Blue Bicycle Books, Charleston, SC


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

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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).

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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. 

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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.



YALLFest Preorders

website1The staff at Blue Bicycle Books can’t wait for you to join us at YALLFest! What’s that? Can’t make it? Or you are coming but can’t make every signing?

Well now you can pre-order SIGNED hardbacks by:

Rainbow Rowell — Landline, Fangirl, Eleanor & Park

Veronica Roth — Divergent, Insurgent, Allegiant, Four: A Divergent Collection

James Dashner — Maze Runner, Scorch Trials, Death Cure, Kill Order. The Eyes of the Mind and The Rule of Thoughts.

Gayle Forman — If I Stay, Where She Went, Just One Day, Just One Year

Kiera Cass — The Selection, The Elite, The One

Scott Westerfeld — Afterworlds, Uglies

E. Lockhart — We Were Liars

Sarah Dessen — The Moon and More, What Happened to Goodbye?, Along for the Ride

Lauren Oliver — Panic, Rooms

Marie Lu – Legend, The Young Elites

Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl — Beautiful Creatures, Dangerous Creatures

and Ryan Graudin — All that Glows, The Walled City

You can have them shipped to you after YALLFest (Sat., Nov. 8), or pick them up at the festival (inside Blue Bicycle Books, 420 King St., Charleston).

Notes:

*We cannot take orders for personal inscriptions

*But if you pre-order signed books for festival pick-up, you can still get them personally inscribed by the authors in line.

*Veronica Roth, at this time, is not scheduled to do a public signing, so this is your only chance to get a signed copy of her books.

*Books will ship out after the festival — thank you for your patience!

Click here for all YALLFest pre-orders

Questions — call Blue Bicycle Books at 843.722.2666.



Lindy Carter, Annaliese From Off. Fri., Oct. 24

Join us  Fri., Oct. 24, 5 – 7 pm, as writer Lindy Carter signs copies of  her debut historical novel, Annaliese From Off.

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The year is 1900 and young mother Annaliese Stregal is forced by her husband, John, to leave their comfortable life in Louisville, Kentucky to move to a lumber camp in the north Georgia mountains where he has launched a timber business with his brother. Joining her there with even more outrage and dismay is the sister-in-law she loathes, Lucenia, who is full of opniions about every woman’s issue of the day – social justice for the oppressed, equal rights, birth control, the morality of female sexual pleasure- and not one domestic skill. To protect their children safely and battle the mountain enemies they have in common, the women strike a truce, but a new controversy in America lands on their doorstep: the annihilation of the nation’s forests. The brothers pick up their pace in scraping their fortune off the pristine hillsides just as John begins to unravel, putting the families’ futures in jeopardy. Unlikely help comes from a pair of Cherokee Indian brothers, but it is Annaliese whomust act decisively to save her family and the mountains she has come to love.

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LINDY KEANE CARTER lives in Charleston and is a  journalist whose work has appeared in a variety of national magazines, trade publications, and academic medical journals. She is the author of award-winning short stories, including two that placed in the South Carolina Arts Commission’s Fiction Project contest. Annaliese From Off is her debut novel. Lindy has two daughters and a son.

 



Latoya Lee, Deep Inside Me: A Revelation of Love. Thurs., Oct. 9

 

 

 

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Join us  Thurs., Oct. 9, 5 – 7 pm, as writer Latoya Lee signs copies of  her book, Deep Inside Me: A Revelation of Love. (Xlibris Corporation, pb., 60 pp. $32).

This is a collection of writings that date from years 2004-2009. I grant you permission to read as I reflect on my personal circumstances. The release of these personal matters has been a healing process for me. At the end of it all, I had exactly what I started with-God and myself. I didn’t need a physician to tell me I had a problem. I experienced both physical and emotional trauma throughout my childhood. In my youth I witnessed drug and alcohol abuse, prostitution, domestic violence and crime of all sorts. Subconsciously I didn’t neither want nor know how to be alone. I truly possessed a personal need to always feel comforted. In addition to my need for comfort, my sexually driven emotions had me traveling down a self paved road of confusion and destruction.” 

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LOTOYA LEE is the ambitious Washington, DC native releasing her first short story. After publishing two captivating poetry collections “When These Hands Write” and “To Whom It May Concern: Letters to the People”, the young author has more love to share. She is creatively known as Lati (La-tee); meaning God’s love is present. Lati is a mother, poet, singer and an extraordinary artist on the rise. 

   



Fierce Reads Book Tour. Tues., Sept. 23

Join us  Tues., Sept. 23, 5:30  pm, as the Fierce Reads book tour makes a stop in Charleston. Ann Aguirre (Mortal Danger), Caragh O’Brien (The Vault of Dreamers), and Marie Rutkoski (The Winner’s Curse) will sign copies of  their Young Adult novels and a discussion will be led by moderator Andria Amaral.

 

MORTAL DANGER

Mortal Danger  (Feiwel & Friends, hb., 384 pp. $18). follows Edie Kramer who has a score to settle with the beautiful people at Blackbriar Academy. Their cruelty drove her to the brink of despair, and four months ago, she couldn’t imagine being strong enough to face her senior year. But thanks to a Faustian compact with the enigmatic Kian, she has the power to make the bullies pay. She’s not supposed to think about Kian once the deal is done, but devastating pain burns behind his unearthly beauty, and he’s impossible to forget.

