Events

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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.

Author Kristin Harmel

Sunday February 26, 2017 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Join us on Sunday, February 26 (note special day and time) to hear author Kristin Harmel talk about her book When We Meet Again, published by Gallery Books, a division of Simon & Schuster.

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

Emily thinks she’s lost everything … until a mysterious painting leads her to what she wants most in the world. The latest novel from the author of international bestsellers The Sweetness of Forgetting and The Life Intended shows why her books are hailed as “engaging” (People), “absorbing” (Kirkus Reviews) and “enthralling” (Fresh Fiction). Read more >>>

Kristin Harmel is an international bestselling novelist whose books have been translated into numerous languages and are sold all over the world. A former reporter for People magazine, Kristin has also freelanced for many other publications, including American Baby, Men’s Health, Glamour, Woman’s Day, Travel + Leisure, and more.

Author Charles Sobczak Presents "The Changing Face of Nature"

Thursday March 2, 2017 6:00 PM

Please join us on Thursday, March 2 for a lecture titled "The Changing Face of Nature." This free lecture, which will be given by Charlie Sobczak, author and lecturer, focuses on how wildlife is adapting to the urbanization of open spaces across the world and how wild animals, from birds to fish to mammals, are changing their behavior to take advantage of these dramatically altered landscapes.

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Charlie Sobczak’s books include his best-seller The Living Gulf Coast: A Nature Guide to Southwest Florida and Six Mornings on Sanibel. He 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, FL.

Book Club "Your Heart Is a Muscle the Size of a Fist"

Tuesday March 7, 2017

Book Selection: Your Heart Is a Muscle the Size of a Fist by Sunil Yapa

Synopsis:

The Flamethrowers meets Let the Great World Spin in this debut novel set amid the heated conflict of Seattle's 1999 WTO protests.

On a rainy, cold day in November, young Victor—a boyish, scrappy world traveler who's run away from home—sets out to sell marijuana to the 50,000 anti-globalization protestors gathered in the streets. It quickly becomes clear that the throng determined to shut the city down—from environmentalists to teamsters to anarchists—are testing the patience of the police, and what started as a peaceful protest is threatening to erupt into violence.

Over the course of one life-altering afternoon, the lives of seven people will change forever: foremost among them police chief Bishop, the estranged father Victor hasn't seen in three years, two protestors struggling to stay true to their non-violent principles as the day descends into chaos, two police officers in the street, and the coolly elegant financial minister from Sri Lanka whose life, as well as his country's fate, hinges on getting through the angry crowd, out of jail, and to his meeting with the president of the United States.

In this raw and breathtaking novel, Yapa marries a deep rage with a deep humanity, and in doing so casts an unflinching eye on the nature and limits of compassion.

Sunil Yapa holds a bachelor's degree in economic geography from Penn State University and an MFA from Hunter College. The biracial son of a Sri Lankan father and mother from Montana, Yapa has lived around the world, including time in Greece, Guatemala, Chile, Argentina, China, and India, as well as London, Montreal, and New York City.

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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.

Local Authors in the Spotlight

Thursday March 9, 2017

Come hear local authors introduce us to their books -- speed-dating style! This is a great opportunity to see some of our local writing talent. This event is part of the Punta Gorda Literary Fair, a week-long series of literary and arts events in downtown locations, March 6 - 11, culminating in a Booksellers Marketplace on Saturday. For more information about the Fair, check out their Facebook page.

Refreshments will be provided. RSVP to (941) 205-2560 or copperfishbooks@comcast.net.

The authors scheduled for our Local Authors in the Spotlight are:

Barbara Brunner
Dora Obi Chizea
Donn Fleming
Steven Hull
Mark James
Phillip Kolbe
Linda MacFarlane
David Martin
Kayla Smith

All of these authors books will be available for purchase, and they are also available on our website.

Poetry Circle

Monday March 20, 2017 6:00 PM - 8:00 AM

Do you like to read or listen to poetry? Our poetry group meets once a month on Monday evenings. Bring a published poem (written by someone other than yourself) to read aloud to the group. This month's theme is FRIENDSHIP.

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Poet Lola Haskins (poetry and FL cemeteries book)

Thursday March 23, 2017 6:00 PM

Join us on Thursday, March 23 to hear award-winning Florida poet Lola Haskins talk about and read from two of her books of poetry and prose. Her thirteenth poetry collection, How Small, Confronting Morning (Jacar, 2016), is plein air poetry about inland Florida. She has also written a poetry advice book and a prose book containing both history and the wildest stories she could find:  Fifteen Florida Cemeteries: Strange Tales Unearthed, (University Press of Florida,  2011).

