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.

 

Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

It's a national celebration of indie bookstores!

Independent Bookstore Day has become a nationwide party as big and varied as the country itself. Please join us and show your love for your local indie bookstore!

Here's what's happening...

  • Special Children's Story Time with Dr. Seuss readings and activities
  • Free drinks! Mimosas, coffee, OJ
  • Yummy cookies and treats
  • Enter to win a bag full of advance reading copies from publishers -- for kids and adults
  • Store-wide specials
  • Color-your-own-bookmark station
  • Enter to win a Copperfish Books t-shirt
  • Take a photo with one of our #hashtag signs at our #Hashtag Station – and post it on social media
  • Write on our BOOK LOVE comment board
  • Special edition items created just for Independent Bookstore Day available for sale

Please note that Marion Ave. and Taylor St. will be closed to vehicular traffic due to the Punta Gorda Block Party. Our parking lot will be available for our customers, and Herald Court Parking Garage is nearby, too.



Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

In celebration of two great national events, Children's Book Week and Screen Free Week (April 29 – May 5), Copperfish Books will throw a SHARK PARTY for school-age children on Thursday, May 2, 4 - 5 pm. We'll have a Story Time reading of Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean's Most Fearless Scientist, fun shark-related activities, and yummy shark snacks. It's going to be a chompin' good time! Free to attend  please RSVP to copperfishbooks@comcast.net or 941-205-2560.



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. 



Wednesday, May 8, 2019 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Mary Kay Andrews and book cover

 

SOLD OUT! IF INTERESTED, PLEASE INQUIRE ABOUT OUR WAITING LIST (4/18/19)

Copperfish Books is pleased to announce a very special event with New York Times bestselling author Mary Kay Andrews on Wednesday, May 8th. Mary Kay – the empress of the beach read – will speak at a lunch at F. M. Don’s in Punta Gorda, one block from Copperfish Books. The event begins at 12 noon. Mary Kay’s latest novel, SUNSET BEACH, will be published by St. Martin's Press the day before, on May 7th, and she will be happy to sign copies of her books.

The price to attend is $45, which includes a copy of SUNSET BEACH (in hardcover), a salad entrée, dessert, and a non-alcoholic beverage. Guests may also purchase drinks from the bar.

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

ABOUT THE BOOK

Drue Campbell's life and career have recently been derailed. The only thing she has left is the house her mother left her: a ramshackle beach bungalow with a missing roof in the once-sleepy town of Sunset Beach, which is rapidly becoming a hot spot for the rich and well-heeled, who are none too pleased about the shabby eyesore in their perfect neighborhood. When Drue's larger-than-life father unexpectedly turns up at her mother's funeral and offers her a job at his law firm, Drue doesn't know whether to be grateful or resentful that he has suddenly reappeared. She grudgingly accepts the job sifting through cold callers and shysters looking to get rich quick. But when her attention is caught by a suspicious murder case, Drue finds herself entangled in a decades-old mystery - one that may have dire consequences for Drue and the people she loves.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR                             

Mary Kay Andrews is the New York Times bestselling author of 24 novels including THE WEEKENDERS, BEACH TOWN, LADIES’ NIGHT, SUMMER RENTAL, DEEP DISH and HISSY FIT.

A native of St. Petersburg, Florida, she received a B.A. in journalism from The University of Georgia and was a newspaper reporter for 14 years. After working as a reporter at newspapers including The Savannah Morning News, The Marietta Journal and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, where she spent the final ten years of her career, she left journalism in 1991 to write fiction.

Her first novel, EVERY CROOKED NANNY, was published in 1992 by HarperCollins Publishers. She went on to write ten critically acclaimed mysteries under her real name. In 2002, she assumed the pen name Mary Kay Andrews with the publication of SAVANNAH BLUES. In 2006, HISSY FIT became her first New York Times bestseller, followed by eleven more New York Times, USA Today and Publisher’s Weekly bestsellers. To date, her novels have been published in German, Italian, Polish, Slovenian, Hungarian, Dutch, Czech and Japanese.



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

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



Monday, May 20, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Wendy Wax and book cover

USA Today bestselling author Wendy Wax returns to Copperfish Books to talk about her new novel My Ex-Best Friend's Wedding, on May 20 at 6 pm. After her talk, Wendy will be happy to sign copies of her books.

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

My Ex-Best Friend's Wedding is Wendy's ninth standalone novel. Synopsis: A wedding dress passed down through generations unravels the tangled threads of three women’s lives in a novel of friendship, family, and forgiveness.

Wendy’s contemporary women’s fiction explores friendship, loyalty, self-discovery and the seemingly insurmountable challenges life sometimes presents. Her previous novels – A Week at the Lake, While We Were Watching Downton Abbey and her Ten Beach Road novels (Best Beach Ever, One Good Thing, Sunshine Beach, The House on Mermaid Point, Ocean Beach and Ten Beach Road) – have been featured in national media such as USA Today, Ladies’ Home Journal, CNN Online, and Woman’s World. 

Born in St. Petersburg, Florida, she grew up on St. Pete Beach within spitting distance of the Gulf of Mexico. A former broadcaster and the mother of two grown sons, Wendy lives in Atlanta with her husband where she’s traded in her picket fence and gardening gloves for hi-rise living and a desk with a view from the 37th floor.

Read more about Wendy Wax and her books on her website.

 



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. 



Sunday, June 9, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Michelle Gable and book cover

Please join us on Sunday, June 9 at 2 pm to hear New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Michelle Gable talk about her latest novel, The Summer I Met Jack (to be released in paperback on May 21 -- we will have copies). After her talk, Michelle will be happy to sign copies of her book.

Michelle is the author of The Book of SummerI’ll See You in Paris and the New York Times and USA Today bestselling A Paris Apartment.

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

ABOUT THE BOOK

Michelle Gable imagines the affair between JFK and Alicia Corning Clark – and the child they may have had together. 

Based on a real story – in 1950, a young, beautiful Polish refugee arrives in Hyannisport, Massachusetts to work as a maid for one of the wealthiest families in America. Alicia is at once dazzled by the large and charismatic family, in particular the oldest son, a rising politician named Jack.

Alicia and Jack are soon engaged, but his domineering father forbids the marriage. And so, Alicia trades Hyannisport for Hollywood, and eventually Rome. She dates famous actors and athletes and royalty, including Gary Cooper, Kirk Douglas, and Katharine Hepburn, all the while staying close with Jack. A decade after they meet, on the eve of Jack’s inauguration as the thirty-fifth President of the United States, the two must confront what they mean to each other.

The Summer I Met Jack by Michelle Gable is based on the fascinating real life of Alicia Corning Clark, a woman who J. Edgar Hoover insisted was paid by the Kennedys to keep quiet, not only about her romance with Jack Kennedy, but also a baby they may have had together.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Michelle Gable grew up in sunny San Diego and attended The College of William & Mary, majoring in accounting. She had a 20-year career in finance until 2016, when she left to pursue writing full-time. She lives in Cardiff-by-the-Sea, California with her husband, two daughters, a lazy cat, a recently adopted Thai street dog, and a very feisty bunny.



Tuesday, June 11, 2019 - 9:00am
Tin Man cover

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



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. 



Tuesday, July 9, 2019 - 9:00am
Ice House cover

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



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. 



Tuesday, August 13, 2019 - 9:00am
Salt Houses cover

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



Monday, September 2, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Witchmark cover

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



Monday, October 7, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Zenith 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 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, 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.