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ANNE AGUIRRE is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author with a degree in English Literature; before she began writing full time, she was a clown, a clerk, a voice actress, and a savior of stray kittens, not necessarily in that order. She grew up in a yellow house across from a cornfield, but now she lives in sunny Mexico with her husband, children, and various pets. She likes all kinds of books, emo music, action movies and Doctor Who. She writes all kind of fiction in multiple genres, both YA and for adults. 

THE VAULT OF DREAMERS

The Vault of Dreamers  (Roaring Brook Press, hb., 432 pp. $18), takes place at The Forge School, the most prestigious arts school in the country. The secret to its success: every moment of the students’ lives is televised as part of the insanely popular Forge Show, and the students’ schedules include twelve hours of induced sleep meant to enhance creativity. But when first year film student Rosie Sinclair skips her sleeping pill, she discovers there is something off about Forge. In fact, she suspects that there are sinister things going on deep below the reaches of the cameras. What’s worse, she starts to notice that the edges of her consciousness do not feel quite right. And soon, she unearths the ghastly secret that the Forge School is hiding—and what it truly means to dream there.

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CARAGH M. O’BRIEN is the author of the Birthmarked trilogy. Born in St. Paul, Minnesota, Ms. O’Brien was educated at Williams College and earned her MA from Johns Hopkins University. She recently resigned from teaching high school English in order to write young adult novels.

THE WINNER'S CURSE

The Winner’s Curse (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, hb., 368 pp. $18), is a story of deadly games where everything is at stake, and the gamble is whether you will keep your head or lose your heart. As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions. One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction. Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him—with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin. But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined.

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MARIE RUTKOSKI is the author of several novels for children and young adults. She grew up in Bolingbrook, Illinois as the oldest of four children and decided early on that she was Someone Who Loved Books. Marie is now a professor of English literature at Brooklyn College, where she teaches Renaissance drama, children’s literature, and fiction writing.   



Andra Watkins, To Live Forever: An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis. Thurs., Sept. 18

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Join us,Thurs., Sept. 18, 5-7 pm as local author Andra Watkins signs copies of her debut novel, To Live Forever: An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis. (World Hermit Press, pb., 305 pp $15).

The novel follows explorer Meriwether Lewis who has been stuck in Nowhere since his mysterious death nearly two centuries ago. His last hope for redemption is helping nine-year-old Emmaline Cagney flee her madame mother in New Orleans and find her father in Nashville. To get there, Merry must cross his own grave along the Natchez Trace, where he duels the corrupt Judge, an old foe who has his own despicable plans for Em.
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Andra Watkins lives in Charleston with her husband, but travels regularly for book events, speaking engagements and adventure. One year ago, she set aside her established management and strategic planning practice to follow her path to publication, and then she kept on walking.



Mary Ann Henry, Ladies in Low Places. Tues., Sept. 9

Join us Tuesday, Sept. 9 from 5 – 7 pm for the reading and book signing of Mary Ann Henry’s new collection of stories Ladies in Low Places. 

 

Refreshments will be provided.

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William B. Miller, The Beer Drinker’s Guide to God. Mon., Aug. 18

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Join us Mon., Aug. 18, 5 – 7 pm, as writer Father William B. Miller signs copies of  his book of spiritual essays The Beer Drinker’s Guide to God. (Howard Books, pb., 352 pp $15).

In this humorous collection of essays, he weaves together stories from his life in ministry, his travels in search of the world’s best Scotch, his conversations with Trappist monks, and colorful evenings in his bar, Padre’s. He also reflects on the lessons he’s learned from baseball, Playboy bunnies, Las Vegas, and his attempts to become chaplain to the Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders, all while (somehow) crafting essays about the spiritual importance of generosity, sacrifice, openness, and spiritual transformation.

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Father William (Bill) Miller is an Episcopal priest and the rector at St. Michael and All Angel’s Episcopal Church in Kauai, Hawaii. He is also a co-owner of Padre’s Bar, a live music venue/watering hole in Marfa, Texas. God and strong drink are two of his favorite things. Father Bill currently resides in Kauai with his dog, Nawiliwili Nelson.

 



Book Release Party for Margaret Bradham Thornton, Thurs., July 31, 5 pm

Margaret Bradham Thornton will visit Blue Bicycle Books Thurs., July 31, 5 – 7  pm, as  we celebrate the release of her new novel Charleston (Ecco, hb., 320 pp., $26). 
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Charleston tells the story of Eliza Poinsett, who returns to her childhood home after ten years away. Thornton, a Charleston native, weaves a poignant and lyrical tale of lost love, the ephemeral notion of home, and our relationship with the people and places that influence us the most.

Thornton is the editor of Tennessee Williams’ Notebooks, for which she received the Bronze ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award for Autobiography/Memoir. She lives in Charleston and Palm Beach, Fla., and this is her first novel. 

A reception will accompany the signing.

Can’t make it? Pre0rder a signed copy and have it shipped to you through our online store or by calling Blue Bicycle Books at 843.722.2666

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