by John Stoehr
There is a wide variety of events taking place at Blue Bicycle Books this month and next, such as book readings and signings, photography exhibits, auctions and raffles, some even paired with juice boxes and "the coldest wine in town." Check it out at Blue Bicycle Books, 420 King St., Downtown. For more, go to bluebicyclebooks.com. —Anna Linesch
1) Sat. May 23, 5-7 p.m.
Release party for Sandy Logan’s book of photography, From the Edge. (Reidesign, $75).
This event is quite different from the usual happenings at the book store. Local architect Sandy Logan will not only be releasing his new book of photography, but will also be hanging his abstract work around the store as well like an art exhibit. Part of the Spoleto Party Series (includes chilled wine).
Sat., May 23
Jonathan Miller, author and illustrator of The Adventures of Sammy the Wonder Dachshund, will signs copies and give a storytime reading. If you love homemade arts and crafts with a fun twist, this get together is great for all ages. Author Jonathan Miller composed the children's book from construction paper and sharpies about a little pup who is leaving town. Juice boxes will accompany the reading and there will be raffle for a copy of the book.
2) Thurs. May 28, 5-7 p.m.
Greenville writer Mindy Friddle will sign copies of Secret Keepers (St. Martin’s, $25).
This intriguing book explores the secrets of a small town and a family's struggles, mixed with the magic of botany and gardening.
Inspired by the tales of her grandfather, an avid botanist himself, her grandmother's postcards and telegrams, and the novel The Secret garden, Mindy Friddle delivers this eccentric story that ties closely to her own life as she too is a Master Gardener. Part of the Spoleto Party Series (includes chilled wine).
3) Fri. May 29, 5-7 p.m.
Anne Barnhill will sign copies of her short story collection, What You Long For (Main Street Rag, $15).
Anne Barnhill has been publishing reviews, short stories, and poetry for the past twenty years and has delivered heartfelt novels about not so ordinary things in seemingly ordinary people. With a range of emotion in her writing, Barnhill 's new book promises unexpected turns to make her audience question everything a few extra times. Part of the Spoleto Party Series (includes chilled wine).
4) Sat. May 30, 5-7 p.m.
Charleston home girl Katie Crouch will read and sign copies of Girls in Trucks (Back Bay, $14).
This close to home novel tells the story about Sarah Walters, a debutante who grows up in South Carolina and then moves to various places including New York, as an adult. A series of broken relationships and stark realities, this book shows the random encounters life throws at a small town girl and how she must deal with love and its hardships. Part of the Spoleto Party Series (includes chilled wine).
5) Sun. May 31, 2-4 p.m.
Margaret Wagner will sign copies of World War II 365 Days. (Abrams, $30).
A compilation of photos and text, including personal accounts from various individuals, this book reflects the tragedy and bravery that occurred before, during, and after World War II. A powerful collection of history is presented here by Wagner.
6) Wed. June 10, 5-7 p.m.
Jonathan Miles will sign copies of Dear American Airlines. (Mariner Book, $14).
What starts out a a simple flight to a wedding, turns into a delayed trip and an angry letter as the main character finds self reflection in the airport. With great humor and deep emotion, Dear American Airlines offers a different look at life through the self exploration in a letter.
7) Fri. June 12, 5-7 p.m.
Jeffrey Rotter, signing The Unknown Knowns. (Scribner, $25).
A mix of fantasy and reality, the main character is divorced by his wife for his childlike dreaming, comic book loving, make believe world and shows how he deals with the society around him. The author grew up in Columbia and will be welcomed back by the community as he brings fresh humor to the foreground.