Events

We request that you RSVP for all of our events.

If you can't make an author event, find out about ordering a signed book by emailing us at copperfishbooks@comcast.net or calling (941) 205-2560.

Authors, learn about author event opportunities at Copperfish Books.

Story Time

Saturday August 25, 2018 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

Story Time is every Saturday morning at Copperfish Books!

All are welcome to come listen to wonderful books read by community volunteers. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Story Time lasts about 45 minutes.

Story Time

Saturday September 1, 2018 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

Story Time is every Saturday morning at Copperfish Books!

All are welcome to come listen to wonderful books read by community volunteers. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Story Time lasts about 45 minutes.

Book Club "How to Find Love in a Bookshop"

Thursday September 6, 2018

Book Selection: How to Find Love in a Bookshop by Veronica Henry (out in paperback July 10)

Synopsis:

The enchanting story of a bookshop, its grieving owner, a supportive literary community, and the extraordinary power of books to heal the heart.

Nightingale Books, nestled on the main street in an idyllic little village, is a dream come true for book lovers--a cozy haven and welcoming getaway for the literary-minded locals. But owner Emilia Nightingale is struggling to keep the shop open after her beloved father's death, and the temptation to sell is getting stronger. The property developers are circling, yet Emilia's loyal customers have become like family, and she can't imagine breaking the promise she made to her father to keep the store alive.

There's Sarah, owner of the stately Peasebrook Manor, who has used the bookshop as an escape in the past few years, but it now seems there's a very specific reason for all those frequent visits. Next is roguish Jackson, who, after making a complete mess of his marriage, now looks to Emilia for advice on books for the son he misses so much. And the forever shy Thomasina, who runs a pop-up restaurant for two in her tiny cottage--she has a crush on a man she met in the cookbook section, but can hardly dream of working up the courage to admit her true feelings. 

Enter the world of Nightingale Books for a serving of romance, long-held secrets, and unexpected hopes for the future--and not just within the pages on the shelves. How to Find Love in a Bookshop is the delightful story of Emilia, the unforgettable cast of customers whose lives she has touched, and the books they all cherish.

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The book club meets at 9 am and 6 pm (you choose which time to attend). New copies of book club selections are 10% off. You do not need to attend all book club meetings to participate.

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

Author Jonathan F. Putnam

Tuesday September 11, 2018 6:00 PM

Join us on Tuesday, September 11 at 6 pm to hear author Jonathan F. Putnam talk about his "Lincoln and Speed" Mystery series, published by Crooked Lane Books.

To reserve a seat, call Copperfish Books at (941) 205-2560 or email copperfishbooks@comcast.net.

Here's a description of Jonathan's first book, These Honored Dead: Joshua Speed, the enterprising second son of a wealthy plantation owner, has struck off on his own. But before long, he makes a surprising and crucial new acquaintance--a freshly minted lawyer by the name of Abraham Lincoln. When an orphaned girl from a neighboring town is found murdered and suspicion falls on her aunt, Speed makes it his mission to clear her good name. Of course, he'll need the legal expertise of his unusual new friend.

"Jonathan Putnam combines an historian’s understanding of character and context with a remarkable narrative drive that kept me fascinated from start to finish." - Doris Kearns Goodwin, Pulitzer Prize winner; author, Team of Rivals.

Jonathan Putnam is a writer and attorney.  A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, he is a nationally renowned trial lawyer and a recognized Lincoln scholar.  His Lincoln and Speed Mystery Series includes Final Resting Place (to be published July 2018), Perish from the Earth (2017) and These Honored Dead (2016).

Book Club "The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane"

Tuesday October 9, 2018

Book Selection: The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See

Synopsis:

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa See, a moving novel about tradition, tea farming, and the bonds between mothers and daughters.

In their remote mountain village, Li-yan and her family align their lives around the seasons and the farming of tea. For the Akha people, ensconced in ritual and routine, life goes on as it has for generations--until a stranger appears at the village gate in a jeep, the first automobile any of the villagers has ever seen.

The stranger's arrival marks the first entrance of the modern world in the lives of the Akha people. Slowly, Li-yan, one of the few educated girls on her mountain, begins to reject the customs that shaped her early life. When she has a baby out of wedlock--conceived with a man her parents consider a poor choice--she rejects the tradition that would compel her to give the child over to be killed, and instead leaves her, wrapped in a blanket with a tea cake tucked in its folds, near an orphanage in a nearby city.

As Li-yan comes into herself, leaving her insular village for an education, a business, and city life, her daughter, Haley, is raised in California by loving adoptive parents. Despite her privileged childhood, Haley wonders about her origins. Across the ocean Li-yan longs for her lost daughter. Over the course of years, each searches for meaning in the study of Pu'er, the tea that has shaped their family's destiny for centuries.

A powerful story about circumstances, culture, and distance, The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane paints an unforgettable portrait of a little known region and its people and celebrates the bond of family.

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The book club meets at 9 am and 6 pm (you choose which time to attend). New copies of book club selections are 10% off. You do not need to attend all book club meetings to participate.

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

Author Craig Pittman

Monday February 11, 2019 3:00 PM

Award-winning Florida journalist and author Craig Pittman will talk about his book Oh, Florida!: How America's Weirdest State Influences the Rest of the Country on Monday, February 11 at 3 pm. The book is published by Picador/St. Martin's Press. After his talk, Craig will be happy to sign copies of his books.

To reserve a seat, call 941-205-2560 or email copperfishbooks@comcast.net.

To outsiders, Florida seems baffling. It's a state where the voters went for Barack Obama twice, yet elected a Tea Party candidate as governor. Florida is touted as a care-free paradise, yet it's also known for its perils - alligators, sinkholes, pythons, hurricanes, and sharks, to name a few. It attracts 90 million visitors a year, some drawn by its impressive natural beauty, others bewitched by its man-made fantasies.

Oh, Florida!, by award-winning journalist Craig Pittman, explores those contradictions and shows how they fit together to make this the most interesting state.

CRAIG PITTMAN is an award-winning reporter and columnist for Florida's largest newspaper, the Tampa Bay Times. He 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 ( Florida History and Culture (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). He lives in St. Petersburg with his wife and two children.