Blue Bicycle Books, Charleston, SC


Chef Jennifer Booker, Field Peas to Foie Gras: Southern Recipes with a French Accent. Sun., Mar. 8.

Join us, Sun., Mar. 8, 3-5 pm as Chef Jennifer Booker, signs copies of her new book, Field Peas to Foie Gras: Southern Recipes with a French Accent. (Pelican, hb., 192 pp $27). 

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Focusing on farm-to-table ingredients, proper techniques, and pristine presentation, Chef Booker serves up a heaping helping of Southern cooking with class. Combining her Mississippi roots and French culinary training, Booker pays homage to her family’s favorite dishes by giving them a sophisticated twist. Inspired by her childhood memories, Booker creates a comforting blend of nostalgia and modernity. The stories that accompany the 135 recipes in this book will transport you to the farmhouse of Booker’s youth-amid the garden, lush with produce. Dishes such as tender Braised Short Ribs, decadent Venison Stew, and elegant Caramel Cake are sure to satisfy your family 

 

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Chef Jennifer Booker earned her Bachelors of Arts Degree in Organizational Communication from The University of Tulsa and immediately enrolled in Oklahoma State University-Okmulgee’s Culinary Arts program. There she graduated first in her class with an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science-Culinary Arts. After working several years in the culinary industry Chef Jennifer was afforded the unique opportunity to earn a Cuisine de Base Certificate from Le Cordon Bleu-Paris, once again receiving top honors in her graduating class. She also volunteers her time and resources for the Africa’s Children Fund Annual Fundraiser.



Tom Turner, Palm Beach Nasty. Thurs., Feb. 19.

Join us, Thurs., Feb. 19, 5-7 pm as author Tom Turner, signs copies of his new book, Palm Beach Nasty. (Permanent Press, hb., 304 pp $30). 

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Burned out New York homicide cop, Charlie Crawford, goes south to take it slow and ends up in steamy Palm Beach, Florida. But after six months of pink and green collar crime, he’s bored out of his mind, desperate for a face-down stiff with a little rigor setting in. Palm Beach has plenty of glitz, glam and hedonism, but murder– not one in the last ten years.

Finally one Halloween night, Crawford is first on scene and finds a twenty year old male swinging from a stately banyan tree. That sets in motion colliding plots involving a billionaire with a thing for young girls, a far-reaching art scam with Crawford’s girlfriend playing a starring role and a ruthless hustler passing himself off as the long lost son of one of the richest men in town. Add to the mix, a sultry real estate broker who knows where all the bodies are buried, a gorgeous forensic cop usually one step ahead of Crawford, a Mutt and Jeff combo of stone cold killers and you’ve got Palm Beach Nasty.

Fast-paced, funny, slightly off-kilter and everything you ever wanted to know about the most scandalous town in America and its larger-than-life citizens.

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Tom Turner ran a bar in Vermont after college, then moved to New York and spent time as an award-winning copywriter at several Manhattan advertising agencies. After years of post-Mad Men life, he made a radical change and got a job in commercial real estate. A few years later he ended up in Palm Beach, buying, renovating and selling houses. On the side, he wrote Palm Beach Nasty, its sequel, Palm Beach Poison, and a screenplay, Underwater. While at a wedding, he fell for the charm of Charleston and moved there. He recently completed his third novel entitled, Killing Time in Charleston.


Charleston Self Portrait Project, Sun. Feb 1

Come stop by the store on Sunday, Feb 1 from 1-4pm as the The Charleston Self-Portrait Project sets up shop in BBB. unnamed

The Charleston Self-Portrait Project is a series of free events encouraging community members to create self-portraits, ultimately producing a collection of hundreds of self-portraits that will be exhibited for public viewing. The emphasis of this project is equally on the art making process and the resulting collection of artwork. The project will provide space and supplies at Portrait-Making Stations for creating self-portraits in a welcoming, collective atmosphere. Each participant can choose to keep his or her self-portrait or donate it to the Charleston Self-Portrait Project Collection for future viewing by the community. Check out their website for more info! http://www.charlestonselfportraitproject.com/

 

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Andra Watkins, Not Without My Father. Tues., Feb. 3.

Join us, Tues., Feb. 3, 5-7 pm as local author Andra Watkins, signs copies of her new book, Not Without My Father. (World Hermit Press, pb., 219 pp $15). 

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 Andra Watkins needed a wingman to help her become the first living person to walk the historic 444-mile Natchez Trace as the pioneers did. She planned to walk fifteen miles a day. For thirty-four days. After striking out with everyone in her life, she was left with her disinterested eighty-year-old father. And his gas. The slope apnea machine and self-scratching. Sharing a bathroom with a man whose gut obliterated his aim. As Watkins trudged America’s forgotten highway, she lost herself in despair and pain. Nothing happened according to plan, and her tenuous connection to her father started to unravel. Through arguments and laughter, tears and fried chicken, they fought to rebuild their relationship before it was too late. In Not Without My Father: One Woman’s 444-Mile Walk of the Natchez Trace, Watkins invites readers to join her dysfunctional family adventure in a humorous and heartbreaking memoir that asks if one can really turn I wish I had into I’m glad I did.

