Blue Bicycle Books, Charleston, SC

Perfect Strangers with Roseann Sdoia, Mon., June 5, 5 pm

Join us Mon., June 5, 5 pm as Boston Marathon bombing survivor Roseann Sdoia discusses her new book Perfect Strangers (PublicAffairs, hb., 256 pp., $26).

As Roseann Sdoia waited to watch her friend cross the finish line of the Boston Marathon in 2013, she had no idea her life was about to change-that in a matter of minutes she would look up from the sidewalk, burned and deaf, staring at her detached foot, screaming for help amid the smoke and blood.

In the chaos that followed, three people would enter Roseann’s life and change it forever. The first was Shores Salter, a college student who instinctively ran into the smoke while his friends ran away. He found Roseann lying on the sidewalk and, using a belt as a tourniquet, literally saved her life that day. Then, Boston police officer Shana Cottone arrived on the scene and began screaming desperately at passing ambulances, all full, before finally commandeering an empty paddy wagon. Just then a giant appeared, in the form of Boston firefighter Mike Materia, who carried Roseann and held her burned hand all the way to the hospital. Since that day, he hasn’t left her side, and today they are planning their life together.

Perfect Strangers is about recovery, about choosing joy and human connection over anger and resentment, and most of all, it’s about an unlikely but enduring friendship that grew out of the tragedy of Boston’s worst day.


Author Luncheon with Lisa Wingate, Before We Were Yours, Thurs., June 8, 12 pm

Join us Thurs., June 8, 12 pm for lunch at High Cotton (199 East Bay St.), as Lisa Wingate discusses and signs her new book Before We Were Yours (Ballantine Books, hb., 352 pp., $26). Tickets are $31 for the three-course luncheon and talk, or $57 including a signed copy of the book.

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Based on one of America’s most notorious real-life scandals–in which Georgia Tann, director of a Memphis-based adoption organization, kidnapped and sold poor children to wealthy families all over the country–Lisa Wingate’s riveting, wrenching, and ultimately uplifting tale reminds us how, even though the paths we take can lead to many places, the heart never forgets where we belong.

Lisa Wingate is a former journalist, an inspirational speaker, and the bestselling author of more than twenty novels. Her work has won or been nominated for many awards, including the Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize, the Oklahoma Book Award, the Carol Award, the Christy Award, and the RT Reviewers’ Choice Award. Wingate lives in the Ouachita Mountains of southwest Arkansas.

Author Luncheon with Dorothea Benton Frank, Same Beach, Next Year, Fri., May 19, 12 pm

Join us Fri., May 19, 12 pm for lunch at Stars Rooftop and Grill Room (495 King St.), as Dottie Frank will talk about and sign her new book Same Beach, Next Year (William Morrow, hb., 384pp., $28). Tickets are $62 for the buffet luncheon plus a signed copy of the book.

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Bursting with the intoxicating richness of Dorothea Benton Frank’s beloved Lowcountry—the sultry sunshine, cool ocean breezes, icy cocktails, and starry velvet skies—Same Beach, Next Year is a dazzling celebration of the intangible power of friendship, the enduring promise of summer, and the indelible bonds of love.

The novel begins with a chance meeting on the Isle of Palms that brings former sweethearts, Adam Stanley and Eve Landers together again. Their respective spouses, Eliza and Carl, fight sparks of jealousy, while striking up a deep friendship and an unexpected attraction of their own. Adam, Eliza, Eve, and Carl grow closer over time, building a friendship that will withstand financial catastrophe, family tragedy, and devastating heartbreak.

Dottie is the author of 18 novels placed in and around the Lowcountry of South Carolina. She was born and raised on Sullivan’s Island, attended Bishop England High School and graduated from General William Moultrie High School in 1969. She is the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from The College of Charleston and a Doctorate of Fine Arts from Bloomfield College. An avid cook who also enjoys fly-fishing, reading, and travel, Dottie now divides her time between South Carolina and New Jersey.


