Blue Bicycle Books, Charleston, SC

Michael DeValve, A Different Justice: Love and the Future of Criminal Justice Practice in America. Thurs., Jan. 29.

Join us, Thurs., Jan. 29, 5-7 pm as author Michael DeValve, signs copies of his new book, A Different Justice: Love and the Future of Criminal Justice Practice in America. (Carolina Academic Press, pb., 250 pp $28). 

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The criminal justice system in America does not work, and, from the perspective of current criminological thought, no ideas exist for how to truly fix it. The fault lies not with criminology as a discourse, but with us as individuals. We must, together, address three fundamental questions regarding our capacity and willingness to make a justice system of which we would be proud to pass off to our children. Specifically, we must decide (1) whether or not we are permanently saddled with a hobbling justice system; (2) if we are not inextricably bound to brokenness, whether we are brave enough to strike out for the undiscovered country; and (3) if we have the ability to embrace love despite the vulnerability it imposes. Specifically, each of us must find within ourselves the capacity to bravely love, without qualification, ourselves, each other, and our world.

The purpose of this work is to discover what justice would look like were it predicated on love. Sacred sources, including Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism, along with the thought of scholars like Erich Fromm, Karl Marx, Simone Weil, and Paolo Freire, are examined in detail for insights into the nature of love. Space is devoted to an attempt to understand why American justice practice is so broken despite the noble work of so many. The last two chapters offer both a criminology of love and a sketch of a criminal justice system predicated on love.



Michael DeValve is a dad, husband, son, musician, peacemaking criminologist, and an associate professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at Fayetteville State University. He holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. in criminal justice from Sam Houston State University. His research focus is love and its place in criminal justice. He has authored several scholarly works, published in journals like Contemporary Justice Review, Police Quarterly, and The Prison Journal. He has trained and consulted with police departments, and he worked six years for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice as a researcher. His new book, A Different Justice, offers a new approach to justice and a new criminological theory, all predicated on love as the axle of justice.

Sherry Harris, It is What it is…and the View is Great. Thurs., Feb. 12.

Join us, Thurs., Feb. 12, 5 – 7 pm, as author Sherry Harris, signs copies of her new book, It is What it is…and the View is Great. (Spark Publishers, pb., 160 pp., $25). 


Island fever! Haven’t we all had it sometime in our lives? In this breezy read, Sherry Harris gives you the inside story about living in Paradise. Both wise and witty, It is what it is… introduces you to island time from a resident-in-training perspective with funny and insightful anecdotes, exquisite photography, and up-close island personalities. Along the way, Sherry reminds us to stop and smell the bougainvillea and embrace our surroundings, wherever that finds us. 


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 Sherry Harris is an interior designer, wife, mother and hip grandmother who loves to travel, play tennis and golf. It is what it is … is her first book about living and working in Paradise.

A few hot items from Blue Bicycle Books, Charleston:

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A few hot items from Blue Bicycle Books, Charleston:

Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris, first edition, first issue, with cover photo of Santa at the urinal. Signed bookplate. Throw your head back laughing like a little kid. $125.

Dracula: A Toy Theatre. The sets and costumes of the Broadway production of the play designed by Edward Gorey. We knew this one was trouble when it walked in. Signed by Edward Gorey. $175.

Home by the River by Archibald Rutledge. No DJ. Signed and inscribed. $125. There was a blank space baby, and he wrote his name — twice!

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. First ed., later printing. How much for this one? I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling…$22.

My True Love Gave to Me. Holiday young adult anthology signed by Stephanie Perkins, David Levithan, Rainbow Rowell, and Gayle Forman. It’s a love story collection, baby just say yes! $95.

A is for Anything by Katharina Barry. “N is for Newsboy / who’s not very tidy. / He brings Thursday’s newspaper / around on Friday.” A 1961 ABC picture book, using old wooden type. I’ve been spending the last eight months wondering why no one has bought this little gem. $39.

Once Upon an Alphabet by Oliver Jeffers. “N is for nearly nine thousand,” as in, this is how many envelopes will fit inside an elephant. $27.

A Little Princess and The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, each illustrated by Tasha Tudor. Kanye West tried to snatch these from us. $20 each.

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell, signed by the author. “Holding Eleanor’s hand was like holding a butterfly. Or a heartbeat.” (Okay, not a Taylor Swift lyric, but come on — so lovely.)  $19.

The Third Plate by Dan Barber. Thorough and readable look at the future of food production without using buzzwords like “sustainable,” “organic,” or “Shake it off.” $30.

The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell. Magic, madness, heaven, sin. $30.

10:04 by Ben Lerner. Ultra poetic second novel never misses a beat, is lightning on its feet.

Heritage by Sean Brock. When it feels like a perfect night for breakfast (or lunch or dinner) at midnight. $40

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Book club edition, signed by Harper Lee. $1,750.

Touching it is like realizing all you ever wanted is right there in front of you.

Every Building on the Sunset Strip by Ed Ruscha. The original Google street view by the consummate LA artist. First edition, second issue, 1966. $1,995. Like OH MY GOD.


