Blue Bicycle Books, Charleston, SC

Local Book Launch Party for Archive: South Carolina Poetry Since 2005, Sat., Sept. 22, 5 pm

Join us Sat., Sept. 22, 5 pm to celebrate the release of a new poetry anthology called Archive: South Carolina Poetry Since 2005.

Edited by Furman faculty members Gil Allen, Jeffrey Makala and Bill Rogers, Archive: South Carolina Poetry Since 2005 anthologizes the writings of 46 contemporary South Carolina poets. The anthology’s contents were previously published in national poetry journals, chapbooks or single-authored works. As such, the anthology is the best survey and summary of the writings of South Carolina poets since the previously-published 2005 Ninety-Six Press poetry anthology.

Many of the poets selected will be here to promote the book, including: Gil Allen, Mike Bassett, Emily Davis-Fletcher, Linda Ferguson, Vera Gómez, Ann Herlong-Bodman, Ellen Hyatt, Jacquelyn Markham, Rick Mulkey, Frances Pearce, Emily Rosko, and Marjory Wentworth.

For more information about the book, or about the South Carolina poetry archives, contact Kathleen Hamlin at 864-294-2191 and [email protected]

A Bright and Pleading Dagger Book Launch with Nicole Rivas, Sat., Sept. 8, 8 pm

Join us Sat., Sept. 8, 8 pm as Nicole Rivas will be here to read from her debut chapbook of short stories called A Bright and Pleading Dagger (Rose Metal Press, pb., 44 pp., $12).

A dazzling and incisive collection of twelve flash fictions illuminating the varied lives of women and girls, A Bright and Pleading Dagger immerses readers in its subjects’ complex experiences with desire, selfhood, and omnipresent danger. A pizza shop worker goes on a series of visceral dates with her gynecologist; a slighted lover coughs up a forgotten childhood toy; an artist unknowingly becomes the subject of an intrusive admirer’s lust; a woman has a heated staring contest with the world’s oldest man. Powerful and precise, Rivas’ stories highlight the unreality within the real, simultaneously evoking humor, outrage, and awe.

Nicole Rivas is from Los Angeles and the Inland Empire. A Bright and Pleading Dagger is her first chapbook. Her fiction has appeared in Passages NorthThe JournalThe Adroit Journal, and elsewhere. She teaches writing at Georgia Southern University in Savannah. More information can be found at 

Living Waters Book Launch Party with Ed Waldrop, Sat., Sept. 1, 5 pm

Join us Sat., Sept. 1, 5 pm as local photographer and first-time author Ed Waldrop will be here to discuss his debut Living Waters.

Living Waters is the story of AJ McClellan, born in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. He was raised and nurtured along her creeks and waterways. Tragic events in AJ’s young life tested him deeply, but it was the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York City that moved him to action. Determined to serve in his country’s defense, AJ joined the Army right out of high school, eventually doing two combat tours in Iraq. He would later leave the Army a broken man, emotionally and spiritually. He lived a vacant life in central Texas until an unexpected death in the family brought him home and began a redemptive journey for him of new life, new love, and new hope.

Ed Waldrop was raised in Charleston, SC, the son of a Navy veteran. Waldrop is an enlisted Air Force veteran himself. He later completed his undergraduate and master’s degrees and became an ordained minister. He served as a VA chaplain from 2003 to 2015, specializing in palliative care and mental health. During that time, he also pursued work toward a doctorate in pastoral care and counseling. Waldrop has worked extensively with combat veterans and their families, as well as with thousands of non-combat veterans suffering in many other ways.

Race to Hawaii with Jason Ryan, Sun., Aug. 26, 5 pm

Join us Sun., Aug. 26, 5 pm as local author Jason Ryan will be here to discuss his new book Race to Hawaii (Chicago Review Press, hb., 320 pp., $27).

Today, a trip to Hawaii is a simple six-hour flight from the West Coast, but almost a century ago, it was a nerve-wracking and twenty-six-hour journey across 2,400 miles of the open Pacific. Race to Hawaii chronicles the thrilling first flights during the Golden Age of Aviation, a time when new airplanes traveled farther and faster but were also unreliable, fragile, and hampered by primitive air navigation equipment.

