Blue Bicycle Books, Charleston, SC

Author Luncheon with Peter Zheutlin and Rescue Road, Fri., Feb. 19, 12 pm


"Rescue Road: One Man, Thirty Thousand Dogs, and a Million Miles on the Last Hope Highway" by Peter Zheutlin follows the story of Greg Mahle, who has rescued more than 30,000 dogs, taking them from Gulf Coast shelters and finding them homes in the Northeast. (Sourcebooks)

Blue Bicycle Books’ Author Luncheon Series kicks off the new year, Friday, Feb. 19, 12 pm, at Halls Chophouse, 434 King St., as New York Times best-selling author Peter Zheutlin talks about Rescue Road: One Man, Thirty Thousand Dogs and a Million Miles on the Lost Hope Highway (Sourcebooks, pb., $15).

Tickets are $30 for the author talk and three-course luncheon, or $45 for lunch plus a signed book.

About the book: Rescue Road is story of one man who has driven more than 1 million miles to rescue rescue thousands of dogs from hunger, abuse and neglect. For years, Greg Mahle struggled to keep the last of his family-run restaurants afloat in Ohio. When it finally closed, he was broke and unsure what to do next. Then a stranded van-load of puppies changed his life forever.

Author Peter Zheutlin travels with Greg from Ohio to the Gulf Coast on his Rescue Road Trips to bring hard-luck dogs to loving families. From Houston’s impoverished Fifth Ward, where thousands of strays roam the streets, and high-kill animal shelters in Louisiana, to joyous scenes of adopters embracing their new pets, Rescue Road is an inspiring story about the unique bond between dogs and humans.

About the Author: Peter Zheutlin is a freelance journalist and author whose work has appeared regularly in The Boston Globe and The Christian Science Monitor. He has contributed to The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, AARP Magazine, Parade, and numerous other publications in the U.S. and abroad. He lives in Needham, Mass., with his wife, author Judith Gelman, and their rescue dogs, Albie and Salina.

To purchase tickets: Tickets can be purchased online here, or through the 24/7 ticket hotline number, 800.838.3006. For special requests call 843.303.1113. Doors open at 11:30 AM and lunch is served promptly at noon. Limited seating provides an intimate experience with the author

Release party for Brad Taylor’s The Forgotten Soldier, Tues., Dec. 29!

Join us Tues., Dec. 29, 6 pm at Blue Bicycle Books, 420 King St., downtown Charleston, to celebrate the release of the ninth installment in the Pike Logan series: The Forgotten Soldier (Dutton, hb., $27) by Brad Taylor.

A retired Delta Force operator, Brad Taylor served in the U.S. Army for over 20 years, retiring as a Special Forces Lieutenant Colonel. He has also served as the Asst. Professor of Military Science at The Citadel, and lives in Charleston with his family.

About the book: 

For years, the extralegal counterterrorist unit known as the Taskforce has worked in the shadows, anticipating and preventing attacks around the globe. Created to deal with a terrorist threat that shuns the civilized rule of law, it abandoned the same, operating outside of the US Constitution. Though wildly successful, it was rooted in a fear that the cure could be worse than the disease.

And now that fear has come home.

A Special Forces soldier is killed on an operation in Afghanistan, and complicit in the attack is a government official of an allied nation. While the US administration wants to forget the casualty, one Taskforce member will not. When he sets out to avenge his brother’s death, his actions threaten to not only expose the Taskforce’s activities, but also destroy a web of alliances against a greater evil. Pike Logan understands the desire, but also the danger. Brought in to eliminate the risk, he’s now forced to choose between his friend and the administration he’s sworn to protect, while unbeknownst to either of them, the soldier’s death is only the beginning….

Come meet Brad, have a beer (because Pike Logan doesn’t drink wine), and get a signed copy! 

Brad Taylor

Point Suite Art Book with Annika Connor, Wed. Dec. 30

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Artist and Renaissance Weekend attendee Annika Connor hosts a special event, Wed., Dec. 30, 6 pm, for Point Suite: Contemporary Art  (Active Ideas Productions, 201 pp., pb., $35), featuring work and essays by dozens of young contemporary artists.

The evening’s discussion will start with a brief presentation, projecting some of the art featured in the book, and be followed by a communal chat with the audience exploring the new ideas and the DIY artists’ movement that is currently sweeping across the art world.

