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, February 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." 

In February, we will be discussing the book of poetry Stag's Leap: Poems by Sharon Olds. Copies will be available in the store or on our website.

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



Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Photo of B.A. Shapiro and book cover image

Please join us on Tuesday, February 19 at 6 pm to hear New York Times bestselling author B. A. Shapiro talk about her latest novel, The Collector's Apprentice. After her talk, B. A. will be pleased to sign copies of her books.

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The Collector's Apprentice is a page-turner about art fraud, theft, scandal, murder, and revenge against the big backdrop of Paris between the wars. B. A. Shapiro has made the historical art thriller her own. In The Collector's Apprentice, she gives us an unforgettable tale about the lengths to which people will go for their obsession, whether it be art, money, love, or vengeance.

B. A. Shapiro is the author of eight novels (The Collector's Apprentice , The Muralist, The Art Forger, The Safe Room, Blind Spot, See No Evil, Blameless and Shattered Echoes), four screenplays (Blind Spot, The Lost Coven, Borderline and Shattered Echoes) and a non-fiction book, The Big Squeeze. The Art Forger has been on many bestseller lists—including the New York Times, Boston Globe, and LA Times — and has won many awards including the 2013 New England Book Award for Fiction. She lives in Boston and is working on her ninth novel.



Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Terrie Farley Moran photo with book cover

Please join us on Wednesday, February 20 at 6 pm to hear author Terrie Farley Moran talk about her "Read 'Em and Eat" cozy mystery series, which is set in Fort Myers. After her talk, Terrie will be pleased to sign copies of her books.

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At Fort Myers Beach’s Read ‘Em and Eat bookstore café, best friends Sassy and Bridgy dish about books, serve food, and solve mysteries. The "Read 'Em and Eat" mystery series consists of Well Read,Then Dead, Caught Read-Handed and Read to Death. All books are published by Berkley Books/Penguin Random House.

Terrie also has co-authored the last three books in the Scrapbooking mystery series with Laura Childs. The latest volume, Glitter Bomb (#15), is set in New Orleans.

Terrie, who has been short-listed twice for The Best American Mystery Stories, says the only thing she enjoys more than wrangling mystery plots into submission is playing games and reading stories with any or all of her grandchildren.



Monday, February 25, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Jonathan F. Putnam photo and book cover image

Please 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.

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In the first book, These Honored DeadJoshua 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 PlacePerish from the Earth, and These Honored Dead.



Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
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Please join us on Tuesday, February 26 for the launch of local author Libby Schaefer's fifth book, Our Brothers' Keepers: For Those Who Have Forgotten and Those Who Never Knew. which recounts the experiences of  first responders and  survivors of 9/11. Come early! Starting at 5 pm, there will be refreshments and socializing outside in our parking lot. Libby will speak inside the bookstore at 6 pm and sign copies of her books after her talk.

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The stories in Our Brothers' Keepers stand as a reminder to those who have forgotten the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, as well as the failed attack and crash of United Flight 93 in Shanksville, PA.  Told by survivors, responders, family members and onlookers, the stories also provide an insight into that day and the days that followed for those too young to remember and those who were not even alive on 9/11.

Libby has written The Ladies of Punta GordaMemories of War: Women's Stories of Sacrifice and Struggle, Cooking with Grandma, and Memoir of a Streetwalker: A Paripatetic Journey of Reduction.



Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Charles Sobczak photo and book cover image

Please join us on Thursday, February 28 at 6 pm when author and lecturer Charlie Sobczak returns to Copperfish Books with a new wildlife PowerPoint presentation and his popular brand of “eco-humor.” Based on his 2007 award-winning book Alligators, Sharks & Panthers: Deadly Encounters with Florida's Top Predator – Man, Charlie's new lecture takes an in-depth look at how we can avoid being attacked by these wild animals. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.

