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Wednesday, October 17, 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
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Join us on Wednesday, October 17 from 6-7:30 pm for an informative lecture called "Intro to Genealogy" presented by Janice Friel, author of the new book A Beginner's Guide to Genealogy. Finding Your Family Roots.

Cost is $10, with $5 applied to the purchase of A Beginner's Guide to Genealogy. Tickets to this event may be purchased in advance or at the door.

To purchase tickets in advance, click here, call (941) 205-2560 or come in to the store.

Attendees will be introduced to the following concepts:

  • Finding census, birth, death, marriage and divorce records
  • Finding military, immigration, church, Tax & land records
  • Researching newspapers, message boards & social media 
  • DNA searches
  • and more.

 



Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Third Thursday Wine Walk

Downtown Punta Gorda merchants -- including Copperfish Books -- are pleased to present Third Thursday Wine Walk on the third Thursday of every month. 

To sample wines, get a wristband ($10 donation) prior to the event from the Punta Gorda Chamber (252 W Marion Avenue). Tickets will also be available on the night of the event at the Chamber and at select downtown businesses. You'll receive a map of all participating merchants so you'll know where to go to enjoy a variety of wine at each location.

Even if you don't want the wine, come on out for Punta Gorda's downtown Third Thursday tradition!



Tuesday, October 23, 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

You're invited to a celebration of the publication of Maria von Atzigen's memoir, Swiss Connections on Tuesday, October 23.

Please RSVP to 941-205-2560 or copperfishbooks@comcast.net.

Punta Gorda residents know Maria von Atzigen as the cheerful co-owner of Swiss Connections, the café and chocolate shop she ran with her late husband, Franz. But not many know of the couple’s years in the Swiss foreign service. Maria and Franz traveled the globe representing their homeland. Now Maria has written a memoir of those years, sharing her life of excitement, enterprise, and family values. Swiss Connections, lavishly illustrated with photographs, offers a humorous, insightful look at the world Maria knew.



Monday, November 5, 2018 - 9:00am

(Choose either morning session 9-10 am or evening session 6-7 pm.) 



Wednesday, November 7, 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Join us on Wednesday, November 7 at 6 pm to hear biotherapist, healer, speaker, wellness coach and author Csongor Daniel talk about bioenergy healing. Csongor came and spoke to a rapt audience in February and has kindly agreed to return and talk some more about his passion, biotherapy. His latest book is Bioenergy Healing: Simple Techniques for Reducing Pain and Restoring Health Through Energetic Healing.

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

Csongor Daniel was one of the first officially recognized bioenergy healers in the former Yugoslavia, trained by the legendary Zdenko Domancic. While his teacher has healed more than a million people, Csongor has no such ambitions. Instead, he would like to teach more than a million of you how to become healers yourselves. Bioenergy Healing will teach you how to feel and see the energy fields of the body and how to manipulate the energy in order to induce healing.

Who needs Bioenergy Healing? Anyone who has ever dabbled in healing, but is still looking for the right method; people who read most books on energy healing, but are still puzzled by complicated approaches and explanations; individuals who want to learn energy healing, but are too busy to take months or years of courses; health professionals who want to add a new effective modality to their practices; parents and children who want to help their friends and family members reduce or eliminate pain and heal without drugs. In other words: everyone wanting to help others to heal.

Csongor Daniel learned bioenergy healing more than twenty-five years ago in his native Yugoslavia and has been healing and lecturing internationally ever since. His unique, humorous approach to teaching reflects in his writing. He believes that we were all born to be healers. He lives in North Port, Florida.

 



Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Third Thursday Wine Walk

Downtown Punta Gorda merchants -- including Copperfish Books -- are pleased to present Third Thursday Wine Walk on the third Thursday of every month. 

To sample wines, get a wristband ($10 donation) prior to the event from the Punta Gorda Chamber (252 W Marion Avenue). Tickets will also be available on the night of the event at the Chamber and at select downtown businesses. You'll receive a map of all participating merchants so you'll know where to go to enjoy a variety of wine at each location.

Even if you don't want the wine, come on out for Punta Gorda's downtown Third Thursday tradition!



Monday, November 19, 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

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 FOOD.
  • 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.



Thursday, December 6, 2018 - 12:30pm

(Choose either morning session 9-10 am or evening session 6-7 pm.) 



Monday, December 17, 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
I Love Poetry

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 FIRST EXPERIENCES.
  • 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.



Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Third Thursday Wine Walk

Downtown Punta Gorda merchants -- including Copperfish Books -- are pleased to present Third Thursday Wine Walk on the third Thursday of every month. 

To sample wines, get a wristband ($10 donation) prior to the event from the Punta Gorda Chamber (252 W Marion Avenue). Tickets will also be available on the night of the event at the Chamber and at select downtown businesses. You'll receive a map of all participating merchants so you'll know where to go to enjoy a variety of wine at each location.

Even if you don't want the wine, come on out for Punta Gorda's downtown Third Thursday tradition!



Tuesday, January 8, 2019 - 9:00am

(Choose either morning session 9-10 am or evening session 6-7 pm.) 



Monday, January 21, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
I Love Poetry

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). January's topic is TRAVEL/FARAWAY PLACES.
  • 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.



