Store Events

During the pandemic, book clubs and author events will be conducted virturally. Please contact us for details.

If you are new to using Zoom, please take a few minutes to view their tutorial on Joining a Meeting. https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362193-Joining-a-Meeting

Please download the Zoom software ahead of the event you will be attending. Let us know at copperfishbooks@comcast.net if you have any questions.

Monday, September 28, 2020 - 2:00pm to 2:45pm
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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.



Tuesday, September 29, 2020 - 5:00pm to 5:45pm
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In Partnership with The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA):

Let us bring authors to your living room via Zoom!  Our next author in the series is 
Connor Towne O'Neill, who will talk with us about his book Down Along With That Devil's Bones: A Reckoning with Monuments, Memory, and the Legacy of White Supremacy (buy the book here).

Here are the details you need:

  • Date: Tuesday, September 29, 2020
  • Time: 5 PM
  • Registration is required via EVENTBRITE
  • Watch: via Zoom

If you elect to attend, we will email you on morning of the event with the link and password to attend this virtual event.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Connor Towne O'Neill's writing has appeared in New York magazine, VultureSlateRBMA, and the Village Voice, and he works as a producer on the NPR podcast White Lies. Originally from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, he lives in Auburn, Alabama, where he teaches at Auburn University and with the Alabama Prison Arts + Education Project. This is his first book.

ABOUT THE BOOK

In Down Along with That Devil's Bones, journalist Connor Towne O'Neill takes a deep dive into American history, exposing the still-raging battles over monuments dedicated to one of the most notorious Confederate generals, Nathan Bedford Forrest. Through the lens of these conflicts, O'Neill examines the legacy of white supremacy in America, in a sobering and fascinating work sure to resonate with readers of Tony Horwitz, Timothy B. Tyson, and Robin DiAngelo.

When O'Neill first moved to Alabama, as a white Northerner, he felt somewhat removed from the racism Confederate monuments represented. Then one day in Selma, he stumbled across a group of citizens protecting a monument to Forrest, the officer who became the first Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan and whom William Tecumseh Sherman referred to as "that devil." O'Neill sets off to visit other disputed memorials to Forrest across the South, talking with men and women who believe they are protecting their heritage, and those who have a different view of the man's poisonous history.

O'Neill's reporting and thoughtful, deeply personal analysis make it clear that white supremacy is not a regional affliction but is in fact coded into the DNA of the entire country. Down Along with That Devil's Bones presents an important and eye-opening account of how we got from Appomattox to Charlottesville, and where, if we can truly understand and transcend our past, we could be headed next.



Tuesday, September 29, 2020 - 7:00pm to 7:45pm
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In collaboration with our friends at Bookstore1Sarasota, we invite you to a special Zoom virtual event! Join Tampa Bay Times Reviewer and Book Editor Colette Bancroft and guest authors online for a discussion of Tampa Bay Noir, a collection of short stories by Florida authors that takes place in Tampa Bay.

There is no charge for this event, but we would appreciate your purchase of a copy of Tampa Bay Noir here.

Here are the details you need:

  • Date: Tuesday, September 29, 2020
  • Time: 7 PM
  • Registration is required via EVENTBRITE
  • Watch: via Zoom

If you elect to attend, we will email you on morning of the event with the link and password to attend this virtual event.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Ask most people what the Tampa Bay area is famous for, and they might mention sparkling beaches and sleek urban centers and contented retirees strolling the golf courses year round. But it’s always had a dark side. Just look at its signature event: a giant pirate parade. Not only does Gasparilla honor the buccaneer traditions of theft, debauchery, and violence; its namesake pirate captain, José Gaspar, is a fake who probably never existed. And if there’s any variety of crime baked into Florida’s history, it’s fraud. From the indigenous residents who supposedly conned Spanish explorers seeking the Fountain of Youth through the rolling cycles of real estate scams that have shaped the Sunshine State for the last century or so, the place is a grifter’s native habitat.

Akashic Books continues its award-winning series of original noir anthologies, launched in 2004 with Brooklyn Noir. Each book comprises all new stories, each one set in a distinct location within the geographic area of the book. Brand-new stories by: Michael Connelly, Lori Roy, Ace Atkins, Karen Brown, Tim Dorsey, Lisa Unger, Sterling Watson, Luis Castillo, Sarah Gerard, Danny López, Ladee Hubbard, Gale Massey, Yuly Restrepo Garcés, Eliot Schrefer, and Colette Bancroft.

