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Monsters in Charleston with Timothy Banks, Sat., April 22, 11 am


Join us Sat., April 22, 11 am as local artist Timothy Banks will read from his illustrated children’s book Monsters in Charleston. 

About the Book: Be afraid, be very afraid… not to own a copy of the most frightening event in Charleston since Hurricane Matthew. For the first time in a single edition, twelve of the Lowcountry’s most reviled creatures can be found squished together in ghoulishly vivid color. Tour the old town through monstrous new eyes as these (sometimes slimy) visitors stomp, slide and rip their way through famous sites such as: the Battery, Folly Beach, and a swamp!

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.

The Takedown Book Launch with Corrie Wang — Tues., April 11, 6 pm at Edmund’s Oast


The party of the spring might just be Tues., April 11, 6 pm at Edmund’s Oast (1081 Morrison Dr.), celebrating the release of Corrie Wang‘s debut young adult novel The Takedown (Freeform, hb., 384 pp., $18). There’ll be fun book swag, complimentary snacks by Corrie and Shuai Wang’s food truck Short Grain, and a “Takedown” signature cocktail by Edmund’s Oast.

Can’t make it? Order a signed copy here.

About The Takedown: Kyla Cheng doesn’t expect you to like her. For the record, she doesn’t need you to. On track to be valedictorian, she’s president of her community club, a debate team champ, plus the yummy Mackenzie Rodriguez has firmly attached himself to her hip. She and her three high-powered best friends don’t just own their senior year at their exclusive Park Slope, Brooklyn high school, they practically define the hated species Popular. Kyla’s even managed to make it through high school completely unscathed.

A week before college applications are due, a video of Kyla having sex with her handsome young English teacher is uploaded to her school’s website. It instantly goes viral, and only Kyla knows that’s it’s a fake. With time running out, Kyla delves into a world of hackers, haters and creepy stalkers in an attempt to do the impossible-take something off the internet-all while dealing with the fallout from her own karmic footprint.

About the Author: Corrie Wang is passionate about libraries, road trips, and eating all the food, everywhere. Corrie grew up in Buffalo but spent her formative years in Brooklyn, where one of her last paying gigs was managing a three-story nightclub on the Lower East Side. She currently lives in Charleston, where she and her husband Shuai Wang own and operate Short Grain food truck — named one of Bon Appetit magazine’s Top 50 Best New Restaurants 2016 and currently nominated for a James Beard Award. The Takedown is Corrie’s debut novel. You can find her online at

YALLFest Friends Margaret Stohl and Gwenda Bond, Sat., April 8, 5:30 pm

Join us Sat., April 8, 5 pm when our YALLFest friends Margaret Stohl and Gwenda Bond will be stopping by to talk and sign copies of their books. Margaret’s newest novel, Royce Rolls (Free Form, hb., 400 pp., $18), is set to be released this Tuesday.

Sixteen-year-old Bentley Royce seems to have it all: an actual Bentley, tuition to a fancy private school, lavish vacations, and everything else that comes along with being an LA starlet. But after five seasons on her family’s reality show, Rolling with the Royces, and a lifetime of dealing with her narcissistic sister, Porsche, media-obsessed mother, Mercedes, and somewhat clueless brother, Maybach, Bentley wants out. Luckily for her, cancellation is looming and freedom is nigh. With their lifestyle on the brink, however, Bentley’s family starts to crumble, and one thing becomes startlingly clear–without the show, there is no family. And since Bentley loves her family, she has to do the unthinkable–save the show.
Told in a tongue-in-cheek voice that takes a swipe at all things Hollywood, Royce Rolls is a laugh-out-loud funny romp with an LA noir twist about what it means to grow up with the cameras rolling and what really happens behind the scenes.

Margaret Stohl is the #1 New York Times best-selling co-author of the Beautiful Creatures series. She is also the author of the instant best-seller Black Widow: Forever Red, and its sequel Black Widow: Red Vengeance. Growing up in the shadow of Hollywood, Margaret spent her adolescence crank-calling Harrison Ford, and waving to Starline Tours buses as they stopped to take pictures of her P.E. class at Mulholland Hall, where she first met Bentley Royce.

Gwenda Bond writes YA and children’s fiction. Her novels include the Lois Lane series (Fallout, Double Down), which bring the iconic comic book character front and center in her own YA novels, and the Cirque American series (Girl on a Wire, Girl Over Paris, Girl in the Shadows), about daredevil heroines who discover magic and mystery lurking under the big top. She and her husband author Christopher Rowe will launch a middle grade series, the Supernormal Sleuthing Service, in 2017, and Lois Lane: Triple Threat will be released.

18th Annual Bridge Run Reading — Thurs., Mar. 30, 6 pm

Please join us this Thurs., Mar. 30, 6 pm for the 18th Annual Bridge Run Reading, featuring original works by Charleston writers (and BBB staffers) Jonathan Sanchez, Sara Peck and Ben Adams. Beer and wine will flow, readings are short and fun, there is no running involved.

