Blue Bicycle Books, Charleston, SC

We Are Charleston at Charleston County Public Library, Mon., June 20, 6 pm

We are Charleston

Join us Mon., June 20, 6 pm at the Main Branch of the Charleston County Public Library (68 Calhoun St.), as the authors of We Are Charleston discuss their powerful new book.

Following the shooting of nine victims at a June 2015 bible study at Emanuel AME Church, residents of the community recognized the need to examine and learn from the events that led to the tragedy. Through in-depth interviews with the victims’ families, friends, and other community members, three authors penned We Are Charleston as a way to explore the impact of the shooting, the role of the AME church, and the importance of awareness, action, and forgiveness. Authors Herb Frazier, Dr. Bernard Edward Powers Jr., and Marjory Wentworth will reflect on their journey and what they uncovered in this deeply emotional book.

Copies of the book will be available to purchase, with a portion of the proceeds going to CCPL’s Cynthia Graham Hurd Memorial Fund. Attendees also will be able to donate directly to the Memorial Fund, created to honor the 31-year librarian’s legacy and commitment to literacy.

Painting the Southern Coast with West Fraser, Thur., July 14, 5 pm

Paintings of the Southern Coast

Join us Thur., July 14, 5 pm as artist West Fraser discusses and signs copies of his newest art book Painting the Southern Coast (USC Press, hb., 288 pp, $49.99).

About the book: From the sultry streets of Savannah to the winding waterways and unique environs of the region’s sea islands, the works included offer a view of the land West Fraser loves. Fraser augments his visual tour of the coast with original maps of the region and location coordinates of each painting, enhancing the viewer’s knowledge and appreciation of the region, as well as of Fraser’s artistic gift.

About the author: West Fraser was born in Savannah, Georgia. A true son of the Lowcountry, Fraser has dedicated much of his career to capturing the lush, primordial beauty of the Southeast’s coastal regions that have been altered by man and time.

wes fraser

Sandra B. Griffin’s 2700 Before 70, Fri., June 10, 5 pm

2700 Before 70


Join us Fri., June 10, 5 pm as South Carolina author Sandra B. Griffin signs copies of her book, 2700 Before 70.

Sandra always dreamed of riding her bicycle across the country. At sixty-nine years old, with her husband by her side, she set out to make that dream come true. Sandra shares her experiences on the road in this inspirational memoir.

Sandra B. Griffin is a retired educator and former vice president of a two-year college. She and her husband Gerry live in Florence, South Carolina.

Sandra Griffin

Author Luncheon with Bronwen Dickey, Pit Bull, Sat., July 2, 12 pm

Pit Bull


Join us Sat., July 2, 12 pm for lunch with Bronwen Dickey at Halls Chophouse (434 King St.). Bronwen will talk and sign copies of her new book, Pit Bull: The Battle over an American Icon (Knopf, hb., 352 pp, $26.95).

Tickets for this event, part of our ongoing Author Luncheon Series, are $57 – included are a three course meal and signed hardback. Click here for tickets.

About the book: When Bronwen Dickey brought her new dog home, she saw no traces of the infamous viciousness in her affectionate, timid pit bull. Which made her wonder: How had the breed—beloved by Teddy Roosevelt, Helen Keller, and Hollywood’s “Little Rascals”—come to be known as a brutal fighter? Pit Bull is the hugely illuminating story of how a popular breed of dog became the most demonized and supposedly the most dangerous of dogs—and what role humans have played in the transformation.

About the author: Bronwen Dickey is a contributing editor at The Oxford American. Her writing has also appeared in The New York Times, NewsweekThe Virginia Quarterly Review, Outside, Popular Mechanics, Best American Travel Writing 2009SlateGarden & GunThe San Francisco ChronicleSouthern Living, World Hum, Sport Diver, and The Independent Weekly, among other publications. She lives in North Carolina.

Bronwen Dickey


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.