Blue Bicycle Books, Charleston, SC


Author Luncheon with Karen White, Dreams of Falling, Mon., June 11, 12 pm

Join us Mon., June 11, 12 pm for lunch at Halls Signature Events (5 Faber St.), as Karen White discusses her latest novel Dreams of Falling (Berkley, hb., 416 pp., $26). Tickets are $32 for the author talk and three-course luncheon, or $58 to add a signed copy of the book.

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About the book: Nine years ago, a humiliated Larkin Lanier fled Georgetown, South Carolina, knowing she could never go back. But when she finds out that her mother has disappeared, she realizes she has no choice but to return to the place she both loves and dreads–and to the family and friends who never stopped wishing for her to come home.

Larkin’s mother Ivy is discovered badly injured and unconscious in the burned-out wreckage of her ancestral plantation home. No one knows why Ivy was there, but as Larkin digs for answers, she uncovers secrets kept for nearly fifty years–whispers of love, sacrifice, and betrayal–that lead back to three girls on the brink of womanhood who found their friendship tested in the most heartbreaking ways.

About the author: 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).



Author Luncheon with Cinelle Barnes, Monsoon Mansion, Thurs., May 31, 12 pm

Join us Thurs., May 31, 12 pm for lunch at  Halls Signature Events (5 Faber St.)., as Cinelle Barnes will talk about and sign her debut memoir Monsoon Mansion (Little A, hb., 252 pp., $25). Tickets are $31 for the three-course luncheon, or $56 to add a signed copy of the book.

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Cinelle Barnes was barely three years old when her family moved into Mansion Royale, a stately ten-bedroom home in the Philippines. Filled with her mother’s opulent social aspirations and the gloriously excessive evidence of her father’s self-made success, it was a girl’s storybook playland. But when a monsoon hits, her father leaves, and her mother’s terrible lover takes the reins, Cinelle’s fantastical childhood turns toward tyranny she could never have imagined. Formerly a home worthy of magazines and lavish parties, Mansion Royale becomes a dangerous shell of the splendid palace it had once been.

Told with a lyrical, almost-dreamlike voice as intoxicating as the moonflowers and orchids that inhabit this world, Monsoon Mansion is a harrowing yet triumphant coming-of-age memoir exploring the dark, troubled waters of a family’s rise and fall from grace in the Philippines. It would take a young warrior to survive it.

Cinelle Barnes is an essayist, memoirist, and educator with a BA in media studies in journalism from Hunter College and a master of fine arts in creative writing from Converse College. She is a fellow of the Kundiman Creative Nonfiction Intensive at Fordham University and the Voices of the Nations Arts at the University of Pennsylvania, a founding member of the C.D. Wright Women Writers Conference, and a presenter-member for the Creative Writing Studies Organization. Her writing has appeared in Literary Hub, Skirt, Hub City Press’s online anthology, and TAYO Literary Magazine, among others.



VeryVera Cookbook with Vera Stewart, Tues., May 15, CANCELLED

THIS EVENT IS CANCELLED



A Theory of Love — Margaret Bradham Thornton, Wed., May 23, 5:30 pm

Join us at the bookstore, Wed., May 23, 5:30 pm  as Margaret Bradham Thornton will sign her new novel A Theory of Love (Ecco, hb., 288 pp., $28). 

About A Theory of Love: Helen Gibbs, a British journalist on assignment on the west coast of Mexico, meets Christopher Delavaux, an intriguing half-French, half-American lawyer-turned-financier who has come alone to surf. Living lives that never stop moving, from their first encounter in Bermeja to marriage in London and travels to such places as Saint-Tropez, Tangier, and Santa Clara, Helen and Christopher must decide how much they exist for themselves and how much they exist for each other.

About the Author: Margaret Bradham Thornton is also the author of Charleston: A Novel, which has become a Blue Bicycle Books mainstay since its debut in 2014. She is the editor of Tennessee Williams’s Notebooks, for which she received the Bronze ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award in autobiography/memoir and the C. Hugh Holman Prize for the best volume of southern literary scholarship published in 2006, given by the Society for the Study of Southern Literature. She was born and raised in Charleston, is a graduate of Princeton University and lives in Florida.



