Blue Bicycle Books, Charleston, SC


Events

Wed., Feb. 21Danny Caine, How to Resist Amazon and Why

Sat., Mar. 2Beto O’Rourke, We’ve Got to Try

Fri. – Sun., Mar. 8 – 10 — Pop-up at Charleston Wine and Food

Fri., Apr. 5Maggie Stiefvater book signing

Fri., Apr. 19 — Shovels & Rope, C’mon Utah!

Thurs., May 9 Marcia Zug, You’ll Do

Fri., May 17 Tommy Tomlinson, Dogland

Wed., May 29 Charlamagne tha God, Get Honest or Die Lying

Sat., June 1Piccolo Fiction in the Courtyard

Thurs., Jul. 11 — Laurie Devore, The Villain Edit

Fri. & Sat., Nov. 15 & 16YALLFest XV



Piccolo Fiction in the Courtyard — Sat., June 1 at 5 pm

Sat., June 1, 5 pm — the festival’s longest-running event exclusively devoted to fiction, Piccolo Fiction returns to the Blue Bicycle courtyard for the 25th year! Four S.C. authors will read brief short stories: Mindy Friddle, Emilie Ross, Sara Cappell Thomason, and Susan Beckham Zurenda.

The reading is in the courtyard beside the bookstore, and, following tradition, each story begins with “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. This is often a popular event, come early to snag a seat!

Free and open to the public, for more information please call 843-722.2666.

Featured authors:

Mindy Friddle is the author of The Garden Angel and Secret Keepers, both with St. Martin’s Press. Her short stories have appeared in Orca, storySouth, LitMag and other publications. Her third novel, Her Best Self, was published by Regal House in May. She has an MFA in fiction from Warren Wilson and lives on Edisto Island.

Emilie Ross is a writer and painter. She’s worked as a senior editor on Copper Nickel and currently works as an editorial assistant for swamp pink. Currently pursuing her MFA in fiction at the College of Charleston, she received her undergraduate degree at the University of Colorado Denver.

Sara Cappell Thomason was the winner of the 2022 New Flash Fiction Review Prize. Her work has previously appeared in Electric Literature, Tin House, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Witness, SmokeLong Quarterly, and The Citron Review, among others. She has an MFA in fiction from Sarah Lawrence College and lives on Isle of Palms.

Susan Beckham Zurenda taught literature and creative writing to high school and college students for 33 years. Her debut novel, Bells for Eli, was nominated for a 2021 Pushcart Prize, and her latest, The Girl From the Red Rose Motel, was released last fall. She lives in Spartanburg with her husband Wayne and two Boston Terriers.



Laurie Devore, The Villain Edit, Thurs., Jul. 11, 5:30 pm

Join us Thurs., July 11, 5:30 pm for an evening with local author Laurie Devore to celebrate the release of The Villain Edit (HarperCollins, 336 pp., $28). Devore will be joined in conversation by fellow author Victoria Benton Frank (My Magnolia Summer).

About the book:

Emily Henry meets Fleabag…and The Bachelor! An irresistibly sharp and sexy dramedy about a cynical romance novelist who goes on a Bachelor-like reality show to revive her flagging career, only to discover that while she may have just met the love of her life, the producers have turned her into the show’s villain.

Good villains make good TV.

Romance novelist Jacqueline Matthis’s big career has gone bust and she’s ditched the bright lights of New York City for her more affordable South Carolina hometown. Desperate, Jac dreams up a comeback plan—she is going to be a contestant on the 1, the most obsessively watched reality dating show in the world. After all Jac is a romance writer—she knows how to pull off a meet-cute and create a spicy plotline.

On set, Jac quickly establishes herself as a front-runner for bachelor Marcus’s heart, but she’s shocked to discover who’s actually pulling the strings. How was she to know that Henry Foster, her last one-night stand before the show, was actually a longtime producer on the 1? Henry is just as horrified…but they can’t seem to keep their hands off each other. As Jac plays the game and the show unfurls, she slowly discovers that she’s getting the villain edit. They say there’s no such thing as bad publicity, but as Jac’s secret plan begins crumbling around her, she’s not so sure. What happens if Marcus chooses her? Worse, what happens if her affair with Henry comes to light? What if, in trying to save her career, Jac has ruined her life?

