Blue Bicycle Books continues its Charleston Author Series luncheons at Halls Chophouse noon Thursday with Post and Courier columnist Brian Hicks, who will discuss his new authorized biography, “The Mayor: Joe Riley and the Rise of Charleston.”

The book describes how Riley transformed one of the nation’s oldest cities.

Tickets are $30 for the author talk and three-course luncheon at Hall’s, 434 King St.. A $60 ticket also includes a signed copy of the hardcover book. Buy tickets at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2469417 or by calling 800-838-3006. Doors open at 11:30 a.m.

Post and Courier reporter Bo Petersen will read from and sign copies of “Washing Our Hands in the Clouds: Joe Williams, His Forebears, and Black Farms in South Carolina” 5-7 p.m. Thursday at Blue Bicycle Books, 420 King St. Williams, the subject of the story, plans to join him.

Published by the University of South Carolina Press, the book is available as a $19.95 paperback. It explores Pee Dee and South Carolina history from the 1860s to the present through a series of what Petersen describes as front porch stories, the result of conversations with farmer Joe Williams, his family and friends.

Petersen uses family genealogy and the rural land inhabited by the Williamses to create a timeless portrait of a man and his place in the world.

The Summerville Writers Guild has published “A Gathering of Flowers,” an anthology of 28 stories, poems and remembrances by 18 local writers. The book is $12 and available at Summerville Library, 76 Trolley Road, and from online retailers.

A free launch party is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15 at the library. It will include food and readings by some of the authors.

Michael Livingston, a professor at The Citadel who specializes in Medieval studies, has authored “Shards of Heaven,” the first in a planned trilogy of historical fantasy novels, published by Tor Books.

A book release event is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Greater Issues Room of Mark Clark Hall on the campus of The Citadel, 171 Moultrie St.

“Shards of Heaven” is $25.99 in hardcover and available from online retailers.

Adam Parker