Blue Bicycle Books, Charleston, SC

Oysters: A Celebration in the Raw with Marion Lear Swaybill and Scott Snider, Fri. Dec. 9, 5 pm


Join us Fri., Dec. 9, 5 pm as author Marion Lear Swaybill and photographer Scott Snider discuss their new book Oysters: A Celebration in the Raw (Abbeville Press, hb., 216 pp., $25).

Overflowing with gorgeous original photography and fascinating anecdotes, Oysters: A Celebration in the Raw is the perfect book for oyster aficionados and newbies, foodies and chefs of all stripes, lovers of photography and art, the environment, history, and the sea.

Marion Lear Swaybill is an Emmy award-winning television producer, writer, and pioneering media executive. A cook as well as a writer, her recipes have appeared in the “Great Cooks Guide” series (Random House) and New England’s “Sound Magazine.”

Scott Snider is an award-winning natural history filmmaker whose work takes him around the world as an accomplished underwater, long lens, and macro cinematographer. He is the founder of Half Moon Productions, a film and photography studio based in Charleston.

Author Luncheon with Chef Frank Lee, The S.N.O.B. Experience, Fri. Dec. 9, 12 pm


Join us Fri., Dec. 9, 12 pm for lunch at High Cotton (199 East Bay St.), as Frank Lee discusses his new book The S.N.O.B. Experience. Tickets are $76 for the author talk, three-course luncheon, and a signed copy of the book.

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Shortly after opening in 1993, Slightly North of Broad restaurant became an integral part of Charleston, reflecting the city’s bright spirit, open attitude, and historic character. The S.N.O.B. Experience presents classic recipes that regulars will recognize, as well as long-running seasonal plates and many of the sauces, side dishes, and dressings from the restaurant’s popular Lunch Express and Dailies menus.

Frank Lee served as executive chef of Slightly North of Broad from 1993 to 2016. Lee been lauded in Food Arts, Food & Wine, The New York Times, Southern Living and The Washington Post, among scores of other publications. He has appeared on “ABC’s Good Morning America,” and has thrice served as guest chef at the James Beard House. His Maverick Grits earned a Golden Dish award from GQ Magazine, and he is featured on the “Great Chefs of the South” television series and cookbook.


Author Luncheon with Heather Lyn Mann, Ocean of Insight, Sat. Dec. 3, 12 pm


Join us Sat., Dec. 3, 12 pm for lunch at High Cotton (199 East Bay St.), as Heather Lyn Mann discusses her new book Ocean of Insight: A Sailor’s Voyage from Despair to Hope (Parallax Press, pb., 304 pp., $19). Tickets are $31 for the author talk and three-course luncheon, or $50 for the luncheon plus a signed copy of the book.

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About the Book: Heather Lyn Mann was a battle-weary environmental advocate in Wisconsin when she and her husband decided to explore the Atlantic on a small sloop. This memoir of six years living afloat is a chronological unfolding of disasters and discoveries–life-threatening storms, the boredom of isolation, societies on the brink of extinction, sinking ships, colorful Caribbean characters, near collisions, a pirate scare, and more.

About the Author: Spiritual ecologist Heather Lyn Mann is a practitioner of Buddhism, sailing, and mindful advocacy. In 2007, together with her husband and cat, Mann set sail on a 15,000-nautical-mile ocean voyage.


Author Luncheon with Brian Hicks, Greetings From Charleston, Fri., Oct. 28, 12 pm

Join us Fri., Oct. 28, 12 pm for lunch at High Cotton (199 East Bay St.) with Brian Hicks. Brian will talk and sign copies of his newest book Greetings From Charleston: Rants & Raves from The Post & Courier Columnist (Evening Post Books, hb., $24.95). Tickets are $31 for the author talk and three-course luncheon at High Cotton, or $56 that includes the luncheon plus a signed copy of Greetings From Charleston.

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About the Book: Greetings from Charleston collects the best and most notorious of Hicks’ columns. The book features brand-new commentary and columns never-before-seen in print. For the past decade, Hicks has been “slaughtering the Lowcountry’s sacred cows by the herd in his thrice-weekly metro column.”

About the Author: Hicks is a senior writer and metro columnist with the Post and Courier. He has covered Southern politics for more than 20 years, including turns as a statehouse correspondent in three states. His journalism has appeared in national magazines and newspapers for 25 years, and he has won more than two-dozen awards for his reporting.


Blood for Blood Release Party with Ryan Graudin, Tue., Nov. 1, 5 pm


Join us Tue., Nov. 1, 5 pm as we celebrate the release of Blood for Blood, the latest book by Ryan Graudin, a very popular young adult novelist and Charleston native.

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.

If you preorder Blood for Blood and submit your proof of purchase at, you’ll get a digital short story also written by Ryan.

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Deep Run Roots Food Truck Tour with Vivian Howard, Tue., Oct. 18, 5 pm

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Tue., Oct. 18, 5 – 8 pm, Blue Bicycle Books welcomes the star chef and creator of PBS’s A Chef’s Life and now author of Deep Run Roots (Little, Brown, 576 pp., hb.).

