Blue Bicycle Books, Charleston, SC

Melissa de la Cruz – April 2

mel de la cruzBlue Bicycle Books welcomes New York Times bestseller, YALLFest hotshot, and good friend of the store Melissa de la Cruz, Wed., April 2, 4 – 6 pm. The author of more than 2 dozen books, she’ll sign copies of her latest The Ring and the Crown (Disney-Hyperion, hb., $17.99).

About the book: Princess Marie-Victoria, heir to the mightiest empire in the world, and Aelwyn Myrddyn, a mage, who were once inseparable friends are now about to have their fates separated. To escape the pressures of a life without love these two girls form a plan that will change the world.Ring and the Crown -- Melissa de la Cruz

About the author:  Melissa de la Cruz has written many YA novels and series including The Au Pairs series, the Blue Bloods series, the Ashleys series, Angels on Sunset Boulevard, Girl Stays in the Picture, and the semi-autobiographical novel Fresh off the Boat. A fashion and beauty expert for many publications including the New York Times, she lives in Los Angeles with her family, and is a (very) dedicated and hard-working member of the YALLFest board.

Write of Summer

Our 2014 Write of Summer dates are up and registration is now open for our twelfth summer. We have seven weeks to choose from this year, both downtown and in Mt. Pleasant.

Sessions take place Monday through Friday, 9 am to noon. Each session costs $165, $175 after June 1.

For more information and registration forms, go here.

George Elliot Windish – April 17

George Elliot Windish will sign copies of his book My Father’s Mansion Thurs., April 17, 3 – 5 pm.

About the book: My Father’s Mansion is set in the majestic mountains of Western Maryland during the late 1940s and 1950s. Comprised of a collection of unique stories and heartfelt poems, it encapsulates the author’s formative years growing up on a farm. Filled with the adventures of a young boy finding his way through the complexities of life, he begins to discover who he is as he encounters difficulties with his father, some of which will have an everlasting impact on his life.  

Alvin Townley Event – CANCELLED

Our event with Alvin Townley scheduled for Sat., April 5, 5 – 7 pm has been cancelled.

Kwame Alexander Event – CANCELLED

Our Kwame Alexander  event schedule for Fri., March 28 at Blue Bicycle Books has been cancelled.


Patricia Moore-Pastides March 7 CANCELLED

Unfortunately our Fri., March 7, 12 pm event with Patricia Moore-Pastides, first lady of the University of South Carolina,  has been cancelled.

State of the Heart


Thurs., Feb. 27, 7 pmCircular Church (150 Meeting St.), SC Poet Laureate Marjory Wentworth will be joined by other local writers William P. Baldwin, Ken Burger, Horace Mungin, Steve Hoffius, and editor Aida Rogers for a reading from the compilation State of the Heart: SC Writers on the Places They Love.

Pat Conroy writes in the forward, “State of the Heart reminds us of what is best about South Carolina and her many gifted writers, the monumental power of this place to shape our memories into stories and then our stories into art.”


Purdy 1994 – 2014

purdy2Purdy, the longtime resident cat of Blue Bicycle Books, passed away Tues., Feb. 18, 2014.

Commonly seen sunning in the store window, lounging on a book, or tucked away behind a shelf, Purdy brought joy to countless visitors and book lovers. A common question from customers, shocked to see a pet in a King Street shop, was “Is that a real cat?”

She endured toddlers’ aggressive pettings and tail-pullings, and was always willing to be picked up, carried and cuddled by fans. Many visitors came not to browse books at all, but to see her. College students who missed their cats back home would drop in to get “a cat fix.” One couple from Holland who keep a second home in Charleston made daily CARTA pilgrimages from West Ashley, bringing treats and conversation.

Purdy was born in Dallas, Tex., and adopted by Jim and Lee Breeden, the previous owners of Blue Bicycle Books (then Boomer’s Books). Jim was a history professor at Southern Methodist University and she kept showing up at his doorstep, begging for food. They brought her to Charleston to live at Boomer’s, where she roomed with another cat named Grumpy. (Interestingly, before Grumpy’s death in 1999, Purdy was the less-sociable cat of the pair, usually hiding behind a shelf.)

In 2007, when Jonathan Sanchez bought the store from the Breedens, Purdy conveyed with the sale. The bookstore was her home and it was agreed by both parties that she would suffer if uprooted.

In her eighteen years at the store, Purdy became something of a local celebrity, and is possibly the most photographed cat in Charleston history. In a time when many feel the book world is becoming too corporate and impersonal, the presence of a living, breathing, “real” cat was a heartening emblem of the charms and warmth of a locally-owned, bricks-and-mortar bookstore.

She was a dear friend and co-worker and will be greatly missed.


Story Crush Tour Coming to Blue Bicycle Books!

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Can’t wait until YALLFest? Us either. So in the meantime, we are very excited to be the last stop on March’s Story Crush Tour, on Wed., March 5, 5 pm. The Story Crush Tour is bringing five YA authors to Charleston: Lauren Oliver (Panic), Courtney Stevens (Faking Normal), Katie Cougno (How to Love), Robyn Schneider (The Beginning of Everything), and Melissa Kantor (Maybe One Day), and we’ll have them all in the courtyard next to the store.

Each writer’s most recent work has debuted within the last couple of months, and Lauren Oliver’s novel Panic (HarperCollins, hb., 416 pp, $17.99), debuts the day before the event. In Panic, we meet Heather and Dodge, the dead-end town of Carp, a mess of secrets, and a high-stakes, dangerous game called Panic. The novel debuts the day before the event, so this will be one of the first opportunities to have it signed!

For more information on Panic or to read an excerpt, go here. And for a sneak peak of Courtney Stevens’ Faking Normal, go here.

This is a free event!

NYT Bestselling Author Lauren Oliver

NYT Bestselling Author Lauren Oliver

Ryan Graudin’s All That Glows, Feb. 15

AllThatGlows pb cBlue Bicycle Books is excited to host the release of the YA debut All That Glows, (HarperTeen, pb., $9.99) by local writer Ryan Graudin.

Graudin will read and sign copies of her debut novel Sat., Feb. 15, 5 pm at Blue Bicycle Books.

All that Glows follows Emrys, a spirited Fae, as she is assigned the task of guarding the infamous Prince Richard, whose recklessness and royal blood make him irresistible to dark forces. When an ancient force targets the monarchy, Fae must excavate London’s underworld of magic to find the source of the threat. In the midst of dark magic, palace murder, and paparazzi, What Emrys doesn’t expect, however, is for the adventurous Richard to challenge not only her magic but also her heart.

Ryan Graudin was born and raised in Charleston, and graduated from the College of Charleston with a degree in Creative Writing in 2009. She lives here with her husband and their wolf-dog. Her second book, The Walled City, will be released later this year.

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