Store Events

Author events are very popular at Copperfish Books! We ask that you RSVP so that we can manage the space, order enough books, and make sure your overall experience is positive and enjoyable. Most of our events are free and open to the public; some may require tickets and a book purchase. Please look for RSVP information on each of the individual event listings and read our Event Reservation details.

If you can't make it to an author event, contact us to order a signed copy.

 

Monday, December 16, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
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Do you like to read or listen to poetry? Join our poetry group! We meet once a month on Monday evenings in "season." 

PLEASE: 

  • Bring a poem you love or admire (not one you have written yourself, please) that relates to this month's topic(s). December's topic is ALTERNATIVE LIFESTYLES.
  • 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.



Monday, January 6, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
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This group reads and discusses compelling and exciting science fiction and fantasy novels from a new generation of imaginative authors.



Tuesday, January 7, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
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Start the new year off in a most HEALTHFUL way! Local cardiologist Dr. Jaimela Dulaney returns to Copperfish Books on Tuesday, January 7 at 6 pm to talk about her cookbook, Plant-based Wellness Cookbook: Three Generations of Cooking-the Doctor, the Dietitian, and the Diva. The cookbook is written by Dr. Dulaney, her daughter Addie Dulaney Majnaric RDN, and her mother Alfreda Cecelia Dulaney. Dr. Dulaney will be pleased to sign her books after her talk.

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A family with a love for cooking and helping others reach optimal health and wellness through plant-based nutrition  -- that is what the Dulaney ladies are all about! Step into the kitchen with three generations as they put a plant strong twist on tradition with these doctor and dietitian approved meals. You will find recipes with a variety of themes and flavors to take your health to the next level. And everything is salt-sugar-oil free as well as whole food plant-based. Whether you are focused on disease prevention or reversal or want healthy recipes for the entire family, you cannot go wrong with dining with the Dulaney's!

Dr. Jaimela Dulaney has been a cardiologist for 26 years. It was not until she began teaching a plant-based nutrition course in her office that she was actually able to help her patients reverse their lifestyle diseases. Many of the recipes demonstrated in the class are family recipes that were made plant strong in order to demonstrate a healthy plant strong plate using familiar foods. These recipes have allowed many people to reverse their lifestyle diseases and gain confidence cooking plant-based. Because of the success of the nutrition classes, Dr. Dulaney changed her practice model to include a full-time registered dietitian -- her plant strong daughter Addie Dulaney Majnaric, RDN, was the perfect addition. As a team, Dr. Dulaney and staff take time to understand the patient's health and wellness needs, then utilize general medical care, cardiac care, nutritional education, and coaching, along with social support, to achieve the best state of wellbeing possible. The Doctor and the Dietitian would not have achieved success without the Diva, mother, and grandmother, Alfreda Dulaney. She has been an example of the power of plant-based nutrition to maintain health at any age, and she is the creative collaborator behind many of the recipes. Dr. Dulaney and Addie wish to give you and your family insight in to the endless benefits of plant-based nutrition with their family cookbook.



Thursday, January 9, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
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This group reads and discusses mainly fiction and historical fiction, with a few interesting and relevant non-fiction choices added throughout the year. (Choose either morning session 9-10 am or evening session 6-7 pm. The sessions meet on different days.)



Friday, January 10, 2020 - 9:00am to 10:00am
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This group reads and discusses mainly fiction and historical fiction, with a few interesting and relevant non-fiction choices added throughout the year. (Choose either morning session 9-10 am or evening session 6-7 pm. The sessions meet on different days.)



Monday, January 13, 2020 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
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Copperfish Books is thrilled to present a very special event with best-selling novelist Cassandra King Conroy at Twin Isles Country Club in Punta Gorda. Our afternoon social will feature Cassandra speaking about her memoir, Tell Me a Story: My Life with Pat Conroy, in which she considers her life and the man she shared it with, paying tribute to her husband, Pat Conroy, the legendary figure of modern Southern literature.

Admission for one is $40 and admission for two is $65. Ticket price includes one hardcover copy of Tell Me a Story: My Life with Pat Conroy, appetizers, a glass of wine or iced tea per person, and of course the opportunity to meet the author. A cash bar will be available for additional beverages.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Cassandra King Conroy was leading a quiet life as a professor, divorced "Sunday wife" of a preacher, and debut novelist when she met Pat Conroy. Their union would last 18 years until his death from pancreatic cancer in 2016. She has been called the Queen of Southern storytelling, is the author of six novels, Making Waves, The Sunday Wife, The Same Sweet Girls, Queen of Broken Hearts, Moonrise, and The Same Sweet Girls' Guide to Life, as well as numerous short stories, essays and articles.



Wednesday, January 15, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
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Join us on January 15 at 6 pm to hear author Mamta Chaudhry talk about her debut historical novel Haunting Paris (published by Random House). Mamta will be pleased to sign copies of her book after her talk.

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Haunting Paris is a timeless story of love and loss takes a mysterious turn when a bereaved pianist discovers a letter among her late lover's possessions, launching her into a decades-old search for a child who vanished in the turbulence of wartime Paris. Mamta Chaudhry's profoundly moving debut matches emotional intensity with lyrical storytelling to explore grief, family secrets, and the undeniable power of memory, while using vivid imagery and deep historical understanding to capture a city in breathtaking new ways.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mamta Chaudhry lives with her husband in Coral Gables, Florida, and they spend part of each year in India and in France. Much of her professional career was in television and classical radio at stations in Calcutta, Gainesville, Dallas, and Miami. Mamta has studied with Marilynne Robinson and has also taught literature and creative writing at the University of Miami. Her early fiction, poetry, and feature articles have been published in newspapers and magazines in the States and in India. She is currently working on a second novel.



