Blue Bicycle Books, Charleston, SC

YALLWrite (YALLFest 2020) is Fri., Nov. 13 and Sat., Nov. 14

YALLWrite (a.k.a YALLFest 2020) is this weekend!

Over 80 bestselling authors will share their trade secrets in a virtual, craft-themed festival Fri. Nov. 13 and Sat. Nov 1W
riters like Marie Lu, Victoria AveyardNic StoneNeal ShustermanMarissa Meyer, V.E. Schwab, Varian Johnson and more will teach dialogue, structure, world-building, writing as a political act, graphic novels, collaboration, romance, fantasy … all told there are SEVENTY (70) master classes, panels, scavenger hunts and giveaway
Even though we’ve gone virtual, you can still get signed books. We’ve sent out YALLWrite bookplates all over the world.
Order here or click on a name below

Nicola Yoon

Note that we can’t take orders for personal inscriptions. Signed bookplates may ship separately from books.
Thank you so, so much for your support.

Vivian Howard, This Will Make It Taste Good, Sun. Oct. 25, 3 – 6 pm


Vivian Howard, star of “A Chef’s Life” on PBS will be in Charleston, Sun. Oct. 25, 3 – 6 pm for a special in-real-life drive-thru book signing at Tradesman Brewing (1647 King St. Extension), presented by Blue Bicycle Books.

All tickets include a signed copy of Vivian’s new book This Will Make It Taste Good: A New Path to Simple Cooking, plus a snack-pack of special treats from Vivian’s team!

SIGNED Copies still available here



*Tickets are divided into 15-minute timeslots from 3 to 6 pm.*You will remain in your car but still be able to get a personalized book and photo with Vivian, following proper Covid-safety procedures. Details to follow.

*Masks required.

*Additional books and merchandise will be available for sale.

*After getting your book signed, please feel free to park and have a beer at Tradesman!


About This Will Make It Taste Good (Voracious Books, hb., 352 pp., $35):

An Eater Best Cookbook of Fall 2020!

From caramelized onions to fruit preserves, make home cooking quick and easy with ten simple “kitchen heroes” in these 125 recipes from the New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of Deep Run Roots.

“I wrote this book to inspire you, and I promise it will change the way you cook, the way you think about what’s in your fridge, the way you see yourself in an apron.”

Vivian Howard’s first cookbook chronicling the food of Eastern North Carolina, Deep Run Roots, was named one of the best of the year by 18 national publications, including the New York Times, USA Today, Bon Appetit, and Eater, and won an unprecedented four IACP awards, including Cookbook of the Year. Now, Vivian returns with an essential work of home-cooking genius that makes simple food exciting and accessible, no matter your skill level in the kitchen.

The Sophia Institute presents Sue Monk Kidd: Longings, Largeness, and Thunder — Thurs., Oct. 8, 6:30pm


Thurs., Oct. 8, 6:30 pm,  The Sophia Institute presents a special online talk with author Sue Monk Kidd: Longings, Largeness, and Thunder in The Book of Longings.

Sue will be discussing her new novel and instant New York Times bestseller, The Book of Longings (Viking, hb., 432 pp, $28). The online conversation will be moderated by Sophia Institute founder and director, Carolyn Rivers.

Click here to register for this free online event.

About the book: In her fourth novel, Kidd takes an audacious approach to history, telling the story of a young woman named Ana. Raised in a wealthy family with ties to the ruler of Galilee, she is rebellious and ambitious, with a brilliant mind and a daring spirit. She engages in furtive scholarly pursuits and writes narratives about neglected and silenced women. Ana is expected to marry an older widower, a prospect that horrifies her. An encounter with eighteen-year-old Jesus of Nazareth changes everything.

To order a signed copy click here.


Core Work

Friends & Fiction with special guest Signe Pike — Wed., Sept. 16, 7 pm


Join us Wed., Sept 16, 7 pm for Friends & Fiction on Facebook Live!

Five Bestselling Authors. Endless Stories. The Friends & Fiction team is Mary Kay Andrews, Mary Alice Monroe, Patti Callahan Henry, Kristy Woodson Harvey, and Kristin Harmel. The quintet started Friends and Fiction back in April with the mission of helping support independent booksellers affected by the pandemic. Each week they feature a different independent bookseller and invite a special guest author to join them.

This week’s is Charleston’s own Signe Pike, who’ll be discussing The Forgotten Kingdom (Atria Books, Sept. 15) the second book in her Lost Queen fantasy series.

To join them online and post your questions go right here.

To purchase their books go to our online store and use promo code FRIENDS to receive 10% off your order!