Heartbreaking, smart, and sexy, this novel is for anyone who has ever secretly rooted for—or felt like—the villain.

About the authors:

Laurie Devore is a graduate of Clemson University and can be found, from time-to-time, yelling helpful advice at Clemson sporting events. In her spare time, she enjoys reading at the beach, watching too much TV, and spending time with her dog, Wrigley, in their home of Charleston, South Carolina. She is the author of the YA novels A Better Bad Idea, Winner Take All, and How to Break a BoyThe Villain Edit is her first novel for adults.

Victoria Benton Frank was born in New York City, raised in Montclair, New Jersey, but considers herself to have dual residency in the Lowcountry. She is a graduate of the College of Charleston and the French Culinary Institute. Victoria worked in restaurants in New York before returning to Charleston, South Carolina, which she considers home, with her husband, two kids, and a giant mutt. When she isn’t writing, she is reading, cooking, or chasing her children.



Shovels & Rope, C’mon Utah! — Fri., Apr. 19, 5:30 pm

Blue Bicycle Books is proud to welcome Shovels & Rope — Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent –  as they debut their new book C’mon Utah (hb., $30), based on the song from their By Blood album.

Cary Ann, Michael and illustrator Julio Cotto Rivera will be signing copies in the bookstore courtyard, Fri., Apr. 19, 5:30 pm. 

Can’t make it? Order a signed copy here.

“C’mon Utah!” tells the legend of a magical horse that appears to help reunite families that were separated by a border wall. The lyrics are illustrated by former Charleston artist Julio Cotto Rivera.

Cary Ann on the book: “The song was written before actual family separations at the border were in the news, and suddenly the magical realism of a horse with superpower GPS who never gets tired of running seemed like something the world actually needed.” 

This event is free and open to the public.



Marcia Zug, You’ll Do, Thurs., May 9, 5 pm

You'll Do by Marcia A. Zug

Join us Thurs., May 9, 5 pm for an evening with Professor Marcia Zug to celebrate the release of her newest book You’ll Do: A History of Marrying for Reasons Other Than Love, (Steerforth, 336 pp., $29.99). Zug will be joined in conversation by local attorney Gregory Forman.

About the book:

Americans hold marriage in such high esteem that we push people toward it, reward them for taking part in it, and fetishize its benefits to the point that we routinely ignore or excuse bad behavior and societal ills in the name of protecting and promoting it.

The widely overlooked problem with this tradition is that individuals and society have relied on marriage to address or dismiss a range of injustices and inequities, from gender- and race-based discrimination, sexual violence, and predation to unequal financial treatment.

Through revealing storytelling, Zug builds a compelling case that when marriage is touted as “the solution” to such problems, it absolves the government, and society, of the responsibility for directly addressing them.

About the author:

Professor Zug teaches classes on Family Law, Reproductive Rights, Immigration Law, and Federal Indian Law. She has written numerous articles on these topics that have appeared in publications including The Yale Law Journal, The UC Davis Law Review, The BYU Law Review, The American Indian Law Review, and The Virginia Law and Policy Review. Professor Zug’s family law scholarship focuses on marriage law and policy. Her first book, Buying a Bride: An Engaging History of Mail-Order Matches, was published in 2016 and reviewed in The New Yorker, The Atlantic and The Times Literary Supplement. Her second book, You’ll Do: A History of Marrying for Reasons Other Than Love, was published in January 2024.



Tommy Tomlinson, Dogland, Fri., May 17 at 5 pm

Join us Fri., May 17 at 5 pm for an evening with Pulitzer Prize finalist Tommy Tomlinson to celebrate the release of his newest book Dogland: Passion, Glory, and Lots of Slobber at the Westminster Dog Show (Simon & Schuster, 256 pp., $29). Tomlinson will be joined in conversation by Garden and Gun editor Amanda Heckert.

About the book:

From Pulitzer Prize finalist and author of The Elephant in the Room comes the first inside account of the Westminster Dog Show—America’s oldest and most beloved dog show—following one dog on his quest to become a champion.

