Blue Bicycle Books, Charleston, SC

New Years Hours

new years1December 31, 10 – 6 pm

January 1, closed

January 2, 10 – 7:30

Happy New Year!

Chef John Besh, Dec. 17

Chef John Besh will sign copies of his latest book Cooking from the Heart (Andrews McMeel, hb., 320 pp., $39.98) at Blue Bicycle Books, Tues., Dec. 17, 12 to 1:30 pm.

James Beard Award-winner Besh is a renowned chef and owner of nine restaurants including August in New Orleans. Featuring lush photography, personal vignettes, and extensive culinary knowledge, Cooking from the Heart revisits the places and flavors that have shaped his culinary journey. The all-new recipes come complete with regional substitutions. He is host of John Besh’s Family Table on public television, and author of the best-selling cookbooks My New Orleans and My Family Table. He lives with his wife and four boys outside New Orleans.

Leonard Goldberg, Dec. 10

plague shipJoin us Tues., Dec. 10th, 5 – 7 pm, as USA Today best-selling suspense writer Leonard Goldberg signs his newest medical thriller, Plague Ship (Midnight Ink, pb., 384 pp, $15).  The sequel to 2012′s Patient One, Goldberg’s newest novel welcomes back Special Forces veteran Dr. Ballineau as he finds himself on luxury cruise ship-turned-plague quarantine. As people begin to die and the cruise ship crew mutinies, Dr. Ballineau must put to use both his medical and Special Forces skills culled from the Somalia jihad war twenty years earlier. leonard goldberg

Pat Conroy Returns!

Pat-Conroy-w-BBB-logo1We are so excited to announce that on Sat., Nov., 23, 1 pm, author Pat Conroy will be returning to Blue Bicycle Books to sign copies of his newest book, The Death of Santini: The Story of a Father and his Son (Doubleday, hb., $29).

Signing policies:

*Purchase required for a line number

*Line numbers will be distributed starting 10 am, Fri., Nov. 22.

*We will also give out numbers all day Sat.

*Pat meets approximately 50 fans/hour — this is an estimated number

*We will allow one (1) total outside book, regardless of how many are purchased

About the book. In The Prince of Tides, Conroy wrote: “In families, there are no crimes beyond forgiveness;” and in his newest memoir he puts this to the test. Following his tumultuous relationship with his father, who served as inspiration for the central figure in the controversial novel The Great Santini, Conroy offers both a cathartic account of personal struggle as well as a lesson in how the bonds of family can not only suffocate but also sometimes provide relief.

About the author. Pat Conroy is the author of more than ten books of fiction and nonfiction. Born in Atlanta, Conroy attended the Citadel, where he wrote his first book The Boo, and has been a Lowcountry staple ever since. He currently lives in Beaufort with his wife, novelist Cassandra King. (Note: Cassandra will be at Blue Bike Sat., Sept. 7 for a special author luncheon! Buy tickets here).

Joining Pat will be his friend and fellow author Bryan Bender, signing You Are Not Forgotten: The Story of a Lost World War II Pilot and a Twenty-First-Century Soldier’s Mission to Bring Him Home (Doubleday, hb., 336 pp., $27).

Can’t make the event? Preorder your SIGNED copy of Death of Santini and other Conroy titles here.


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Bryan Bender to join Pat Conroy at signing Nov. 23

Pat Conroy’s friend and fellow author Bryan Bender will join him  Sat., Nov. 23, 1 to 4 pm, to sign You Are Not Forgotten: The Story of a Lost World War II Pilot and a Twenty-First-Century Soldier’s Mission to Bring Him Home (Doubleday, hb., 336 pp., $27). One of the two protagonists is from Charleston, and the book is an inspiring and epic tale of loss and redemption about two American servicemen: a Marine Corps pilot who was shot down in WWII and the modern-day soldier determined to bring home his remains six decades later.

Bryan Bender got his start in journalism as a writer for Inside the Army and as a military correspondent for publications such as Jane’s Defense Weekly. He is the national security reporter for The Boston Globe, and has traveled the globe covering operations at military outposts and training bases, aboard submarines and warships, and in combat aircraft over hostile territory.

Thurs., Nov. 21 Charles McNair @ Royal American


Join us at the Royal American (970 Morrison Dr.) from 6:45pm to 8pm to celebrate Pickett’s Charge by Charles McNairPickett’s Charge is the story of an aged Confederate soldier in 1964 as he reexamines his notions of valor and vengeance in one zany adventure after another.

