Blue Bicycle Books, Charleston, SC

Jenn Marie Thorne The Inside of Out, Fri., July 1, 5 pm

inside of out book cover

Join us Fri., July 1, 5 pm for Jenn Marie Thorne as she signs copies of her newest book – The Inside of Out (Dial Books, hb., 432 pp, $18).

About The Inside of Out: When her best friend Hannah comes out the day before junior year, Daisy is all set to let her ally flag fly. Before you can spell LGBTQIA, she’s leading the charge to end their school’s antiquated ban on same-sex dates at dances—starting with homecoming. And if people assume Daisy herself is gay? Meh, so what. It’s all for Hannah, right? It’s all for the cause. What Daisy doesn’t expect is for “the cause” to blow up—thanks to Adam, the cute college journalist whose interview with Daisy for his college newspaper goes viral, catching fire in the national media. With the story spinning out of control, protesters gathering, Hannah left in the dust of Daisy’s good intentions, and Daisy’s attraction to Adam practically written in lights, Daisy finds herself caught between her bold plans, her bad decisions, and her big fat mouth.

About Jenn Marie Thorne: Jenn Marie Thorne writes YA fiction from a lovely seaside town in Florida, alongside her dashing husband, two daring toddlers, and trusty hound Molly. An NYU-Tisch grad with a BFA in Drama, Jenn still enjoys making a fool of herself on at least a weekly basis. Other hobbies include writing about herself in the third-person, studying classical voice, learning languages, and traveling the world with her family.


Release Party for Ghosts of War by Brad Taylor, Tues., June 28, 7 pm

Ghosts of War

Join celebrated local author Brad Taylor at the Windjammer on the Isle of Palms (1008 Ocean Blvd.), Tues., June 28, 7 pm. Brad will talk and sign copies of his latest thriller, Ghosts of War (Dutton, hb., 416 pp., $27).

About the book: Pike Logan travels to Poland, hired to verify artifacts hidden for decades in a fabled Nazi gold train, only to find himself caught amid growing tensions between East and West. On the brink of war, Pike discovers that there is a separate agenda in play, one determined to force a showdown between NATO and Russia. With time running out, Pike races to unravel the mystery before a point of no return is reached.

Brad Taylor is the author of the New York Times bestselling Pike Logan series. He served for more than twenty years in the U.S. Army, including eight years in 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment–Delta, commonly known as Delta Force. He retired as a Special Forces Lieutenant Colonel and now lives in Charleston.

Can’t make it? Preorder a signed coping of Ghosts of War here.

Brad Taylor

Release Party for Heartless by Leah Rhyne, Tues., May 24, 5 pm


Join us Tues., May 24, 5 pm for the Hometown Release Party for Leah Rhyne‘s Heartless (Polis Books, hb., 320 pp, $19). There will be wine, there will be cake, it will be epic.

About Heartless: Jolene Hall is dead — sort of. She walks, thinks, and talks, but her heart no longer beats. A contemporary retelling of Frankenstein, Heartless follows Jolene, her best friend, and her boyfriend as they follow a treacherous trail to find out who has turned her into a monster, and who’s next.

Leah Rhyne is a Jersey girl who’s lived in the South so long she’s lost her accent…but never her attitude. After spending her childhood watching movies like Star Wars, Alien, and A Nightmare On Elm Street, and reading Stephen King, Leah now spends her days writing tales of horror and science fiction. Her short fiction has appeared in such publications as Abyss & Apex Magazine and Revolt Daily. She writes for, and for herself at Leah lives with her husband, daughter, and a small menagerie of pets in Charleston, South Carolina.

Leah Rhyne -- Piccolo Fiction

Tom Poland’s Georgialina, Thurs., June 16, 5 pm


Join us Thurs., June 16, 5 – 7 pm as journalist and storyteller Tom Poland signs copies of his newest book Georgialina: A Southland as We Know It (USC Press, pb., 167 pp, $18.95).

Poland takes his readers down back roads to old homesteads, covered bridges, country stores, on hunts for Confederate gold, to dances on the beach, bringing to life the often-forgotten unfiltered character of the South. Set in Georgia and South Carolina, his tales of bygone times resonate across a southern landscape and recall the history and lore that define the South.

