Blue Bicycle Books, Charleston, SC

18th Annual Bridge Run Reading — Thurs., Mar. 30, 6 pm

Please join us this Thurs., Mar. 30, 6 pm for the 18th Annual Bridge Run Reading, featuring original works by Charleston writers (and BBB staffers) Jonathan Sanchez, Sara Peck and Ben Adams. Beer and wine will flow, readings are short and fun, there is no running involved.

Author Luncheon with J. Ryan Stradal, Kitchens of the Great Midwest, Fri., Mar. 31, 12 pm

Join us Fri., Mar. 31, 12 pm for lunch at High Cotton (199 East Bay St.), as J. Ryan Stradal discusses his debut novel Kitchens of the Great Midwest (Pamela Dorman Books, pb., 320 pp., $16). Tickets are $31 for the three-course luncheon and talk, or $47 with a signed copy of the book.

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Kitchens of the Great Midwest, about a young woman with a once-in-a-generation palate who becomes the iconic chef behind the country’s most coveted dinner reservation, is already a New York Times bestseller. Each chapter in J. Ryan Stradal’s startlingly original debut tells the story of a single dish and character, at once capturing the zeitgeist of the Midwest, the rise of foodie culture, and the ways food creates community and a sense of identity.

Born and raised in Minnesota, J. Ryan Stradal now lives in Los Angeles, where he is an editor-at-large at Unnamed Press, fiction editor at TASTE, advisory board member at 826LA, and co-producer & host of the literary/culinary series Hot Dish. His writing has appeared in Hobart, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, The Rumpus, and The Los Angeles Review of Books, among other places.

Charlamagne Tha God, Black Privilege — Sun., Apr. 23, Pure Theater

Purchase a copy of his new book and come see Charlamagne Tha God, Sunday, Apr. 22, 12 noon, at PURE Theatre, 477 King St. This is the official Charleston book release of Black Privilege, by the Lowcountry native, co-host of the iHeartRadio program The Breakfast Club and MTV personality.

General admission to the event is included with advance purchase of a signed copy of Black Privilege from Blue Bicycle Books.

Charlamagne will be in conversation with ABC News 4’s Tessa Spencer, as he shares his eight principles to unlocking your God-given privilege.

Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Books will be distributed at the door. Charlamagne Tha God will personalize books after the event. No posed photos, please.

In Black Privilege: Opportunity Comes to Those Who Create It, Charlamagne presents his comic, often controversial, and always brutally honest insights on how living an authentic life is the quickest path to success. Beginning with his journey from Moncks Corner, S.C., to his headline-grabbing interviews with celebrities like Kanye West, Kevin Hart, Malcolm Gladwell, Lena Dunham, Jay Z, and Hillary Clinton, this book will share how he turned his troubled early life around by taking ownership of his many mistakes and refusing to give up.

Combining his fundamental keys to success and happiness with his signature commitment to honesty, Black Privilege will empower you with the confidence to live your own truths.

General admission to the event is included with advance purchase of a signed copy of Black Privilege from Blue Bicycle Books.

For more information please call Blue Bicycle Books at 843-722-2666.


Tessa Spencer is a 27 year broadcast veteran. She currently co-hosts “Good Morning Charleston” on ABC News 4 and is the mid-day radio personality on WMGL FM in Charleston, SC. The US Army veteran is also the “voice” of the nationally syndicated gospel “Stellar Awards.”

Sheryl Sandberg, author of Option B and Lean In — Charleston Music Hall, May 10, 6:30 pm


Blue Bicycle Books and the Center for Women present Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO and author of Lean In, in conversation with NPR’s Michele Norris, May 10, 2017, 6:30 pm, at the Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St., Charleston.

Tickets are $35 and include a pre-signed copy of Option B, pre-signed by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant.

For more information call Blue Bicycle Books at 843-722-2666.


Join Sheryl Sandberg, co-author (with Adam Grant) of Option B (Knopf, Apr. 24, 2017) in conversation with NPR’s Michele Norris, as they talk about building resilience and moving forward after life’s inevitable setbacks. After the sudden death of her husband, Sheryl felt certain that she and her children would never feel pure joy again. Her friend Adam, a psychologist at Wharton, told her there are steps people can take to recover and even rebound. Option B combines Sheryl’s emotional insights and Adam’s eye-opening research on finding strength in the face of adversity.

Sheryl will share what she and Adam learned together about helping others in crisis, developing compassion for ourselves, raising strong children, and creating resilient families, communities and workplaces. Many of these lessons can be applied to ordinary struggles, allowing us to build resilience for whatever lies ahead. They will discuss the capacity of the human spirit to persevere… and to rediscover joy.

Sheryl Sandberg is chief operating officer at Facebook, overseeing the firm’s business operations. Prior to Facebook, Sheryl was vice president of Global Online Sales and Operations at Google, chief of staff for the United States Treasury Department under President Clinton, a management consultant with McKinsey & Company, and an economist with the World Bank. Sheryl received a BA summa cum laude from Harvard University and an MBA with highest distinction from Harvard Business School.