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(photo credit: Jeff Roffman)


Tickets on sale for David Sedaris at the Charleston Music Hall, Oct. 23

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Blue Bicycle Books is pr0ud to be the official bookseller for David Sedaris , Wed., Oct. 23, 7:30 pm, Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St.

Tickets are $40-$50 — click here to purchase.

Sedaris is touring on his ninth book, Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls (Little, Brown, hb., $27). He grew up in Raleigh and is the author of Barrel Fever, Holidays on Ice, NakedMe Talk Pretty One DayDress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, When You Are Engulfed in Flames, as well as Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary.

Read more about this event here.

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Sedaris signing at Blue Bicycle Books in 2010












Fri., Oct. 18, 7 pm — Superstar Bookseller and Woman of Letters, Blue Bicycle Books’ Sara Peck releases first chapbook! CofC Prof. Anthony Varallo will sign new work as well!

Sara Peck with Yr Lad BobBlue Bicycle Books is proud to announce Yr Lad Bob, (Persistent Editions, San Francisco, pb., $9), the first book of poetry by longtime store manager Sara Peck.

Peck will read and sign copies Fri., Oct. 18, 7 pm, at Blue Bicycle Books. This event will also celebrate the release of Think of Me and I’ll Know: Stories (Tri-Quarterly, Chicago, pb., $18) by College of Charleston professor Anthony Varallo.

Taking its title from poet Robert Creeley’s letters to Charles Olson, Yr Lad, Bob is a reading through various works of the Black Mountain School. Combining lines of text appropriated from Creeley, Denise Levertov and Robert Duncan alongside her own annotations, Peck blurs the lines between writer and reader and responder, making clear the process of building something out of stuff; the hidden parts of composition are laid bare.

Peck somewhat self-deprecatingly calls Yr Lad, Bob “literary criticism written in verse,” but this belies how personal such a venture can be. Peck draws herself literally into her mentors’ lines, diving through and out again, breaking through the like the thin skin of water.

“                      writing in the body – body with seasons, earth body-

Whitman-like but cleaner, or something, word choice skin!

It’s got to be / lighter

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is it / hands across this body of water

the sea has so many hands, mouths—Neruda, body parts that

hold things ascribed to water—the water is the holder rather than the held”

– from Yr Lad, Bob


Sara Peck grew up in Greenville, graduated from the College of Charleston and received an MFA at Columbia College in Chicago. She is a popular counselor and teacher at Blue Bicycle Books’ Write of Summer camp for kids and University School of the Lowcountry. She is published or forthcoming with OmniVerse, Everyday Genius, and Versal, among others.

 Anthony Varallo’s previous two books are This Day in History, winner of the John Simmons Short Fiction Award, and Out Loud, winner of the Drue Heinz Literature Prize. He is an associate professor of English at the College of Charleston, where he is the fiction editor of Crazyhorse.


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Inside Acrylics at Rebekah Jacob Gallery

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Thurs., Oct. 10, 5:30 to 8 pm Phil Garrett, alongside other prominent visual artists including Linda Fantuzzo and John Hull, will sign copies of his new book Inside Acrylics: Studio Secrets from Today’s Top Artists (Artist’s Network, 127 pp, hb., $29.98) at the Rebekah Jacob Gallery, 502 King St., downtown Charleston.

Inside Acrylics takes you in the studios of nine of the best contemporary artists working in acrylics, as they share their favorite techniques, approaches, and examples of their work. Filled with expert advice, the book will guide any beginning to intermediate artist in traditional and new ways of working with acrylics.

Letters from an American Farmer and Other Essays

american farmerJoin us Thurs., Oct. 17, 5 – 7 pm, as editor Dennis D. Moore signs copies of his new edition of the 18th century collection Letters from an American Farmer and Other Essays (Belknap Press of Harvard UP, 416 pp, hb., $35).

Written by J. Hector St. John de Crevecoeur, and first published in London in 1782 as the concept of an “American” was just emerging, these epistolary essays introduced the English public to America’s budding cultural landscape. Dennis D. Moore’s new up-to-date reader’s edition places the 12 pieces from the 1782 Letters in the context of  several other of Crevecoeur’s essays written in English. This new edition opens up a broader perspective on this artful and ambitious writer who coined America’s most enduring metaphor: a place where “individuals of all nations are melted into a new race of men.”