In Fifteen Florida Cemeteries, Ms. Haskins takes readers on a tour like no other. Travelling to Florida’s most interesting cemeteries, she visits Napoleon’s nephew, tells the gruesome story of a man who dug up his love and lived with her for seven years, and even shares a murder mystery. Each chapter features a substantial description of (and driving directions to) a particular location, an overview of the local community, and an extended profile of one of that cemetery’s most interesting "residents."

Lola Haskins  lives in Gainesville, Florida and Skipton, Yorkshire. Her poetry has appeared in The Atlantic, the London Review of Books, London Magazine, The New York Quarterly, Georgia Review, Prairie Schooner, Rattle and elsewhere, as well as having been broadcast on NPR and BBC radio. Ms. Haskins is currently serving a four year term as Honorary Chancellor of the Florida State Poets Association. Her awards include the Iowa Poetry Prize, two NEAs, two Florida Book Awards, four Florida state arts fellowships, and the Emily Dickinson prize from the Poetry Society of America. For more information, please visit her at www.lolahaskins.com.

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A TASTE OF TAROT with Pamela Jones

Tuesday March 28, 2017 6:00 PM

Have you been curious about what tarot is all about? Join us for a “Tarot 101” class with Pamela Jones! Learn Tarot-reading basics, plus tips about shuffling, spreads, deck selection and storage, and more. You'll pick up some techniques as Pamela reads your Tarot cards! Enjoy refreshments and meet fellow Tarot enthusiasts! We’ll also have a drawing for few lucky audience members to have public readings during the event.

Cost: $15 per person in advance, $20 at the door. To make a reservation, call (941) 205-2560 or come to the store.

Tarot decks and books will be available for purchase.

Professional Tarot card reader Pamela Jones has provided Tarot entertainment for more than a decade. She has read Tarot cards at the prestigious Kansas City Renaissance Festival and St. Louis Renaissance Faire in Missouri, as well as numerous events at Fishermen's Village in Punta Gorda, the Sarasota and Fort Myers Medieval Faires and many other festivals, private parties, corporate events, fundraisers and meetings throughout Missouri and Southwest Florida. Pamela is the host of "TROPICAL TAROT & BEYOND" on WKDW-FM radio and is certified by the Tarot Certification Board of America and the Tarot Guild Endorsed Reader Program.

B. A. Shapiro, New York Times Bestselling Author ("The Muralist")

Thursday March 30, 2017 6:00 PM

Join us on Thursday, March 30 at 6 pm to hear bestselling author B. A. Shapiro talk about her latest book The Muralist (now in paperback), published by Algonquin Books. B. A. Shapiro is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Art Forger, and her latest novel is a thrilling story of art, history, love, and politics that traces the life and mysterious disappearance of a brilliant young artist on the eve of World War II. Read more >>>

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B. A. Shapiro is the author of seven novels (The Muralist, The Art Forger, The Safe Room, Blind Spot, See No Evil, Blameless and Shattered Echoes), four screenplays (Blind Spot, The Lost Coven, Borderline and Shattered Echoes) and a non-fiction book, The Big Squeeze. The Art Forger has been on many bestseller lists—including the New York Times, Boston Globe, and LA Times — and has won many awards including the 2013 New England Book Award for Fiction. She lives in Boston and is working on her eighth novel.

Book Club "Year of Wonders"

Thursday April 6, 2017

Book Selection: Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks

Synopsis:

When an infected bolt of cloth carries plague from London to an isolated village, a housemaid named Anna Frith emerges as an unlikely heroine and healer. Through Anna’s eyes we follow the story of the fateful year of 1666, as she and her fellow villagers confront the spread of disease and superstition. As death reaches into every household and villagers turn from prayers to murderous witch-hunting, Anna must find the strength to confront the disintegration of her community and the lure of illicit love. As she struggles to survive and grow, a year of catastrophe becomes instead annus mirabilis, a “year of wonders.”

Inspired by the true story of Eyam, a village in the rugged hill country of England, Year of Wonders is a richly detailed evocation of a singular moment in history. Written with stunning emotional intelligence and introducing “an inspiring heroine” (The Wall Street Journal), Brooks blends love and learning, loss and renewal into a spellbinding and unforgettable read.

“The novel glitters . . . A deep imaginative engagement with how people are changed by catastrophe.” The New Yorker

Year of Wonders is a vividly imagined and strangely consoling tale of hope in a time of despair.” O, The Oprah Magazine

“A glimpse into the strangeness of history that simultaneously enables us to see a reflection of ourselves.” The New York Times Book Review

Geraldine Brooks is the author of five novels: the Pulitzer Prize-winning March; the international bestsellers Caleb's Crossing, People of the Book, Year of WondersThe Secret Chord. She has also written the acclaimed nonfiction works Nine Parts of Desire Foreign Correspondence. Born and raised inAustralia, she lives on Martha's Vinyard with her husband, the author Tony Horwitz, and their two sons.

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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.