The US Navy tried first, sending flying boats winging toward the islands. Next came Army Air Corps aviators and a civilian pilot, who informally raced each other to Hawaii in the weeks after Charles Lindbergh crossed the Atlantic to land the Spirit of St. Louis in Paris. Finally came the Dole Derby, an unprecedented 1927 air race in which eight planes set off at once across the Pacific, all eager to claim a cash prize offered by Pineapple King, James Dole. Military men, barnstormers, a schoolteacher, a Wall Street bond salesman, a Hollywood stunt flyer, and veteran World War aces all encountered every type of hazard during their perilous flights, from fuel shortages to failed engines, forced sea landings and severe fatigue to navigational errors. With so many pilots taking aim at the far-flung islands in so many different types of planes, everyone wondered who would reach Hawaii first, or at all.

Jason Ryan is the author of Jackpot: High Times, High Seas, and the Sting That Launched the War on Drugs and Hell-Bent: One Man’s Crusade to Crush the Hawaiian Mob. He is a graduate of Georgetown University and lives in Charleston.

Author Luncheon with Issac J. Bailey, My Brother Moochie, Fri., Aug. 24, 12 pm

Join us Fri., Aug. 24, 12 pm for lunch at Halls Signature Events (5 Faber St.), as Issac J. Bailey discusses his new book My Brother Moochie (Other Press, hb., 304 pp., $26).

Tickets are $32 for the three-course luncheon, or $60 to add a signed copy of the book.

Get tickets here.

At the age of nine, Issac J. Bailey saw his hero, his eldest brother, taken away in handcuffs, not to return from prison for thirty-two years. Bailey tells the story of their relationship and of his experience living in a family suffering from guilt and shame. Drawing on sociological research as well as his expertise as a journalist, he seeks to answer the crucial question of why Moochie and many other young black men—including half of the ten boys in his own family—end up in the criminal justice system. What role do poverty, race, and faith play? What effect does living in the South, in the Bible Belt, have? And why is their experience understood as an acceptable trope for black men, while white people who commit crimes are never seen in this generalized way?

My Brother Moochie provides a wide-ranging yet intensely intimate view of crime and incarceration in the United States, and the devastating effects on the incarcerated, their loved ones, their victims, and society as a whole.

Issac J. Bailey was born in St. Stephen, South Carolina, and holds a degree in psychology from Davidson College in North Carolina. Having trained at the prestigious Poynter Institute for journalists in St. Petersburg, Florida, he has been a professional journalist for twenty years. He has taught applied ethics at Coastal Carolina University and, as a Nieman Fellow at Harvard, has taught journalism at Harvard Summer School. He currently lives in Myrtle Beach with his wife and children.

That’s What She Said with Artist and Social Activist Kimothy Joy, Thurs., Aug. 23, 5 pm

Join us Thurs., Aug. 23, 5 pm as artist and social activist Kimothy Joy will be here to talk about her new illustrated book That’s What She Said: Wise Words from Influential Women (Harper Wave, hb., 128 pp., $22).

Distraught by the results of the 2016 election and the realization that the nation was not ready for its first female president, Kimothy Joy found herself poring over the biographies of brave women throughout history—those who persisted in the face of daunting circumstances—to learn from their experiences.

Turning to art, Joy channeled her feelings to the canvas, bringing these strong women to life in bold watercolor portraits surrounded by inspirational hand-lettered quotes. With each creation, Joy found catharsis and hope. She shared her watercolors with her online community and encouraged everyone to raise their own voices and recharge for the battles ahead.

Now, in this beautiful gift book, Joy has gathered her stunning illustrations and quotes and paired them with surprising, illuminating biographies of her subjects to inspire women of all ages, races, and backgrounds. That’s What She Said honors a powerful and diverse group of over fifty women—from Maya Angelou, Gloria Steinem, and Virginia Woolf to Sojourner Truth, Malala Yousafzai, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg—role models whose words and insights remind us that we must never give up the fight for a more just and equitable society.

Kimothy Joy is a Denver based artist whose work combines watercolor and pen with hand lettering. She has collaborated with the Women’s March on Washington, I AM THAT GIRL, Juniper Books, Gucci, Melinda Gates, author Jessica Bennett, and poets Nikita Gill and Cleo Wade. Her illustrations have also been featured in Glamour, Teen Vogue, O, Oprah Magazine, Refinery29, Washington Post and Huffington Post.