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Andra Watkins lives in Charleston with her husband, Michael T Maher. A non-practicing CPA, she has a degree in accounting from Francis Marion University.She’s still mad at her mother for refusing to let her major in musical theater, because her mom was convinced she’d end up starring in porn films. She’s the author of three books and counting. Her acclaimed first novel To Live Forever: An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis was published by Word Hermit Press on March 1, 2014. Natchez Trace: Tracks in Time is a book of photography, shot during her 15-mile daily hikes on her 444-mile Natchez Trace walk. Not Without My Father: One Woman’s 444-Mile Walk of the Natchez Trace is a memoir about her dysfunctional family adventure.


Ryan Graudin, All That Burns. Tues., Feb. 10.

Join us, Tues., Feb. 10, 5-7 pm as local author Ryan Graudin, signs copies of her new book, All That Burns. (HarperTeen, pb., 464 pp $10). Pre-order the book and receive a custom tea packet!

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In this thrilling sequel to All That Glows, the worlds of magic and mortal are colliding as London celebrates its new king, marking an era of unity between the Faery realm and the human one. Emrys, the Faery guard to the British royal family, sacrificed her powers to be with King Richard, choosing love over immortality. But now, as Emrys struggles to navigate her place between the Faery queen’s court and London’s lavish galas, danger looms beyond the Thames.When a prisoner with dark, strange magic breaks out of Queen Titania’s labyrinthine prison, endangering Emrys’s king and sparking an uprising, Emrys must make the hardest decision of all.

Will she reclaim her magic to save Richard’s life and lose him forever? Or stay powerless as the kingdom goes down in flames?

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 Ryan Graudin grew up in Charleston and graduated from the College of Charleston with a degree in Creative Writing in 2009. In addition to All That Burns, she is also the author of All That Glows and The Walled City. She resides near Charleston with her husband and wolf-dog. You can find her online at www.ryangraudin.com.
 


Michael DeValve, A Different Justice: Love and the Future of Criminal Justice Practice in America. Thurs., Jan. 29.

Join us, Thurs., Jan. 29, 5-7 pm as author Michael DeValve, signs copies of his new book, A Different Justice: Love and the Future of Criminal Justice Practice in America. (Carolina Academic Press, pb., 250 pp $28). 

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The criminal justice system in America does not work, and, from the perspective of current criminological thought, no ideas exist for how to truly fix it. The fault lies not with criminology as a discourse, but with us as individuals. We must, together, address three fundamental questions regarding our capacity and willingness to make a justice system of which we would be proud to pass off to our children. Specifically, we must decide (1) whether or not we are permanently saddled with a hobbling justice system; (2) if we are not inextricably bound to brokenness, whether we are brave enough to strike out for the undiscovered country; and (3) if we have the ability to embrace love despite the vulnerability it imposes. Specifically, each of us must find within ourselves the capacity to bravely love, without qualification, ourselves, each other, and our world.

The purpose of this work is to discover what justice would look like were it predicated on love. Sacred sources, including Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism, along with the thought of scholars like Erich Fromm, Karl Marx, Simone Weil, and Paolo Freire, are examined in detail for insights into the nature of love. Space is devoted to an attempt to understand why American justice practice is so broken despite the noble work of so many. The last two chapters offer both a criminology of love and a sketch of a criminal justice system predicated on love.

 

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Michael DeValve is a dad, husband, son, musician, peacemaking criminologist, and an associate professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at Fayetteville State University. He holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. in criminal justice from Sam Houston State University. His research focus is love and its place in criminal justice. He has authored several scholarly works, published in journals like Contemporary Justice Review, Police Quarterly, and The Prison Journal. He has trained and consulted with police departments, and he worked six years for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice as a researcher. His new book, A Different Justice, offers a new approach to justice and a new criminological theory, all predicated on love as the axle of justice.


Sherry Harris, It is What it is…and the View is Great. Thurs., Feb. 12.

Join us, Thurs., Feb. 12, 5 – 7 pm, as author Sherry Harris, signs copies of her new book, It is What it is…and the View is Great. (Spark Publishers, pb., 160 pp., $25). 

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Island fever! Haven’t we all had it sometime in our lives? In this breezy read, Sherry Harris gives you the inside story about living in Paradise. Both wise and witty, It is what it is… introduces you to island time from a resident-in-training perspective with funny and insightful anecdotes, exquisite photography, and up-close island personalities. Along the way, Sherry reminds us to stop and smell the bougainvillea and embrace our surroundings, wherever that finds us. 

 

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 Sherry Harris is an interior designer, wife, mother and hip grandmother who loves to travel, play tennis and golf. It is what it is … is her first book about living and working in Paradise.
 