Sheryl is the co-author of Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy with Wharton professor and bestselling author Adam Grant. She is also the author of the bestsellers Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead and Lean In for Graduates. She is the founder of the Sheryl Sandberg & Dave Goldberg Family Foundation, a nonprofit organization that works to build a more equal and resilient world through two key initiatives, LeanIn.Org and OptionB.Org (launching April 2017). Sheryl serves on the boards of Facebook, the Walt Disney Company, Women for Women International, ONE, and SurveyMonkey.

Sheryl lives in Menlo Park with her son and daughter.

Michele Norris spent more than a decade as a host of NPR’s “All Things Considered” where she interviewed world leaders, American presidents and, Nobel laureates. Before joining NPR in 2002, Norris spent almost ten years as a reporter for ABC News in the Washington Bureau. She also worked as a staff writer for The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune and The Los Angeles Times. She is the author of the memoir The Grace of Silence and is a graduate of the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. She and her husband Broderick Johnson have three children and live in Washington, D.C.

Tickets are $35 and include a copy of the new book, pre-signed by Sandberg and Grant. Get tickets here.

For more information call Blue Bicycle Books at 843-722-2666.

Presented in partnership with the Center for Women.

Nemesis & Friends Tour with Brendan Reichs and Ryan Graudin, Wed., Mar. 22, 5 pm

Join us Wed., Mar. 22, 5 pm as we celebrate Brendan Reichs‘s solo debut Nemesis. Brendan will be joined by local young adult sensation Ryan Graudin, who is the author of Wolf by Wolf Blood for Blood. Come hear Brendan and Ryan discuss their new books NEMESIS and BLOOD FOR BLOOD, ask them questions and walk away with some thrilling reads.

It’s been happening since Min was eight. Every two years, on her birthday, a strange man finds her and murders her in cold blood. But hours later, she wakes up in a clearing just outside her tiny Idaho hometown–alone, unhurt, and with all evidence of the horrifying crime erased.

Across the valley, Noah just wants to be like everyone else. But he’s not. Nightmares of murder and death plague him, though he does his best to hide the signs. But when the world around him begins to spiral toward panic and destruction, Noah discovers that people have been lying to him his whole life. Everything changes in an eye blink.

The planet has a bigger problem. The Anvil, an enormous asteroid threatening all life on Earth, leaves little room for two troubled teens. Yet on her sixteenth birthday, as she cowers in her bedroom, hoping not to die for the fifth time, Min has had enough. She vows to discover what is happening in Fire Lake and uncovers a lifetime of lies: a vast conspiracy involving the sixty-four students of her sophomore class, one that may be even more sinister than the murders.

Brendan Reichs was born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina. He graduated from Wake Forest University in 2000 and The George Washington University School of Law in 2006. After three long years working as a litigation attorney, he abandoned the trade to co-write the Virals series. He lives in Charlotte with his wife, Emily, daughter, Alice, and son, Henry. The second book in the series, GENESIS, will release in spring 2018.

Blood for Blood is set in a world ruled by the Axis Powers of Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan. Death camp survivor Yael, who has the power to skinshift, is on the run because the world has just seen her assassinate Adolph Hitler. But the truth of what happened is even more complicated. As Yael and her unlikely comrades dive into enemy territory to try to turn the tide against the New Order, they have no alternative but to see their mission through to the end at any the cost.

Ryan Graudin was born in Charleston, SC with a severe case of wanderlust. When she’s not traveling, she’s busy photographing weddings, writing, and spending time with her husband and wolf-dog. She is the author of The Walled City, Wolf by Wolf, and Blood for Blood.

Troy Ball, Moonshiner and Author of Pure Heart, Wed., April 5, 5 pm

Join us for a special Charleston Author Series Whiskey Reception at O Bar (70 State St.), Wed., April 5, 5 pm, as Troy Ball discusses and signs copies of her new memoir Pure Heart (Dey Street, hb., 288 pp., $27).

Tickets are $31 and include seafood hors d’ouevres and Troy & Sons Cocktails

Pure Heart is the beautiful story of how a pearl-wearing Southern woman and devoted full-time mother of two developmentally challenged sons moved to Asheville, North Carolina in her late forties and, through hard work, good friends and rare ingenuity, became the country’s foremost legal distiller of traditional Appalachian moonshine.

Troy Ball is the founder and principal owner of Asheville Distilling Company, makers of Troy & Sons Platinum Whiskey, Troy & Sons Oak Reserve Whiskey, and Blonde Whiskey. Troy & Sons Platinum recently received a gold medal for moonshine, the highest possible rating. Troy’s whiskies are handmade from the pure heart of each distillation.