Author Luncheon with J. Ryan Stradal, Kitchens of the Great Midwest, Fri., Mar. 31, 12 pm

Join us Fri., Mar. 31, 12 pm for lunch at High Cotton (199 East Bay St.), as J. Ryan Stradal discusses his debut novel Kitchens of the Great Midwest (Pamela Dorman Books, pb., 320 pp., $16). Tickets are $31 for the three-course luncheon and talk, or $47 with a signed copy of the book.

Get tickets here.

Kitchens of the Great Midwest, about a young woman with a once-in-a-generation palate who becomes the iconic chef behind the country’s most coveted dinner reservation, is already a New York Times bestseller. Each chapter in J. Ryan Stradal’s startlingly original debut tells the story of a single dish and character, at once capturing the zeitgeist of the Midwest, the rise of foodie culture, and the ways food creates community and a sense of identity.

Born and raised in Minnesota, J. Ryan Stradal now lives in Los Angeles, where he is an editor-at-large at Unnamed Press, fiction editor at TASTE, advisory board member at 826LA, and co-producer & host of the literary/culinary series Hot Dish. His writing has appeared in Hobart, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, The Rumpus, and The Los Angeles Review of Books, among other places.

Charlamagne Tha God, Black Privilege — Sun., Apr. 23, Pure Theater

Purchase a copy of his new book and come see Charlamagne Tha God, Sunday, Apr. 22, 12 noon, at PURE Theatre, 477 King St. This is the official Charleston book release of Black Privilege, by the Lowcountry native, co-host of the iHeartRadio program The Breakfast Club and MTV personality.

General admission to the event is included with advance purchase of a signed copy of Black Privilege from Blue Bicycle Books.

Charlamagne will be in conversation with ABC News 4’s Tessa Spencer, as he shares his eight principles to unlocking your God-given privilege.

Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Books will be distributed at the door. Charlamagne Tha God will personalize books after the event. No posed photos, please.

In Black Privilege: Opportunity Comes to Those Who Create It, Charlamagne presents his comic, often controversial, and always brutally honest insights on how living an authentic life is the quickest path to success. Beginning with his journey from Moncks Corner, S.C., to his headline-grabbing interviews with celebrities like Kanye West, Kevin Hart, Malcolm Gladwell, Lena Dunham, Jay Z, and Hillary Clinton, this book will share how he turned his troubled early life around by taking ownership of his many mistakes and refusing to give up.

Combining his fundamental keys to success and happiness with his signature commitment to honesty, Black Privilege will empower you with the confidence to live your own truths.

General admission to the event is included with advance purchase of a signed copy of Black Privilege from Blue Bicycle Books.

For more information please call Blue Bicycle Books at 843-722-2666.


Tessa Spencer is a 27 year broadcast veteran. She currently co-hosts “Good Morning Charleston” on ABC News 4 and is the mid-day radio personality on WMGL FM in Charleston, SC. The US Army veteran is also the “voice” of the nationally syndicated gospel “Stellar Awards.”

Sheryl Sandberg, author of Option B and Lean In — Charleston Music Hall, May 10, 6:30 pm


Blue Bicycle Books and the Center for Women present Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO and author of Lean In, in conversation with NPR’s Michele Norris, May 10, 2017, 6:30 pm, at the Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St., Charleston.

Tickets are $35 and include a pre-signed copy of Option B, pre-signed by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant.

For more information call Blue Bicycle Books at 843-722-2666.


Join Sheryl Sandberg, co-author (with Adam Grant) of Option B (Knopf, Apr. 24, 2017) in conversation with NPR’s Michele Norris, as they talk about building resilience and moving forward after life’s inevitable setbacks. After the sudden death of her husband, Sheryl felt certain that she and her children would never feel pure joy again. Her friend Adam, a psychologist at Wharton, told her there are steps people can take to recover and even rebound. Option B combines Sheryl’s emotional insights and Adam’s eye-opening research on finding strength in the face of adversity.

Sheryl will share what she and Adam learned together about helping others in crisis, developing compassion for ourselves, raising strong children, and creating resilient families, communities and workplaces. Many of these lessons can be applied to ordinary struggles, allowing us to build resilience for whatever lies ahead. They will discuss the capacity of the human spirit to persevere… and to rediscover joy.

Sheryl Sandberg is chief operating officer at Facebook, overseeing the firm’s business operations. Prior to Facebook, Sheryl was vice president of Global Online Sales and Operations at Google, chief of staff for the United States Treasury Department under President Clinton, a management consultant with McKinsey & Company, and an economist with the World Bank. Sheryl received a BA summa cum laude from Harvard University and an MBA with highest distinction from Harvard Business School.

Sheryl is the co-author of Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy with Wharton professor and bestselling author Adam Grant. She is also the author of the bestsellers Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead and Lean In for Graduates. She is the founder of the Sheryl Sandberg & Dave Goldberg Family Foundation, a nonprofit organization that works to build a more equal and resilient world through two key initiatives, LeanIn.Org and OptionB.Org (launching April 2017). Sheryl serves on the boards of Facebook, the Walt Disney Company, Women for Women International, ONE, and SurveyMonkey.

