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.

 

Tuesday, October 29, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Art Levy photo and book cover

Join us on October 29 at 6 pm to hear award-winning journalist Art Levy talk about his book Made in Florida: Artists, Celebrities, Activists, Educators, and Other Icons in the Sunshine State. Art will be pleased to sign copies of his book after his talk.

<<< RSVP to (941) 205-2560 or copperfishbooks@comcast.net. >>>

Discover some of Florida’s most fascinating personalities in this entertaining kaleidoscope of interviews. Made in Florida showcases a colorful lineup of notable people who got their start in the state and who have helped make it the unique, diverse place it is today. Hear from Carl Hiaasen and Dave Barry about their weirdest writing inspirations. Discover why Shaquille O’Neal never complains. Learn about the lives of Seminole Tribe elder Louise Gopher, pop art painter Romero Britto, NASA senior executive JoAnn Morgan, circus daredevil Bello Nock, football coach Steve Spurrier, state CFO Alex Sink, and Muhammad Ali’s “fight doctor” Ferdie Pacheco. In addition to the widely celebrated, Art Levy also introduces many unsung individuals, such as innovative industrialist “Chainsaw Al” and dedicated naturalist Eugenie Clark (“The Shark Lady”). Mingle with a legendary rancher, a civil rights historian, and a commercial fisherman. Marvel at an anticrime crusader, a space skydiver, and a snake-venom enthusiast.

Art Levy is an award-winning journalist. He is associate editor of Florida Trend magazine. He has also written for the St. Petersburg Times and the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Over the years, his stories have won more than 20 awards.



Monday, November 4, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Dark Matter cover

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



Monday, November 11, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Kristin Harmel and book cover

Copperfish Books is pleased to present a very special event with international bestselling author Kristin Harmel at The Orange House Wine Bar on Monday, November 11 from 6 to 8 pm. Kristin will speak about her latest novel, The Winemaker's Wife, published by Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster, and she'll be happy to sign copies of her books. We'll have some of her earlier books available for sale.

Admission for one is $45 and admission for two is $70. Ticket price includes one hardcover copy of The Winemaker's Wife, a buffet of appetizers, a glass of sparkling wine per person, and of course the opportunity to meet the author. A cash bar will be available for additional beverages.

<<< Tickets can be purchased online HERE or at the bookstore. >>>

ABOUT THE BOOK

The Winemaker's Wife is a moving story set amid the champagne vineyards of northern France during the darkest days of World War II.

Champagne, 1940: Inès has just married Michel, the owner of storied champagne house Maison Chauveau, when the Germans invade. As the danger mounts, Michel turns his back on his marriage to begin hiding munitions for the Résistance. Inès fears they'll be exposed, but for Céline, half-Jewish wife of Chauveau's chef de cave, the risk is even greater--rumors abound of Jews being shipped east to an unspeakable fate.

When Céline recklessly follows her heart in one desperate bid for happiness, and Inès makes a dangerous mistake with a Nazi collaborator, they risk the lives of those they love--and the champagne house that ties them together.

New York, 2019: Liv Kent has just lost everything when her eccentric French grandmother shows up unannounced, insisting on a trip to France. But the older woman has an ulterior motive--and a tragic, decades-old story to share. When past and present finally collide, Liv finds herself on a road to salvation that leads right to the caves of the Maison Chauveau.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

Kristin Harmel is a #1 international bestselling novelist whose books have been translated into numerous languages and are sold all over the world. A former reporter for PEOPLE magazine, Kristin has also freelanced for many other publications, including American Baby, Men’s Health, Glamour, Woman’s Day, Travel + Leisure, and more.

Her previous novels include The Room on Rue Amelie, When We Meet Again, The Life Intended, and The Sweetness of Forgetting – all international bestsellers.

Kristin grew up in Peabody, Mass.; Worthington, Ohio; and St. Petersburg, Fla., and she graduated with a degree in journalism from the University of Florida. After spending time living in Paris, she now lives in Orlando, Fla., with her husband and young son. She enjoys traveling (especially to France!), reading, cooking, wine tasting, and hanging out at Walt Disney World.



Tuesday, November 12, 2019 - 9:00am to 10:00am
Cover of "My Sister, the Serial Killer"

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



Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Cover of "My Sister, the Serial Killer"

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



Monday, November 18, 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). November's topic is MUSIC.
  • 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, November 25, 2019 - 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.



Saturday, November 30, 2019 - 10:00am to 5:00pm
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You're invited! Please come to our Small Business Saturday Holiday Open House at The Shops on Marion! Copperfish Books will have yummy mimosas and treats, door prizes, special deals, lots of great gift suggestions, and free gift wrapping. 

One of our favorite days of the year, it's the day to show your favorite local small businesses that you want them to be there how much you want them to be here! 



Monday, December 2, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
All Systems Red cover

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



Monday, December 9, 2019 - 9:00am to 10:00am
The House of Broken Angels cover

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, December 9, 2019 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Jingle Mingle

Enjoy LIVE Celtic Christmas music, yummy refreshments, special sales and free gift wrapping! This annual party is our way of saying thank you and Happy Holidays to our wonderful customers and friends! Drop in any time between 5 and 7 for some holiday fun at the bookstore!

Live music will be provided by Trina and Ian and Wolfhound. This is their third year entertaining us -- it's becoming a favorite tradition! The band plays traditional Irish music at festivals and pubs all over Southwest Florida. It's sure to be a special evening!



Tuesday, December 10, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
The House of Broken Angels cover

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, December 16, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
I love poetry image

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
Cover image of Autonomous

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



Monday, January 13, 2020 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Cassandra King Conroy and book cover

-HOLD THE DATE-

Copperfish Books is thrilled to present a very special event with best-selling novelist Cassandra King Conroy at Twin Isles Country Club. 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. The book will be published on October 29 by William Morrow/HarperCollins.

Tickets for this very special event will be available soon; watch for our email and Facebook post. We are not accepting reservations at this time.

Cassandra King Conroy, who 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.

<<< RSVP to (941) 205-2560 or copperfishbooks@comcast.net. >>>

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.



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
Cover of The Ruin of Kings

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



Thursday, February 6, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Southernmost 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.



Friday, February 7, 2020 - 9:00am to 10:00am
Southernmost 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.



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
Cover image of Skyward

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



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 – some YA – from a new generation of imaginative authors.