Tom Poland is the author of twelve books and more than 1,000 magazine features. Tom grew up in Lincoln County, Georgia, where four wonderful English teachers gave him a love for language. People first came to know Tom’s work in South Carolina Wildlife magazine, where he wrote features and served as managing editor. He now lives in Columbia, South Carolina, where he writes about Georgialina–his name for eastern Georgia and South Carolina.

tom poland

Rick Yancey’s The Last Star Wed., May 25, 5:30 pm

the last star

Join us Wed., May 25, 5:30 pm as we welcome Rick Yancey, hot on the release of The Last Star (Putnam, 352 pp, hb., $19), the final installment in The 5th Wave Series.

About the book: The enemy is Other. The enemy is us. They’re down here, they’re up there, they’re nowhere. They want the Earth, they want us to have it. They came to wipe us out, they came to save us. Beneath all these riddles lies one truth: Cassie has been betrayed. So has Ringer. Zombie. Nugget. And all 7.5 billion people who used to live on our planet. Betrayed first by the Others, and now by ourselves. In these last days, Earth’s remaining survivors will need to decide what’s more important: saving themselves . . . or saving what makes us human.

Rick Yancey is the author of The New York Times bestsellers The 5th Wave, The Infinite Sea, several adult novels, and the memoir Confessions of a Tax Collector. When he isn’t writing or thinking about writing or traveling the country talking about writing, Rick is hanging out with his family.

Rick Yancey hi-res image

Author Luncheon with Karen White, Flight Patterns Sat., June 4


The Blue Bicycle Books Luncheon Series continues Sat., June 4, 12 pm, with New York Times Bestselling author Karen White at Halls Chophouse (434 King St.). She’ll be discussing and signing copies of her newest novel Flight Patterns.

Tickets are $30 for the author talk and three-course luncheon, or $56 for lunch plus a signed hardback copy of Flight Patterns. BUY TICKETS HERE.

About the book. It’s been ten years since Georgia left her family home, and nothing has changed, except that there are less oysters and more tourists. She finds solace seeing her grandfather still toiling away in the apiary where she spent much of her childhood, but her estranged mother and sister leaves her rattled. Seeing them after all this time makes Georgia realize that something has been missing—and unless she finds a way to heal these rifts, she will forever be living vicariously through other people’s remnants. To embrace her own life—mistakes and all—she will have to find the courage to confront the ghosts of her past and the secrets she was forced to keep.

About the Author Karen White is a New York Times bestselling author of what she refers to as ‘grit lit’ — Southern women’s fiction. Perhaps best known for a bestselling mystery series set in Charleston, Karen hails from a long line of Southerners. She spent most of her growing-up years in London and is a graduate of the American School in London. When not writing, she spends her time reading, scrapbooking, dancing, and avoiding cooking. She lives near Atlanta with her husband and two children, and a spoiled Havanese dog (who appears in several of her books), Quincy.


Piccolo Fiction – Charleston Music Hall – Sat., June 4, 5 pm

Piccolo Fiction presented by Blue Bicycle Books

Sat., June 4, 5 pm

Charleston Music Hall

37 John St.

(843) 722-2666

The festival’s longest-running event exclusively devoted to fiction, Piccolo Fiction invites local authors to present brief short stories. This year’s reading will be in the historic Charleston Music Hall, and, following recent tradition, each story will begin with the words “I ducked into the alley…”

The 2016 event will double as the release party for Charleston native Grady Hendrix’s new novel My Best Friend’s Exorcism – think Mean Girls with demonic possession, set in 1988 Mt. Pleasant.

Since 2000, Piccolo Fiction has featured dozens of S.C. writers, with stories broadcast by S.C. Public Radio and published in the Charleston City Paper.

Featured authors:

Grady Hendix -- Piccolo Fiction

Grady Hendrix (My Best Friend’s Exorcism) is also the author of Horrorstör, set in a haunted Scandinavian furniture superstore, recently optioned for TV by Charlie Kaufman (Adaptation). His stories about UFO cults and killer Chinese parasites have appeared in Strange Horizons, Pseudopod, and The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination. He and his wife, chef Amanda Cohen, are the authors of Dirt Candy, the world’s first graphic novel cookbook. He grew up in Mt. Pleasant and lives in New York City.

