Store Events

As we emerge from the pandemic due to more and more people being vaccinated, we will be offering a mix of virtual and in-person events. Please see the individual event listings for details.

If you are new to using Zoom, please view their tutorial on Joining a Meeting. https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362193-Joining-a-Meeting

Please download the Zoom software ahead of the event you will be attending. Let us know at copperfishbooks@comcast.net if you have any questions.

Tuesday, July 27, 2021 - 6:00pm to 6:45pm
Book cover of To Have and to Hoax

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. 



Monday, August 2, 2021 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
A photo of a sea turtle in clear water with a sea blue background. Text reads "Sea Turtles Everywhere! With Carol McCoy, Master Naturalist and Sea Turtle Monitor." There is a photo of Carol McCoy below the turtle, and the Copperfish Books logo on the right.

Copperfish Books will host a free talk, touch, and craft event for children on Monday, August 2, 4-5 pm. Our guest speaker will be Carol McCoy, an Advanced Florida Master Naturalist and FWC-permitted sea turtle monitor. Carol will give a talk and show off a genuine sea turtle shell, and we’ll do a fun sea turtle craft. The kids will get refreshments and goody bags, too! This event is geared toward children in grades 1-4, but students and sea turtle enthusiasts of all ages are welcome to attend. (Children must be accompanied by an adult.)

This event will be held inside Copperfish Books. All unvaccinated children and adults must wear face masks.

Space is limited and you must register to attend. 

RSVP online via Eventbrite here or call us at (941) 205-2560.

About Carol McCoy

Carol loves turtles of all kinds, especially sea turtles, and volunteers as an FWC-permitted sea turtle monitor with Coastal Wildlife Club. She is a member of the Sea Turtle Stranding and Salvage Network (STSSN), International Sea Turtle Society (ISTS), and Gopher Tortoise Council, for which she is the outreach coordinator for SWFL. As an Advanced Florida Master Naturalist, Carol teaches others about Florida’s unique ecosystems and wildlife. Carol has traveled the world to see sea turtles and learn more about them.

Carol is a founding member of the Friends of Stump Pass (FOSP), a division of Barrier Island Parks Society (BIPS). The all-volunteer group works to preserve nature and protect wildlife while connecting people to the unspoiled beauty of Stump Pass Beach State Park. Carol currently serves as its chairperson and leads the FOSP “Sea Turtles Everywhere!” program held twice monthly at Stump Pass Beach State Park during sea turtle nesting season.



Thursday, August 5, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Squeeze Me 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.

This meeting will be held at 6 pm. 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.



Friday, August 6, 2021 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Cover image of The Swamp Pedders and a photo of Jason Vuic

Join us on Friday, August 6 at 4 pm to hear author Jason Vuic talk with us about his new book, The Swamp Peddlers: How Lot Sellers, Land Scammers, and Retirees Built Modern Florida and Transformed the American Dream. After his talk, Jason will be happy to sign copies of his book.

Purchase the book from us online here or give us a call. To enable us to continue to bring these events to you  and to support the authors  please purchase their books from us. 

Register online via Eventbrite here or let us know.

We know we're in a time of transition during the pandemic. If you are fully vaccinated, we no longer require you to wear a mask in our store. We do support the wearing of masks if you are not vaccinated or feel more comfortable doing so. Your patience and understanding is appreciated as we navigate our reentry into a time of hosting in-person events. We're excited, the authors are excited, and we know you are, too!

ABOUT THE BOOK

Florida has long been a beacon for retirees, but for many, the American dream of owning a home there was a fantasy. That changed in the 1950s, when the so-called installment land sales industry hawked billions of dollars of Florida residential property, sight unseen, to retiring northerners. For only $10 down and $10 a month, working-class pensioners could buy a piece of the Florida dream: a graded home site that would be waiting for them in a planned community when they were ready to build. The result was Cape Coral, Port St. Lucie, Deltona, Port Charlotte, Palm Coast, and Spring Hill, among many others--sprawling communities with no downtowns, little industry, and millions of residential lots.

In The Swamp Peddlers, Jason Vuic tells the raucous tale of the sale of residential lots in postwar Florida. Initially selling cheap homes to retirees with disposable income, by the mid-1950s developers realized that they could make more money selling parcels of land on installment to their customers. These swamp peddlers completely transformed the landscape and demographics of Florida, devastating the state environmentally by felling forests, draining wetlands, digging canals, and chopping up at least one million acres into grid-like subdivisions crisscrossed by thousands of miles of roads. Generations of northerners moved to Florida cheaply, but at a huge price: high-pressure sales tactics begat fraud; poor urban planning begat sprawl; poorly-regulated development begat environmental destruction, culminating in the perfect storm of the 21st-century subprime mortgage crisis.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Originally from Punta Gorda, Jason Vuic is a writer and historian living in Fort Worth, Texas. His previous books include The Yucks! Two Years in Tampa with the Losingest Team in NFL History and The Yugo: The Rise and Fall of the Worst Car in History. Jason is a graduate of Wake Forest University and holds an M.A. in history from the University of Richmond and a Ph.D. in history from Indiana University Bloomington. He has been both a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar and a Fulbright Scholar, and has appeared on such well-known programs as NPR’s Weekend EditionFox and Friends in the Morning, and C-SPAN’s Book TV. His website is www.jasonvuic.com.



Wednesday, August 18, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Book cover of The Last Flight

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. 



Tuesday, August 31, 2021 - 6:00pm to 6:45pm
Book cover

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. 

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. 



Tuesday, September 7, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Cat Tale 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.

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, September 15, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

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. 



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.



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. 



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.