Blue Bicycle Books, Charleston, SC

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.

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

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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

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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

Mary Alice Monroe — Book release party for A Lowcountry Wedding, Wild Dunes, Thurs., April 28

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Join legendary local author Mary Alice Monroe at Wild Dunes Resort, Thurs., April 28, 6 pm to celebrate the release of A Lowcountry Wedding (Gallery, pb., 448 pp., $16), the fourth book in the Lowcountry Summer series.

Tickets are $35 for the reception and raffle ticket, or $40 for reception, raffle ticket, and a signed copy of A Lowcountry Wedding

For tickets please call 843-886-2307.

Includes a meet-and-greet and book signing with Mary Alice, Lowcountry food and beverage, wedding vendors, entertainment, and dancing. At 8 pm, the evening will close with two amazing and romantic prize drawings:

*Wild Dunes Romantic Getaway (Includes two night stay, dinner and welcome amenity with champagne and chocolate covered strawberries)

*Diamonds Direct Diamond Wedding Band to play at your event!

We love your kids, but think you might like a night off. Adults only please.


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About the Author: Mary Alice Monroe is the author of nearly two dozen novels, several non-fiction titles, and children’s books. Her body of work reflects her commitment to the natural world through literature.  Monroe has served on the faculty of numerous writer’s conferences and retreats.  She is a featured speaker at events, both literary and conservation.  Known for her intimate portrayals of women’s lives, Monroe’s writing gained added purpose and depth with her books set in the Lowcountry.  An active environmentalist, Monroe draws themes for her novels from nature and the parallels with human nature, thus drawing attention to various endangered species and the human connection to the natural world.

About A Lowcountry Wedding: Nothing could be more enchanting than a summer wedding—or two!—in Charleston’s fabled lowcountry. A centuries-old plantation, an avenue of ancient oaks dripping moss, a storied ballroom, a sand dune at sunset… Yet when a stranger arrives, a long held family secret could silence the bells ringing for the Muir sisters. Scandals surface, family bonds are questioned, and promises are broken and renewed. In A Lowcountry Wedding Monroe delves into the heart of marriage, commitment, and family ties. Huffington Post calls the Lowcountry Summer series “the perfect beach read and a whole lot more.”

Dr. Jim Bailey, The End of Healing, Fri., May 6

The End of Healing Book Cover-lowres

Join as Fri., May 6, 5 pm, as Dr. Jim Bailey discusses and signs copies of his first novel The End of Healing (pb., 526 pp, $20).

The book follows the journey of a young healer into the depths of a modern healthcare hell that parallels the path taken by Dante Alighieri through his Inferno 700 years ago. His protagonist uncovers unsuspected corruption at the roots of American medicine and powerful business interests trading people’s health for profit. The End of Healing is a must-read for anyone hungry for a spiritual context to help them understand the true forces at work in American healthcare.

Jim Bailey is a fellow in the American College of Physicians and professor of medicine and preventive medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, where he directs the Center for Health Systems Improvement, cares for the sick, and teaches doctors in training.

Jim Bailey Author Photo-Profile

Beautiful Country by J.R. Thornton — Release Party, Mon., May 9

beautiful country

Join us Mon., May 9, at 5 pm, for the Charleston release party for J.R. Thornton’s debut novel Beautiful Country (Harper, pb., 320 pp, $16).

Set in modern-day China, this coming-of-age novel follows two friends, one American and one Chinese, both touring with Beijing’s Junior National Tennis Team. A top ranked junior tennis player in the U.S., Chase joins the practices of Beijing’s team and is immersed in the brutal world of Chinese sport.  Chase gains access to a culture rarely open to Westerners, and soon finds himself caught up in secrets. When his closest friend and teammate turns to him for help, Chase is faced with the dilemma of what to do when friendship, rules, and morals are in conflict.

J. R. Thornton graduated from Harvard in 2014 where he studied history, English and Chinese. An internationally ranked junior tennis player, he later competed for the Harvard men’s team and on the professional circuit. As a teenager he lived in Beijing and will return to China in the fall of 2016 as a member of the inaugural class of Schwarzman Scholars.

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Book signing with Peter Selgin, The Inventors, Fri., Apr. 22, 12 pm


Friday, Apr. 22, 12 pm, author Peter Selgin discusses his new memoir The Inventors (Hawthorne Books, pb., 416 pp, $19), Blue Bicycle Books. Please join us for a glass of wine and dessert.

Please note that this event has been moved to the bookstore and is free and open to the public.

About the book: The Inventors follows the author’s relationship with two men, both inventors of sorts, his emotionally remote father and a passionate and unorthodox teacher with whom he remained in touch with far past the eighth grade.  The Inventors tells the story of a man’s search for his father and a boy’s relationship with his teacher, and how these two enigmas shaped that boy’s journey into manhood, filling him with a sense of his own unique destiny. It is a story of promises kept and broken as the author uncovers the truth about both men, and about himself.
peter selgin
About the Author: Peter Selgin is the author of Drowning Lessons, winner of the Flannery O’Connor Award for Fiction, a novel, two books on fiction writing, several plays and children’s books. His essays have won many awards and honors, including six citations and two selections for the Best American anthologies, in which the title essay of his collection appears. Selgin is the prose editor of Alimentum: The Literature of Food” and nonfiction editor and art director of “Arts & Letters.” He is Assistant Professor of English at Georgia College and an associate faculty member of Antioch University’s Creative Writing MFA program.

Lunch with Dottie! Dorothea Benton Frank, All Summer Long, Stars Restaurant, Fri., June 3

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Join us Fri., June 3, 12 pm, for lunch at Stars Rooftop and Grill Room (495 King St.) with Dorothea Benton Frank. Dottie will talk and sign copies of her latest novel, All Summer Long (William Morrow, hb., 384 pp.). Our annual “Lunch with Dottie” has proven to be one of our liveliest, most fun events each year. Don’t miss it!

About the book: All Summer Long follows a prominent New York couple, Olivia, the quintessential New Yorker, and Nicholas, a true Southern gentleman, as they prepare to relocate to Sullivan’s Island. As Olivia hides her anxiety over the move and their impending financial issues, the two take off on a summer trip around the world with a host of rich eccentrics, leading them to the ultimate question: can money buy happiness?

Tickets for this event, part of our ongoing Author Luncheon Series, are $62 – included are a three course meal and signed hardback. Click here for tickets.


Dorothea Benton Frank is the author of fourteen New York Times bestselling novels. Born and raised on Sullivan’s Island, she now splits her time between Sullivan’s and New Jersey.

Julian Simmons, The Writer’s Table, Fri., Apr. 8

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Join us Fri., Apr. 8, 5 – 7 pm as local writer Julian Simmons signs copies of his Young Adult book The Writer’s Table, the first in a series. Simmons’ debut novel follows Alden Rowe down a perilous and fantastical path to recover his grandpa. After his grandfather’s sudden disappearance, Alden discovers the magical writing table that leads him on a quest to find his book-loving grandpa before time runs out.

Julian Simmons is a Charleston native who in addition to writing, is a successful recording artist.

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