Local author pens first poetry volume

Blue Bicycle Books store manager Sara Peck has written her first book of poetry, “Yr Lad Bob.” The collection, which costs $8, is published by Persistent Editions in San Francisco.

Peck will read her poetry and sign copies of the book 7 p.m. Oct. 18 at Blue Bicycle Books, 420 King St. This event also will celebrate the release of “Think of Me” and “I’ll Know: Stories” by College of Charleston professor Anthony Varallo.

Peck’s title is taken from poet Robert Creeley’s letters to Charles Olson. Combining lines of text appropriated from Creeley, Denise Levertov and Robert Duncan, and adding her own annotations, Peck blurs the lines between writer and reader and responder, laying bare the compositions.

Peck grew up in Greenville, graduated from the College of Charleston and received an MFA at Columbia College in Chicago.

She is a counselor and teacher at Blue Bicycle Books’ Write of Summer camp for kids and University School of the Lowcountry.

Varallo is fiction editor of Crazyhorse and the author of two prize-winning books, “This Day in History” and “Out Loud.”

BIG Book Sale on tap at Omar Shrine

Charleston Friends of the Library’s BIG Book Sale is scheduled for 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Oct. 11, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 12, and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 13 at Omar Shrine Auditorium, 176 Patriots Point Road in Mount Pleasant. Admission is free.

More than 60,000 books, DVDs, CDs, recorded books, VHS tapes, sheet music and maps will be on sale, with prices starting at 50 cents. Items will be half price on Sunday (except tote bags). A special preview for library members is scheduled for 6-8 p.m. Thursday.

Checks and major credit cards accepted.

Local cookbook author to sign new book

Local cookbook author Holly Herrick will be at the Peanut Shop of Charleston 1-4 p.m. Oct. 26 to sign copies of her new volume, “The French Cook: Cream Puffs & Eclairs,” as well as her other cookbooks.

The Peanut Shop of Charleston is at 92 N. Market St.