Blue Bicycle Books, Charleston, SC

Love, Bees and Bluegrass.

Welcome to the Fall issue of
Yes, It’s a Real Bike
the newsletter of Blue Bicycle Books
Used, Rare and Local. 420 King Street, Charleston

In this issue:

  1. 365 Nights
  2. Doc Watson
  3. Bees for Burke
  4. Recent acquisitions
  5. Great idea for a new book.


It’s the typical promotional circuit: The Today Show, The View, The New York Times, The Colbert Report, The Blue Bike.

Sat. Sept. 20, 1 – 3 pm, Charla Muller will sign copies of 365 Nights: A Memoir of Intimacy

One thing we really like about this book is it was born as a birthday gift and, unlike pretty much every other in the hot new “Do something crazy for a year” genre, not a book proposal. For his 40th birthday, Charla gave her husband Brad sex every night, for a year.

Charla is a friend of a friend from Charlotte and just delightful. She feels the national media have tried to sensationalize this “sweet, modest, and g-rated” book about a marriage, so please come and meet her and get the real story. 


“I have seen the David, seen the Mona Lisa too,
I have heard Doc Watson play Columbus Stockade Blues.”
 – Guy Clark

We don’t usually list events this far away but we can’t ignore a chance to camp out in September in the North Carolina hills and hear the legendary Doc Watson. For $25.

Jammin’ for the Well, a bluegrass fundraiser to benefit the Well of Mercy.  Sept. 27, 1 – 7 pm. Van Hoy Farms (Exit 65 off I-77 in North Carolina , an hour above Charlotte.)

A Christian sanctuary, the Well of Mercy is a ministry of hospitality and healing sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy. For tickets and more information: or call one of the organizers, our store Minister of Hospitality, Linda Sanchez at 704.664.4490.

The Secret Life of Bees movie premiere.

Thursday, Oct. 16., 7 p.m. Terrace Theatre and Harbour Club.

Local author Sue Monk Kidd has graciously arranged for the Charleston premiere of the movie based on her novel to benefit LILA’s Poets in the Schools at Burke High School. Tickets are $100. Reception to follow at the Harbour Club, 35 Prioleau St.

The first 200 tickets get admitted to the premiere, the next 200 will get a ticket to a later show – but will head to the party early. (There are very few of the first batch of tickets left – so if you miss out, don’t sweat it. None of us LILA folk are going to have seats either.)

The party: As you may know I’ve covered a lot of these gigs during Spoleto, and this one is shaping up to be one for the ages. Bee-themed to the nines, signature drinks in mason jars — think Max Fischer’s cast party in Rushmore.

The cause: Many customers have admired the poetry compilations by Burke students, For the People Who Deserve a Voice and Nine Times. You can read about them here

Tickets available at Blue Bicycle Books, 420 King St.  722.2666.


Recent acquisitions:

— Five shelves of antique medical and nursing books. Prices range from $20 – $30.

— Hot Irons: Heraldry of the Range by Oren Arnold and John Hale, (Macmillan, 1942), about cattle branding. “Let us assume that you have a cow.” $20

— Three wonderful typesetting books, including The Design of Lettering by Egon Weiss (Pencil Points Press, 1942). $75.


I’m going to write a book about reading books about people who read the entire Oxford English Dictionary, the Bible, and the Encyclopedia Brittanica, also about a couple who had sex every night for a year, and a kid who became self-sufficient having started out with $25. I’m also going to watch Supersize Me while eating nine Big and Tasty hamburgers.

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