Joseph Hasinger -- Piccolo Fiction

Joseph Hasinger holds an MFA in fiction from Hollins University.  His writing can be found in places like the Citron Review and Jersey Devil Press, among others. He lives in Charleston with his wife and two children.

valerie perry

Valerie Perry received a B.A. in English and German from the College of Charleston in 1985 and is the manager of the Aiken–Rhett House for Historic Charleston Foundation. She published her first novel Upper King Street in 2010, followed by Letters from Della in 2014. She is currently working on her third novel.

Leah Rhyne -- Piccolo Fiction

Leah Rhyne is a Jersey girl who’s been in the South so long she’s lost her accent…but never her attitude. She recently published her first novel Heartless, a modern take take on the classic Frankenstein tale, as told from the monster’s perspective. She lives in Charleston with her husband, daughter, and a small menagerie of pets. In her barely-there spare time, she loves running.

Kristy Harvey’s Lies and Other Acts of Love, May 19


Join us Thurs., May 19, 5 – 7 pm as Southern fiction writer Kristy Harvey signs copies of her most recent novel Lies and Other Acts of Love (pb, Berkley, 352 pp, $15).

About the book. After decades of marriage and five daughters, Lovey White knows that from time to time, we need to use little white lies. However, her granddaughter, Annabelle is as truthful as they come. She always does the right thing—that is, until she dumps her fiancé and marries a musician she has known for three days. When Annabelle’s world starts to collapse around her, she discovers that nothing about her picture-perfect family is as it seems. And Lovey has to decide whether one more lie will make or break the ones she loves.

Kristy Woodson Harvey is the author of Dear Carolina. She holds a degree in journalism and mass communications from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a master’s in English from East Carolina University. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and son.

kristy harvey

Author Luncheon with Deborah Cramer, The Narrow Edge, Fri., May 13, 12 pm

the narrow edge

Blue Bicycle Books’ Author Luncheon Series continues, Friday, May 13, 12 pm, Halls Chophouse, 434 King St., as environmentalist author Deborah Cramer discusses her third book The Narrow Edge (Yale UP, pb., $18).

Tickets are $30 for the author talk and three-course luncheon, or $48 for lunch plus a signed book. BUY TICKETS HERE.
About the Book. The winner of the 2016 Reed Environment Writing Award, The Narrow Edge offers unique insight into how the lives of humans, red knots and horseshoe crabs are intertwined, and is an inspiring portrait of loss and resilience, of the tenacity of birds, and the courage of the many people who, bird by bird and beach by beach, keep red knots flying.
About the author. Deborah Cramer lives with her family in Gloucester, Massachusetts, where she annually awaits the arrival of horseshoe crabs and alewives in tidal creeks, and the passage of migrating sandpipers and herons. She writes about science, nature, and the environment, and is  a visiting scholar at MIT. The Narrow Edge is her third book.
Deborah Cramer, author, at Wingersheek Beach in Gloucester, MA, November 13, 2014. © 2014 Shawn G. Henry • 978.590.4869

Deborah Cramer, author, at Wingersheek Beach in Gloucester, MA, November 13, 2014.
© 2014 Shawn G. Henry • 978.590.4869

YA Authors Renee Ahdieh & Ryan Graudin, Thurs., May 5

ahdieh rose and dagger

Join us Thurs., May 5, 4 pm, as YA author Renee Ahdieh discusses and signs copies of her newest novel, The Rose and the Dagger, the much-anticipated follow-up to The Wrath and the Dawn. She’ll be joined by local YA star Ryan Graudin, author most recently of the bestselling Wolf by Wolf.

In The Rose and the Dagger, Khorasan is on the brink of war, and Shahrzad has been torn from her husband Khalid, the Caliph of Khorasan. Reunited with her family and Tariq, her childhood sweetheart, she should be happy. But Tariq now commands forces set on destroying Khalid’s empire. Shahrzad feels like a prisoner caught between loyalties, but she refuses to be a pawn and devises a plan. While her father continues to play with magical forces he doesn’t yet understand, Shazi uncovers powers that lie dormant within her. With the help of a tattered old carpet and a tempestuous but sage young man, Shazi will attempt to break the curse and reunite with her true love.

Renée Ahdieh