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 17, 2018 - 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 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.

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Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm
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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 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). 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.

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Wednesday, January 23, 2019 - 6:00pm
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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.

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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.

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

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.



Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Ben Montgomery photo and book cover image

Please 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.

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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.



Tuesday, January 29, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Paula McLain and cover of book Love and Ruin

Please join us on Tuesday, January 29, to hear New York Times bestselling author Paula McLain talk about her latest novel, Love and Ruin. After her talk, Paula will be pleased to sign copies of her book, which is available in hardcover now, with the paperback being published on January 15.

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Paula McLain is the author of the New York Times bestselling novels The Paris Wife and Circling the Sun. In Love and Ruin, Paula returns to the subject of Ernest Hemingway in a novel about his passionate, stormy marriage to Martha Gellhorn—a fiercely independent, ambitious young woman who would become one of the greatest war correspondents of the twentieth century.

Paula McLain was born in Fresno, California in 1965. After being abandoned by both parents, she and her two sisters became wards of the California Court System, moving in and out of various foster homes for the next fourteen years. When she aged out of the system, she supported herself by working as a nurses aid in a convalescent hospital, a pizza delivery girl, an auto-plant worker, a cocktail waitress–before discovering she could (and very much wanted to) write. She received her MFA in poetry from the University of Michigan in 1996.

She is the author of The Paris Wife, a New York Times and international bestseller, which has been published in thirty-four languages. The recipient of fellowships from Yaddo, The MacDowell Colony, the Cleveland Arts Prize, the Ohio Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, she is also the author of two collections of poetry; a memoir, Like Family, Growing up in Other People’s Houses; and a first novel, A Ticket to Ride. She lives with her family in Cleveland.



Tuesday, February 5, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
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Please join us on Tuesday, February 5, to hear Captain Marian Schneider talk about her memoir, There’s A Captain In You. After her talk, she will be happy to sign copies of her book.

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There’s A Captain In You  is an inspiring memoir by Captain Marian Schneider who created a business based on the dream of sharing and preserving the Gulf Coast environment in and around Boca Grande, Florida. Her father’s shared passion for nature, his repeated teaching “if you teach people to love something, they’ll take care of it,” and a boat were the foundation upon which Marian built her business, Grande Tours.

A self-proclaimed steward of the environment, Captain Marian ushered in the concept of ecotourism before it was widely understood or appreciated. From the onset her goal was to share the immense beauty of her immediate surroundings while underscoring the urgency of preserving it for future generations. 

Captain Marian is quick to say that introducing the first kayaks to Charlotte County ranks among her proudest achievements. They were the vehicle through which people were able to connect immediately with nature and provided an explosion in the popularity of her enterprise. More importantly, though, she touched many thousands of lives and spread the legacy she’d inherited from her father. She empowered many to enjoy, respect and protect the bounty nature had blessed them with.



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

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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
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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 Moon Before Morning by W. S. Merwin.

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
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Please join us on Tuesday, February 19 at 6 pm for a book talk and signing with New York Times bestselling author B. A. Shapiro. Her latest novel, 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.

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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
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Please join us on Wednesday, February 20, to hear author Andre Dubus III talk about her cozy "Read 'Em and Eat" 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 serives with Laura Childs. The latest volume, Glitter Bomb (#15), is set in New Orleans.

Short-listed twice for The Best American Mystery StoriesTerrie Farley Moran is the author of the Read ’Em and Eat Mysteries, which debuted with Well Read, Then Dead. The only thing Terrie 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
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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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Here's a description of Jonathan's 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 Place (to be published July 2018), Perish from the Earth (2017) and These Honored Dead (2016).



Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
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Please join us on Tuesday, February 26 at 6 pm for the launch of local author Libby Schaefer's fifth book, Our Brothers' Keepers: For Those Who Have Forgotten and Those Who Never Knew. After her talk, Libby will be happy to sign copies of her books.

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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
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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, Charlie's new lecture takes an in-depth look at how we can avoid being attacked by these wild animals. 

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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.



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.) 



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
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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.



Tuesday, April 9, 2019 - 9:00am

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



Monday, April 15, 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). 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. >>>