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.

Independent Bookstore Day

Saturday April 29, 2017 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. Join us and show your love for your indie bookstore!

  • Free mimosas, coffee and treats
  • Enter to win a tote bag full of advance reading copies
  • Color your own bookmarks for adults and kids
  • I LOVE THIS BOOK Selfie Station (take a selfie with a book you love, post it with #bookstoreday)
  • Storewide specials
  • Special edition items created just for Independent Bookstore Day available for sale

April 29 is also the day of the Punta Gorda Block Party, which takes place on Marion Avenue and Taylor Street. The streets will be closed to vehicular traffic, but our parking lot will be available for our customers. Don't forget that the Herald Court Parking Garage is near by, too! So, make a day of it in Downtown Punta Gorda. Have fun with us, and then head to the Block Party to keep the fun going!

Wendy Wax, Bestselling Author

Monday May 1, 2017 6:00 PM

Join us to hear USA Today bestselling author Wendy Wax talk at Copperfish Books on Monday, May 1 at 6 pm. After her talk, Wendy will be happy to sign books purchased at Copperfish Books.

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

Wendy Wax’s newest novel (publishing on April 25) is One Good Thing (Berkley Books/Penguin Random House). Her 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 (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, 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.

Make-A-Book Ice Cream Party

Thursday May 4, 2017 4:00 AM - 5:00 AM

Grade school children are invited to Copperfish Books to make their own original book and enjoy ice cream. FREE event! All materials and ice cream will be provided. Seating is limited, so reserve your spot soon. Call 941-204-2560 or email copperfishbooks@comcast.net.

This event is part of Charlotte County’s Screen-Free Week May 1-7. 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 "The Signature of All Things"

Tuesday May 9, 2017

Book Selection: The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert

Synopsis:

In this book the author returns to fiction, inserting her inimitable voice into an enthralling story of love, adventure and discovery. Spanning much of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the novel follows the fortunes of the extraordinary Whittaker family as led by the enterprising Henry Whittaker-a poor-born Englishman who makes a great fortune in the South American quinine trade, eventually becoming the richest man in Philadelphia. Born in 1800, Henry's brilliant daughter, Alma (who inherits both her father's money and his mind), ultimately becomes a botanist of considerable gifts herself. As Alma's research takes her deeper into the mysteries of evolution, she falls in love with a man named Ambrose Pike who makes incomparable paintings of orchids and who draws her in the exact opposite direction, into the realm of the spiritual, the divine, and the magical. Alma is a clear-minded scientist; Ambrose a utopian artist, but what unites this unlikely couple is a desperate need to understand the workings of this world and the mechanisms behind all life.

The story soars across the globe, from London to Peru to Philadelphia to Tahiti to Amsterdam, and beyond. Along the way, the story is peopled with unforgettable characters: missionaries, abolitionists, adventurers, astronomers, sea captains, geniuses, and the quite mad. But most memorable of all, it is the story of Alma Whittaker, who, born in the Age of Enlightenment, but living well into the Industrial Revolution, bears witness to that extraordinary moment in human history when all the old assumptions about science, religion, commerce, and class were exploding into dangerous new ideas.

Elizabeth Gilbert is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Eat Pray Love, Big Magic, and several other internationally bestselling books of fiction and nonfiction.

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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.

Second Saturday Story Time

Saturday May 13, 2017 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

Calling all kids!

Come to our monthly children’s story time (approx. 45 mins). All are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Children must be accompanied by an adult. If you can, please RSVP to 941-205-2560 or copperfishbooks@comcast.net

Poetry Circle

Monday May 15, 2017 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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 THE OCEAN.

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

Book Club "The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating"

Wednesday June 7, 2017

Book Selection: The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating by Elisabeth Tova Bailey

Synopsis:

Elisabeth Tova Bailey tells the inspiring and intimate story of her year-long encounter with a Neohelix albolabris—a common forest snail. While an illness keeps her bedridden, Bailey watches as the snail takes up residence on her nightstand. Intrigued by its molluscan anatomy, cryptic defenses, clear decision making ability, hydraulic locomotion, and mysterious courtship activities, Bailey becomes an astute and amused observer. The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating is a remarkable journey of survival and resilience, showing us how a small part of the natural world illuminates our own human existence.

• John Burroughs Medal Award
• William Saroyan International Prize for Nonfiction
• National Outdoor Book Award

Elisabeth Tova Bailey’s essays and short stories have been published in The Yale Journal for Humanities in MedicineThe Missouri ReviewNorthwest Review, and the Sycamore Review. She has received the William Saroyan International Prize for Nonfiction, the John Burroughs Medal Award for Distinguished Natural History, a National Outdoor Book Award in Natural History Literature, several Pushcart Prize nominations, and a Notable Essay Listing in Best American Essays. Bailey is on the Writers Council for the National Writing Project. She lives in Maine.

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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.

Book Club "The Nest"

Tuesday July 11, 2017

Book Selection: The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney

Synopsis:

A warm, funny and acutely perceptive debut novel about four adult siblings and the fate of the shared inheritance that has shaped their choices and their lives.

Every family has its problems. But even among the most troubled, the Plumb family stands out as spectacularly dysfunctional. Years of simmering tensions finally reach a breaking point on an unseasonably cold afternoon in New York City as Melody, Beatrice, and Jack Plumb gather to confront their charismatic and reckless older brother, Leo, freshly released from rehab. Months earlier, an inebriated Leo got behind the wheel of a car with a nineteen-year-old waitress as his passenger. The ensuing accident has endangered the Plumbs' joint trust fund, “The Nest,” which they are months away from finally receiving. Meant by their deceased father to be a modest mid-life supplement, the Plumb siblings have watched The Nest’s value soar along with the stock market and have been counting on the money to solve a number of self-inflicted problems. 

Melody, a wife and mother in an upscale suburb, has an unwieldy mortgage and looming college tuition for her twin teenage daughters. Jack, an antiques dealer, has secretly borrowed against the beach cottage he shares with his husband, Walker, to keep his store open. And Bea, a once-promising short-story writer, just can’t seem to finish her overdue novel. Can Leo rescue his siblings and, by extension, the people they love? Or will everyone need to reimagine the futures they’ve envisioned? Brought together as never before, Leo, Melody, Jack, and Beatrice must grapple with old resentments, present-day truths, and the significant emotional and financial toll of the accident, as well as finally acknowledge the choices they have made in their own lives.

This is a story about the power of family, the possibilities of friendship, the ways we depend upon one another and the ways we let one another down. In this tender, entertaining, and deftly written debut, Sweeney brings a remarkable cast of characters to life to illuminate what money does to relationships, what happens to our ambitions over the course of time, and the fraught yet unbreakable ties we share with those we love.

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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.