Tommy Tomlinson was watching a dog show on television a few years ago when he had a sudden thought: Are those dogs happy? This question sparked a quest to venture inside the dog-show world, in search of a deeper understanding of the bond between dogs and humans that has endured for thousands of years. Dogland shares his surprising, entertaining, and unforgettable adventures as he spends three years on the road going behind the scenes at dozens of dog shows across the country. Like a real-life version of Best in Show, Dogland follows one champion show dog—a Samoyed named Striker—and his devoted entourage of breeders, handlers, and owners as he competes in the Westminster Dog Show, the oldest and most famous dog show in America. Tomlinson brings the dog-show circuit to life as he witnesses teams scrambling from town to town in search of championship points and colorful ribbons. Along the way, he also speaks to scientists who have discovered new insights into how dogs and people formed their bond—and how that bond has changed over the centuries.

Engaging, charming, and informative, Dogland is an irresistibly appealing read for pop culture followers and animal lovers alike.

About the author:

Tommy Tomlinson is the author of The Elephant in the Room, a memoir about being overweight in America. He’s the host of the podcast SouthBound in partnership with WFAE, Charlotte’s NPR station. He has written for publications including Esquire, ESPN the Magazine, Sports Illustrated, Forbes, Garden & Gun, and many others. He spent twenty-three years as a reporter and local columnist for the Charlotte Observer, where he was a finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize in commentary. His stories have been chosen twice for the Best American Sports Writing series (2012 and 2015) and he also appears in the anthology America’s Best Newspaper Writing. He teaches magazine writing at Wake Forest University and has taught at colleges, workshops, and conferences across the country. He also has a Substack called The Writing Shed. Tommy and his wife, Alix Felsing, live in Charlotte with Alix’s mom and a cat.



Pop-up at Charleston Wine and Food Fest, Fri. – Sun., Mar. 8 – 10

Visit Blue Bicycle Books at our Book Nook in the Culinary Village during the upcoming Charleston Wine and Food Fest Fri. – Sun., Mar. 8 – 10. We have an exciting line-up of 16 chefs coming to sign, including Tiffani Thiessen, Fri., Mar. 8 at 2 pm at Riverfront Park

See below for the line-up!

Friday, Mar. 8

1:30 pm — Amanda Freitag, The Chef Next Door

2 pm — Tiffani Thiessen, Here We Go Again

3 pm –  Steven Satterfield, Vegetable Revelations & Root to Leaf

4 pm – Lee Anne Wong, Dumplings All Day Wong

Saturday, Mar. 9

1 pm – David Suro, Agave Spirits: The Past, Present, and Future of Mezcals

1:30 pm – Aaron Goldfarb, Dusty Booze & In Search of Vintage Spirits

2 pm – Carrie Morey, Over Easy & Joy Wilson, Hot Little Suppers

2:30 pm – Vivian HowardThis Will Make It Taste Good

3:30 pm – Chris ShepherdCook Like a Local

Sunday, Mar. 10

12:30 pm – Don Drake, Magnolia’s: Classic Southern Cuisine

1 pm – Lavern & Marvette Meggett, Gullah Geechee

1:30 pm – Ben Schaffer and Garrett Richard, Tropical Standard: Cocktail Technique & Reinvented Recipes

2:30 pm – Toni Tipton-Martin, Juke Joints, Jazz Clubs & Juice

3 pm – Von Diaz, Islas: A Celebration of Tropical Cooking

3:30 pm – Todd Richards, Roots, Heart, Soul

 



Beto O’Rourke, We’ve Got to Try, Sat., Mar. 2, 4 pm

Join us for a special event with former Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke, Sat., Mar. 2, 4 pm as he visits Charleston to discuss We’ve Got to Try: How the Fight for Voting Rights Makes Everything Else Possible (Flatiron, pb., $19).

This event is free and open to the public. Tickets are free, with the option to pre-order a signed copy of We’ve Got To Try. Click here to reserve your tickets.

About the book:

In We’ve Got To Try, O’Rourke shines a spotlight on the heroic life and work of Dr. Lawrence Aaron Nixon and the west Texas town where he made his stand. The son of an enslaved man, Nixon grew up in the Confederate stronghold of Marshall, Texas before moving to El Paso, becoming a civil rights leader, and helping to win one of the most significant civil and voting rights victories in American history: the defeat of the all-white primary. His fight for the ballot spanned 20 years and twice took him to the U.S. Supreme Court.

About the author:

Beto O’Rourke is a fourth-generation Texan, born and raised in El Paso where he has served as a small business owner, a city council representative and a member of Congress. He founded and currently leads Powered by People, a Texas-based organization that works to expand democracy and produce Democratic victories through voter registration and direct voter engagement.

