- December 20 - January 6. CLOSED for the holidays.
- January 18, 2014. A Celebration of Florida Authors (& Bookstore Ribbon Cutting)
- January 25, 2014. Sharon Buchbinder
- February 1, 2014. Lisa Black
- February 18, 2014. Tim Dorsey
Click the event title above to RSVP on Facebook. Authors, if you would like to schedule an event, please review our Author Information page.
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We are located in Turtle Crossing Plaza, at 16500 Burnt Store Road, Punta Gorda, FL 33955.
Twin Isles Book Club. This group meets on the third Wednesday of the month (except for November and December). For more information, contact Gretchen at 637-1232
Burnt Store Marina Book Club. This book club has been active for about fourteen years. Members take turns hosting meetings at their homes. Members are not required to live in the Marina, although most do.
Red Fish Bookies. In the past this club has read "I Feel bad About My Neck" by Nora Ephram, "A Land Remembered" by Patrick Smith, and "A Secret Kept" by Tatiana de Rosnay.
South Shore Book Club at Burnt Store Marina. Meets at 4pm on the second Tuesday of the month at the South Shore Clubhouse. For more info contact Susie Wood (505-8417 or swood3230 at yahoo.com).
Punta Gorda Isles Book Club. For more info contact Brenda Capek (505-1404 or 662-0905).
Literary Lions Book Club. Previous books have included the "Millenium" series by Steig Larsson, the "Outlander" series by Diana Gabaldon, "The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society" by Mary Ann Shaffer, "The Time Traveler's Wife" by Audrey Niffeneger, "Ender's Game" by Orson Scott Card & "Ilium/Olympos" by Dan Simmons. Membership by invitation only; for more info inquire in person at Sandman Book Company.
Eac year, on the Saturday after Thanksgiving we run a huge book sale (for instance, last year, our entire stock of used books was half off normal prices). Visit us on November 30, 2013 for the next one.
Consignment by Author
We carry local authors' books on a consignment basis (you don't have to schedule a book signing to have us carry your book). If you'd like to inquire about having us carry your book, call us or stop by the store at your convenience. Please bring:
- at least two copies of your book
- customized displays if you have them (our favorite is Christine Lemmon's beach chair)
- your business cards
- bookmarks, t shirts, hats, posters, trading cards or other promotional materials (we love to wear stuff that promotes local books, like our Fly on the Wall baseball caps, Bobby the Bowler t-shirts and Killer Kisses coffee mugs)
- the url of your Facebook page (if you don't have one, get one)
- the url of your website (it's good if you link to us too)
- ... and anything else you think will be useful.
You can also join our (free!) authors-only bookstore newsletter and receive emails whenever we have something that we think you'll want to know. This might include upcoming book festival dates, in-store events where you can promote your books, or a number of other situations. Of course, we never sell, trade or give away your email. Never have, never will!
What Sells The Best?
In our experience, books with a lower price (under $10) tend to move the most copies. Mysteries set in Florida are always the bestsellers; books about Florida nature and local history run a close second.
Author Instructions for Book Signings
We host author events on a limited basis during the winter (January through April). We do not charge for these events, but we do keep a percentage of the sales. In order to attend an author event, your book must be in stock at Sandman Book Company (see above for consignment instructions), and listed in the GoodReads.com catalog. You must also be on Facebook. Check our calendar for the next Author Event; if you'd like to attend, contact us by email or phone at your earliest convenience.