An American Quilt by Rachel May, Tues., June 5, 5 pm

Join us Tues., June 5, 5 pm as Rachel May will be here to talk about her new book An American Quilt (Pegasus Books, hb., 426 pp., $28).

Following the trail left by an unfinished quilt, this illuminating saga examines slavery from the cotton fields of the South to the textile mills of New England―and the humanity behind it. May brilliantly stitches together the often-silenced legacy of slavery by revealing the lives of these urban enslaved women and their world. Beautifully written and richly imagined, An American Quilt is a luminous historical examination and an appreciation of a craft that provides such a tactile connection to the past.

Rachel May, PhD, MFA, is the author of The BenedictinesThe Experiments: A Legend in Pictures and Words, and Quilting with a Modern Slant, which was named a Best Book of 2014 by Library Journal & Amazon.com. Her embroidered illustrations accompany two novellas published by Jaded Ibis Press and have been shown in galleries in the midwest. She’s been a resident and fellow at The Vermont Studio Center, the VCCA, and The Millay Colony, and is an Assistant Professor of English at Northern Michigan University.



Author Luncheon with Dorothea Benton Frank,By Invitation Only, Tues., May 15, 12 pm


Join us Tues., May 15, 12 pm for lunch at  Halls Signature Events (5 Faber St.)., as Dottie Frank will talk about and sign her new book By Invitation Only (William Morrow, hb., 400 pp., $28). Tickets are $62 for the buffet luncheon plus a signed copy of the book.

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The Lowcountry of South Carolina is where By Invitation Only begins at a party thrown by Diane English Stiftel and her parents to celebrate her son’s engagement. The bride’s father is a wealthy power broker whose unbelievably successful career in private equity made him one of Chicago’s celebrated elite, while the mother of the bride dabbles in the world of public relations and believes herself deserving of every square inch of her multimillion-dollar penthouse and imaginary carrara marble pedestal.

By Invitation Only is a tale of two families, one struggling to do well, one well to do, and one young couple—the privileged daughter of Chicago’s crème de la crème and the son of hard-working Southern peach farmers.

Dorothea Benton Frank offers a funny, sharp, and deeply empathetic novel of two very different worlds—of limousines and pickup trucks, caviars and pigs, skyscrapers and ocean spray—filled with a delightful cast of characters who all have something to hide and a lot to learn. A difference in legal opinions, a headlong dive from grace, and an abrupt twist will reveal the truth of who they are and demonstrate, when it truly counts, what kind of grit they have. Are they living the life they want, what regrets do they hold, and how would they remake their lives if they were given the invitation to do so?

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.

 



Monsoon Mansion Book Launch Party with Cinelle Barnes, Tues., May 1, 6 pm

Join us at the Charleston Library Society (164 King Street) on Tues., May 1, 6 pm as local author Cinelle Barnes will be joined in conversation with Jeanette Guinn, the Host of S.C. Public Radio Arts Daily, to discuss her incredible memoir, Monsoon Mansion (Little A, hb., 252 pp., $25).

To RSVP, please call 843-723-9912 or email [email protected]

Cinelle Barnes was barely three years old when her family moved into Mansion Royale, a stately ten-bedroom home in the Philippines. Filled with her mother’s opulent social aspirations and the gloriously excessive evidence of her father’s self-made success, it was a girl’s storybook playland. But when a monsoon hits, her father leaves, and her mother’s terrible lover takes the reins, Cinelle’s fantastical childhood turns toward tyranny she could never have imagined. Formerly a home worthy of magazines and lavish parties, Mansion Royale becomes a dangerous shell of the splendid palace it had once been.