Events and Signings


Thurs., June 8 Zak Pelaccio, Project 258

Thurs., June 8Lisa Wingate, Before We Were Yours

Sat., June 10 Barbara Lynch, Out of Line & Kat Kinsman, Hi, Anxiety

Tue., June 20Mary Alice Monroe, Beach House for Rent

Thurs., June 22 — Gina Kolata with Amanda Baxley Kalinsky, Mercies in Disguise

Fri., June 23 Cate Lineberry, Be Free or Die

Thurs., June 29 Armand Derfner, Voices of Civil Rights Lawyers

Thurs., July 13 — Patti Callahan Henry, The Bookshop at Water’s End

Thurs., July 20 — Lucy Buffett, Gumbo Love

Thurs., July 27 Melissa Conroy, The Lowcountry Coloring Book

Tues., Aug. 15 — Nicole Seitz, The Cage-maker

Fri., Aug. 18 — Kate Fagan, What Made Maddy Run

2017 Write of Summer Dates!

Author Luncheon with Mary Alice Monroe, Beach House for Rent, Tue., June 20, 12 pm

Join us Tue., June 20, 12 pm for lunch at High Cotton (199 East Bay St.), as Mary Alice Monroe discusses and signs her new book Beach House for Rent (Gallery Books, pb., 416 pp., $26). Tickets are $57 for the three-course luncheon and a signed copy of the book.

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In Beach House for Rent, two women from different generations are bound together by a beloved beach house. Cara Rutledge, 50, rents her quaint beach house on Isle of Palms to Heather Wyatt, 26, for the summer. Heather’s anxiety keeps her indoors with her caged canaries until the shorebirds–and a man who rescues them–lure her out to the beach. As the summer progresses and Heather’s heart opens to the rhythms of the island, Cara’s life reels with sudden tragedy. When their worlds shift like the sand under their feet, these two very different women come together to discover their common bonds and unique strengths.

Mary Alice Monroe is the New York Times bestselling author of more than a dozen novels. She has received numerous awards, including the 2008 South Carolina Center Book Award for Writing, the 2014 South Carolina Award for Literary Excellence, the RT Lifetime Achievement Award, and the International Book Award for Green Fiction. An active conservationist, she lives in the Lowcountry of South Carolina.

Messenger from Mystery with Deno Trakas, Sat., May 20, 1 pm

Join us Sat., May 20, 1 pm as Deno Trakas discusses and signs copies of his book Messenger from Mystery (Story River Books, pb., 240 pp., $20). 

Messenger from Mystery features English graduate student Jason “Jay” Nichols, a third-generation Greek American on the cusp of his transition into adulthood and from student to teacher. When the Iranian hostage crisis begins while Jay is teaching students from Iran, he realizes that his understanding of geopolitical conflict is naive and superficial.

Like the award-winning film Argo, Messenger from Mystery harks back to the difficult final years of the Carter administration and looks closely at the hostage crisis, which captured the attention of the world for 444 days, garnered its own news show, ensured the defeat of Carter and the victory of Reagan, and frayed any American confidence regained after Vietnam and Watergate. A story of love, politics, terrorism, and heroism, Messenger from Mystery mixes accurate, fascinating history with convincing, engaging imagination.

Deno Trakas is the Laura and Winston Hoy Professor of English and director of the writing center at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina. He has published fiction and poetry in journals and anthologies, two chapbooks of poems, and a memoir entitled Because Memory Isn’t Eternal: A Story of Greeks in Upstate South Carolina. Trakas is a five-time winner of the South Carolina Fiction Project Prize and a recipient of the South Carolina Academy of Authors Fellowship in Fiction. Messenger from Mystery is his first novel.

Author Luncheon with Patricia Altschul, The Art of Southern Charm, RESCHEDULED Thurs., May 18, 12 pm

NOTE: This event has been rescheduled for Thurs., May 18, 12 pm.

Join us Thurs., May 18, 12 pm for lunch at High Cotton (199 East Bay St.), as Patricia Altschul explains The Art of Southern Charm (Diversion, hb., 240 pp., $27). Tickets are $57 for the three-course luncheon, including a signed copy of the book, 0r $88 for two tickets with one book.

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From the primetime show Southern Charm, Patricia Altschul finally brings fans her eagerly anticipated opus on etiquette and living a glamorous Southern lifestyle. Patricia provides advice on every situation, from hosting a memorable cocktail party, to decoding the dress code for any event, to handling a drunken boor at the dinner table, to delivering the perfectly phrased insult―like her now iconic “shameless strumpet.” The Art of Southern Charm takes readers inside the world of Charleston’s most captivating grande dame, who (with Michael the Butler) offers a blueblood’s blueprint for curating and celebrating life at its best.

