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.

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Story Time

Saturday June 23, 2018 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

Story Time is every Saturday morning at Copperfish Books!

All are welcome to come listen to wonderful books read by community volunteers. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Story Time lasts about 45 minutes.

Author Wendy Wax

Monday June 25, 2018 6:00 PM

USA Today bestselling author Wendy Wax returns to Copperfish Books to talk about her new novel Best Beach Ever on Monday, June 25 at 6 pm. Published by Berkley Books/Penguin Random House. After her talk, Wendy will be happy to sign copies of her books.

To reserve a seat, call 941-205-2560 or email copperfishbooks@comcast.net.

Best Beach Ever is the sixth novel in the binge-worthy, bestselling Ten Beach Road series about a group of women who renovate house, build friendships, and fix their personal lives in the process. Wendy’s 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 (Best Beach Ever, 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, CNN Online, and 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.

Story Time

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

Story Time is every Saturday morning at Copperfish Books!

All are welcome to come listen to wonderful books read by community volunteers. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Story Time lasts about 45 minutes.

Story Time

Saturday July 7, 2018 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

Story Time is every Saturday morning at Copperfish Books!

All are welcome to come listen to wonderful books read by community volunteers. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Story Time lasts about 45 minutes.

Book Club "No One Is Coming to Save Us"

Tuesday July 10, 2018

Book Selection: No One Is Coming to Save Us by Stephanie Powell Watts

NAMED A BEST BOOK OF 2017 BY The Washington Post - St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Bookpage

NAMED ONE OF THE MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS OF 2017 BY Entertainment Weekly - Nylon - Elle - Redbook - W Magazine - The Chicago Review of Books

Synopsis:

JJ Ferguson has returned home to Pinewood, North Carolina, to build his dream house and to pursue his high school sweetheart, Ava. But as he reenters his former world, where factories are in decline and the legacy of Jim Crow is still felt, he's startled to find that the people he once knew and loved have changed just as much as he has. Ava is now married and desperate for a baby, though she can't seem to carry one to term. Her husband, Henry, has grown distant, frustrated by the demise of the furniture industry, which has outsourced to China and stripped the area of jobs. Ava's mother, Sylvia, caters to and meddles with the lives of those around her, trying to fill the void left by her absent son. And Don, Sylvia's unworthy but charming husband, just won't stop hanging around.

JJ's return--and his plans to build a huge mansion overlooking Pinewood and woo Ava--not only unsettles their family, but stirs up the entire town. The ostentatious wealth that JJ has attained forces everyone to consider the cards they've been dealt, what more they want and deserve, and how they might go about getting it. Can they reorient their lives to align with their wishes rather than their current realities? Or are they all already resigned to the rhythms of the particular lives they lead?

No One Is Coming to Save Us is a revelatory debut from an insightful voice: with echoes of The Great Gatsby it is an arresting and powerful novel about an extended African American family and their colliding visions of the American Dream. In evocative prose, Stephanie Powell Watts has crafted a full and stunning portrait that combines a universally resonant story with an intimate glimpse into the hearts of one family.

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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.

The First Page: All About Publishing Your Book

Thursday July 12, 2018 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Ready to write that novel or memoir and not sure where to start? Come hear a holistic talk on getting your book published, from collecting material and structuring your project to publishing and marketing. Explore alternatives such as e-books, Smashwords, and print on demand. Find out what editors, publishers, and ghostwriters charge. James Abraham of Book-Broker Publishers, offers gentle guidance and wise counsel on the world of publishing.

The two-hour session costs $25. Handouts and refreshments are included.

Purchase tickets onlinein the store, or by calling the store (941-205-2560).

James Abraham is a former reporter, editor, editorial writer, literary critic, and columnist with several newspapers including the Milwaukee Journal,Tallahassee Democrat, Charlotte Sun, and Sarasota Herald-Tribune. He has written a well-received political biography that is used in university curricula and has published a collection of his insightful book essays. Abraham is a popular writing coach, critic, and lecturer at writers’ centers and colleges who understands book editing and packaging. His Book-broker Publishers, which he founded 15 years ago, has produced or edited more than 500 books in a variety of genres.

Story Time

Saturday July 14, 2018 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

Story Time is every Saturday morning at Copperfish Books!

All are welcome to come listen to wonderful books read by community volunteers. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Story Time lasts about 45 minutes.

Story Time

Saturday July 21, 2018 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

Story Time is every Saturday morning at Copperfish Books!

All are welcome to come listen to wonderful books read by community volunteers. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Story Time lasts about 45 minutes.

Story Time

Saturday July 28, 2018 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

Story Time is every Saturday morning at Copperfish Books!

All are welcome to come listen to wonderful books read by community volunteers. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Story Time lasts about 45 minutes.

Book Club "The Vineyard"

Wednesday August 8, 2018

Book Selection: The Vineyard by Maria Duenas

Synopsis:

New York Times bestselling author Maria Duenas returns with The Vineyard, a magnificent story of ambition, heartbreak, and desire set in the 1860s Mexico, Cuba, and Spain--perfect for fans of Kate Morton and Kristin Hannah.

