Store Events

Author events are very popular at Copperfish Books! We ask that you RSVP so that we can manage the space, order enough books, and make sure your overall experience is positive and enjoyable. Most of our events are free and open to the public; some may require tickets and a book purchase. Please look for RSVP information on each of the individual event listings and read our Event Reservation details.

If you can't make it to an author event, contact us to order a signed copy.

 

Monday, February 24, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
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This group primarily reads contemporary romance, and features stories that put the focus on love, happy endings, and the spicy fun that often comes with them.



Wednesday, February 26, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
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Please join on Wednesday, February 26 at 6 pm when author and lecturer Charlie Sobczak returns to Copperfish Books with a new wildlife presentation called "The Wild Places of Southwest Florida." Charlie is known for his “eco-humor” -- always fun as well as informative. His recently updated The Living Gulf Coast: A Nature Guide to Southwest Florida is just out and he will be pleased to sign copies.

A portion of each sale of "The Living Gulf Coast" during the evening will go to the Peace River Wildlife Center here in Punta Gorda.

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Charlie Sobczak has been a featured lecturer with Road Scholar and has presented to the The Conservancy of Southwest Florida, The Harvard Club and Sarasota Sierra Club, among others. Charlie’s lectures are memorable for their relevance and sense of humor. He lives in Sanibel, Florida.



Friday, February 28, 2020 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm

Please join on Friday, February 28 at 4:30 pm (note special time) to hear award-winning Florida journalist and author Craig Pittman talk about his book Cat Tale: The Wild, Weird Battle to Save the Florida Panther. After his talk, Craig will be happy to sign copies of his books.

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It wasn't so long ago when a lot of people thought the Florida panther was extinct. They were very nearly right. That the panther still exists at all is a miracle--the result of a desperate experiment that led to the most remarkable comeback in the history of the Endangered Species Act. And no one has told the whole story--until now.

With novelistic detail and an eye for the absurd, Craig Pittman recounts the extraordinary story of the people who brought the panther back from the brink of extinction, the ones who nearly pushed the species over the edge, and the cats that were caught in the middle. This being Florida, there's more than a little weirdness, too.

An engrossing narrative of wry humor, sharp writing and exhaustive reportage, Cat Tale shows what it takes to bring one species back and what unexpected costs such a decision brings.

CRAIG PITTMAN is an award-winning reporter and columnist for Florida's largest newspaper, the Tampa Bay Times. He has been named by the Florida Heritage Book Festival Board as their 2020 Literary Legend. Craig is a native Floridian who has written three previous books about Florida topics: Paving Paradise: Florida's Vanishing Wetlands and the Failure of No Net Loss (2009), Manatee Insanity: Inside the War Over Florida's Most Famous Endangered Species (2010), The Scent of Scandal: Greed, Betrayal, and the World's Most Beautiful Orchid (2012), and Oh, Florida!: How America's Weirdest State Influences the Rest of the Country (2016). He lives in St. Petersburg with his wife and two children.



Monday, March 2, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Cover image of Skyward

This group reads and discusses compelling and exciting science fiction and fantasy novels from a new generation of imaginative authors.



Thursday, March 5, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
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Please join us on Thursday, March 5 at 6 pm to hear Susan Beckham Zurenda talk about her debut  novel, Bells for Eli. After her talk, Susan will be happy to sign copies of her book.

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“...one of the most exciting new voices in Southern fiction.”  —Cassandra King Conroy, author of Tell Me a Story 

Bells for Eli is a lyrical and tender exploration of the relationship between cousins drawn together through tragedy in a love forbidden by social constraints and a family whose secrets must stay hidden. Susan Beckham Zurenda masterfully transports readers into a small Southern town where quiet, ordinary life becomes extraordinary. In this compelling coming of age story, culture, family, friends, bullies, and lovers propel two young people to unite to guard each other in a world where love, hope, and connectedness ultimately triumph.

SUSAN BECKHAM ZURENDA taught English for thirty-three years and now works as a book publicist for Magic Time Literary Publicity. A recipient of several regional awards for her fiction, including The South Carolina Fiction Project, The Porter Fleming Literary Competition, and The Southern Writers Symposium, she has also published numerous stories and nonfiction pieces in literary journals. Zurenda lives in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
 



Tuesday, March 10, 2020 - 9:00am to 10:00am

This group reads and discusses mainly fiction and historical fiction, with a few interesting and relevant non-fiction choices added throughout the year. (Choose either morning session 9-10 am or evening session 6-7 pm. The sessions meet on different days.)