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Sobczak will also take a close look at the most dangerous animal on earth -- us -- and explore the much graver risks we face moving forward, from pandemic to nuclear annihilation to the rise of tribalism. Combining humor with these more serious topics makes this a presentation that will be sure to keep you both amused and concerned about the future of all life on this amazing planet we share together.

Charlie Sobczak has been a featured lecturer with Road Scholar and has presented to the The Conservancy of Southwest Florida, The Harvard Club and Sarasota Sierra Club, among others. Charlie’s lectures are memorable for their relevance and sense of humor. He lives in Sanibel, Florida.



Monday, March 4, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
The Black Witch cover

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



Tuesday, March 5, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Photos of Leah Weiss and Bren McClain and their book covers

Join us on Tuesday, March 5 at 6 pm to hear two wonderful southern writers, Leah Weiss and Bren McClain, talk about their books, writing, and more. Leah visited us in early 2018 with her book If the Creek Don’t Rise and she was terrific. Bren’s debut novel is the award-winning One Good Mama Bone. You won't want to miss these two dynamic authors together!

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ABOUT LEAH WEISS AND IF THE CREEK DON'T RISE

In a North Carolina mountain town filled with moonshine and rotten husbands, Sadie Blue is only the latest girl to face a dead-end future at the mercy of a dangerous drunk. She's been married to Roy Tupkin for fifteen days, and she knows now that she should have listened to the folks who said he was trouble. But when a stranger sweeps in and knocks the world off-kilter for everyone in town, Sadie finds herself with an unexpected lifeline...if she can just figure out how to use it.

This intimate insight into a fiercely proud, tenacious community unfolds through the voices of the forgotten folks of Baines Creek. With a colorful cast of characters that each contribute a new perspective, If the Creek Don’t Rise is a debut novel bursting with heart, honesty, and homegrown grit.

If the Creek Don't Rise was an Indie Next Pick, Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance's Okra Pick & Library Reads Pick. 

Leah Weiss is a Southern writer born in North Carolina and raised in the foothills of Virginia. Her short stories have been published in The Simple Life magazine, Every Day Fiction and Deep South Magazine. She retired in 2015 from a 24-year career as Executive Assistant to the Headmaster at Virginia Episcopal School. She now pursues writing full time.

ABOUT BREN MCCLAIN AND ONE GOOD MAMA BONE

Set in early 1950s rural South Carolina, One Good Mama Bone chronicles Sarah Creamer's quest to find her "mama bone" after she is left to care for a boy who is not her own but instead is the product of an affair between her husband and her best friend and neighbor, a woman she calls "Sister." When her husband drinks himself to death, Sarah, a dirt-poor homemaker with no family to rely on and the note on the farm long past due, must find a way for her and young Emerson Bridge to survive. But the more daunting obstacle is Sarah's fear that her mother's words, seared in her memory since she first heard them at the age of six, were a prophesy: "You ain't got you one good mama bone in you, girl."

One Good Mama Bone won the 2017 Willie Morris Award for Southern Fiction.

Bren McClain was born and raised in Anderson, South Carolina, on a beef cattle and grain farm. She has a degree in English from Furman University; is an experienced media relations, radio, and television news professional; and currently works as a communications confidence coach. She is a two-time winner of the South Carolina Fiction Project and the recipient of the 2005 Fiction Fellowship by the South Carolina Arts Commission. McClain won the 2016 William Faulkner-William Wisdom Novel-in-Progress for "Took" and was a finalist in the 2012 Pirate's Alley Faulkner Award for Novel-in-Progress for One Good Mama Bone.



Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 9:00am

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



Tuesday, March 12, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Kris Radish

The Radish returns! Yes, beloved author Kris Radish returns to Copperfish Books on Tuesday, March 12 at 6:00pm, to tell her tale, spin her yarn, and whatever the heck else she wants to do while she's here. You know it's totally up to Kris! Though she doesn't have a new book out (yet), we know she'll clue us in on what she's up to and give us a peak into her future plans. It's always a fun and inspiring evening with the Radish -- don't miss her!

