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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


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.


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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Poetry Circle

Monday April 10, 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 POEMS IN A TRADITIONAL FORM.

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An Evening of Poetry

Thursday April 13, 2017 6:00 PM

To celebrate National Poetry Month (April), Copperfish Books is having a special event called "An Evening of Poetry" on Thursday, April 13. The event will feature celebrated poet Joyce Peseroff.

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Joyce Peseroff is the author of several collections of poetry, including The Hardness Scale, Mortal Education, Eastern Mountain Time, and Know Thyself. She has served as an editor for Ploughshares and edited The Ploughshares Poetry Reader, Robert Bly: When Sleepers Awake, and Simply Lasting: Writers on Jane Kenyon. Her honors include grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Massachusetts Artists Foundation as well as a Pushcart Prize.

In addition, select local poets will read their poems. To have your poem be considered, send an email request for details to Cathy at (do not send poems). The deadline for submissions is March 15.


Independent Bookstore Day

Saturday April 29, 2017 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM


It's a national celebration of indie bookstores, books, and authors! Independent Bookstore Day has become a nationwide party as big and varied as the country itself.

We'll post specifics here and via our newsletter (sign up here) about our activities for the day soon. For now, please plan to join us for a day of independent, literary fun!

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.

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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.

Book Club "The Signature of All Things"

Tuesday May 9, 2017

Book Selection: The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert


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.


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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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.

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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


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.


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