Annika Connor is a Contemporary Romantic painter. Connor has worked professionally as a painter in New York, London, Stockholm and participated in numerous national and international exhibitions. Annika is Swedish-American; she currently resides in Brooklyn where she maintains an active studio.


George Singleton’s Calloustown, Dec. 3


Thurs., Dec. 3, 5 – 7 pm, George Singleton will sign copies of his newest collection of short stories, Calloustown (Dzanc Books, pb., $15.95).

Calloustown, the seventh collection from the master raconteur of southern short fiction, who’s been praised by the Atlanta Journal Constitution as the “unchallenged king of the comic Southern short story,” finds the author at the top of his game as he traces the unlikely inhabitants of the fictional Calloustown in all their humanity. Whether exploring family, religion, politics, or the true meaning of home, these stories range from deeply affecting to wildly absurd and back again in the blink of an eye.

George Singleton has published seven collections of stories, two novels, and a book of non-fiction. He was inducted into the Fellowship of Southern Writers in 2015. He holds the John C. Cobb Endowed Chair in the Humanities at Wofford College, and lives in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

Carolina Writers at Home, Dec. 4

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Fri., Dec. 4, 5 – 7, join us for the Lowcountry release party for Carolina Writers at Home, edited by Meg Reid, photos by Rob McDonald (Hub City, pb., $25), stories from twenty-five North Carolina and South Carolina writers about the places from which they pull their inspiration. Local authors Bret Lott, Josephine Humphreys, along with editor Meg Reid will be on hand to sign copies.

With spaces ranging from a classic bungalow to a mid-century modern ranch home to a church, a trailer, and a barely-inhabited barrier island, the book takes readers inside the homes of some of the most notable contemporary southern authors.

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Author Luncheon with Brian Hicks and The Mayor, Thurs., Dec. 10

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Join us Thursday, Dec. 10 at 12 pm for a special luncheon at Halls Chophouse (434 King St.) with award-winning Post and Courier columnist Brian Hicks in celebration of his newest book, the authorized biography The Mayor: Joe Riley and the Rise of Charleston (Evening Post Books, hb., $29.95).
You can purchase one of two tickets:
  • $30 for the author talk and delicious three-course luncheon
  • $60 that includes lunch and a signed book.

About the book: In his 40 years as Mayor of Charleston, Joe Riley has led the historic port city through its greatest period of growth, economic development, and unity. The Mayor: Joe Riley and the Rise of Charleston, is the inside story of his life and how he built and transformed one of the nation’s oldest cities. How did he envision Charleston flourishing with Charleston Place as the anchor to an urban re-development program second to none in the world? How did he build up the waterfront and the Aquarium? What made Riley embrace the Spoleto Festival? Post and Courier columnist Brian Hicks takes you inside the life of Riley and the rise of Charleston.

About the Author: Brian Hicks is The Post and Courier’s metro columnist and the author or co-author of six books. A native of Tennessee, he has covered Southern politics for more than 20 years, including turns as a statehouse correspondent in three states. His journalism has won more than two-dozen awards, including the S.C. Press Association’s Journalist of the Year in 1998. His column began appearing on the newspaper’s website in 2007 and the print edition in 2008.

To purchase tickets: Tickets can be purchased online here, or through the 24/7 ticket hotline number, 800.838.3006. For special requests call 843.303.1113. Doors open at 11:30 AM and lunch is served promptly at noon. Limited seating provides an intimate experience with the author

Bo Petersen’s Washing Our Hands in the Clouds

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Thurs., Dec. 10, 5 – 7 pm, award-winning Post & Courier writer Bo Petersen will be discussing and signing Washing Our Hands in the Clouds: Joe Williams, His Forebears, and Black Farms in South Carolina (USC Press, pb., $19.95).

In Washing Our Hands in the Clouds, Peterson offers a reflection on the Civil War, Emancipation, Jim Crow and the Civil Rights Movement all filtered through the personal narrative of one man in one place. By fusing Joe Williams’ family genealogy with his neighborhood and, most importantly, his family’s farmland in the Pee Dee region of South Carolina, Petersen presents a state history beginning in the 1860’s and running through present day.

Bo Petersen is an award-winning reporter for the Post Courier and has additionally published poetry, short stories, and essays.