Wednesday, January 23, 2019 - 6:00pm

Please join us on Wednesday, January 23, to hear New York Times bestselling author Andre Dubus III talk about his latest novel, Gone So Long. After his talk, Andre will be pleased to sign copies of his book.

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

Lots of local interest in this novel! Most of it takes place in Arcadia. One chapter is set in Punta Gorda, and it ends in St. Petersburg.

About the book: Daniel Ahearn lives a quiet, solitary existence in a seaside New England town. Forty years ago, following a shocking act of impulsive violence on his part, his daughter, Susan, was ripped from his arms by police. Now in her forties, Susan still suffers from the trauma of a night she doesn’t remember, as she struggles to feel settled, to love a man and create something that lasts. Lois, her maternal grandmother who raised her, tries to find peace in her antique shop in a quaint Florida town but cannot escape her own anger, bitterness, and fear.

Cathartic, affirming, and steeped in the empathy and precise observations of character for which Dubus is celebrated, Gone So Long explores how the wounds of the past afflict the people we become, and probes the limits of recovery and absolution.

Andre Dubus III is the author of Gone So Long, Dirty Love, The Garden of Last Days, House of Sand and Fog (a #1 New York Times bestseller, Oprah's Book Club pick, and finalist for the National Book Award), and Townie, winner of an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature. His writing has received many honors, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Magazine Award, and two Pushcart Prizes. He lives with his family in Newburyport, Massachusetts.

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Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Join us on Thursday, January 24, to hear Ben Montgomery talk about his latest non-fiction book, The Man Who Walked Backward: An American Dreamer's Search for Meaning in the Great Depression. After his talk, Ben will be happy to sign copies of his books.

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

Like most Americans at the time, Plennie Wingo was hit hard by the effects of the Great Depression. When the bank foreclosed on his small restaurant in Abilene, he found himself suddenly penniless with nowhere left to turn. After months of struggling to feed his family on wages he earned digging ditches in the Texas sun, Plennie decided it was time to do something extraordinary -- something to resurrect the spirit of adventure and optimism he felt he'd lost. He decided to walk around the world -- backwards.

In The Man Who Walked Backward, Pulitzer Prize finalist Ben Montgomery charts Plennie's backwards trek across the America that gave rise to Woody Guthrie, John Steinbeck, and the New Deal. With the Dust Bowl and Great Depression as a backdrop, Montgomery follows Plennie across the Atlantic through Germany, Turkey, and beyond, and details the daring physical feats, grueling hardships, comical misadventures, and hostile foreign police he encountered along the way. A remarkable and quirky slice of Americana, The Man Who Walked Backward paints a rich and vibrant portrait of a jaw-dropping period of history.

Ben's previous books are Grandma Gatewood's Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail and The Leper Spy: The Story of an Unlikely Hero of World War II..

Ben Montgomery is a staff writer at the Tampa Bay Times and cofounder of the Auburn Chautauqua, a Southern writers' collective. He was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2010 and has won many other national writing awards.



Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 9:00am

(Choose either morning session 9-10 am or evening session 6-7 pm.) 



Monday, February 11, 2019 - 3:00pm

Award-winning Florida journalist and author Craig Pittman will talk about his book Oh, Florida!: How America's Weirdest State Influences the Rest of the Country on Monday, February 11 at 3 pm. The book is published by Picador/St. Martin's Press. After his talk, Craig will be happy to sign copies of his books.

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

To outsiders, Florida seems baffling. It's a state where the voters went for Barack Obama twice, yet elected a Tea Party candidate as governor. Florida is touted as a care-free paradise, yet it's also known for its perils - alligators, sinkholes, pythons, hurricanes, and sharks, to name a few. It attracts 90 million visitors a year, some drawn by its impressive natural beauty, others bewitched by its man-made fantasies.

Oh, Florida!, by award-winning journalist Craig Pittman, explores those contradictions and shows how they fit together to make this the most interesting state.

CRAIG PITTMAN is an award-winning reporter and columnist for Florida's largest newspaper, the Tampa Bay Times. He 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 ( Florida History and Culture (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). He lives in St. Petersburg with his wife and two children.



Monday, February 18, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Do you like to read or listen to poetry? Join our poetry group! We meet once a month on Monday evenings in "season." 

In February, we will be discussing the book of poetry Moon Before Morning by W. S. Merwin.

RSVP to 941-205-2560 or copperfishbooks@comcast.net.



Monday, February 25, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Join us on Monday, February 25 at 6 pm to hear author Jonathan F. Putnam talk about his "Lincoln and Speed" mystery series. Jonathan presented at Copperfish Books in September 2018 and was very well received. He is kind enough to return "in season" to allow more folks a chance to hear his fascinating talk about his books, and about Abraham Lincoln and his times.

Seating is limited. 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).

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Tuesday, March 5, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Come hear two southern writers, Leah Weiss and Bren McClain, talk about their books, writing, and more. Leah was a hit when she visited us in early 2018 with her book If the Creek Don’t Rise. Bren’s debut novel is One Good Mama Bone.

Please RSVP to 941-205-2560 or copperfishbooks@comcast.net.



Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 9:00am

(Choose either morning session 9-10 am or evening session 6-7 pm.) 



Monday, March 18, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

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). March's topic is DEATH/GRIEF/CRYING.
  • 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, April 15, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

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). April's topic is SEASONS OF THE YEAR.
  • 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.