Blue Bicycle Books, Charleston, SC

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

hurricane sisters

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.

Penny Travis – April 27

Penny Travis, local author, will sign copies of her book Kabul Classroom: A Memoir of an American Teacher in Afghanistan on Sun., Apr. 27, 3 – 5 pm. PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS DATE HAS CHANGED.

About the author: Penny has traveled the world.  Before she began her travels she was a Chemistry teacher and has since taught in both Jordan and Afghanistan. She currently resides on Folly Beach.

Brys Stephens The New Southern Table – May 3


Join us Sat., May 3, 3 – 4 pm to celebrate Charleston writer Brys Stephens new book The New Southern Table and sample recipes from the book!

About the book: The New Southern Table (Fair Winds Press, pb., $21.99) is a celebration of Southern food and culture. Stephens focuses on the ingredients that make Southern cuisine delicious and unique, while also showcasing how other cultures around the world have adapted varying flavor palettes with the same ingredients.

About the author: Stephens, based out of Charleston, has published his food writing in Bon Appetit, Garden and Gun, Charleston Magazine and Charleston City Paper. He is also the founder of, a website dedicated to food and cooking.

Vanessa Blakeslee – May 7, 5 – 7 pm

Vanessa Blakeslee will be at Blue Bicycle Books Wed., May 7, 5 – 7 pm. She will be giving a reading from her debut story collection Train Shots  followed by a Q&A.

About the author: Vanessa has had her work published in The Southern Review, Green Mountains Review, The Paris Review Daily,  among many others. She earned her MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts.  Born and raised in northeastern Pennsylvania, she is a longtime resident of Maitland, Florida.

For a description of Train Shots, click here.

16th Annual Bridge Run Show — Thurs., Apr. 3

16th Annual Bridge Run Show — Thurs., Apr. 3, 7:30 pm. Sara Peck, Cameron Jones and Jonathan Sanchez will each take the mic for about 5 minutes in this annual staff reading. None of us are as cute as this girl, but you get the idea.

Please come join us — there will be beer and wine.IMG_2395