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Independent Bookstore Day

Saturday April 28, 2018 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

It's a national celebration of indie bookstores! Independent Bookstore Day has become a nationwide party as big and varied as the country itself. Please join us and show your love for your indie bookstore!

Here's what's happening...

  • Special Children's Story Time with Dianne Ochiltree, award-winning author of It's a Seashell Day, It's a Firefly Night, and Molly, By Golly. Dianne will also do a fun shell craft activity with the kids! 10:30 - 11:15 am. This special event with Dianne also serves as a kickoff to Children's Book Week, April 30-May 6.

  • Free mimosas, coffee, juice and treats
  • Enter to win a tote bag full of advance reading copies
  • Store-wide specials
  • Color-your-own-bookmark station
  • Special edition items created just for Independent Bookstore Day available for sale

Please note that Marion Ave. and Taylor St. will be closed to vehicular traffic due to the Punta Gorda Block Party. Our parking lot will be available for our customers, and Herald Court Parking Garage is nearby, too.

Special Story Time with Dianne Ochiltree

Saturday April 28, 2018 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

All are welcome to come to our special Children's Story Time with Dianne Ochiltree, award-winning author of It's a Seashell DayIt's a Firefly Night, and Molly, By Golly. In addition to reading her books, Dianne will also do a fun shell craft activity with the kids! 10:30 - 11:15 am.

This special event with Dianne also serves as a kickoff to Children's Book Week, April 30-May 6. Children’s Book Week is the annual celebration of books for young people and the joy of reading. Established in 1919, Children’s Book Week is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country. Every year, events are held nationwide at schools, libraries, bookstores, homes — wherever young readers and books connect!

Dianne is a nationally recognized author of books for young readers, many of which have appeared on ‘best of’’ reading lists, been featured in book clubs, and been translated into foreign language editions.

Story Time is every Saturday! All are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Story Time lasts about 45 minutes.

Make-A-Book Activity and Ice Cream Party

Tuesday May 1, 2018 3:30 AM - 4:30 AM

Hey kids, come and be creative with us!

Grade school children are invited to Copperfish Books to make their own original book and enjoy an ice cream treat. This fun event is FREE to attend! The activity will be lead by volunteer Barb Festa, a retired educator and reading specialist. All materials and ice cream will be provided. Seating is limited, so reserve your child's seat today. Call 941-204-2560 or email

This event is part of Charlotte County’s Screen-Free Week April 30 -May 6. During the week, children, families—whole schools and communities—will rediscover the joys of life beyond the screen. Plan to unplug from digital entertainment and spend all that free time playing, daydreaming, creating, exploring and connecting with family and friends! Florida Department of Health in Charlotte County’s Community Health Improvement Partnership is coordinating the county-wide activities.

Book Club "Exit West"

Wednesday May 9, 2018

Book Selection: Exit West by Mohsin Hamid


In a country teetering on the brink of civil war, two young people meet--sensual, fiercely independent Nadia and gentle, restrained Saeed. They embark on a furtive love affair, and are soon cloistered in a premature intimacy by the unrest roiling their city. When it explodes, turning familiar streets into a patchwork of checkpoints and bomb blasts, they begin to hear whispers about doors--doors that can whisk people far away, if perilously and for a price. As the violence escalates, Nadia and Saeed decide that they no longer have a choice. Leaving their homeland and their old lives behind, they find a door and step through. . . .

Exit West follows these remarkable characters as they emerge into an alien and uncertain future, struggling to hold on to each other, to their past, to the very sense of who they are. Profoundly intimate and powerfully inventive, it tells an unforgettable story of love, loyalty, and courage that is both completely of our time and for all time.






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.

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Author Laura Lee Smith

Sunday May 20, 2018 2:00 PM


Laura Lee Smith will not be able to come for this event. We hope to have Laura join us later in the year.

Join us on Sunday, May 20 at 2 pm to hear author Laura Lee Smith talk about her latest novel The Ice House. After her talk, Laura will be happy to sign copies of her books.