Told with a lyrical, almost-dreamlike voice as intoxicating as the moonflowers and orchids that inhabit this world, Monsoon Mansion is a harrowing yet triumphant coming-of-age memoir exploring the dark, troubled waters of a family’s rise and fall from grace in the Philippines. It would take a young warrior to survive it.

Cinelle Barnes is an essayist, memoirist, and educator with a BA in media studies in journalism from Hunter College and a master of fine arts in creative writing from Converse College. She is a fellow of the Kundiman Creative Nonfiction Intensive at Fordham University and the Voices of the Nations Arts at the University of Pennsylvania, a founding member of the C.D. Wright Women Writers Conference, and a presenter-member for the Creative Writing Studies Organization. Her writing has appeared in Literary Hub, Skirt, Hub City Press’s online anthology, and TAYO Literary Magazine, among others.



What Matters Most at Mt. Pleasant Waterfront Park, Sun., Apr. 15, 1-4 pm

Sun., Apr. 15, 1 pm, at Mt. Pleasant Waterfront Park, Kerry Egan will share what she’s learned about “what matters most” from her time at the bedside as a hospice chaplain.

There will also be:

  • Interactive crafts, games & activities for all ages
  • Musical Guests (to be announced)
  • Share Your Story Station via Life Chronicles
  • Photo Booth courtesy of Little White Box
  • MUSC Pet Therapy Dogs
  • Food Trucks
  • Free Ice Cream for the kids (& a playground beside the festival)
  • Abundant parking, ample seating, indoor facility, & outdoor tent for comfort & convenience whatever the weather

Bring kids, bring parents, bring your friends! This event is appropriate for all ages and is free and open to the public.



The Surprising Place by Malinda McCollum, Wed., Apr. 4, 5 pm

Join us Wed., Apr. 4, 5 pm as Malinda McCollum will be here to talk about her new short story collection The Surprising Place (UMass Press, pb., 224 pp., $20).

In The Surprising Place, people adrift in the American Midwest struggle to find their way with few signposts for guidance. A synchronized swimming coach pops pills during practice, a bagpiper cold-cocks a hawk, and an orphan puts her fist through a window, discovering in the engine noise of a jet passing overhead, the perfect witness to her inner pain. In prose as lean and unflinching as an Iowa winter, these stories offer confrontation and consolation in equal measure.

Malinda McCollum’s stories have appeared in The Paris Reviewwhich awarded her the Plimpton Prize–McSweeney’s, ZYZZYVA, Epoch, and elsewhere. She has been the recipient of a Pushcart Prize and a Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and has taught at the University of Iowa, Johns Hopkins University, and Stanford University. She grew up in Des Moines, Iowa, and now lives with her family in Charleston, where she teaches writing at the College of Charleston.



Author Luncheon with Holly Herrick, The New Charleston Chef’s Table, Fri., May 4, 12 pm

Join us Fri., May 4, 12 pm for lunch with Holly Herrick at Halls Signature Events (5 Faber St.). Holly will talk and sign copies of The New Charleston Chef’s Table (Three Forks, hb., 208 pp., $28).

Tickets are $31 for the three-course lunch and talk or $59 for lunch and book. Click here for tickets.

About the book: When the original Charleston Chef’s Table was published in December, 2009, Charleston’s food scene was hot. Since then Charleston has become an even hotter food town, indeed, one of the hottest, ranked the #1 most popular tourist destination in the United States, according to Conde Nast Traveler Magazine. Charleston, which hosts more than four million visitors annually, has matured into a world-class culinary destination. Now, this book allows locals and visitors alike to take a bit of the city’s incomparable flavor home, with profiles of the city’s best restaurants and a signature recipe from each. 

About the author: Holly Herrick is a bona fide lover of delicious food and life in general. Born in Alabama and raised in New England, Herrick’s roots hail back to rural life. She then attended Boston College as a journalism major, and began her food-writing career with a Grande Diplome in pastry and cuisine from Le Cordon Bleu in Paris. She has written features and columns for many magazines, including Southern Living, Lowcountry Living, Bon Appetit, and more.

Holly Herrick