And…join us for the launch party of Brad Taylor‘s newest thriller No Fortunate Son, Sat. Jan. 3, 2015, 5 pm at The Shelter, Shem Creek, 202 Coleman Blvd., Mt Pleasant.

Clare Pernice, Circus Girl. Thurs., Dec. 11.

Join us, Thurs., Dec. 11, 4-6 pm as local author and illustrator Clare Pernice signs copies of her new children’s book, Circus Girl . (Simply Read Books, hb., 40 pp $17). 


When a little girl plays dress up in her leotard and socks she becomes Circus Girl star of the show. Even her toys morph into her dreamscape of circus acts. At each page turn she jumps and tumbles, flies through the air, juggles, spins, balances and contorts.

Vibrant and winsome, modern and timeless the illustrations and words convey a captured childhood moment with directness and simplicity.


Clare Pernice is a children’s picture book writer and illustrator who was born and raised in England where a passion for children’s books took root. Influenced by her favorite local author Roald Dahl and her witty story telling father, she took an avid interest in the world of children’s stories, art and design. A graduate of London’s Central Saint Martin’s School of Art, she has since designed, illustrated and exhibited works in Paris, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Charleston SC, and New York. She has designed children’s books, clothes, toys, murals and has created costumes and props for film and stage.


Justina Lasley, Wake Up!. Thurs., Nov. 20.

Join us, Thurs., Nov. 20, 5-7 pm as local author Justina Lasley signs copies of her new book, Wake Up!. (Balboa Press, pb., 202 pp $17). 


“Wake Up!” reaches out to people at various levels of experience with dreams. It offers a simple, step-by-step guide to using dreams as a tool for personal growth and transformation. Lasley’s book fills the void of knowledge and access to information about dreamwork for anyone who has ever asked “How can I live a more authentic and fulfilling life?” or “Why would I want to remember my dreams?” “Wake Up!” starts with Lasley’s own inspiring personal story of her awakening to the power of her dreams. She then invites readers to participate in the same process, teaching them how to use their nighttime dreams as resources to awaken their most authentic, creative and spiritual selves, thus leading them to what she predicts will be more fulfilling and joyful lives.

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JUSTINA LASLEY  has a master’s degree in transpersonal psychology with an emphasis in dream studies. She is the founder and director of the Institute for Dream Studies and also author of “Honoring the Dream: A Handbook for Dream Group Leaders” and “In My Dream… a creative dream journal.” More information is available at


Lynn Seldon, Virginia’s Ring, Cocktails and Shrimp and Grits by Frank Lee. Thurs., Dec. 4.

Join us, Thurs., Dec. 4, 5-7 pm as local author Lynn Seldon signs copies of his new book, Virginia’s Ring. (CreateSpace, hb., 274 pp $19). Cocktails will be served as well as Shrimp and Grits prepared by Frank Lee, Executive Chef of Maverick Southern Kitchens.

Virginia's Ring CreateSpace Front Cover finalCompelling, chilling, sentimental, and emotional, Virginia’s Ring delves into the decisions we make that impact our lives forever. Set in the scenic Shenandoah Valley town of Lexington and Virginia’s capital city of Richmond, the two main characters of Virginia’s Ring share their experiences at VMI and beyond with poignancy and grace, serving as a reminder of how precious people, places, and life can be. Creatively narrated by both a male and female VMI graduate, Virginia’s Ring leaves readers with new or renewed respect for VMI. Founded in 1839, the Virginia Military Institute is a unique military college educating young men and women to become leaders in the military and civilian worlds. VMI has a long legacy of successful graduates who have proudly served the United States in war and in peace. Men and women who wear the VMI ring share a special bond anywhere they meet in the world.

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LYNN SELDON got his start while stationed in Germany as a young Army officer looking for some excitement and a creative outlet. During his weekend jaunts throughout Europe, he decided to start writing about his travel experiences. On a lark, he sent a few articles to Stars & Stripes, the daily newspaper for the Armed Forces. From that, a successful full-time career in travel writing and photography developed. Lynn has spent the past 20+ years covering all aspects of travel writing and photography. He focuses on travel within the Southeast US and the Caribbean, cruise ship travel, soft adventure (including scuba diving, hiking, mountain biking, and boating), spa travel and culinary travel. Whether an exotic cruise ship port in South America or a charming little cooking school in Tennessee, Lynn covers the world and his own backyard. Lynn’s work has appeared in more than 500 publications, including: Southern Living; Cruise Travel; Outside; Wine Enthusiast; Arthur Frommer’s Budget Travel; Scuba Diving; Dayspa; Porthole; Atlanta Journal-Constitution; Charlotte Observer; USA Today; various in-flight publications; and many AAA magazines.


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Jason Ryan, Hell Bent: One Man’s Crusade to Crush the Hawaiian Mob, with music by The V-Tones. Sun., Nov. 2

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Join us, Sun., Nov. 2, 4-6 pm as local author Jason Ryan signs copies of his new book, Hell Bent: One Man’s Crusade to Crush the Hawaiian Mob. (Globe Pequot Press, hb., 304 pp $27). The V-Tones of Charleston  will also be playing Hawaiian music during the release party.

