Melissa de la Cruz in town for signing

Blue Bicycle Books will host a book signing by New York Times bestseller and YALLFest co-organizer Melissa de la Cruz at 4-6 p.m. Wednesday. Author of more than two dozen books, De la Cruz will sign copies of her latest, "The Ring and the Crown," a fantasy adventure about a princess and mage.

De la Cruz's young adult fiction includes the Au Pairs series, the Blue Bloods series, the Ashleys series and the semi-autobiographical "Fresh off the Boat." She lives in Los Angeles.

Blue Bicycle Books is at 420 King St.

S.C. author pens unusual family history

Christopher Williams, a Greenville writer, has published a large-format illustrated book called "Black Blue Bloods: Legacy of an African-American Plantation Owner." The book is $29.95 and available from online retailers.

Williams spent years researching his family history. " 'Black Blue Bloods' completes my ancestral calling," he writes in the preface. "I've known I was going to write this book for a long time now but I never thought I'd be in for such a big story."

www.blackbluebloods.com.