Blue Bicycle Books, Charleston, SC

Piccolo Fiction — Sat., June 4, 5 pm

Sat., June 4, 5 pm, Piccolo Fiction presented by Blue Bicycle Books.

Blue Bicycle Books, 420 King Street. Free and open to the public. 843-722-2666.

The festival’s longest-running event exclusively devoted to fiction, Piccolo Fiction presents local and South Carolina authors reading brief short stories. This year’s reading will be in the courtyard beside the bookstore, and, following tradition, each story will begin with the words “I ducked into the alley…”

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:


Paul Bowers is a writer, devoted trophy husband, and father of three living in North Charleston. A former reporter for The Post and Courier and Charleston City Paper, he now writes a weekly newsletter on education policy, class warfare, and Brutalist architecture, available at


Melissa Falcon Field was born in Hartford, Conn. A former Teach for America instructor and curriculum writer, she is a graduate of the University of Maine at Farmington has an MFA from Texas State University, where she received the Katherine Anne Porter Writer-in-Residence Award. She is the author of What Burns Away (Sourcebooks, 2015).


Jonathan Sanchez is the owner of Blue Bicycle Books and the director of YALLFest, Charleston’s young adult book festival. He also leads a popular summer writing camp. Recent publications include Mockingbird and State of the Heart: South Carolina Writers on the Places They Love.



Sean A. Scapellato is a writer of fiction and essays, a former creative writing teacher at Charleston County School of the Arts, and now a lawyer in Charleston. He is an adviser to the South Carolina Writers Association board of directors.

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