Blue Bicycle Books, Charleston, SC

The Minimalists, Sun., May 18

minimalists2Join us Sun., May 18, 2 pm, for a special talk and signing with Joshua Fields Milburn and Ryan Nicodemus, better known to their readers as The Minimalists. Joshua and Ryan are touring the country with their newest book, Everything that Remains, a book they describe as less of a how-to and more of a why-to live a more deliberate life.

In 2010, feeling unfulfilled, Joshua and Ryan left their corporate lives behind in hopes of finding more meaning. They become full-time authors and speakers, covering topics ranging  from simple living to entrepreneurship to personal health and growth. Everything that Remains is their second book.


Job Opening — Bookseller / Event Coordinator

Description: we’re looking for someone who can learn the basics of how to run the store as a retailer, but also grow into a position as event planner/publicist. Interest in or experience with PR is a plus. Must be a multi-tasker: While staff members typically grow towards certain responsibilities, we expect everyone to be able to do everything, from evaluating rare books to cleaning, heavy lifting, working nights and weekends. Must be able to work independently, have flexible availability.

Responsibilities include:

  • Event planning: schedule and coordinate in-store and off-site events with high profile and local authors
  • Develop and maintain WordPress website content, update social media
  • Day-to-day retail store management — answer phones, shipping and receiving, scheduling,, on-floor sales,, follow-up on all orders, clean and maintain store and back office organization
  • Research and purchase rare and collectible books for individual customers
  • Produce monthly newsletter via Constant Contact
  • Oversee graphic design, production and ordering of store signage and other   marketing materials, t-shirts, tote bags, etc.

To apply: please pick up an application in-store, attach resume and return.

Penny Travis – April 27

Penny Travis, local author, will sign copies of her book Kabul Classroom: A Memoir of an American Teacher in Afghanistan on Sun., Apr. 27, 3 – 5 pm. PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS DATE HAS CHANGED.

About the author: Penny has traveled the world.  Before she began her travels she was a Chemistry teacher and has since taught in both Jordan and Afghanistan. She currently resides on Folly Beach.

Brys Stephens The New Southern Table – May 3


Join us Sat., May 3, 3 – 4 pm to celebrate Charleston writer Brys Stephens new book The New Southern Table and sample recipes from the book!

About the book: The New Southern Table (Fair Winds Press, pb., $21.99) is a celebration of Southern food and culture. Stephens focuses on the ingredients that make Southern cuisine delicious and unique, while also showcasing how other cultures around the world have adapted varying flavor palettes with the same ingredients.

About the author: Stephens, based out of Charleston, has published his food writing in Bon Appetit, Garden and Gun, Charleston Magazine and Charleston City Paper. He is also the founder of, a website dedicated to food and cooking.

Vanessa Blakeslee – May 7, 5 – 7 pm

Vanessa Blakeslee will be at Blue Bicycle Books Wed., May 7, 5 – 7 pm. She will be giving a reading from her debut story collection Train Shots  followed by a Q&A.

About the author: Vanessa has had her work published in The Southern Review, Green Mountains Review, The Paris Review Daily,  among many others. She earned her MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts.  Born and raised in northeastern Pennsylvania, she is a longtime resident of Maitland, Florida.

For a description of Train Shots, click here.

16th Annual Bridge Run Show — Thurs., Apr. 3

16th Annual Bridge Run Show — Thurs., Apr. 3, 7:30 pm. Sara Peck, Cameron Jones and Jonathan Sanchez will each take the mic for about 5 minutes in this annual staff reading. None of us are as cute as this girl, but you get the idea.

Please come join us — there will be beer and wine.IMG_2395

Author Luncheon: Barbara Hagerty & Marjory Wentworth – April 25

Barbara Hagerty

Barbara Hagerty

Barbara Hagerty (Twinzilla) and Marjory Wentworth (New & Selected Poems) will speak and sign copies of their new books of verse at a special Poet’s luncheon at Halls Chophouse (434 King St)  Fri., Apr. 25, 12 pm.

Tickets are $29, order them here

About the authors: Barbara Hagerty is a poet, writer, photographer and visual essayist who was born in Charleston, SC. She lives with her husband and children in South Carolina, where she divides her time between Charleston and Edisto Island.

Marjory Wentworth is the Poet Laureate of South Carolina. Her poems have appeared in numerous books, magazines, and anthologies. She has been nominated for The Pushcart Prize five times. Ms. Wentworth teaches poetry to cancer patients in “Expressions of Healing” at Roper Hospital in Charleston, SC. She also teaches Creative Writing and English at  The Art Institute of Charleston.

Marjory Wentworth

Marjory Wentworth

Melissa de la Cruz – April 2

mel de la cruzBlue Bicycle Books welcomes New York Times bestseller, YALLFest hotshot, and good friend of the store Melissa de la Cruz, Wed., April 2, 4 – 6 pm. The author of more than 2 dozen books, she’ll sign copies of her latest The Ring and the Crown (Disney-Hyperion, hb., $17.99).

About the book: Princess Marie-Victoria, heir to the mightiest empire in the world, and Aelwyn Myrddyn, a mage, who were once inseparable friends are now about to have their fates separated. To escape the pressures of a life without love these two girls form a plan that will change the world.Ring and the Crown -- Melissa de la Cruz

About the author:  Melissa de la Cruz has written many YA novels and series including The Au Pairs series, the Blue Bloods series, the Ashleys series, Angels on Sunset Boulevard, Girl Stays in the Picture, and the semi-autobiographical novel Fresh off the Boat. A fashion and beauty expert for many publications including the New York Times, she lives in Los Angeles with her family, and is a (very) dedicated and hard-working member of the YALLFest board.

Write of Summer

Our 2014 Write of Summer dates are up and registration is now open for our twelfth summer. We have seven weeks to choose from this year, both downtown and in Mt. Pleasant.

Sessions take place Monday through Friday, 9 am to noon. Each session costs $165, $175 after June 1.

For more information and registration forms, go here.

George Elliot Windish – April 17

George Elliot Windish will sign copies of his book My Father’s Mansion Thurs., April 17, 3 – 5 pm.

About the book: My Father’s Mansion is set in the majestic mountains of Western Maryland during the late 1940s and 1950s. Comprised of a collection of unique stories and heartfelt poems, it encapsulates the author’s formative years growing up on a farm. Filled with the adventures of a young boy finding his way through the complexities of life, he begins to discover who he is as he encounters difficulties with his father, some of which will have an everlasting impact on his life.