Sheryl lives in Menlo Park with her son and daughter.

Michele Norris spent more than a decade as a host of NPR’s “All Things Considered” where she interviewed world leaders, American presidents and, Nobel laureates. Before joining NPR in 2002, Norris spent almost ten years as a reporter for ABC News in the Washington Bureau. She also worked as a staff writer for The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune and The Los Angeles Times. She is the author of the memoir The Grace of Silence and is a graduate of the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. She and her husband Broderick Johnson have three children and live in Washington, D.C.

Tickets are $35 and include a copy of the new book, pre-signed by Sandberg and Grant. Get tickets here.

For more information call Blue Bicycle Books at 843-722-2666.

Presented in partnership with the Center for Women.

Nemesis & Friends Tour with Brendan Reichs and Ryan Graudin, Wed., Mar. 22, 5 pm

Join us Wed., Mar. 22, 5 pm as we celebrate Brendan Reichs‘s solo debut Nemesis. Brendan will be joined by local young adult sensation Ryan Graudin, who is the author of Wolf by Wolf Blood for Blood. Come hear Brendan and Ryan discuss their new books NEMESIS and BLOOD FOR BLOOD, ask them questions and walk away with some thrilling reads.

It’s been happening since Min was eight. Every two years, on her birthday, a strange man finds her and murders her in cold blood. But hours later, she wakes up in a clearing just outside her tiny Idaho hometown–alone, unhurt, and with all evidence of the horrifying crime erased.

Across the valley, Noah just wants to be like everyone else. But he’s not. Nightmares of murder and death plague him, though he does his best to hide the signs. But when the world around him begins to spiral toward panic and destruction, Noah discovers that people have been lying to him his whole life. Everything changes in an eye blink.

The planet has a bigger problem. The Anvil, an enormous asteroid threatening all life on Earth, leaves little room for two troubled teens. Yet on her sixteenth birthday, as she cowers in her bedroom, hoping not to die for the fifth time, Min has had enough. She vows to discover what is happening in Fire Lake and uncovers a lifetime of lies: a vast conspiracy involving the sixty-four students of her sophomore class, one that may be even more sinister than the murders.

Brendan Reichs was born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina. He graduated from Wake Forest University in 2000 and The George Washington University School of Law in 2006. After three long years working as a litigation attorney, he abandoned the trade to co-write the Virals series. He lives in Charlotte with his wife, Emily, daughter, Alice, and son, Henry. The second book in the series, GENESIS, will release in spring 2018.

Blood for Blood is set in a world ruled by the Axis Powers of Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan. Death camp survivor Yael, who has the power to skinshift, is on the run because the world has just seen her assassinate Adolph Hitler. But the truth of what happened is even more complicated. As Yael and her unlikely comrades dive into enemy territory to try to turn the tide against the New Order, they have no alternative but to see their mission through to the end at any the cost.

Ryan Graudin was born in Charleston, SC with a severe case of wanderlust. When she’s not traveling, she’s busy photographing weddings, writing, and spending time with her husband and wolf-dog. She is the author of The Walled City, Wolf by Wolf, and Blood for Blood.

Troy Ball, Moonshiner and Author of Pure Heart, Wed., April 5, 5 pm

Join us for a special Charleston Author Series Whiskey Reception at O Bar (70 State St.), Wed., April 5, 5 pm, as Troy Ball discusses and signs copies of her new memoir Pure Heart (Dey Street, hb., 288 pp., $27).

Tickets are $31 and include seafood hors d’ouevres and Troy & Sons Cocktails

Pure Heart is the beautiful story of how a pearl-wearing Southern woman and devoted full-time mother of two developmentally challenged sons moved to Asheville, North Carolina in her late forties and, through hard work, good friends and rare ingenuity, became the country’s foremost legal distiller of traditional Appalachian moonshine.

Troy Ball is the founder and principal owner of Asheville Distilling Company, makers of Troy & Sons Platinum Whiskey, Troy & Sons Oak Reserve Whiskey, and Blonde Whiskey. Troy & Sons Platinum recently received a gold medal for moonshine, the highest possible rating. Troy’s whiskies are handmade from the pure heart of each distillation.

Author Luncheon with Karen White, The Night the Lights Went Out, Thur., April 13, 12 pm

Join us Thur., April 13, 12 pm for lunch at High Cotton (199 East Bay St.), as Karen White discusses her latest novel The Night the Lights Went Out (Berkley, hb., 416 pp., $26). Tickets are $63 for the author talk, three-course luncheon, and a signed copy of the book.

Get tickets here.

The Night the Lights Went Out begins when Merilee Talbot Dunlap moves with her two children to the Atlanta suburb of Sweet Apple, Georgia. It’s not her first time starting over, but her efforts at a fresh start aren’t helped by an anonymous local blog that dishes about the scandalous events that caused her marriage to fail. In a town like Sweet Apple, sins and secrets are as likely to be found behind the walls of gated mansions as in the dark woods surrounding Merilee’s rented cottage.

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).