A few hot items from Blue Bicycle Books, Charleston:

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Just think, instead of getting down and out about the liars and the dirty, dirty cheats of the world,

you could’ve been getting down to

These

Sick

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A few hot items from Blue Bicycle Books, Charleston:

Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris, first edition, first issue, with cover photo of Santa at the urinal. Signed bookplate. Throw your head back laughing like a little kid. $125.

Dracula: A Toy Theatre. The sets and costumes of the Broadway production of the play designed by Edward Gorey. We knew this one was trouble when it walked in. Signed by Edward Gorey. $175.

Home by the River by Archibald Rutledge. No DJ. Signed and inscribed. $125. There was a blank space baby, and he wrote his name — twice!

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. First ed., later printing. How much for this one? I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling…$22.

My True Love Gave to Me. Holiday young adult anthology signed by Stephanie Perkins, David Levithan, Rainbow Rowell, and Gayle Forman. It’s a love story collection, baby just say yes! $95.

A is for Anything by Katharina Barry. “N is for Newsboy / who’s not very tidy. / He brings Thursday’s newspaper / around on Friday.” A 1961 ABC picture book, using old wooden type. I’ve been spending the last eight months wondering why no one has bought this little gem. $39.

Once Upon an Alphabet by Oliver Jeffers. “N is for nearly nine thousand,” as in, this is how many envelopes will fit inside an elephant. $27.

A Little Princess and The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, each illustrated by Tasha Tudor. Kanye West tried to snatch these from us. $20 each.

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell, signed by the author. “Holding Eleanor’s hand was like holding a butterfly. Or a heartbeat.” (Okay, not a Taylor Swift lyric, but come on — so lovely.)  $19.

The Third Plate by Dan Barber. Thorough and readable look at the future of food production without using buzzwords like “sustainable,” “organic,” or “Shake it off.” $30.

The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell. Magic, madness, heaven, sin. $30.

10:04 by Ben Lerner. Ultra poetic second novel never misses a beat, is lightning on its feet.

Heritage by Sean Brock. When it feels like a perfect night for breakfast (or lunch or dinner) at midnight. $40

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Book club edition, signed by Harper Lee. $1,750.

Touching it is like realizing all you ever wanted is right there in front of you.

Every Building on the Sunset Strip by Ed Ruscha. The original Google street view by the consummate LA artist. First edition, second issue, 1966. $1,995. Like OH MY GOD.

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And…join us for the launch party of Brad Taylor‘s newest thriller No Fortunate Son, Sat. Jan. 3, 2015, 5 pm at The Shelter, Shem Creek, 202 Coleman Blvd., Mt Pleasant.



Clare Pernice, Circus Girl. Thurs., Dec. 11.

Join us, Thurs., Dec. 11, 4-6 pm as local author and illustrator Clare Pernice signs copies of her new children’s book, Circus Girl . (Simply Read Books, hb., 40 pp $17). 

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When a little girl plays dress up in her leotard and socks she becomes Circus Girl star of the show. Even her toys morph into her dreamscape of circus acts. At each page turn she jumps and tumbles, flies through the air, juggles, spins, balances and contorts.

Vibrant and winsome, modern and timeless the illustrations and words convey a captured childhood moment with directness and simplicity.

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Clare Pernice is a children’s picture book writer and illustrator who was born and raised in England where a passion for children’s books took root. Influenced by her favorite local author Roald Dahl and her witty story telling father, she took an avid interest in the world of children’s stories, art and design. A graduate of London’s Central Saint Martin’s School of Art, she has since designed, illustrated and exhibited works in Paris, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Charleston SC, and New York. She has designed children’s books, clothes, toys, murals and has created costumes and props for film and stage.

 



Justina Lasley, Wake Up!. Thurs., Nov. 20.

Join us, Thurs., Nov. 20, 5-7 pm as local author Justina Lasley signs copies of her new book, Wake Up!. (Balboa Press, pb., 202 pp $17). 

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“Wake Up!” reaches out to people at various levels of experience with dreams. It offers a simple, step-by-step guide to using dreams as a tool for personal growth and transformation. Lasley’s book fills the void of knowledge and access to information about dreamwork for anyone who has ever asked “How can I live a more authentic and fulfilling life?” or “Why would I want to remember my dreams?” “Wake Up!” starts with Lasley’s own inspiring personal story of her awakening to the power of her dreams. She then invites readers to participate in the same process, teaching them how to use their nighttime dreams as resources to awaken their most authentic, creative and spiritual selves, thus leading them to what she predicts will be more fulfilling and joyful lives.

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JUSTINA LASLEY  has a master’s degree in transpersonal psychology with an emphasis in dream studies. She is the founder and director of the Institute for Dream Studies and also author of “Honoring the Dream: A Handbook for Dream Group Leaders” and “In My Dream… a creative dream journal.” More information is available at www.DreamSynergy.com.