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.

Small Business Saturday

Saturday November 25, 2017

You're invited to the Annual Holiday Open House at The Shops on Marion! We're joining our friends at HipNotique, Pomegranate & Fig, Tiki's Boutique, and Sea Grape Gallery for this special Small Business Saturday event, which runs from 10 am to 5:30 pm!

Copperfish Books will have yummy mimosas and treats, lots of great gift choices and suggestions, door prizes, special deals, and free gift wrapping.

Show your favorite independently-owned small businesses that you want them to be there! After all, when you shop local you reinvest in YOUR community. WE ALL WIN!

Jingle Mingle Open House

Tuesday December 5, 2017 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Join us for our 5th Annual

Jingle Mingle Holiday Open House

6 - 8 pm – Drop in any time!

This party is our way of saying thank you and Happy Holidays to our wonderful customers and friends! We'll have wine and treats, special sales and free gift wrapping! But wait! There's more...

This year we have a very special treat! Trina and Ian and Wolfhound will play Celtic Christmas music as we mix and mingle with fellow book-lovers. This talented group is known for playing their traditional Irish music at pubs and festivals all over Southwest Florida. It's sure to be a special evening!

BOOK CLUB "Like One of the Family"

Thursday December 7, 2017

Book Selection: Like One of the Family by Alice Childress

Synopsis:

First published in Paul Robeson’s newspaper, Freedom, and composed of a series of conversations between Mildred, a black domestic, and her friend Marge, Like One of the Family is a wry, incisive portrait of working women in Harlem in the 1950’s. Rippling with satire and humor, Mildred’s outspoken accounts vividly capture her white employers’ complacency and condescension—and their startled reactions to a maid who speaks her mind and refuses to exchange dignity for pay.

Upon publication the book sparked a critique of working conditions, laying the groundwork for the contemporary domestic worker movement. Although she was critically praised, Childress’s uncompromising politics and unflinching depictions of racism, classism, and sexism relegated her to the fringe of American literature. Like One of the Family has been long overlooked, but this new edition, featuring a foreword by best-selling author Roxane Gay, will introduce Childress to a new generation.

Alice Childress (1916–1994) was a playwright, novelist, and actress. Born in Charleston, South Carolina, and raised and educated in Harlem, she is the author of numerous plays, including Wedding Band, Wine in the Wilderness, and the Obie Award–winning Trouble in Mind—as well as books for young adults, such as Rainbow Jordan and A Hero Ain’t Nothin’ but a Sandwich.

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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 December 9, 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.

 If you can, please RSVP to 941-205-2560 or copperfishbooks@comcast.net

Poetry Circle

Monday December 18, 2017 6:00 PM - 7:30 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 "Wonder/Mystery of Life/Poems as Blessings."

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

BOOK CLUB "Orphans of the Carnival"

Wednesday January 17, 2018

Book Selection: Orphans of the Carnival by Carol Birch

Synopsis:

In this stunning work of historical fiction, the Booker Prize–nominated author of Jamrach’s Menagerie reimagines the incredible true story of Julia Pastrana, a woman branded a freak at birth. Although she was pronounced by the most eminent physician of the day to be “a true hybrid wherein the nature of woman presides over that of the brute,” Julia was fluent in English, French, and Spanish, and an accomplished musician with an exquisite singing voice. Alternately vilified and celebrated, all she wanted was for people to see beyond her hairy visage—and perhaps, the chance for love. When Julia meets a charming showman who catapults her onto the global stage, she believes that she has found true happiness at last. But the question of whether her lover truly cares for her—or if his management is just a new form of exploitation—lingers heavily. A deeply moving novel, in Orphans of the Carnival Carol Birch has crafted a haunting examination of how we define ourselves and, ultimately, of what it means to be human.

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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 Kris Radish

Tuesday January 23, 2018 6:00 PM

Join us on Tuesday, January 23 at 6 pm when best-selling author Kris Radish returns to Copperfish Books to talk about her latest novel, A Dangerous Woman from Nowhere.

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

Book synopsis: When her husband is kidnapped by ruthless gold miners, frontier woman Briar Logan is forced to accept the help of an emotionally damaged young man and a famous female horse trainer. On her quest to save her husband, she discovers that adventures of the heart are almost as dangerous as tracking down lawless killers.

Beloved novelist Kris Radish's writing career has spanned four decades and has included award-winning newspaper work, magazine features, a nationally syndicated column, eleven books and enough stories and adventures to fill up many more. She lives in Florida with her partner, Madonna Metcalf, with whom she co-owns a wine lounge, Wine Madonna, in downtown St. Petersburg. 

Kris Radish books:

The Elegant Gathering of White Snows (2002)
Dancing Naked at the Edge of Dawn (2004)
Annie Freeman's Fabulous Traveling Funeral (2005)
The Sunday List of Dreams (2007)
Searching for Paradise in Parker, PA (2008)
The Shortest Distance Between Two Women (2009)
Hearts on a String (2010)
Tuesday Night Miracles (2012)
A Grand Day to Get Lost (2013)
Gravel on the Side of the Road: True Stories From A Broad Who Has Been There (2014)
The Year of Necessary Lies (2016)

BOOK CLUB "Pachinko"

Monday February 12, 2018

Book Selection: Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

Synopsis:

Profoundly moving and gracefully told, Pachinko follows one Korean family through the generations, beginning in early 1900s Korea with Sunja, the prized daughter of a poor yet proud family, whose unplanned pregnancy threatens to shame them. Betrayed by her wealthy lover, Sunja finds unexpected salvation when a young tubercular minister offers to marry her and bring her to Japan to start a new life.

So begins a sweeping saga of exceptional people in exile from a homeland they never knew and caught in the indifferent arc of history. In Japan, Sunja's family members endure harsh discrimination, catastrophes, and poverty, yet they also encounter great joy as they pursue their passions and rise to meet the challenges this new home presents. Through desperate struggles and hard-won triumphs, they are bound together by deep roots as their family faces enduring questions of faith, family, and identity.

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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.