speak. It offers a trove of insights and anecdotes that will be treasured by Pat Conroy’s many devoted fans.

Bernie Schein was born, bred, and Bar Mitzvahed in Beaufort, South Carolina. He was an educator for forty-five years, many of them in Atlanta. He is the author of three books, including If Holden Caulfield Were in My Classroom and the novel Famous All over Town. He has been published and featured in numerous newspapers and magazines, including Newsweek, the Jewish AdvocateAtlanta magazine, and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and interviewed on NPR and radio stations across the country. He is now an educational consultant as well as a humorist and raconteur. He and his wife live in Beaufort, South Carolina.

Author Luncheon with Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig, and Karen White, Thurs., Jan. 16, 12 pm

Join us Thurs., Jan. 16, 12 pm for lunch at Halls Signature Events (5 Faber St.), as Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig, and Karen White discuss All the Ways We Said Goodbye (William Morrow, hb., 448 pp., $28).

Tickets are $62 for the three-course luncheon plus a signed copy of the book. Get tickets here.

New York Times bestselling authors of The Glass Ocean and The Forgotten Room return with All the Ways We Said Goodbye, a glorious historical adventure that moves from the dark days of two World Wars to the turbulent years of the 1960s, in which three women with bruised hearts find refuge at Paris’ legendary Ritz hotel.

Karen White is the New York Times bestselling author of the Tradd Street series, The Night the Lights Went OutFlight PatternsThe Sound of GlassA Long Time Gone, and The Time Between, among other novels.

Beatriz Williams is the New York Times bestselling author of Along the Infinite SeaTiny Little ThingThe Secret Life of Violet GrantA Hundred Summers, and Overseas.  She lives with her husband and children in Connecticut.

Lauren Willig is the New York Times bestselling author of The Lure of the MoonflowerThat Summer, and The Other Daughter, among other novels.

The Road to Healing with Ken Woodley, Thurs., Dec. 5, 5:30 pm

Join us Thurs., Dec. 5, 5:30 pm as journalist Ken Woodley will be here to discuss his new book The Road to Healing (NewSouth Books, hb., 224 pp., $28).

Prince Edward County, Virginia closed its public school system in 1959 in “massive resistance” to the U.S. Supreme Court’s historic Brown v. Board decision of 1954. The editorial pages of the local family-owned newspaper, The Farmville Herald, led the fight to lock classrooms rather than integrate them. The school system remained closed until the fall of 1964, when the County was forced by federal courts to comply with the school integration ordered by Brown. The vast majority of white children had continued their education in a private, whites-only academy. But more than 2,000 black students were left without a formal education by the five-year closure. Their lives were forever changed.

The Road to Healing: A Civil Rights Reparation Story in Prince Edward County, Virginia is Ken Woodley’s first-person account of the steps taken in recent years to redress the wound. The book’s centerpiece is the 18-month fight to create what legendary civil rights activist Julian Bond told the author would become the first Civil Rights-era reparation in United States history; it was led by Woodley, then editor of The Farmville Herald, still owned by the original family.

Ken Woodley was the editor for twenty-four years of the Farmville Herald in Prince Edward County, Virginia. A licensed lay preacher in the Episcopal Church, he has published daily spiritual meditations Forward Day By Day. He has also written half a dozen stories for elementary-aged children and is looking for the right publishing home for these. When he’s not writing, volunteering at an after-school program for at-risk children, or reading with his dog Pugsley in his lap, Woodley enjoys listening to half a dozen beautiful notes played slowly on an electric guitar rather than fifty played too fast to appreciate them. And he loves his wife, Kim.

Saturday’s Child Book Discussion with Deborah Burns, Thurs., Nov. 14, 7 pm

Join us Thurs., Nov. 14, 7 pm as Deborah Burns will be here to discuss her new memoir Saturday’s Child (She Writes Press, pb., 256 pp., $16.95). The talk will be moderated by Anne Janas, a Charleston-based communications strategist and board member at the Gibbes Museum of Art.

An only child, Deborah Burns grew up in prim 1950s America in the shadow of her beautiful, unconventional, rule-breaking mother, Dorothy―a red-haired beauty who looked like Rita Hayworth and skirted norms with a style and flair that made her the darling of men and women alike. Married to the son of a renowned Italian family with ties to the underworld, Dorothy fervently eschewed motherhood and domesticity, turning Deborah over to her spinster aunts to raise while she was the star of a vibrant social life. As a child, Deborah revered her charismatic mother, but Dorothy was a woman full of secrets with a troubled past―a mistress of illusion whose love seemed just out of her daughter’s grasp.

In vivid, lyrical prose, Saturday’s Child tells the story of Deborah’s eccentric upbringing and her quest in midlife, long after her parents’ death, to uncover the truth about her mother and their complex relationship. No longer under the spell of her maternal goddess, but still caught in a wrenching cycle of love and longing, Deborah must finally confront the reality of her mother’s legacy―and finally claim her own.

Deborah Burns is a former Chief Innovation Office and brand leader for ELLEgirl, ELLE Décor, Metropolitan Home, and ELLE Global Marketing. Now a media industry consultant, she helps brands, executives, and professional women reinvent themselves through her expertise, coaching process, and website,, which she founded. Beneath her business leader exterior, however, always beat the heart of a writer, and several years ago she began the creative journey to write Saturday’s Child and tell her mother’s story. She lives on Long Island, New York with her husband and their three children.