To reserve a seat, call Copperfish Books at (941) 205-2560 or email

From a writer who’s been praised for her “intelligence, heart, wit” (Richard Russo, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Empire Falls), The Ice House (Grove Press) is the picaresque, heartrending tale of a man on the verge of losing his livelihood and of losing forever his relationship with his only son. The novel is set in northeast Florida and Scotland. Witty and heartbreaking by turns, The Ice House is a vibrant portrait of multifaceted, exquisitely human characters that readers will not soon forget. It firmly establishes Laura Lee Smith as a gifted voice in American fiction. Publishers Weekly called it “a majestic reconciliation story.”

Laura Lee Smith’s first novel was the acclaimed Heart of Palm (2013), also from Grove Press. Her short fiction was selected for inclusion in Best American Short Stories 2015 and in New Stories from the South: The Year’s Best, 2010. Her work has also appeared in New England Review, The Florida Review, Natural Bridge, Bayou, and other journals, and she is a frequent contributor to Swamp Radio. She lives in St. Augustine and works as an advertising copywriter. 

Poetry Circle

Monday May 21, 2018 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Do you like to read or listen to poetry? Join our poetry group! We meet once a month on Monday evenings. This month's theme is "Nature."

  • Bring a poem you love or admire (not one you have written yourself, please) that relates to this month's topic(s). 
  • 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.

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Book Club "The Bear and the Nightingale"

Thursday June 7, 2018

Book Selection: The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden


Katherine Arden’s bestselling debut novel spins an irresistible spell as it announces the arrival of a singular talent with a gorgeous voice.

Winter lasts most of the year at the edge of the Russian wilderness, and in the long nights, Vasilisa and her siblings love to gather by the fire to listen to their nurse’s fairy tales. Above all, Vasya loves the story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon. Wise Russians fear him, for he claims unwary souls, and they honor the spirits that protect their homes from evil.
Then Vasya’s widowed father brings home a new wife from Moscow. Fiercely devout, Vasya’s stepmother forbids her family from honoring their household spirits, but Vasya fears what this may bring. And indeed, misfortune begins to stalk the village. 
But Vasya’s stepmother only grows harsher, determined to remake the village to her liking and to groom her rebellious stepdaughter for marriage or a convent. As the village’s defenses weaken and evil from the forest creeps nearer, Vasilisa must call upon dangerous gifts she has long concealed—to protect her family from a threat sprung to life from her nurse’s most frightening tales.

"Radiant . . . a darkly magical fairy tale for adults, [but] not just for those who love magic." --Library Journal

"Stunning . . . will enchant readers from the first page. . . . with an irresistible heroine who wants only to be free of the bonds placed on her gender and claim her own fate." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Arden's debut novel has the cadence of a beautiful fairy tale but is darker and more lyrical." --The Washington Post


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

Author Wendy Wax

Monday June 25, 2018 6:00 PM

USA Today bestselling author Wendy Wax returns to Copperfish Books to talk about her new novel Best Beach Ever on Monday, June 25 at 6 pm. (The book will be published on May 22 by Berkley Books/Penguin Random House.) Wendy will be happy to sign copies of her books.

To reserve a seat, call 941-205-2560 or email

Best Beach Ever is the sixth novel in the binge-worthy, bestselling Ten Beach Road series about a group of women who renovate house, build friendships, and fix their personal lives in the process. Wendy’s contemporary women’s fiction explores friendship, loyalty, self-discovery and the seemingly insurmountable challenges life sometimes presents. Her previous novels – A Week at the Lake, While We Were Watching Downton Abbey and her Ten Beach Road novels (Best Beach Ever, One Good Thing, Sunshine Beach, The House on Mermaid Point, Ocean Beach and Ten Beach Road) – have been featured in national media such as USA Today, Ladies’ Home Journal, CNN Online, and Woman’s World. 

Born in St. Petersburg, Florida, she grew up on St. Pete Beach within spitting distance of the Gulf of Mexico. Wendy now splits her time between Atlanta and New York City. When not writing, she visits with readers at bookstores and book events, reads, enjoys her and her husband’s newly empty nest and catches up with her sons on the serendipitous occasions when everyone ends up in the same place at the same time.