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Blue Bicycle Books
Independent book stores have been endangered for years, but Charleston’s premier book dealer continues to thrive. That’s thanks to owner Jonathan Sanchez’s skilled curation. In 2007, he took over the former Boomer’s Books and rechristened it Blue Bicycle, complete with a namesake two-wheeler parked on the curb. The cozy 172-feet deep interior includes a children’s room, a collection of military history books and perhaps the world’s most comprehensive collection of books written in or about Charleston. Blue Bicycle also plays host to YALLFest, a young adult book festival that attracts the country’s top YA authors, and an annual summer writing camp for kids.
By Stratton Lawrence, AFAR Local Expert
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"Used, Rare, and Local" Books in a Cozy Shop
Blue Bicycle has been around for over twenty years at this point; it was a pioneer on Upper King when plenty of people were still nervous about going anywhere north of Calhoun. The store houses a large collection with books of every genre, whether that's military history or cookbooks or first-edition modernist novels. It's a great place to buy gifts and an even better place to get lost in the stacks. Blue Bicycle is more than a bookstore, though; in addition to hosting readings and literary events of all kinds, the store runs a summer camp and partners up with a local school to bring poetry into the classroom. It's one of the main touchstones of literary life in Charleston.
420 King St, Charleston, SC 29403, USA
Sun 1pm - 6pm
Mon - Sat 10am - 7:30pm