Sunday, January 19, 2020 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
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Join us on Sunday, January 19 at 2 pm to hear Joy Sheffield Harris talk about her cookbook The Florida Cracker Cookbook: Recipes and Stories from Cabin to Condo. Joy will be pleased to sign copies of her book after her talk.

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From a simple one-story cabin in the piney woods of the Panhandle to a high-rise condo along the glistening waterways, Cracker cooking in Florida has evolved with our tastes and times. When supplies were limited and the workday arduous, black coffee with leftover cornbread might serve as breakfast. Today's bounty and life's relative ease bring mornings with lattes and biscotti, biscuits and sausage gravy. What's on the plate has changed, but our heritage infuses who we are. As we follow the path laid out by gastronomic pioneers, this culinary quest, guided by sixth-generation Cracker Joy Sheffield Harris, will whet your appetite with recipes and sumptuous reflections. Pull up a chair and dig in.

Joy Sheffield Harris was born in Tripoli, Libya, on Wheelus Field Air Force Base but moved to Florida just in time to attend Humpty Dumpty Kindergarten and, later, Florida State University. She was a home economics and history teacher, as well as a marketing specialist for both the Florida Department of Natural Resources and the Florida Poultry Federation. Joy met her husband, Jack, while promoting Florida's natural bounty on television in the early '80s. After they were married, they briefly owned a restaurant with friends, called Harris and Company, and in 2010 they co-wrote Easy Breezy Florida Cooking. Other books by Joy are A Culinary History of Florida and Florida Sweets.



Monday, January 27, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
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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.



Monday, February 3, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
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This group reads and discusses compelling and exciting science fiction and fantasy novels from a new generation of imaginative authors.



Thursday, February 6, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
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This group reads and discusses mainly fiction and historical fiction, with a few interesting and relevant non-fiction choices added throughout the year. (Choose either morning session 9-10 am or evening session 6-7 pm. The sessions meet on different days.)



Friday, February 7, 2020 - 9:00am to 10:00am
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This group reads and discusses mainly fiction and historical fiction, with a few interesting and relevant non-fiction choices added throughout the year. (Choose either morning session 9-10 am or evening session 6-7 pm. The sessions meet on different days.)



Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Please join us on Tuesday, February 11 at 6 pm to celebrate the publication of Painting the Town: 25 Years of Murals, History and the Stories Discovered Along the Way by the Punta Gorda Historic Mural Society. Kelly Gaylord, president of the Mural Society, and contributor Libbie Schaefer will share stories about the murals and Punta Gorda history, so the evening is sure to be both informative and fun!

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Established in 1995, the Punta Gorda Historic Mural Society (PGHMS) is a non-profit, 501c(3) organization managed by an all-volunteer Board of Directors.  With strong Community support the PGHMS has created 30 murals throughout our city.



Monday, February 24, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
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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.



Friday, February 28, 2020 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm

Please join on Friday, February 28 at 4:30 pm (note special time) to hear award-winning Florida journalist and author Craig Pittman talk about his book Cat Tale: The Wild, Weird Battle to Save the Florida Panther. After his talk, Craig will be happy to sign copies of his books.

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It wasn't so long ago when a lot of people thought the Florida panther was extinct. They were very nearly right. That the panther still exists at all is a miracle--the result of a desperate experiment that led to the most remarkable comeback in the history of the Endangered Species Act. And no one has told the whole story--until now.

With novelistic detail and an eye for the absurd, Craig Pittman recounts the extraordinary story of the people who brought the panther back from the brink of extinction, the ones who nearly pushed the species over the edge, and the cats that were caught in the middle. This being Florida, there's more than a little weirdness, too.

An engrossing narrative of wry humor, sharp writing and exhaustive reportage, Cat Tale shows what it takes to bring one species back and what unexpected costs such a decision brings.

CRAIG PITTMAN is an award-winning reporter and columnist for Florida's largest newspaper, the Tampa Bay Times. He has been named by the Florida Heritage Book Festival Board as their 2020 Literary Legend. Craig is a native Floridian who has written three previous books about Florida topics: Paving Paradise: Florida's Vanishing Wetlands and the Failure of No Net Loss (2009), Manatee Insanity: Inside the War Over Florida's Most Famous Endangered Species (2010), The Scent of Scandal: Greed, Betrayal, and the World's Most Beautiful Orchid (2012), and Oh, Florida!: How America's Weirdest State Influences the Rest of the Country (2016). He lives in St. Petersburg with his wife and two children.



Monday, March 2, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
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This group reads and discusses compelling and exciting science fiction and fantasy novels from a new generation of imaginative authors.



Tuesday, March 10, 2020 - 9:00am to 10:00am

This group reads and discusses mainly fiction and historical fiction, with a few interesting and relevant non-fiction choices added throughout the year. (Choose either morning session 9-10 am or evening session 6-7 pm. The sessions meet on different days.)



Wednesday, March 11, 2020 - 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. (Choose either morning session 9-10 am or evening session 6-7 pm. The sessions meet on different days.)



Monday, April 6, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Cover of The Raven Tower

This group reads and discusses compelling and exciting science fiction and fantasy novels from a new generation of imaginative authors.