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.

 

Sunday, January 19, 2020 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Joy Harris and book cover

Join us on Sunday, January 19 at 2 pm to hear Joy Sheffield Harris talk about her cookbook The Florida Cracker Cookbook: Recipes and Stories from Cabin to Condo. Joy will be pleased to sign copies of her book after her talk.

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From a simple one-story cabin in the piney woods of the Panhandle to a high-rise condo along the glistening waterways, Cracker cooking in Florida has evolved with our tastes and times. When supplies were limited and the workday arduous, black coffee with leftover cornbread might serve as breakfast. Today's bounty and life's relative ease bring mornings with lattes and biscotti, biscuits and sausage gravy. What's on the plate has changed, but our heritage infuses who we are. As we follow the path laid out by gastronomic pioneers, this culinary quest, guided by sixth-generation Cracker Joy Sheffield Harris, will whet your appetite with recipes and sumptuous reflections. Pull up a chair and dig in.

Joy Sheffield Harris was born in Tripoli, Libya, on Wheelus Field Air Force Base but moved to Florida just in time to attend Humpty Dumpty Kindergarten and, later, Florida State University. She was a home economics and history teacher, as well as a marketing specialist for both the Florida Department of Natural Resources and the Florida Poultry Federation. Joy met her husband, Jack, while promoting Florida's natural bounty on television in the early '80s. After they were married, they briefly owned a restaurant with friends, called Harris and Company, and in 2010 they co-wrote Easy Breezy Florida Cooking. Other books by Joy are A Culinary History of Florida and Florida Sweets.



Monday, January 20, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
cup of tea with poetry book

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 HOUSEWORK.
  • Bring 10 to 15 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 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 from a new generation of imaginative authors.



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



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. (Choose either morning session 9-10 am or evening session 6-7 pm. The sessions meet on different days.)



Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Please join us on Tuesday, February 11 at 6 pm to celebrate the publication of Painting the Town: 25 Years of Murals, History and the Stories Discovered Along the Way by the Punta Gorda Historic Mural Society. Kelly Gaylord, president of the Mural Society, and contributor Libby Schaefer will share stories about the murals and Punta Gorda history, so the evening is sure to be both informative and fun!

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Established in 1995, the Punta Gorda Historic Mural Society (PGHMS) is a non-profit, 501c(3) organization managed by an all-volunteer Board of Directors.  With strong Community support the PGHMS has created 30 murals throughout our city.



Sunday, February 16, 2020 - 12:00pm
Randy Wayne White and Salt River book cover

New York Times bestselling author (and Southwest Florida favorite) Randy Wayne White will appear at  Copperfish Books on Sunday, February 16 at 12 noon. He will speak and sign copies of his forthcoming novel Salt River, which is #26 in his Doc Ford series. The book will be published in hardcover on February 11 and available for pick up before the event. If you will not be able to attend and would like an autographed copy, please let us know when you place your order.

IMPORTANT EVENT INFORMATION

At the start of the event, Mr. White will give a talk for approximately 20 minutes and then take audience questions. Afterwards, he will sign books.

TICKETS
Purchase a copy of Salt River from Copperfish Books (either by pre-ordering or after the book is published) to receive a ticket that grants you priority in the signing line. You may purchase Salt River in our store, by phone (941-205-2560), or on our website here. No discounts or coupons may be applied.

The first 40 people who pre-order a book will be guaranteed a seat to hear Mr. White speak (one person per ticket per seat). Starting with ticket #41, a limited number of ticket holders will be admitted for standing room only during Mr. White's talk. Also starting with ticket #41, couples may share a ticket. [ PLEASE NOTE THAT TICKETS 1 – 40 HAVE BEEN SOLD, BUT AN UNLIMITED NUMBER OF SIGNING LINE TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE. ]

You will receive your event ticket when you pick up your copy of Salt River.

EVENT DAY

  • Please form a line outside our front door on Marion Avenue door and line up according to your ticket number.
  • The door will open shortly before noon. Again, we do not expect that everyone will be able to be inside the store to hear Mr. White talk, but everyone WILL be able to meet him and have their book signed.
  • Please be prepared to wait in line. We will do our best to move people through quickly, but we do expect a large number of Mr. White's fans to attend.
  • People without tickets will be able to meet Mr. White and get their books signed AFTER all ticket holders.
  • Copies of Salt River will be available for sale on the day of the event.

ABOUT RANDY WAYNE WHITE
Randy Wayne White has more than 50 books to his credit, including crime fiction, adventure tales, cookbooks, and travel accounts.  He is best known for his Doc Ford series as well as the Florida Book Award-winning Hannah Smith series.  He has also had four collections of his columns for Outside magazine and elsewhere published.  In March 2020, Fins, White’s first middle grade novel and the first installment in the Sharks Incorporated series will be published.

He lives on Sanibel Island, Florida, where he was a light-tackle fishing guide for many years, and spends much of his free time windsurfing, playing baseball, and hanging out at Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille. He also has a home on nearby Pine Island that was built on a Calusa Indian shell mound and has been featured on NPR and in the Wall Street Journal, where White discussed his passion for maintaining this historic property and land, especially after a devastating hurricane.



Monday, February 17, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
cup of tea with poetry book

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

For our February meeting, we will all be reading one book of poetry and discussing. The book is Deaf Republic by Ilya Kaminsky. Copies are available at 10% in the bookstore.

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



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 from a new generation of imaginative authors.



Thursday, March 5, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
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Please join us on Thursday, March 5, to hear Susan Beckham Zurenda talk about her debut  novel, Bells for Eli. After her talk, Susan will be happy to sign copies of her book.

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“...one of the most exciting new voices in Southern fiction.”  —Cassandra King Conroy, author of Tell Me a Story 

Bells for Eli is a lyrical and tender exploration of the relationship between cousins drawn together through tragedy in a love forbidden by social constraints and a family whose secrets must stay hidden. Susan Beckham Zurenda masterfully transports readers into a small Southern town where quiet, ordinary life becomes extraordinary. In this compelling coming of age story, culture, family, friends, bullies, and lovers propel two young people to unite to guard each other in a world where love, hope, and connectedness ultimately triumph.

Susan Beckham Zurenda taught English for thirty-three years and now works as a book publicist for Magic Time Literary Publicity. A recipient of several regional awards for her fiction, including The South Carolina Fiction Project, The Porter Fleming Literary Competition, and The Southern Writers Symposium, she has also published numerous stories and nonfiction pieces in literary journals. Zurenda lives in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
 



Tuesday, March 10, 2020 - 9:00am to 10:00am

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.)



Wednesday, March 11, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

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, March 16, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
cup of tea with poetry book

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 NATURE.
  • 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, March 30, 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, 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 from a new generation of imaginative authors.



Monday, April 20, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
cup of tea with poetry book

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 HAPPINESS. This will be our final meeting of the season.
  • 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.