Blue Bicycle Books, Charleston, SC

Author Luncheon Series: Mary Alice Monroe


Join us Fri., July 11, 12 pm, for an Author’s Luncheon with best-selling writer Mary Alice Monroe as we celebrate her newest novel, The Summer Wind. Lunch will be provided at Blue Bicycle Books, now that we have the space!

The Summer Wind (Gallery Books, pb., 384 pp., $16) is the second in Monroe’s Lowcountry Summer trilogy set on Sullivan’s Island. Exploring the complex relationships of three half-sisters scattered across the country and their grandmother determined to keep their southern roots alive, The Summer Wind finds all four women back on Sullivan’s with storms brewing on the horizon.

Monroe is known for her intimate portrayals of women’s lives and for drawing parallels with nature and human nature. An active environmentalist, she draws on her own experiences in the Lowcountry. The author of 16 books, including The Beach House, Time is a River, and The Butterfly’s Daughter, Mary Alice lives on Isle of Palms.

Tickets are $35 and include lunch, author talk, and a signed copy of The Summer Wind. To purchase tickets, click here, or call the store at 843.277.2666.

Mary Alice Monroe photo credit Barbara J. Bergwerf

Christopher Watson and The Handy Man

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Sun., June 15, 3 – 5 pm, local writer Christopher Watson will sign copies of his first novel, The Handy Man (Holladay House, hb., $24.95).

Set in Charleston, the novel follows John Wright, a young construction worker, as his very unexpectedly finds himself setting aside his own troubles and entering into a paranormal murder mystery.


Come see Kiera Cass this Tuesday, June 10, 5 pm!

Come meet best-selling young adult author and YALLFest favorite Kiera Cass, Tues., June 10, 5 pm, as she signs the newest book in her The Selection series, The OneBlue Bicycle Books, 420 King St., downtown Charleston. Call 843-722-2666 for more information.

About the book: America Singer’s life has changed drastically over The Selection series. Having entered into the competition to become the next princess she must make a choice between a past lover and the soon-to-be king. Who will become the one?

About the author: Kiera Cass was born in South Carolina and attended Radford University in Virginia. She currently lives in Christiansburg, Va., with her family. When she’s not writing she likes to play on social media and has an undying love of cake.



Kelly Sullivan – Kudzu Gypsy – June 20

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Join us Fri., June 20, 5 – 7 pm to welcome local author Kelly Yonce. She will be signing copies of her new novella Kudzu Gypsy, a story of a Charleston family whose past remains ever present.

We will be serving up delicious cupcakes and refreshing lemonade in mason jars!


Happy Hour with Dorothea Benton Frank! Fri., June 6

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Join us Fri., June 6, 5:30 pm at the Charleston Music Hall, 37 John Street, downtown Charleston, for a happy hour book release party with Dorothea Benton Frank!

Tickets are $30 and include a copy of her latest novel The Hurricane Sisters (William Morrow, hb., 336 pp, June 2014).

Buy tickets here or by calling 843-722-2666. 

The Hurricane Sisters follows three generations of Lowcountry women through a tumultuous storm season riddled with secrets, disappointments and longings. With her signature wit and sharp insight, Frank shows us what it really takes to weather the storm.

About the author: Dorothea Benton Frank is the author of thirteen New York Times bestselling novels. Born and raised on Sullivan’s Island, she now splits her time between Sullivan’s and New Jersey.

Dottie is extra excited for this, the major event of her tour, so don’t miss this chance to meet her and have a great time in beautiful downtown Charleston!


Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl – Dangerous Creatures – May 29th



Kami Garcia  and Margaret Stohl are returning to Blue Bicycle Books, Thurs., May 29, 5 – 7 pm. From the world of Beautiful Creatures Garcia and Stohl have created another gripping story of love and magic: Dangerous Creatures. Come join us for Dangerous Cupcakes, Dangerous Live Music from Dom Liberati, and Dangerously Awesome Custom Balloon Art. The first 100 people through the door will receive a limited edition Club Dangerous Creatures tour poster!