Recent arrivals — Poe, Angelou, Salinger, Hemingway


Rare-ly Here

For some crazy reason folks have felt cooped up lately and are cleaning out their bookshelves like mad. Upshot is we’ve got some nice things to share…

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger (Little, Brown, 1951), early book club edition in good dust jacket with full b/w author photo on rear panel. $400
Gather Together in My Name by Maya Angelou (Random House, 1974). First edition, first printing, VG in VG dust jacket. Second book in the author’s series of seven autobiographies. $195
The Nick Adams Stories by Ernest Hemingway (Scribner, 1972). First edition. VG in VG dust jacket. Posthumously published, these autobiographical stories of a young man from rural Michigan showcase Hemingway’s genius for detail and rich knowledge of geography and natural history. $195
The Tales and Poems, Edgar Allan Poe (London, John C. Nimmo, 1884). Limited edition, number 15 of 150 printed. 4 volumes in green half leather, green marbled boards, top edge gilt, we’re talking MUSCLE. $750


Events and Pre-orders

Tues., April 27 — Jessica Murnane, Know Your Endo (Release Date)

Tues., May 11 — Mary Alice Monroe, Summer of Lost and Found (Release Date)

Tues., May 20 — Release party for Kate Fagan, All the Colors Came Out

Sat., June 12 — Mary Alice Monroe w/ Angela May, The Islanders — Drive-thru book signing

Tues., June 15 — Mary Alice Monroe w/ Angela May, The Islanders (Release Date)

Tues., July 6 — Kathy Reichs, The Bone Code (Release Date)

Tues., July 13 — Grady Hendrix, The Final Girl Support Group (Release Date)

Tues., July 13 — Katie Crouch, Embassy Wife (Release Date)

Tues., August 17 — Gervais Hagerty, In Polite Company (Release Date)

Tues., Sept 14 — Nancy Springer, Enola Holmes and the Black Barouche — with the Pat Conroy Literary Center

Tues., September 21 — Antoni Porowski, Let’s Do Dinner

Fri. Nov. 12 & Sat. Nov. 13 YALLFest Charleston

Virtual Book Launch with Rachel Beanland July 9


Join us and Spartanburg-based bookshop and publisher Hub City on Thurs., July 9, 5 pm, for a virtual event with author Rachel Beanland to celebrate her debut novel, Florence Adler Swims Forever (Simon & Schuster, hb., 320 pp, $26).

Over the course of one summer that begins with a shocking tragedy, three generations of the Adler family grapple with heartbreak, romance, and the weight of family secrets in this stunning debut novel that’s perfect for fans of Manhattan Beach and The Dollhouse.

Rachel Beanland writes fiction and essays. Her essays have appeared in Creative Nonfiction and Broad Street, among other places.

She has an MFA in creative writing from Virginia Commonwealth University and holds bachelor’s degrees in art history and journalism from the University of South Carolina. Before turning to writing full-time, Rachel worked in public relations and nonprofit management.

To register for the event with or without a signed copy of the book, go here.

Writing Camp goes Virtual!

Against the odds, our writing camps are off and running this year. Session 1, for grades 3 – 6, was in the airy and spacious sanctuary of Bright City Church — thank you to Nick and Jess Connolly for generously donating use of this space.

This week’s session (and the two following) are Write of Zoom-er Virtual Camps, led by Sara Peck. Each student gets this killer care package (above) delivered to their doorstep Sunday night, with t-shirts, snacks and special secret envelopes to be opened each day.

Thanks to author Brendan Reichs — who joined Session 2 via zoom and donated copies of his and Ally Condie’s awesome middle grade series The Darkdeep. 

Margaret Stohl — video game and comic book writer / YALLFest co-founder / author of many books including the recent Jo and Laurie — will join this week!

Space available in most sessions. For more information see, and please call Jonathan any time at 843-323-2834, he’s always happy to talk about camp!

Open — with a twist

We are happy to announce we’re back open to the public, but with some health-minded caveats.

To keep both our employees and our customers safe, we’re taking all of the necessary precautions and enacting the following policies:

  • Regular hours: 10 – 7: 30 Monday – Saturday and 1 – 6 Sunday.
  • Store is capacity is 6, limited to two small groups at a time.
  • All of our employees will be wearing masks.
  • Please help us keep social distancing practices throughout the store.
  • We’re accepting contactless payments — Venmo or chip cards.
  • Our bathroom is for employee use only.

In addition to visiting us, here’s how you can support Charleston’s local bookstore since 1995:

1. Buy a gift certificate

2. Order a book. If you want it we will get it for you. Call 843-722-2666, email [email protected], or DM @bluebicyclebooks on instagram.

3. You can also order any book for direct shipment through

Bookshop is a a B-Corp that supports local bookstores. As long as you see our emblem in the top left, you can search for any book and the purchase will benefit Blue Bicycle Books

4. Find Inky Phoenix Book Club Picks and other signed books, summer camp registration, exclusive BBB merch, and select titles on our website store.

Fiber Fueled with Dr. B

We have partnered with local restaurant Verde and renowned gastroenterologist Dr. Will Bulsiewicz, better known as Dr. B, to share his new book Fiber Fueled (Avery, hb., 400 pp., $27). Dr. B’s groundbreaking book offers a plant-based gut health program for losing weight, restoring health, and optimizing your microbiome.

Including a 28-day jumpstart program with menus and more than 65 unique recipes, along with essential advice on food sensitivities, Fiber Fueled offers the blueprint to start resetting your gut for lifelong health today.

Verde has brought Dr. B’s rules to life with their new Somewhere Over the Rainbowl, a salad packed with vibrant colors, nutrients, and a diversity of plants available at all Verde locations. Plus, each bowl comes with a bookmark with a special link for an exclusive signed copy. Additionally, you can order signed copies right here.