Join us at Whole Foods (923 Houston Northcutt Blvd., Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464) for Vivian’s Food Truck Tour. Tickets include a signed copy of Deep Run Roots as well as food from Vivian’s food truck. Buy tickets here.

Deep Run Roots is Vivian Howard’s comprehensive record of modern Southern cooking, filled with stories and more than 200 recipes that celebrate the flavors of her eastern North Carolina home.

Vivian Howard is the chef and owner of the acclaimed Chef and the Farmer restaurant in Kinston, NC, fifteen miles from her home of Deep Run. She trained under Wylie Dufresne and Sam Mason at WD-50 and was a member of the opening team at Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Spice Market in New York. The first woman since Julia Child to win a Peabody Award for a cooking program, she co-created and stars in the PBS series A Chef’s Life.

Author Luncheon with Mary Alice Monroe, A Lowcountry Christmas, Tues., Oct. 25, 12 pm



Join us Tues., Oct. 25, 12 pm for lunch with Mary Alice Monroe at High Cotton (199 East Bay St.). Mary Alice will talk and sign copies of her new book A Lowcountry Christmas (Gallery Books, hb., 384 pp., $20).

Tickets are $61 for a three-course meal and a signed copy of the book. A portion of ticket sales will benefit Pets for Vets, a program dedicated to rescuing shelter pets and pairing them with military veterans who could benefit from a companion animal.

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About the book: In this poignant continuation of the Lowcountry Summer series, a wounded warrior and his younger brother discover the true meaning of Christmas.

About the author: Mary Alice Monroe is the New York Times bestselling author of more than a dozen novels. She has received numerous awards, including the 2008 South Carolina Center Book Award for Writing, the 2014 South Carolina Award for Literary Excellence, the RT Lifetime Achievement Award, and the International Book Award for Green Fiction. An active conservationist, she lives in the Lowcountry of South Carolina.

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The Truthful Story with Helen Stine, Sun. Oct. 16, 3 pm


the-truthful-storyJoin us Sun., Oct. 16, 3 pm as Helen Stine discusses and signs copies of her new novel The Truthful Story (Cardinal Press, hb., 220 pp., $24).

About the book: When ten-year-old Genevieve Donovan’s Nannie dies mysteriously in the Lowcountry river she’s loved and lived near all her life, Genny and her family are heartbroken. In 1960s South Carolina, new industry is encroaching on old country, and Genny fears her grandmother may have gotten in the way of so-called progress. What’s more, ever since Nannie passed, Genny has been hearing and seeing things she’s not sure she can share with anyone except her mother, whose own grief is making it harder and harder to get through to her. As Genny struggles to understand justice, healing, and a world in which Nannie is gone but still present, The Truthful Story traces a family’s journey through the pain of loss and the survival of love.

About the author: Helen grew up near Charleston, in the heart of South Carolina’s Lowcountry. After receiving an English degree from the College of Charleston, she raised a family, traveled extensively, and pursued a career in education, but she never lost touch with the powerful sense of place and family her childhood home imbued in her.


Blue Bicycle Books Weathers the Storm!

Thank you for all the well-wishes! We were very lucky; Hurricane Matthew did no damage to the bookstore.


Special Ticketed Event — Conversation with Sarah J. Maas, Empire of Storms — Fri., Sept. 9, PURE Theatre

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Fri., Sept. 9, 5 pm, PURE Theatre, 477 King St. Sarah J. Maas will discuss and sign copies of Empire of Storms (Bloomsbury, 704 pp., hb.), the fifth installment in the Throne of Glass series. Aelin’s journey from assassin to queen has entranced millions across the globe, and this fifth novel will leave readers breathless.

Tickets are required and include a signed hardback copy of Empire of Storms and admission to the talk and signing. (Sarah will be in conversation with Charleston’s own Ryan Graudin author of Wolf by Wolf, followed by a Q&A.)

Purchase tickets here to reserve your space.

Questions? Please call the bookstore, 843.722.2666.

The talk will be at PURE Theatre, 477 King St. at 5 pm. Afterwards, Sarah will sign at Blue Bicycle Books, 420 King St..

Event Policies:

1)  Sarah will sign one book per person. Please note this is a change in policy due to a hand injury. Sarah will have a special stamp for this tour and we can stamp 2 other books per person.

2) There will be no posed photos, but photos taken of the author during the event and from the line are fine.

3) We ask that no video be taken of the event.

About the book: The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friendships lost and garnered, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those who don’t.

As the kingdoms of Erilea fracture around her, enemies must become allies if Aelin is going to keep those she loves from falling to the dark forces. With war looming, the only chance for salvation lies in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear. Will Aelin succeed in keeping her world from splintering, or will it all come crashing down?

About the author: Sarah J. Maas is the author of the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series: Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight, Heir of Fire, Queen of Shadows, and the series’ prequel, The Assassin’s Blade; as well as the New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses and A Court of Mist and Fury. A New York native, Sarah currently lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and dog.