We’ve been lucky to have a lot of nice folks visit over the last four years, some you might know are: Sue Monk Kidd, Stephen Colbert, Jonathan Miles, David Sedaris, Billy Collins, Pat Conroy, Mary Alice Monroe, Robert Jordan, Gary Smith, Nathalie Dupree, Jack Bass, Anne Rivers Siddons, Bill Murray, Steve Earle, Billy Corgan, Mary Whyte, Jonathan Green, Cassandra King, Dorothea Benton Frank, Nikki Giovanni, Josephine Humphreys, Katie Crouch, Peter Orner, Anthony Varallo, Bret Lott, Karen White, Coleman Barks (famous for his Rumi translations), Ken Burger, Jane Borden, Beth Webb Hart, Matt Lee and Ted Lee — The Lee Bros., Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, Louis Rubin, Nicole Seitz, Lisa Starr, Ted Rosengarten, Marjory Wentworth, Carol Ann Davis, Elizabeth Spires, and Ryan Adams (unconfirmed, but we’re pretty sure it was him. Lauren saw him, and she’s pretty good about identifying celebrities, and she didn’t even know he was playing the Music Hall next door).
Also Dan Marino and John Stossel (noted football player and conservative, respectively. You can’t get more South Carolina than football and conservativism).
Our 2010 Pat Conroy Window!
Blue Bike hosted Marjory Wentworth’s book party for The Endless Repetition of an Ordinary Miracle (from left to right) Beth Webb Hart, Mary Edna Fraser, Nicole Seitz, Sue Monk Kidd, Mary Alice Monroe, Jonathan Sanchez, and Marjory Wentworth.
Pat Conroy, Dec. 12, 2009. Charleston’s Literary Event of the Year.
Pat signing inscriptions. Linda Sanchez encouraging good penmanship.
Pat and a mutual friend (and huge help), Sean Scapellato.
A few of the 1,000 Conroys sold.
Beautiful Creatures Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl.
Beautiful Creatures authors Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl at Burke High School.
Author Luncheon in Nov. 2009 with Sue Monk Kidd and Ann Kidd Taylor.
Over 40 women attended the Sue Monk Kidd and Ann Kidd Taylor Author Luncheon at Fish Restaurant Nov. 2009.
Renowned silhouette artist Clay Rice visits Blue Bike in Oct. 2009!
Clay cut over 50 personal silhouettes in three hours.
Emily Arsenault visited Blue Bike signing The Broken Teaglass
Our mini blue bike inside the store.
Author Luncheon with Nathalie Dupree and Mary Alice Monroe in July 2009.
Write of Summer campers at Blue Bike surrounded by the classics
Katie Crouch on her first visit. She’ll be back in May of 2010 for Men and Dogs.
Lauren and Evelyn with Sue Monk Kidd, Oct. 08
Sue looking at the cat in the window
Somebody takes a picture of the bike pretty much every day.
The window usually says “Browse” or “Read” but this is one we did for this local author’s humor book.
Ken Burger and Gary Smith
Adam Shepard signing the first edition of his book Scratch Beginnings, one of many booksignings, readings and miscellaneous hootenannies we’ve held in the last two years.
We sell two kinds of pocket books, those by Grisham, et al., and these from L_Design, Lauren Sanchez’s purse line.
More than 50 customers added to our 120-foot-long scroll story, celebrating the 50th anniversary of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road. Read more about it here.
Blue Bicycle Books owners Jonathan and Lauren Sanchez, at the Charleston premiere for The Secret Life of Bees. The premiere benefited LILA’s Poets in the Schools at Burke High School, a program Jonathan started. Nine Times and For the People Who Deserve a Voice, the first two Burke compilations, are available at the store. The newest compilation will be released May 15.
We dress like this every day.
Evelyn and Abby playing in the children’s room