World-class beaches, fragrant frangipani, swaying palms, and hula girls. Most folks think of Hawaii as a vacation destination. Mob-style executions, drug smuggling, and vicious gang warfare are seldom part of the postcard image. Yet, Hawaii was once home to not only Aloha spirit, but also a ruthless, homegrown mafia underworld. From 1960 to 1980, Hawaiian gangsters grew rich off a robust trade in drugs, gambling, and prostitution that followed in the wake of Hawaii’s tourist boom.
     Thus, by 1980—the year Charles Marsland was elected Honolulu’s top prosecutor—the honeymoon island paradise was also plagued by violence, corruption and organized crime. The zeal that Marsland brought to his crusade against the Hawaiian underworld was relentless, self-destructive, and very personal. Five years earlier, Marsland’s son had been gunned down. His efforts to bring his son’s killers to justice—and indeed, eradicate the entire organized criminal element in Hawaii—make for an extraordinary tale that culminates with intense courtroom drama.

Jason Ryan is the author of Jackpot: High Times, High Seas and the Sting That Launched the War on Drugs, the true story of the rise and fall of the South’s “gentlemen” marijuana smugglers. Ryan is a former staff reporter of The State newspaper and a graduate of Georgetown University. He lives in Charleston.


The V-Tones are Charleston’s only ukulele hot club jug band vaudeville ragtime neo-retro-postpostmodern beachfront quasi-primitive anachronistic revolutionary anti-inflammatory mass catharsis jazz freakout and philharmonic group therapy session.


Grady Hendrix, Horrorstör. Sat., Oct. 18


Join us  Sat., Oct. 18, 5 – 7 pm, as writer Grady Hendrix signs copies of  his novel, Horrorstör. (Quirk Books, pb., 256 pp. $15).

A traditional haunted house story in a contemporary setting (and full of current fears), Horrorstör comes conveniently packaged in the form of a retail catalog, complete with illustrations of ready-to-assemble furniture and other, more sinister accessories. We promise you’ve never seen anything quite like it! 

Something strange is happening at the Orsk furniture superstore in Columbus, Ohio. Every morning, employees arrive to find broken Kjerring wardrobes, shattered Brooka glassware, and vandalized Liripip sofa beds—clearly, someone or something is up to no good. To unravel the mystery, five young employees volunteer for a long dusk-till-dawn shift—and they encounter horrors that defy imagination. Along the way, author Grady Hendrix infuses sly social commentary on the nature of work in the new twenty-first century economy.

GradyHorrorstor GRADY HENDRIX is from Charleston and is a writer and journalist and one of the founders of the New York Asian Film Festival. A former film critic for the New York Sun, Grady has written for Slate, the Village Voice, Time Out New York, Playboy, and Variety.

Michael Davis, Papa Was a Rolling Stone: Fathers of Charleston. Thurs., Oct. 16


Join us  Sat., Oct. 18, 5 – 7 pm, local author Michael Davis will sign his memoir Papa Was a Rolling Stone: Fathers of Charleston (West Bow, 204 pp., hb., $34).

“Finding my father was a wonderful feeling; forgiving him was even better. I have been set free, and now I can look at all the houses he built and the St. Louis arch in four states: South Carolina, Florida, Tennessee, and Missouri. There are footsteps that lead to manhood; the path was cut down by our fathers. But when there is no father, you must count on the Father above that will lead your path. Now I have the experience that God has laid before me in my life with no father. At fifty-two, with that experience, I must show others how to forgive and move on with their lives. As a spiritual leader in teaching divorce care and blended family classes at the World Outreach Church in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, I have tried to help people in forgiving others in their lives.”


MICHAEL A. DAVIS is a local author.

Marjorie E. Belson, Nothing is Promised. Wed., Oct. 15

Join us, Wed., Oct15, 5-7 pm as author Marjorie E. Belson signs copies of her debut novel, Nothing is Promised. (Marjorie E Belson, pb., 200 pp $13).



Marjorie is diagnosed with breast cancer immediately after her most joyous day, the wedding of her son Matthew. A month after undergoing a bilateral mastectomy, on her second day back as an early childhood teacher in Brooklyn, the world is enveloped by 9/11. As she continues to mend, she discovers that Matthew has enlisted in the Armed Forces and is to be deployed for six months to the Persian Gulf. She has chronicled it all so that others can grasp the joy of survival through her story. Discover and delight in her experiences: how she overcame the apprehension about her sexuality after a bilateral mastectomy and reconstruction; how she let her family back in; how the man in her life coped; how trips to Atlantic City became therapy; how friends helped her search for the perfect breast implant design; and how she learned to sleep without Ambien and Vodka. 


Marjorie E. Belson is a quintessential New Yorker. Born in New York City in 1945, she received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the City University of New York. As a single mother, she chose to teach early childhood education rather than work on Wall Street. Motivated by her experience, she started writing this book in 2004.