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.

Author and Biotherapist Csongor Daniel

Thursday February 22, 2018 6:00 PM

Join us on Thursday, February 22 at 6 pm to hear biotherapist, healer, speaker, wellness coach and author Csongor Daniel talk about his book Bioenergy Healing: Simple Techniques for Reducing Pain and Restoring Health Through Energetic Healing.

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

Csongor Daniel was one of the first officially recognized bioenergy healers in the former Yugoslavia, trained by the legendary Zdenko Domancic. While his teacher has healed more than a million people, Csongor has no such ambitions. Instead, he would like to teach more than a million of you how to become healers yourselves. Bioenergy Healing will teach you how to feel and see the energy fields of the body and how to manipulate the energy in order to induce healing.

Who needs Bioenergy Healing? Anyone who has ever dabbled in healing, but is still looking for the right method; people who read most books on energy healing, but are still puzzled by complicated approaches and explanations; individuals who want to learn energy healing, but are too busy to take months or years of courses; health professionals who want to add a new effective modality to their practices; parents and children who want to help their friends and family members reduce or eliminate pain and heal without drugs. In other words: everyone wanting to help others to heal.

Csongor Daniel learned bioenergy healing more than twenty-five years ago in his native Yugoslavia and has been healing and lecturing internationally ever since. His unique, humorous approach to teaching reflects in his writing. He believes that we were all born to be healers. He lives in North Port, Florida.

Story Time

Saturday February 24, 2018 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

Story Time is now every Saturday!

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

The Great Florida Invasion: From Pepper to Pythons Presented by Author Charles Sobczak

Thursday March 1, 2018 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Join us on Thursday, March 1 at 6 pm when author and lecturer Charlie Sobczak returns to Copperfish Books with a new wildlife presentation entitled “The Great Florida Invasion: From Pepper to Pythons.”

This event is free to attend. RSVP to (941) 205-2560 or copperfishbooks@comcast.net.

From the first medieval pigs abandoned in Florida in 1521 through the invasion of lionfish, this presentation looks at how these escaped or introduced species have impacted the indigenous flora, fauna and sea life of the Sunshine State. With information derived from his award-winning book The Living Gulf Coast: A Nature Guide to Southwest Florida, author Charles Sobczak takes a sobering look at everything from the Burmese python to Brazilian pepper. Other invasive species included in the presentation will be Australian pines, iguanas, starlings, Tilapia and nutria. Sobczak will discuss possible solutions and warn of other, even more harmful animals that could impact Florida in the years to come.

Charlie Sobczak 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, Florida.

Story Time

Saturday March 3, 2018 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

Story Time is now every Saturday!

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

Author Mary Alice Monroe

Sunday March 4, 2018 2:00 PM

Join us on Sunday, March 4 at 2 pm to hear NY Times bestselling author Mary Alice Monroe talk about her latest novel Beach House for Rent, with a special focus on how Mary Alice brings animals into her novels.

The animals in her novels are usually wildlife, but in Beach House for Rent, canaries are featured. For this reason, special guest Steve Baptiste of Punta Gorda – also known as The Canary Man and is the No. 1 canary breeder in the country – will join Mary Alice to discuss this topic. Steve will even bring a group of canaries to show off their remarkable singing skills. After the talk, Mary Alice will be happy to sign copies of her books. Steve will also be available to chat about canaries. 

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

New York Times bestselling author Mary Alice Monroe found her true calling in environmental fiction when she moved to coastal South Carolina. Already a successful author, she was captivated by the beauty and fragility of her new home. Her experiences living in the midst of a habitat that was quickly changing gave her a strong and important focus for her novels.

Mary Alice Monroe writes richly textured books that delve into the complexities of interpersonal relationships and the parallels between the land and life. Monroe’s novels are published worldwide. With the same heart of conservation, Monroe has written two children’s picture books as well.

Monroe’s novel The Beach House will be adapted into a Hallmark Channel Hall of Fame Movie, starring three-time Golden Globe nominee Andie MacDowell and premiering exclusively on the network in 2018.