About the authors: Kami Garcia and Margaret Sothl are the New York Times best selling co-authors of the Beautiful Creatures series. Outside of the Beautiful Creatures series, Kami is the author of Unbreakable the first book in the Legion series. Margaret is the author of Icons the first in the series of the same name.

About the book: From the world of Beautiful Creatures, this spin-off series takes Dark Caster Ridley Duchannes and her wannabe rocker boyfriend Link from small town South Carolina to New York City.

Moderated by author and fellow YALLFester Brendan Reichs (Virals).



Piccolo Fiction in the Courtyard – Sat., May 31 5 – 7 pm

Piccolo Fiction in the Courtyard

Sat., May 31 from 5 to 7 pm

Blue Bicycle Books, 420 King St.

Blue Bike Books courtyard reading

Admission: Free; Coordinator: Jonathan Sanchez

The festival’s longest-running event exclusively devoted to the craft of fiction, Piccolo Fiction invites three prominent writers to present 5 minute “short short” stories. The reading will be held in the lush courtyard of Blue Bicycle Books, and each story will begin with the words “I ducked into the alley…”

Since 2000, Piccolo Fiction has featured dozens of S.C. writers, with stories broadcast by S.C. Public Radio’s ‘Your Day’, and published in the Charleston City Paper.

Reception to follow.

The 2014 writers are:

George Singleton has written six collections of short stories, two novels and a book on craft. He grew up in Greenwood, and was a longtime teacher at the S.C. Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities. He now teaches at Wofford College. Between Wrecks, his most recent collection, was published in May.

George Singleton Piccolo Fiction 2014

Sandy Lang is a contributing editor to Charleston Magazine and Maine magazine, and a producer with Peter Frank Edwards Photographs. After studying journalism at the University of South Carolina, Sandy began her career at newspapers and philanthropic foundations in the Carolinas. She posts about new work, travel, and personal projects at

Jonathan Bohr Heinen‘s writing has appeared in the Florida Review, Arroyo, and Cimarron Review. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of New Mexico and a Ph.D in English from Texas Tech University. He teaches writing and publishing courses at the College of Charleston, where he is the managing editor of Crazyhorse.

Jonathan Bohr Heinen -- Piccolo Fiction 2014

Andrew Eddy – Fri., May 23, 4 – 6 pm


Join us Fri., May 23, 4 – 6 pm for author Andrew Eddy and his debut novel Revontuli (Booktrope, pb, 242 pp.).

Eddy is a world traveler, farmer, author and family man. He currently resides in Provence, France. Revontuli, is a romance based upon true events that happened during World War II in Finland.


The Minimalists, Sun., May 18

minimalists2Join us Sun., May 18, 2 pm, for a special talk and signing with Joshua Fields Milburn and Ryan Nicodemus, better known to their readers as The Minimalists. Joshua and Ryan are touring the country with their newest book, Everything that Remains, a book they describe as less of a how-to and more of a why-to live a more deliberate life.

In 2010, feeling unfulfilled, Joshua and Ryan left their corporate lives behind in hopes of finding more meaning. They become full-time authors and speakers, covering topics ranging  from simple living to entrepreneurship to personal health and growth. Everything that Remains is their second book.


Job Opening — Bookseller / Event Coordinator

Description: we’re looking for someone who can learn the basics of how to run the store as a retailer, but also grow into a position as event planner/publicist. Interest in or experience with PR is a plus. Must be a multi-tasker: While staff members typically grow towards certain responsibilities, we expect everyone to be able to do everything, from evaluating rare books to cleaning, heavy lifting, working nights and weekends. Must be able to work independently, have flexible availability.

Responsibilities include:

  • Event planning: schedule and coordinate in-store and off-site events with high profile and local authors
  • Develop and maintain WordPress website content, update social media
  • Day-to-day retail store management — answer phones, shipping and receiving, scheduling,, on-floor sales,, follow-up on all orders, clean and maintain store and back office organization
  • Research and purchase rare and collectible books for individual customers
  • Produce monthly newsletter via Constant Contact
  • Oversee graphic design, production and ordering of store signage and other   marketing materials, t-shirts, tote bags, etc.

To apply: please pick up an application in-store, attach resume and return.