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April 1, 2023
Celebrating Indies

This month we celebrate, along with hundreds of other independent bookstores around the country, our very existence! Independent Bookstore Day is April 29, and we invite you to celebrate with us! (More on that later in this newsletter.)

So why should a sector of retail stores behave in this celebratory way? Have you ever heard of Independent Hardware Store Day? Or Independent Furniture Store Day? If you think about it, there are fewer and fewer independent retailers period. Most of us would expect to head to a chain store for a doorknob or a side chair. How is it that bookstores (whose numbers continue to increase) are different?

We think it's because books are so personal. You can fall in love with one, hate one so much you toss it across the room, or fondly remember a picture book that your child had you read over and over. Books inspire feelings and memories; they spark thoughts and new ideas. And so do bookstores! When you walk into an indie bookstore, you are greeted like a friend — because your are! For many of us, an indie bookstore is a home away from home, our personal "happy place." That's what makes them different, and this is what we celebrate.

Cathy, Serena, and Team


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Fare thee well Lucy!

Assistant Manager Lucy leaves us later this month to — wait for it — manage HER OWN independent bookstore, Blinking Owl Books in Arcadia! Lucy is embarking on this grand adventure with her mother, Liz, and her brother, Madox. The store carries new and used books, herbs, tea, yarn, and a fun variety of items made by local artisans. Blinking Owl's original location was destroyed in Hurricane Ian, but they recently reopened at 122 W. Oak Street, in downtown Arcadia.

Not gonna lie...we're sad that we won't be working with Lucy after this month. Over these past four years, she's brought us so many new ideas and innovations, we know that she has been fundamental to the success that Copperfish Books has enjoyed. We will miss her authentic passion for books and book people!  But we're so excited for her and Blinking Owl Books! We hope you'll visit them soon!
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Bookseller Yani to Lead Two Book Clubs

With Lucy's departure later this month, Bookseller Yani will take over leading our Thrills & Chills and Romance book clubs beginning in May. She has been an enthusiastic participant in both clubs since before joining our team, so she's excited about this opportunity to lead the groups! If you haven't tried one of our book clubs, we invite you to give one a try!
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Limited Edition T-Shirts

Hurry! Order by April 5!
This is a limited campaign and your order must be in no later than April 5 at 11:59 pm. Orders will ship 1-2 weeks AFTER the campaign ends.

Multiple styles and colors available.

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Easter is April 9

Easter is a wonderful occasion to give a little one a new book! We have cutest books for Easter baskets, as well as cards for your loved ones of all ages!
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Store Sale

We continue our work through the search process and are pleased with the interest we have received. We've had some great interviews so far. This will take time, but we're very hopeful! We'll definitely let you know when it happens!

P.S. For information about purchasing Copperfish Books, please see our website here.


Events will take place at Copperfish Books unless otherwise noted.
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Earth Day Extravaganza!
April 22 10 am - 12 pm

Presented by Cubs & Copperfish!

The Deep Creek Elementary Cubs & Copperfish Books invite all kids to celebrate Earth Day with us! Scavenger hunt - art activity - prize wheel - free books - plant a plant to take home & more! Bring friends!

No registration required.

More info  >
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Dr. Martha Bireda & Jaha Cummings
April 20 at 6 pm

Join us for a “My Living History” performance featuring Queen Andrews, Dr. Martha R. Bireda’s grandmother (played by Dr. Bireda). Afterwards, there will be a book signing for The Book of Punta Gorda Values with Dr. Bireda and co-author Jaha Cummings.

This event is a fundraiser to support repairs of the Blanchard House Museum of African American History and Culture of Charlotte County, which sustained damage in Hurricane Ian.


Details, including registration information, to come in a later email.
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Robert N. Macomber
April 27 at 6 pm

A grand finale celebration!

Celebrate the publication of the FINAL book in his “Honor Series,” Full Naval Honors: The Final Novel of Peter Wake and His Descendants! This will be a very special event, and we hope we'll have a store full of diehard "Wakians" to send Peter Wake off in style!

More info/tickets  >
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Independent Bookstore Day
April 29 10 am - 4 pm

It's a national celebration of indie bookstores! One Day. Fifty States. Hundreds of Bookstores.

Mimosas! Exclusive IBD Items! Prize wheel! Raffles! And much more in-store fun for everyone!

Wear your "Meet me at Copperfish Books" t-shirt and select a FREE STICKER from our sticker wall!
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Patti Callahan Henry
In conversation with Kristin Harmel
at unWINEd Wine & Beer Bar!

May 16 at 6 pm

Join us for an exciting evening at 
unWINEd with two New York Times bestselling authors, Patti and Kristin, discussing Patti’s new historical novel, The Secret Book of Flora Lea! (Our neighbor unWINEd is located in the orange house just around the corner from us)


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Three book covers of upcoming book club selections, with meeting dates
Header graphic: Thrills & Chills Book Club
Three book covers of upcoming book club selections, with meeting dates
Header graphic: Romance Book Club
Three book covers of upcoming book club selections, with meeting dates


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