Monroe lives with her family on a barrier island outside Charleston, South Carolina. She is an active conservationist and serves on the Board of the South Carolina Aquarium, The Leatherback Trust, and Charleston Literacy Volunteers. She is a frequent speaker at book festivals, conferences, and private events. Monroe is also a frequent contributor to magazines and blogs.

Story Time

Saturday March 10, 2018 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

Story Time is now every Saturday!

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

Book Club "Twain & Stanley Enter Paradise"

Tuesday March 13, 2018 6:00 PM

Book Selection: Twain & Stanley Enter Paradise by Oscar Hijuelos

Synopsis:

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Oscar Hijuelos, is a luminous work of fiction inspired by the real-life, 37-year friendship between two towering figures of the late nineteenth century, famed writer and humorist Mark Twain and legendary explorer Sir Henry Morton Stanley.

Hijuelos was fascinated by the Twain-Stanley connection and eventually began researching and writing a novel that used the scant historical record of their relationship as a starting point for a more detailed fictional account. It was a labor of love for Hijuelos, who worked on the project for more than ten years, publishing other novels along the way but always returning to Twain and Stanley; indeed, he was still revising the manuscript the day before his sudden passing in 2013.

From their early days as journalists in the American West, to their admiration and support of each other's writing, their mutual hatred of slavery, their social life together in the dazzling literary circles of the period, and even a mysterious journey to Cuba to search for Stanley's adoptive father, TWAIN & STANLEY ENTER PARADISE superbly channels two vibrant but very different figures. It is also a study of Twain's complex bond with Mrs. Stanley, the bohemian portrait artist Dorothy Tennant, who introduces Twain and his wife to the world of seances and mediums after the tragic death of their daughter.

A compelling and deeply felt historical fantasia that utilizes the full range of Hijuelos' gifts, TWAIN & STANLEY ENTER PARADISE stands as an unforgettable coda to a brilliant writing career.

"The novel is full of suspense...A tale of...goodwill lost and goodwill regained. The deepest and best of Hijuelos's novels." New York Times Book Review

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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.

Story Time

Saturday March 17, 2018 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

Story Time is now every Saturday!

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

Author Randy Wayne White

Saturday March 17, 2018 2:00 PM

New York Times bestselling author (and Southwest Florida favorite) Randy Wayne White will appear at Copperfish Books on Saturday, March 17 at 2 pm! Mr. White will sign copies of his forthcoming novel Caribbean Rim, which is #25 in his Doc Ford series. The book will be published in hardcover on March 13 by G.P. Putnam's Sons/Penguin Random House and will be available at Copperfish Books.

IMPORTANT EVENT INFORMATION:

  1. This will not be a seated event.  Mr. White may make some remarks and take questions at the beginning of the event, but this is mainly a book signing.
  2. When you purchase a copy of Caribbean Rim from Copperfish Books (either by pre-ordering or in the bookstore once the book is published), you will receive a ticket that grants you priority in the signing queue. (Couples may share one ticket.) Visit Copperfish Books or call (941) 205-2560 to pre-order or for more information. Books will also be available for purchase on the day of the event.

ABOUT RANDY WAYNE WHITE:

Since his first Doc Ford novel, Sanibel Flats, came out in 1990, White has become one of the most popular thriller writers in the nation. His audience and reputation only continue to grow, and through him, hundreds of thousands of readers have been introduced to the secrets of Florida’s natural wonders and history. An outdoorsman, raconteur, journalist and former fishing guide, he has been stabbed, “shot at with intent,” and was in a hotel that was blown up by Shining Path anarchists in Peru.  As a columnist for Outside magazine, he covered the America’s Cup races in Australia, went dog sledding in Alaska, searched for wild orangutans on Borneo, brought back refugees from Cuba, dove in the infamous Bad Blue Hole lake on the desolate Cat Island in the Bahamas, and even participated in a mission to steal back General Manuel Noriega’s bar stools.

This is Randy Wayne White's twenty-fifth Doc Ford book. He has also had four collections of his columns for Outside magazine and elsewhere published, as well as the Florida Book Award-winning Hannah Smith series, which include Gone, Deceived, Haunted, and Seduced.

