Blue Bicycle Books is hosting a major book release party for Katie Crouch’s Men and Dogs on Fri. May 21, 5-7 p.m. “Last year it was Pat in the Parking Lot. The 2010 literary event of the year might just be Katie in the Courtyard,” owner Jonathan Sanchez says.

Crouch will be in attendance, and guests can also expect music by Youth and Valor and food and wine from CWG Catering. “Real food with meat in it, not just cheese and cookies,” Sanchez says. “Also real wine with alcohol in it.”

Now based in San Francisco, Crouch’s first novel, Girls in Trucks, was a New York Times best-seller. “Blue Bicycle Books is excited to be featuring this bright young talent toward the beginning of what we know will be a long career,” Sanchez said in a written release. “There are a very few writers who capture the modern South the way Katie does.”