Wednesday, March 11, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

This group reads and discusses mainly fiction and historical fiction, with a few interesting and relevant non-fiction choices added throughout the year. (Choose either morning session 9-10 am or evening session 6-7 pm. The sessions meet on different days.)



Monday, March 16, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
cup of tea with poetry book

Do you like to read or listen to poetry? Join our poetry group! We meet once a month on Monday evenings in "season." 

PLEASE: 

  • Bring a poem you love or admire (not one you have written yourself, please) that relates to this month's topic(s). March's topic is NATURE.
  • Bring 6 to 8 copies to distribute so everyone in attendance can have one for reference. After each person reads, we will have a time for brief discussion/comment before going on to the next poem. 
  • Be prepared to say a few words about the poet's background and why you chose this particular poem to read to the group.

RSVP to (941) 205-2560 or copperfishbooks@comcast.net.



Monday, March 30, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
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This group primarily reads contemporary romance, and features stories that put the focus on love, happy endings, and the spicy fun that often comes with them.



Thursday, April 2, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Tracey Wood and book cover

Please join us on Thursday, April 2 at 6 pm to hear Tracey Enerson Wood talk about her debut  novel, The Engineer's Wife. After her talk, Tracey will be happy to sign copies of her book.

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Emily Warren Roebling refuses to live conventionally--she knows who she is and what she wants, and she's determined to make change. But then her husband Wash asks the unthinkable: give up her dreams to make his possible.

Emily's fight for women's suffrage is put on hold, and her life transformed when Wash, the Chief Engineer of the Brooklyn Bridge, is injured on the job. Untrained for the task, but under his guidance, she assumes his role, despite stern resistance and overwhelming obstacles. Lines blur as Wash's vision becomes her own, and when he is unable to return to the job, Emily is consumed by it. But as the project takes shape under Emily's direction, she wonders whose legacy she is building--hers, or her husband's. As the monument rises, Emily's marriage, principles, and identity threaten to collapse. When the bridge finally stands finished, will she recognize the woman who built it?

Based on the true story of the Brooklyn Bridge, The Engineer's Wife delivers an emotional portrait of a woman transformed by a project of unfathomable scale, which takes her into the bowels of the East River, suffragette riots, the halls of Manhattan's elite, and the heady, freewheeling temptations of P.T. Barnum. It's the story of a husband and wife determined to build something that lasts--even at the risk of losing each other.

TRACEY ENERSON WOOD has always had a writing bug. While working as a Registered Nurse, starting an interior design company, raising two children, and bouncing around the world as a military wife, she indulged in her passion as a playwright, screenwriter and short story writer. She has authored magazine columns and other non-fiction, written and directed plays of all lengths. The Engineer’s Wife is her first published novel.



Monday, April 6, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Cover of The Raven Tower

This group reads and discusses compelling and exciting science fiction and fantasy novels from a new generation of imaginative authors.



Thursday, April 9, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Rabbit Cake cover

This group reads and discusses mainly fiction and historical fiction, with a few interesting and relevant non-fiction choices added throughout the year. (Choose either morning session 9-10 am or evening session 6-7 pm. The sessions meet on different days.)



Friday, April 10, 2020 - 9:00am to 10:00am
Rabbit Cake cover

This group reads and discusses mainly fiction and historical fiction, with a few interesting and relevant non-fiction choices added throughout the year. (Choose either morning session 9-10 am or evening session 6-7 pm. The sessions meet on different days.)



Monday, April 20, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
cup of tea with poetry book

Do you like to read or listen to poetry? Join our poetry group! We meet once a month on Monday evenings in season.

PLEASE: 

  • Bring a poem you love or admire (not one you have written yourself, please) that relates to this month's topic(s). April's topic is HAPPINESS. This will be our final meeting of the season.
  • Bring 6 to 8 copies to distribute so everyone in attendance can have one for reference. After each person reads, we will have a time for brief discussion/comment before going on to the next poem. 
  • Be prepared to say a few words about the poet's background and why you chose this particular poem to read to the group.

RSVP to (941) 205-2560 or copperfishbooks@comcast.net.



Monday, April 27, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

This group primarily reads contemporary romance, and features stories that put the focus on love, happy endings, and the spicy fun that often comes with them.