Mightier Than the Sword with Alana Harrison and Drew Callander Fri., Aug. 10, 5 pm

Join us Fri., Aug. 10, 5 pm as comedy writers Alana Harrison and Drew Callander will be here for an interactive children’s story event with their book Mightier Than the Sword (Penguin Workshop, hb, 320 pp., $13.99).

Wildly funny and inventive, Mightier Than the Sword pulls you, the reader, into the action. Yes, YOU! You wake up in the fictional land of Astorya, where stories from our world come to life. You’re a real human being (we assume), and in this fictional world, that makes you a superhero. Armed with your trusty pencil you have the power to create: what you write, draw, or scribble in the book becomes part of the story! Only you can rescue Prince S. from the evil Queen Rulette. Aided by the Couriers–a French stoat with dangerous dance moves, a giant dung beetle, a fire ninja, a Pegasus-centaur-cowgirl and a super-intelligent femalien chameleon–you must write, draw, and puzzle your way through a hilarious adventure that is unique to every reader! And most importantly, you must prove that the pencil is mightier than the sword.

Alana Harrison and Drew Callander have spent their lives telling stories and cracking jokes. Together they have created cartoons and short films with Jon Stewart, Conan O’Brien, John Oliver, and Kristen Schaal. Their work as writers and improv comedians has aired on Sirius XM Radio, NBC, and Comedy Central. They live with their baby daughter and exquisitely talented cat (neither of whom help with the dishes).

Author Luncheon with Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig, and Karen White, Thurs., Sept. 6, 12 pm

Join us Thurs., Sept. 6, 12 pm for lunch at Halls Signature Events (5 Faber St.), as Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig, and Karen White discuss The Glass Ocean (William Morrow, hb., 416 pp., $27).

Tickets are $61 for the three-course luncheon plus a signed copy of the book. Get tickets here.

The Glass Ocean is the second novel coauthored by Beatriz, Lauren, and Karen. Now, from the New York Times bestselling authors of The Forgotten Room, comes a captivating historical mystery that links the lives of three women across a century—two deep in the past, one in the present—to the doomed passenger liner, RMS Lusitania.

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

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

Author Luncheon with Kristan Higgins, Good Luck with That, Thur., Aug. 9, 12 pm

Join us Thurs., Aug. 9, 12 pm for lunch at High Cotton (199 East Bay St.), as Kristan Higgins discusses and signs her new novel Good Luck with That (Berkley, pb., 480 pp., $16).

Tickets are $32 for the three-course luncheon, and the book will be available to buy separately.

Get tickets here.

About the book: Emerson, Georgia, and Marley have been best friends ever since they met at a weight-loss camp as teens. When Emerson tragically passes away, she leaves one final wish for her best friends: to conquer the fears they still carry as adults. A novel of compassion and insight, Good Luck with That tells the story of two women who learn to embrace themselves just the way they are.

About the author: Kristan Higgins is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of nearly twenty novels, which have been translated into more than two dozen languages and have sold millions of copies worldwide. She lives in Connecticut with her husband, two children and dogs.

Author Luncheon with Andrew Lawler, The Secret Token, Fri., July 20, 12 pm

Join us Fri., July 20, 12 pm for lunch at Halls Signature Events (5 Faber St.), as Andrew Lawler discusses and signs his new book The Secret Token (Doubleday, hb., 448 pp., $30).

Tickets are $32 for the three-course luncheon, or $65 to add a signed copy of the book.

Get tickets here.

For four hundred years, the Lost Colony of Roanoke has consumed historians and amateur sleuths, leading only to dead ends and hoaxes. But after a chance encounter with a British archaeologist, Andrew Lawler discovered that solid answers to the mystery were within reach. He set out to unravel the enigma of the lost settlers, accompanying competing researchers, each hoping to be the first to solve its riddle. In the course of his journey, Lawler encounters a host of characters obsessed with the colonists and their fate, and he determines why the Lost Colony continues to haunt our national consciousness.

Thrilling and absorbing, The Secret Token offers a new understanding not just of the first English settlement in the New World but of how its disappearance continues to define–and divide–America.

Andrew Lawler is a contributing writer for Science, a contributing editor for Archaeology Magazine, and has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, National Geographic, Smithsonian, and Slate.