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Kris Radish's writing career has spanned four decades and has included award-winning newspaper work, magazine features, a nationally syndicated column, multiple books and enough stories and adventures to fill up many more. Check out Kris' website to learn more about her.

Kris Radish books:

The Elegant Gathering of White Snows (2002)
Dancing Naked at the Edge of Dawn (2004)
Annie Freeman's Fabulous Traveling Funeral (2005)
The Sunday List of Dreams (2007)
Searching for Paradise in Parker, PA (2008)
The Shortest Distance Between Two Women (2009)
Hearts on a String (2010)
Tuesday Night Miracles (2012)
A Grand Day to Get Lost (2013)
Gravel on the Side of the Road: True Stories From A Broad Who Has Been There (2014)
The Year of Necessary Lies (2016)
A Dangerous Woman from Nowhere (2017)



Monday, March 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). 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.



Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Honoring the Enemy book cover image and image of Robert Macomber

Join us on Thursday, March 28 at 6 pm to welcome the return of author Robert Macomber as he tours for Honoring the Enemy, #14 in his “Honor Series.” Robert will talk about this book and the series, answer questions and sign copies of his books. If you have been to any of Robert's previous events here, you know he is a masterful storyteller in person as well as in print.

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Robert N. Macomber's naval thrillers describe the career and personal life of a fictional American naval officer, Peter Wake. The novels start in 1863, during the Civil War. From 1882 to the end of his career in 1908, Wake serves in America’s first espionage agency, the Office of Naval Intelligence. The novels illuminate the U.S. Navy’s critical role in the expansion of America from a continental country in the mid-19th century into a global power in the early 20th century.

Robert has readers across North America and Europe, and has garnered acclaim from critics, authors, and readers. His newsletter goes out to over 3,000 of his enthusiastically loyal readers around the world, who have named themselves “Wakians,”after the main character of the series. His book tours range along the eastern United States from Maine to Key West.



Monday, April 1, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Artemis cover

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



Tuesday, April 9, 2019 - 9:00am
An American Marriage cover

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



Monday, April 15, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
I Love Poetry graphic 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). 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. >>>



Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Photo of Lucy Burdette and book cover image

Please join us on Tuesday, April 23 at 6 pm to hear author Lucy Burdette talk about her Key West Food Critic Mystery series. Her latest book is Death on the Menu. After her talk, Lucy will be happy to sign copies of her book.

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Hayley Snow, fiery food critic for Key Zest magazine, has just landed a ticket to one of the most prestigious events in Key West: a high-brow three-day conference at the Harry Truman Little White House. Even though she'll be working the event helping her mother's fledgling catering business, there's plenty of spicy gossip to go around. But just before her mother's decadent flan is put to the test, Key West's most prized possession, Hemingway's Nobel prize gold medal for The Old Man and the Sea, is discovered stolen from its case.

Unsavory suspicions point to Gabriel, a family friend and one of the new busboys working the event, who mysteriously goes missing moments later. Anxious to clear his name, Gabriel's family enlists Hayley to help find him, but right as they begin their search, his body is found stabbed to death in the storeroom.

Hayley has no shortage of suspects to interrogate and very little time before the killer adds another victim to the menu in national bestselling author Lucy Burdette's delectable eighth Key West Food Critic mystery, Death on the Menu.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Clinical psychologist Lucy Burdette (aka Roberta Isleib) has published 16 mysteries, including the latest in the Key West food critic series, Death on the Menu. Her books and stories have been short-listed for Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity awards. She's a member of Mystery Writers of America and a past president of Sisters in Crime. She lives in Madison CT and Key West FL.



Monday, May 6, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
The Reader cover

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



Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - 9:00am
Cover of Promise

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



Monday, June 3, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
The Fifth Season cover

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



Monday, July 1, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
The Obelisk Gate cover

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



Monday, August 5, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
The Stone Sky cover

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