Nicole Seitz’s When You Pass Through Waters, Dec. 11

When You Pass Through Waters

Join us Fri., Dec. 11, 5 – 7 pm, to celebrate the release of the anthology When You Pass Through Waters: Words of Hope and Healing from your Favorite Authors (Water Books, pb., $11.99). In response to the “thousand year flood” of 2015 in South Carolina, eighteen beloved and bestselling authors graciously contributed a water-themed story, essay, novel excerpt, or poem to this heart-warming and thought-provoking anthology. This is a timeless book for water-lovers and storm survivors.

Edited by novelist Nicole Seitz, the book includes work by Marjory Wentworth, Cassandra King, Bret Lott, Karen White, and Batt Humphreys, among many others. All book proceeds support water-disaster relief efforts.

Author Luncheon with James Scott, Target Tokyo , Fri., Nov. 20.

Join us Friday, Nov. 20 at 12 pm for a special luncheon at Halls Chophouse with James Scott, author of Target Tokyo (WW Norton, hb, 672 pp, $35).
You can purchase one of two tickets:
  • $30 for the author talk and delicious three-course luncheon,
  • $65 that includes lunch and a signed book.

Tickets may be purchased online here or through the 24/7 ticket hotline number 800.838.3006. For special requests call 843.303.1113. Doors open at 11:30 AM and lunch is served promptly at noon. Limited seating provides an intimate experience with the author.


Based on scores of never-before-published records drawn from archives across four continents as well as new interviews with survivors, Target Tokyo is World War II history of the highest order: a harrowing adventure story that also serves as a pivotal reexamination of one of America’s most daring military operations.

In December 1941, as American forces tallied the dead at Pearl Harbor, President Franklin Roosevelt gathered with his senior military counselors to plan an ambitious counterstrike against the heart of the Japanese Empire: Tokyo. Four months later, on April 18, 1942, sixteen U.S. Army bombers under the command of daredevil pilot Jimmy Doolittle lifted off from the deck of the USS Hornet on a one-way mission to pummel the enemy’s factories, refineries, and dockyards and then escape to Free China. For Roosevelt, the raid was a propaganda victory, a potent salve to heal a wounded nation. In Japan, outraged over the deaths of innocent civilians—including children—military leaders launched an ill-fated attempt to seize Midway that would turn the tide of the war. But it was the Chinese who suffered the worst, victims of a retaliatory campaign by the Japanese Army that claimed an estimated 250,000 lives and saw families drowned in wells, entire towns burned, and communities devastated by bacteriological warfare.


James Scott is an award-winning writer and former reporter and investigative journalist with The Post and CourierScott is a recipient of the McClatchy Company President’s Award and was named the 2003 Journalist of the Year by the South Carolina Press Association. Wofford College honored Scott as its 2005 Young Alumnus of the Year. From 2006-2007 he was a Nieman Fellow for Journalism at Harvard University. In addition to Target Tokyo, Scott is the author of The Attack on the Liberty,  which won the prestigious 2010 Rear Admiral Samuel Eliot Morison Award for Excellence in Naval Literature, and The War Below, both with Simon & Schuster. He is at work on a fourth book on the February 1945 Battle for Manila.  Scott lives with his wife and two children in Mount Pleasant, S.C.

Steve Roggenbuck//Hannah Edge//Sara Peck// Raena Shirali Reading, Oct. 26, 6 pm

Join us Monday, October 26th, 6 pm as we welcome Steve Roggenbuck. He will read excerpts from his many books of poetry. Hannah Edge, Raena Shirali and our very own Sara Peck will also be reading.

suggested donation of $5 to help Steve out on his cross country tour.

Books will also be for sale.

Steve Roggenbuck is a poet/artist/blogger whose work explores the new froms art and humor might take on the internet. He’s known mostly for his videos which have accumulated more than 1/4 million views and which have been presented in festivals in New York and Norway. He’s published six collections of writing.
Raena Shirali teaches English at College of Charleston. She received her Masters in Fine Arts in poetry from The Ohio State University. Her poems and reviews have appeared or are forthcoming in Banango Street, Better: Culture & Lit, The Boiler, Boston Review amoung many more/ Most recently, she was awarded a 2016 Pushcart Prize for her poetry.
Sara Peck recieved her MFA from Columbia College Chicago and currently teaches at USL and manages Blue Bicycle Books. She is 50% the author of here you are, published in March by Horseless Press, 100% the author of yr lad, bob.


Hannah Edge is a shut- in, blogger and current College of Charleston Student whose online activity combines flarf with more traditional comedy writing. This is her first-ever life reading.