ABOUT THE EDITOR 

Collette Bancroft has been the book editor at the Tampa Bay Times since 2007. In addition to writing reviews and interviewing authors, she directs the annual Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading. She served two terms on the board of the National Book Critics Circle. Bancroft earned degrees in English from the University of South Florida and the University of Florida, and she wishes she had finished her dissertation on the novels of Raymond Chandler.



Thursday, October 1, 2020 - 7:00pm to 7:45pm
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In Partnership with The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA):

Let us bring authors to your living room via Zoom!  Our next event in the series is with 
internationally bestselling and award-winning author Lisa Unger, who will talk with us about her new thriller Confessions on the 7:45 (buy the book here).

Here are the details you need:

  • Date: Thursday, October 1, 2020
  • Time: 7 PM
  • Registration is required via EVENTBRITE
  • Watch: via Zoom

If you elect to attend, we will email you on morning of the event with the link and password to attend this virtual event.

"Diabolically clever.... [An] exquisitely crafted psychological thriller." --Publishers Weekly, starred review

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lisa Unger is the NYT bestselling author of 18 novels. Her books are published in 26 languages, with millions of readers worldwide. In 2019, she received two Edgar Award nominations, an honor held by only a few writers including Agatha Christie. Her work has been voted "Best of the Year" or top picks by Today, People, GMA, EW, IndieBound and many others. She has written for the NYT, WSJ, NPR, and Travel+Leisure. She lives in Florida with her family.

ABOUT THE BOOK

From master of suspense Lisa Unger comes a riveting thriller about a chance encounter that unravels a stunning web of lies and deceit.

In Unger’s best novel yet, Confessions on the 7:45 takes fans for a thrilling ride reminiscent of the classic Strangers on a Train. Perfect for readers of Paula Hawkins and Karin Slaughter, this riveting psychological suspense begins with a chance encounter on a commuter train and shows why you should never, ever make conversation with strangers.



Tuesday, October 6, 2020 - 5:00pm to 5:45pm
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In Partnership with The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA):

Let us bring authors to your living room via Zoom!  Our next author in the series is 
Charlie Lovett, who will talk with us about his new historical novel Escaping Dreamland (buy the book here).

Here are the details you need:

  • Date: Tuesday, October 6, 2020
  • Time: 5 PM
  • Registration is required via EVENTBRITE
  • Watch: via Zoom

If you elect to attend, we will email you on morning of the event with the link and password to attend this virtual event.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Charlie Lovett is an award-winning playwright and author of the New York Times bestseller The Bookman's Tale and other novels. His plays for children have been seen in over five thousand productions worldwide. A former antiquarian bookseller, he collects books and memorabilia related to Lewis Carroll and Alice in Wonderland and has written extensively on Carroll. He hosts the literary podcast Inside the Writer's Studio. Charlie and his wife, Janice, live in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and in Kingham, Oxfordshire.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Robert Parrish's childhood obsession with series books like the Hardy Boys and Tom Swift inspired him to become an author. Just as his debut novel becomes a bestseller, his relationship with his girlfriend, Rebecca, begins to fall apart. Robert realizes he must confront his secret demons by fulfilling a youthful promise to solve a mystery surrounding his favorite series--the Tremendous Trio.

Guided by twelve tattered books and an unidentified but tantalizing fragment of a story, Robert journeys into the history of the books that changed his life, hoping they can help him once again. His odyssey takes him to 1906 Manhattan, a time of steamboats, boot blacks, and Fifth Avenue mansions, but every discovery he makes only leads to more questions.

Robert's quest intertwines with the stories of three young people trying to define their places in the world at the dawn of a new and exciting century. Magda, Gene, and Tom not only write the children's books that Robert will one day love, together they explore the vibrant city on their doorstep, from the Polo Grounds to Coney Island's Dreamland, drawing the reader into the Gilded Age as their own friendships deepen.

The connections between the authors, their creations, and Robert's redemptive journey make for a beautifully crafted novel that is an ode to the children's series books of our past, to New York City, and above all, to the power of love and friendship.



Wednesday, October 7, 2020 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
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This group reads and discusses mainly fiction and historical fiction, with a few interesting and relevant non-fiction choices added throughout the year.

This meeting will be held virtually via Zoom at 2 pm. Let us know if you would like to participate so that we can send you the link and password.



Wednesday, October 7, 2020 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
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BOOK LAUNCH!!!

Please join us for a very special Zoom virtual event with author and friend of Copperfish Books, Robert N. Macomber!

We're celebrating the launch of #15 in his Honor Series, Word of Honor: A Peter Wake Novel. Many of you have been eagerly waiting this book -- it's almost here!

IMPORTANT: To receive your signed and personalized copy of Word of Honor, you must pre-order the book from us by Friday, October 2. Robert will stop by our store to sign the books before our event.