Author Luncheon with Karen White, The Night the Lights Went Out, Thur., April 13, 12 pm

Join us Thur., April 13, 12 pm for lunch at High Cotton (199 East Bay St.), as Karen White discusses her latest novel The Night the Lights Went Out (Berkley, hb., 416 pp., $26). Tickets are $63 for the author talk, three-course luncheon, and a signed copy of the book.

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The Night the Lights Went Out begins when Merilee Talbot Dunlap moves with her two children to the Atlanta suburb of Sweet Apple, Georgia. It’s not her first time starting over, but her efforts at a fresh start aren’t helped by an anonymous local blog that dishes about the scandalous events that caused her marriage to fail. In a town like Sweet Apple, sins and secrets are as likely to be found behind the walls of gated mansions as in the dark woods surrounding Merilee’s rented cottage.

Karen White is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, known internationally for her mystery series set in Charleston. She spent most of her growing-up years in London and is a graduate of the American School there. She now lives near Atlanta with her husband, two children, and her dog Quincy (who appears in several of her books).

Desperation Road with Michael Farris Smith, Tue., Mar. 14, 5 pm

Join us Tues., Mar. 14, 5:00 pm as Michael Farris Smith discusses and signs copies of his new novel Desperation Road (Lee Boudreaux Books, hb., 304 pp., $26).

In the vein of Daniel Woodrell’s Winter’s Bone and the works of Ron Rash, Desperation Road takes place in a tough-and-tumble Mississippi town where drugs, whiskey, guns, and the desire for revenge violently intersect.

After completing an 11 year jail sentence, Russell Gaines believes his debt to society has been paid. But when he returns home, he discovers that revenge lives and breathes all around him. Meanwhile, a woman named Maben and her young daughter trudge along the side of the interstate. Desperate and exhausted, the pair spend their last dollar on a room for the night, a night that ends with Maben holding a pistol and a dead deputy. With the dawn, destinies collide, and Russell is forced to decide whose life he will save – his own or those of the woman and child.

Michael Farris Smith is a native Mississippian who has spent time living abroad in France and Switzerland. He is the recipient of the 2014 Mississippi Author Award and has been awarded the Mississippi Arts Commission Literary Arts Fellowship, the Transatlantic Review Award for Fiction, and the Alabama Arts Council Fellowship Award for Literature. His short fiction has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and his essays have appeared in The New York Times, Catfish Alley, Deep South Magazine, and more. He lives in Columbus, Mississippi, with his wife and two daughters.

Author Luncheon with Tony Bartelme, A Surgeon in the Village, Fri. Mar. 24, 12 pm

Surgeon in the Village

Join us Fri., Mar. 24, 12 pm for lunch at High Cotton (199 East Bay St.), as Tony Bartelme from The Post and Courier discusses his latest book, A Surgeon in the Village: An American Doctor Teaches Brain Surgery in Africa (Beacon Press, hb., 288 pp., $28). Tickets are $31 for the author talk and three-course luncheon, or $58 for the luncheon plus a signed copy of the book.

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A Surgeon in the Village tells the story Dilan Ellegala, an accomplished neurosurgeon who took a sabbatical at a remote missionary hospital in Haydom, Tanzania. While there, he discovered a medical world entirely different from the one he knew: Tanzania had just three neurosurgeons in a country with a population of 43 million.

Since that first trip, Dr. Ellegala has solidified his “train-forward” philosophy, which sends doctors around the world to serve as mentors and to create a sustainable new model for global health. This story exposes a major and largely neglected global-health issue—the shortage of surgeons. As many as 17 million people die every year because of this gap, more than die from AIDS, malaria, and TB combined.

Tony Bartelme is the senior projects reporter for The Post and Courier. He spent four years researching and writing this book, including multiple trips to Tanzania. In 2011, Bartelme was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for his series of articles that is the basis for this book, the third time he has been a Pulitzer finalist.

Tony Bartelme

Author Luncheon with A. Roger Ekirch, American Sanctuary, Wed. Mar. 1, 12 pm

American Sanctuary

Join us Wed., Mar. 1, 12 pm for lunch at High Cotton (199 East Bay St.), as Dr. A. Roger Ekirch discusses his latest book American Sanctuary: Mutiny, Martyrdom, and National Identity in the Age of Revolution (Pantheon, hb., 320 pp., $30). Tickets are $31 for the author talk and three-course luncheon, or $61 for the luncheon plus a signed copy of the book.

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American Sanctuary delves into the far-reaching ramifications of a violent mutiny aboard a British frigate named the HMS Hermione. The book builds a strong case that the politics informing the controversy were instrumental in the historical refusals of the U.S. to extradite aliens charged solely with political crimes. Dr. Ekirch, a meticulous historian who writes with flair, brings the political theater of the early 1800s into full view.

A. Roger Ekirch was born in the nation’s capital, and raised in Alexandria, Virginia. He holds degrees from Dartmouth College and John Hopkins University, and has received a Guggenheim fellowship. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Huffington Post. He now lives in Roanoke, Virginia, where he is a professor of history at Virginia Tech.

Roger Ekirch