Beto is married to Amy O’Rourke and together they are raising Ulysses, Molly and Henry in El Paso’s historic Sunset Heights.



Phoebe Lapine, Carbivore, Tues., Apr. 2, EVENT CANCELLED

Join us Tues., Apr. 2 at 5:30 pm for an evening with chef and author Phoebe Lapine celebrating the release of her newest cookbook, Carbivore (Hachette Go, 352 pp., $32)

About the book:

Diet trends come and go, but over the last decade, no one food group has been vilified and misunderstood as much as carbs. A hundred years ago, our relatives got more than 50 percent of their nutrients from carbs, and yet the chronic conditions we grapple with today were rare. The good news is that carbs don’t have to be the enemy of your blood sugar or hormone health, nor are they the secret agents of inflammation.

Carbivore is a new way to reclaim your favorite comfort foods without the consequences. Whether you’re suffering from keto-fatigue, have been told carbs are off the table because of health issues, or just want to embrace food freedom without fear, Phoebe Lapine offers a delicious solution with 130 completely fiber-forward (gluten-optional) recipes that are organized by your favorite type of carb—noodles, grains, loaves, spuds and more.

About the author:

Phoebe Lapine is a gluten-free chef, the voice behind the award-winning blog Feed Me Phoebe, and the author of four books. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughter.

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Jeffrey Blount, Mr. Jimmy from Around the Way, Thurs., Jan. 25, 6 pm

Join us at the 20 S. Battery Hotel on Thurs., Jan. 25 at 6 pm for an evening with Jeffrey Blount, author of Mr. Jimmy From Around the Way (Beaufort Books, 350 pp., $25.95). Mr. Blount will be joined in conversation by Rebecca Dwight Bruff, author of Trouble the Water (Koehler, 348 pp, $19.95).

About the book:

After a highly publicized fall from grace, James attempts to flee from the chaos in his life. He ends up in a community he had never heard of before, one that has been neglected and ignored by everyone in rural Ham, Mississippi. A place of abject poverty, the neighborhood is commonly referred to as “Around the Way.”

Within a place forgotten by the rest of the world, politics can be a dangerous game. When a troubling discovery is made, the entire neighborhood is rocked to its core and James is forced to confront his own past in order to help the community have a future. He will have to find the strength to fight for the neighbors he once disregarded and avert a heart-breaking disaster.

A self-identified failure is forced to uncover the wisdom of his past in order to recognize that money can’t solve every problem. Full of never-ending twists and turns, no one can prepare themselves for the surprises in store. Mr. Jimmy From Around the Way is a story about failure, self-discovery, empowerment, and the possibility of redemption.

About the author:

Jeffrey is the award-winning author of three novels. He is also an Emmy award-winning television director and a 2016 inductee to the Virginia Communications Hall of Fame.

During a 34-year career at NBC News, Jeffrey directed a decade of Meet The Press, the Today Show, NBC Nightly News, and major special events. He is the first African- American to direct the Today Show. He is also an award winning documentary scriptwriter for films and interactives that are now on display in the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture.

A Virginia native, he graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a degree inCommunications/Broadcast Journalism. He now lives in Washington, DC.

 



Kat Hastie, The Arena, Thurs., Dec. 14, 5:30 pm

Please join Blue Bicycle Books for a reception for artist Kat HastieThurs., Dec. 14, 5:30 pm as she signs copies of her monograph, The Arena (hb., 198 pp., $75). (Note date change.)

About the book:

In The Arena, Hastie tells her life story through her paintings. Hastie contemplates the transformative nature of a life in art as she takes the reader on a journey from her early works as a College of Charleston student, through her era of Italian inspiration in the 90s, to the paintings influenced by her domestic life in Charleston.

“Kat’s masterful hand and her deliberate twists away from the expected —  I find myself hanging onto every thread, every painted souvenir from her journey.” — Tim Hussey, local contemporary artist

About the author:

Kat Hastie has enjoyed a long painting career in her native Charleston, where she finds inspiration in the people she encounters and her childhood on a former plantation. Her recent work blends realism and abstraction, and employs symbols such as flowers, nature, and historical figures to evoke the rebellious force within.