Watch the book trailer here!

Event Details:

  • Date: Wednesday, October 7, 2020
  • "Doors open at 6:15 pm; "Show starts" at 6:30 pm.
  • Registration is required via EVENTBRITE
  • Watch: via Zoom. (You will need access to a computer or other device that is capable of accessing and sufficient Internet access. If you have not used Zoom before, please see Getting Started with Zoom.)

If you elect to attend, we will email you on morning of the event with the link and password to attend this virtual event.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Robert N. Macomber is an award-winning author, internationally acclaimed speaker, former Department of Defense consultant/lecturer, and accomplished seaman. When not trekking the world for research, book signings, or lectures, he lives on an island in southwest Florida, where he enjoys cooking foreign cuisines from his books and sailing among the islands. Visit his website at www.RobertMacomber.com.

ABOUT THE BOOK

As part of the award-winning Honor Series of historical naval novels, Word of Honor is the personal memoir of Captain Peter Wake, a veteran of espionage operations for the Office of Naval Intelligence who also has considerable sea and combat experience.

At the beginning of this third book of the Spanish-American War Trilogy, it is three years after the war, and Wake is called in to explain his decisions and actions in the Caribbean during the wartime summer of 1898; when American sailors, Marines, and soldiers landed in eastern Cuba before Puerto Rico.

As he briefs his interrogators, Wake recalls surviving two major land battles and a climatic sea battle near Cuba, then taking command of auxiliary cruiser Dixon, which is manned with regular and reservist officers and men. Wake soon tackles enemy blockade-runners, participates in the invasion of Puerto Rico, encounters war hero and future president Theodore Roosevelt, and pursues an elusive Spanish ocean raider on the loose somewhere in the Caribbean.

As the story unfolds, Wake realizes the inquiry is the result of enemies inside the Navy trying to ruin his reputation and thwart his impending retirement pension. Beginning to understand who they are, what all they have done, and the consequences he is facing, he nevertheless continues to narrate what really happened that fateful summer.

Word of Honor is about the stress of making decisions in a wartime command. The many facets touched include the personal and professional relationships between a new captain and his officers, never-ending logistical and disciplinary problems, the necessity for initiative and innovation, dealing with superiors and hostile peer captains, the labyrinth of egos and political infighting at headquarters, and the grit you need to get through it all, while maintaining your word of honor.

Word of Honor is the fifteenth book in the award-winning Honor Series of historical naval novels.



Thursday, October 8, 2020 - 7:00pm to 7:45pm
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In Partnership with The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA):

Let us bring authors to your living room via Zoom!  Our next author in the series is Dianne M. Stewart
, who will talk with us about her new book Black Women, Black Love: America's War on African American Marriage (buy the book here).

Event Details:

  • Date: Thursday, October 8, 2020
  • Time: 7 PM
  • Registration is required via EVENTBRITE
  • Watch: via Zoom

If you elect to attend, we will email you on morning of the event with the link and password to attend this virtual event.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dianne M. Stewart is an associate professor of religion and African American studies at Emory University, where she created the course Black Love. She earned her MDiv from Harvard Divinity School and her PhD in systematic theology from Union Theological Seminary in New York City. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

ABOUT THE BOOK

According to the 2010 US Census, more than seventy percent of Black women in America are unmarried today. Sweeping in scope and expansively researched, Black Women, Black Love reveals how four hundred years of the laws, policies, and customs have created that crisis for Black women in America today. Stewart begins her investigative analysis in the earliest years of the slave state, showing that American slavery could only flourish if its stakeholders strategically disrupted and even extinguished Black love. A new wave of violence split up couples once again as millions embarked on the Great Migration to northern cities. There, they found that the welfare system of the twentieth century continued to suppress Black marriage, mandating that women remain single in order to receive government support. Yet no institution has perfected America's project of forbidding Black love with as much methodical precision as the contemporary prison industrial complex. Mass incarceration removed Black men en masse from the pool of marriageable partners, forcing Black women to forge whatever intimacy they could through prison bars, on collect phone calls, and during visiting hours. Revealing these continued assaults on the most precious and powerful of liberties, Black Women, Black Love is a cri de coeur that draws a straight line from generations of oppression to today's crisis of Black companionship.



Monday, October 26, 2020 - 6:00pm to 6:45pm
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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.



Tuesday, November 10, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
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This group reads and discusses mainly fiction and historical fiction, with a few interesting and relevant non-fiction choices added throughout the year.

This meeting will be held virtually via Zoom. Let us know if you would like to participate so that we can send you the link and password.



Monday, November 30, 2020 - 6:00pm to 6:45pm
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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.