White has been awarded the Conch Republic Prize for Literature, as well as the John D. Macdonald Award for Literary Excellency.  In 2009, Randy was elected an American Fellow by The Explorers Club, New York City.  In 2011, White was named a Florida Literary Legend by the Florida Heritage Society.

He lives on Sanibel Island, Florida, where he was a light-tackle fishing guide for many years, and spends much of his free time windsurfing, playing baseball, and hanging out at Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille. He also has a home on nearby Pine Island that was built on a Calusa Indian shell mound and has been featured on NPR and in the Wall Street Journal, where White discussed his passion for maintaining this historic property and land, especially after a devastating hurricane.

Poetry Circle

Monday March 19, 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 "Fathers/Mothers/Marriage/Growing Up."

PLEASE: 
  • 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.

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

Story Time

Saturday March 24, 2018 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

Story Time is every Saturday!

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

Author Kristin Harmel

Sunday March 25, 2018 2:00 PM

Join us on Sunday, March 25 at 2 pm to hear author Kristin Harmel talk about her latest novel The Room on Rue Amélie (Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster). After her talk, Kristin will be happy to sign copies of her books.

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

For fans of Kristin Hannah’s The Nightingale and Martha Hall Kelly’s Lilac Girls, this powerful novel of fate, resistance, and family—by the international bestselling author of The Sweetness of Forgetting and When We Meet Again—tells the tale of an American woman, a British RAF pilot, and a young Jewish teenager whose lives intersect in occupied Paris during the tumultuous days of World War II.

Kristin Harmel is an international bestselling novelist whose books have been translated into numerous languages and are sold all over the world. Her latest novels — The Sweetness of ForgettingThe Life Intended, How to Save a Life, and When We Meet Again — are out now from Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster.

Kristin grew up in Peabody, Massachusetts; Worthington, Ohio; and St. Petersburg, Florida, and she graduated with a degree in journalism (with a minor in Spanish) from the University of Florida. After spending time living in Paris, she now lives in Orlando, Florida, with her husband and young son.

Story Time

Saturday March 31, 2018 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

Story Time is every Saturday!

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

Book Club "Small Great Things"

Thursday April 12, 2018

Book Selection: Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

[Please note: the paperback version of this book will be published on Feb. 20. Let us know if you would like us to reserve a copy for you.]

Synopsis:

Ruth Jefferson is a labor and delivery nurse at a Connecticut hospital with more than twenty years' experience. During her shift, Ruth begins a routine checkup on a newborn, only to be told a few minutes later that she's been reassigned to another patient. The parents are white supremacists and don't want Ruth, who is African American, to touch their child. The hospital complies with their request, but the next day, the baby goes into cardiac distress while Ruth is alone in the nursery. Does she obey orders or does she intervene?

Ruth hesitates before performing CPR and, as a result, is charged with a serious crime. Kennedy McQuarrie, a white public defender, takes her case but gives unexpected advice: Kennedy insists that mentioning race in the courtroom is not a winning strategy. Conflicted by Kennedy's counsel, Ruth tries to keep life as normal as possible for her family--especially her teenage son--as the case becomes a media sensation. As the trial moves forward, Ruth and Kennedy must gain each other's trust, and come to see that what they've been taught their whole lives about others--and themselves--might be wrong.

With incredible empathy, intelligence, and candor, Jodi Picoult tackles race, privilege, prejudice, justice, and compassion--and doesn't offer easy answers. Small Great Things is a remarkable achievement from a writer at the top of her game.

Small Great Things is the most important novel Jodi Picoult has ever written. . . . It will challenge her readers . . . [and] expand our cultural conversation about race and prejudice." --The Washington Post

"[Picoult] offers a thought-provoking examination of racism in America today, both overt and subtle. Her many readers will find much to discuss in the pages of this topical, moving book."--Booklist (starred review)

Soon to be a major motion picture starring Viola Davis and Julia Roberts.

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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 Laura Lee Smith

Sunday May 20, 2018 2:00 PM

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 copperfishbooks@comcast.net.

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.