Mauro Larrea's fortune, the result of years of hardship and toil, comes crashing down on the heels of a calamitous event. Swamped by debt and uncertainty, he gambles the last of his money in a daring play that wins him an abandoned house and a vineyard an ocean away. Mauro travels to Andalusia de Jerez in Spain with every intention of selling the property and returning to Mexico. That is, until he meets the unsettling Soledad Montalvo, the widow of a London wine merchant who bursts into his life unannounced, determined to protect her family's legacy. Before long, Mauro finds himself immersed in the rich culture of the sherry trade. As his feelings for Soledad ripen into a consuming passion, he seeks to restore the vineyard to its former glory, propelling himself toward a future that he never could have imagined.

From the turbulent young Mexican republic to flourishing Havana to the fertile vineyards of Jerez in the second half of the nineteenth century, when the wine trade with England transformed the Andalusian city, Maria Duenas' latest novel takes place on both sides of the Atlantic, the New World and the Old.

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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 "How to Find Love in a Bookshop"

Thursday September 6, 2018

Book Selection: How to Find Love in a Bookshop by Veronica Henry (out in paperback July 10)

Synopsis:

The enchanting story of a bookshop, its grieving owner, a supportive literary community, and the extraordinary power of books to heal the heart.

Nightingale Books, nestled on the main street in an idyllic little village, is a dream come true for book lovers--a cozy haven and welcoming getaway for the literary-minded locals. But owner Emilia Nightingale is struggling to keep the shop open after her beloved father's death, and the temptation to sell is getting stronger. The property developers are circling, yet Emilia's loyal customers have become like family, and she can't imagine breaking the promise she made to her father to keep the store alive.

There's Sarah, owner of the stately Peasebrook Manor, who has used the bookshop as an escape in the past few years, but it now seems there's a very specific reason for all those frequent visits. Next is roguish Jackson, who, after making a complete mess of his marriage, now looks to Emilia for advice on books for the son he misses so much. And the forever shy Thomasina, who runs a pop-up restaurant for two in her tiny cottage--she has a crush on a man she met in the cookbook section, but can hardly dream of working up the courage to admit her true feelings. 

Enter the world of Nightingale Books for a serving of romance, long-held secrets, and unexpected hopes for the future--and not just within the pages on the shelves. How to Find Love in a Bookshop is the delightful story of Emilia, the unforgettable cast of customers whose lives she has touched, and the books they all cherish.

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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 Jonathan F. Putnam

Tuesday September 11, 2018 6:00 PM

Join us on Tuesday, September 11 at 6 pm to hear author Jonathan F. Putnam talk about his "Lincoln and Speed" Mystery series, published by Crooked Lane Books.

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

Here's a description of Jonathan's first book, These Honored Dead: Joshua Speed, the enterprising second son of a wealthy plantation owner, has struck off on his own. But before long, he makes a surprising and crucial new acquaintance--a freshly minted lawyer by the name of Abraham Lincoln. When an orphaned girl from a neighboring town is found murdered and suspicion falls on her aunt, Speed makes it his mission to clear her good name. Of course, he'll need the legal expertise of his unusual new friend.

"Jonathan Putnam combines an historian’s understanding of character and context with a remarkable narrative drive that kept me fascinated from start to finish." - Doris Kearns Goodwin, Pulitzer Prize winner; author, Team of Rivals.

Jonathan Putnam is a writer and attorney.  A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, he is a nationally renowned trial lawyer and a recognized Lincoln scholar.  His Lincoln and Speed Mystery Series includes Final Resting Place (to be published July 2018), Perish from the Earth (2017) and These Honored Dead (2016).

Author Kristina McMorris

Monday September 17, 2018 6:00 PM

Join us on Monday, September 17 at 6 pm to hear author Kristina McMorris talk about her latest novel, Sold on a Monday, published by SourceBooks.

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

From New York Times bestselling author Kristina McMorris comes another unforgettable novel inspired by a stunning piece of history.

2 CHILDREN FOR SALE

The scrawled sign, peddling young siblings on a farmhouse porch, captures the desperation sweeping the country in 1931. It's an era of breadlines, bank runs, and impossible choices.

For struggling reporter Ellis Reed, the gut-wrenching scene evokes memories of his family's dark past. He snaps a photograph of the children, not meant for publication. But when the image leads to his big break, the consequences are devastating in ways he never imagined.

Haunted by secrets of her own, secretary Lillian Palmer sees more in the picture than a good story and is soon drawn into the fray. Together, the two set out to right a wrongdoing and mend a fractured family, at the risk of everything they value.

Inspired by an actual newspaper photo that stunned readers across the nation, this touching novel explores the tale within the frame and behind the lens -- a journey of ambition, love and the far-reaching effects of our actions.

Kristina's earlier books include The Edge of Lost, The Pieces We Keep, and Bridge of Scarlet Leaves.

"Kristina McMorris evokes such a strong sense of place in her writing that to open her books feels less like reading and more like traveling." - BookPage