Patricia Altschul has been featured in publications including Vogue, Town & Country, People, and Architectural DigestWise, cultivated, elegant, and funny, Patricia is a consummate hostess and a lifestyle icon whose unique combination of class and sass has endeared her to fans of all ages.

New Book Release Readings by College of Charleston Professors Lindsey Drager and Anthony Varallo, Thur., May 4, 5:30 pm


Join us Thurs., May 4, 5:30 pm as local authors, and College of Charleston professors, Lindsey Drager and Anthony Varallo will give readings from their new books.

Lindsey Drager is the author of The Sorrow Proper (Dzanc, 2015), winner of the 2016 Binghamton University / John Gardner Fiction Award. Originally from Michigan, she is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at the College of Charleston, where she teaches in the MFA program in fiction. Her work has been published in prominent venues including Web Conjunctions, Gulf Coast, West Branch Wired, Black Warrior Review, Cream City Review, Quarterly West, and Kenyon Review Online.

Her new novel, The Lost Daughter Collective (Dzanc, pb., 176 pp., $16), is a gothic fairy tale fusing the fabulism of Donald Barthelme and Ben Marcus with the language play of Rikki Ducornet and Jenny Offill.

Anthony Varallo is the author of three previous short-story collections: This Day in History (University of Iowa Press), winner of the John Simmons Short Fiction Award and Finalist for the Paterson Fiction Prize; Out Loud (University of Pittsburgh Press), winner of the Drue Heinz Literature Prize; and Think of Me and I’ll Know (TriQuarterly Books).

His latest, Everyone Was There (Elixir Press, pb., 164 pp., $19), will be released in May.

Anthony has received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Literature, and his stories have appeared in over seventy literary magazines and journals. He joined the Department of English at the College of Charleston in 2005 and serves as Fiction Editor of Crazyhorse.


Author Luncheon with Mary Kay Andrews, Fri., May 5, 12 pm EVENT CANCELLED

*****Sorry, this event has been cancelled.*****

Join us Fri., May 5, 12 pm for lunch at High Cotton (199 East Bay St.), as Mary Kay Andrews discusses The Beach House Cookbook (St. Martin’s, hb., 272 pp., $30). Tickets are $61 for the three-course luncheon, including a signed copy of the book, 0r $92 for two tickets with one book.

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You don’t have to own a beach house to enjoy Mary Kay Andrews’ recipes. All you need is an appetite for delicious, casual dishes, cooked with the best fresh, local ingredients and presented with the breezy flair that make Mary Kay Andrews novels a summertime favorite at the beach.

From an early spring dinner of cherry balsamic-glazed pork medallions and bacon-kissed Brussels sprouts to Fourth of July buttermilk-brined fried chicken, potato salad, and pudding parfaits to her New Year’s Day Open House menu of roast oysters, home-cured gravlax, grits ‘n’ greens casserole, and lemon-cream cheese pound cake, this cookbook will supply ideas for menus and recipes designed to put you in a permanently carefree, coastal state of mind all year long.

Mary Kay Andrews is The New York Times bestselling author of The Weekenders, Beach Town, Save the Date, Ladies’ Night, Christmas Bliss, Spring Fever, Summer Rental, The Fixer Upper, Deep Dish, Blue Christmas, Savannah Breeze, Hissy Fit, Little Bitty Lies, and Savannah Blues. A former journalist for The Atlanta Journal Constitution, she lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

Living Life on Purpose with Katie Ashley, Wed., April 19, 5 pm

Join us Wed., April 19, 5:00 pm as Katie Ashley discusses and signs copies of her book Living Life on Purpose.

Anyone looking to create a future that is not defined by their past will find refuge in this book. Living Life on Purpose proves how far people can progress in one lifetime when they rebel against fate and follow their heart to find a spiritual purpose. Katie provides a roadmap for readers to engage with one of life’s most important questions: How can I feel happy no matter my experience? Katie shows you how to work through your biggest challenges to be the one guiding your soul’s ship. When you finish reading, you’ll realize you had the power to actualize your life all along. You just needed the tools to see more clearly.

Katie Ashley is a mentor, yoga teacher, positive body image activist and the author of Living Life On Purpose – a collection of essays, stories, and timeless teachings from a modern perspective. She lives and teaches in Charleston, and serves students worldwide via her mentoring practice, workshops and upcoming retreats.