Store Events

 

Sunday, September 26, 2021 - 10:00am to Saturday, October 2, 2021 - 4:00pm
Banned Books Week  2021 logo and date

Books unite us.

Sharing stories important to us means sharing a part of ourselves. Books reach across boundaries and build connections between readers. Censorship, on the other hand, divides us and creates barriers.

Launched in 1982, Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community and is held each year during the last week of September. The theme of this year’s event is “Books Unite Us, Censorship Divides Us," emphasizing the ways in which books and information bring people together, help individuals see themselves in the stories of others, and aid the development of empathy and understanding for people from other backgrounds.

Come in during Banned Books Week and browse our special table display of Banned Books. Or, shop the Top 10 Most Challenged Books of 2020 list below (per the American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom). Either way, any regular-priced books will be 10% off.



Tuesday, September 28, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Cover of IT HAPPENED ONE SUMMER

This group primarily reads contemporary romance, and features stories that put the focus on love, happy endings, and the spicy fun that often comes with them. It is led by Lucy Perkins-Wagel, Bookseller. 

This particular meeting will be held virtually via Zoom.



Thursday, October 7, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Cover image of Among the Beautiful Beasts

This group reads and discusses mainly fiction and historical fiction, with a few interesting and relevant non-fiction choices added throughout the year.

As of July 2021, our book clubs will meet in-person with a virtual option. We will set up a computer in the store during the meeting so that people can join via Zoom. 



Wednesday, October 20, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Book cover image of Arsenic and Adobo

This group reads and discusses mystery and suspense fiction.

As of July 2021, our book clubs will meet in-person with a virtual option. We will set up a computer in the store during the meeting so that people can join via Zoom. 



Monday, October 25, 2021 - 11:30am to 1:00pm
Photos of the four authors and event name

Join us for a very special event on Monday, October 25 when New York Times bestselling authors Kristy Woodson Harvey, Mary Kay Andrews, and Patti Callahan will be in conversation with New York Times bestselling author Kristin Harmel! They will speak to us and sign copies of their upcoming books at a brunch at F. M. Don’s restaurant in Punta Gorda. There will also be fun activities and prizes, and a portion of ticket sales will be donated to the Friends of the Punta Gorda Library. We will have the entire restaurant, which not only makes it safer during these unusual times, but also adds to the fun! You won’t want to miss this literary extravaganza! 

Kristy, Mary Kay, and Patti have new books coming out: The Santa Suit by Mary Kay releases on September 28, Patti’s Once Upon a Wardrobe on October 19, and Kristy’s Christmas at Peachtree Bluff on October 26 – hot off the press, and you’ll get your copy a day early!

Each $100 ticket ($93.46 + FL sales tax) includes all three soon-to-be-released books; a brunch entrée, dessert, and a non-alcoholic beverage; and a donation to The Friends of the Punta Gorda Library. (A cash bar will be available.) Doors will open at 11:00 am and the event will begin at 11:30 am.

Can't make it to the event but want signed books? Call us or order the books on our website.

Purchase tickets through Eventbrite here or call/come in to the bookstore.

All four women are New York Times bestselling authors, podcast hosts, and co-creators of the weekly online Friends & Fiction live web show and podcast, along with author Mary Alice Monroe.

Kristy Woodson Harvey is the author of nine novels including Under the Southern Sky, The Peachtree Bluff Series, and the forthcoming The Wedding Veil. She blogs with her mom Beth Woodson on Design Chic about how creating a beautiful home can be the catalyst for creating a beautiful life.

Mary Kay Andrews is the author of 28 novels including The Newcomer, The High Tide Club, The Weekenders, Ladies’ Night and Hissy Fit. She is a native of St. Petersburg, Florida, a former journalist and way to much fun for her own good!

Patti Callahan is the author of 16 novels including The Bookshop at Water’s End, Becoming Mrs. Lewis, and Surviving Savannah. Before writing full time, she was a Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist. She grew up in Philadelphia, lived in South Florida and Georgia, and now lives in Alabama and South Carolina.

Kristin Harmel is the author of a dozen novels including The Forest of Vanishing StarsThe Book of Lost Names, The Winemaker's Wife, The Room on Rue Amélie, and The Sweetness of Forgetting. She lives in Orlando, Florida.



Monday, October 25, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Cover of I Kissed a Girl

This group primarily reads contemporary romance, and features stories that put the focus on love, happy endings, and the spicy fun that often comes with them. It is led by Lucy Perkins-Wagel, Bookseller. 

Our book clubs meet in-person with a virtual option. We will set up a computer in the store during the meeting so that people can join via Zoom if they prefer. 



Tuesday, November 9, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

This group reads and discusses mainly fiction and historical fiction, with a few interesting and relevant non-fiction choices added throughout the year.

During the pandemic, our book clubs will meet in-person with a virtual option. We will set up a computer in the store during the meeting so that people can join via Zoom. 



Wednesday, November 17, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Book cover image for The Guest List

This group reads and discusses mystery and suspense fiction.

As of July 2021, our book clubs will meet in-person with a virtual option. We will set up a computer in the store during the meeting so that people can join via Zoom. 



Saturday, November 27, 2021 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Shop Small logo and text "Make a Big Impact / Small Business Saturday"

Small Business Saturday is the day to show your favorite local small businesses how much you want them to be here! 

We'll add details about our celebration later. Until then, please pencil us in on your calendar!



Monday, November 29, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Book cover of The Matzah Ball

This group primarily reads contemporary romance, and features stories that put the focus on love, happy endings, and the spicy fun that often comes with them. It is led by Lucy Perkins-Wagel, Bookseller. 

Our book clubs meet in-person with a virtual option. We will set up a computer in the store during the meeting so that people can join via Zoom if they prefer. 



Tuesday, December 7, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Book cover

This group reads and discusses mainly fiction and historical fiction, with a few interesting and relevant non-fiction choices added throughout the year.

During the pandemic, our book clubs will meet in-person with a virtual option. We will set up a computer in the store during the meeting so that people can join via Zoom. 



Wednesday, December 15, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Book cover

This group reads and discusses mystery and suspense fiction.

During the pandemic, our book clubs will meet in-person with a virtual option. We will set up a computer in the store during the meeting so that people can join via Zoom. 



Wednesday, January 19, 2022 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Book cover

This group reads and discusses mystery and suspense fiction.

During the pandemic, our book clubs will meet in-person with a virtual option. We will set up a computer in the store during the meeting so that people can join via Zoom.