Events

Curious Iguana hosts a variety of author events and book discussions, both in our store and at nearby locations. Unless otherwise noted, all events are free and open to the public. No registration is required, but seating is limited. Please call 301.695.2500 or email info@curiousiguana.com if you have any questions.

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  • Readers' Workshop
    07:00 PM-08:00 PM
    03/09/17
    12 North Market Street, Frederick, MD 21701, USA
    New for 2017! Readers’ Workshop at Curious IguanaJoin us at the Iguana on the second Thursday of every month at 7 pm for our new Readers’ Workshop. Free; no registration required. Featured books are discounted 20% four weeks prior to each session.Ever struggle with describing exactly why you like or dislike a book? Perhaps you enjoyed the plot and the characters, but you can’t quite pinpoint the reason why you wouldn’t recommend it to others. Readers’ Workshop will help you read closer so you can recognize what makes fiction writing great—whether it’s beautifully crafted sentences, natural dialogue, or details you will never forget. Using Francine Prose’s Reading Like a Writer* as a reference guide, we will read a chapter of the guide as well as a work of fiction each month. Our discussions will focus on what we learned from that month’s chapter and how it relates to that month’s featured title. Join us as we slow down and pay close attention, which will make us all better readers.Leading Readers’ Workshop is Stephanie Yamkovenko, who has lived in downtown Frederick for the past eight years and is convinced that Frederick is a real-life Stars Hollow. She spends her free time reading, running, writing, and walking around downtown. Stephanie grew up in south Louisiana and currently works as a digital editor for a health care association. Read her blog (syciphers.wordpress.com), follow her on Twitter @s_yamkovenko, and see what she’s reading on Litsy @StephanieY. March 9: Desperate Characters by Paula FoxTopic: Paragraphs (Chapter 4, Reading Like a Writer)April 13: Vernon God Little by DBC PierreTopic: Narration (Chapter 5, Reading Like a Writer)May 11: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi AdichieTopic: Character (Chapter 6, Reading Like a Writer)June 8: A Mercy by Toni MorrisonTopic: Dialogue (Chapter 7, Reading Like a Writer)July 13: The God of Small Things by Arundhati RoyTopic: Details (Chapter 8, Reading Like a Writer)August 10: Wise Blood by Flannery O’ConnorTopic: Gesture (Chapter 9, Reading Like a Writer)* Francine Prose’s Reading Like a Writer* is available to Readers’ Workshop participants for the reduced price of $10.
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  • Author Talk & Book Signing - Kathleen Grissom
    02:00 PM-04:00 PM
    03/12/17
    110 East Patrick Street, Frederick, MD, United States
    Kathleen Grissom wowed critics and readers alike with her first novel, The Kitchen House. Fans connected so deeply to the book's characters that the author found herself being asked over and over "what happens next?" She answers that question with Glory Over Everything. This heart-racing story begins in 1830 Philadelphia with Jamie Pyke, son of both a slave and a master of Tall Oakes, the Virginian plantation he once called home. Jamie is passing in polite society as a wealthy white silversmith, but when his beloved servant Pan is captured and sold into slavery in the South, he agrees to help--even though his journey will take him perilously close to the ruthless slave hunter still searching for him.This event is presented in partnership with Frederick County Public Libraries, as part of FCPL’s Women’s History Month celebration, and the African American Resources, Cultural Heritage Society (AARCH). Q&A and book signing will follow author presentation. Books will be available for purchase and signing at event.
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  • Pre-Pub Book Club
    12:00 PM-01:00 PM
    03/16/17
    12 North Market Street, Frederick, MD 21701, USA
    Spend your lunch break at the Iguana! It’s BYOBB (Bring Your Own Brown Bag) for this book club, which meets on the third Thursday of each month at noon. We’ll supply the table, chairs, and plenty of books. Participants will choose from advance (pre-publication) copies of fiction and non-fiction titles that are not yet available to the public. Read your pre-pub selection and join us for a future session to share feedback with the group. Limited to 10 participants. Free, but registration is required. Call 301-695-2500 or email info@curiousiguana.com.
  • Author Talk & Book Signing - Susan Higginbotham
    07:00 PM-08:00 PM
    03/16/17
    110 East Patrick Street, Frederick, MD, United States
    How much did Mary know? In 1860s Washington, D.C., Mary Surratt operated a small boardinghouse on H Street, a safe place for Confederate sympathizers. After Abraham Lincoln is assassinated, Surratt and her family come under fire for their association with John Wilkes Booth. Was Mary a spy, an accomplice, or merely the proprietor of a meeting-place? Author Susan Higginbotham delves into these questions in her novel Hanging Mary. Meet Susan Higginbotham at this event, presented in partnership with Frederick County Public Libraries as part of FCPL's Women's History Month celebration. Q&A and book signing will follow author presentation. Books will be available for purchase and signing at event.
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  • Tuesdays with Tea
    11:00 AM-12:00 PM
    03/21/17
    12 North Market Street, Frederick, MD 21701, USA
    Discuss thought-provoking reads over cup of tea (courtesy of the Iguana’s next-door neighbor, Voila!). Booksellers lead discussions at 11 am on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at Curious Iguana (12 North Market Street in Downtown Frederick).Free; no registration required. Featured titles are discounted 20% four weeks prior to each session. Questions? Contact us at 301-695-2500 or info@curiousiguana.com. March 21: Little Cyclone by Airey NeaveApril 11: The Sellout by Paul BeattyMay 9: The Girl in the Red Coat by Kate HamerJune 13:  The Song Poet by Kao Kalia YangJuly 11: One Summer: America, 1927 by Bill BrysonAugust 8: The Optician of Lampedusa by Emma-Jane KirbySeptember 12: This Side of Providence by Rachel HarperOctober 10: Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist by Sumil Yapa November 14: The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
  • Supper & Stories
    07:00 PM-08:00 PM
    03/21/17
    111 East Patrick Street, Frederick, MD, United States
    We’re saving a seat at the table for you!Join us on the second Tuesday of every other month at 7 pm for Supper & Stories at Nido’s Italian restaurant in Downtown Frederick. For $40* per person, you receive a paperback copy of the featured title and a delicious meal, served family-style and flavored with engaging conversation about the book.Now in its second year, Supper & Stories is “going places” in 2017, with fabulous reads that will transport you from 20th-century Turkey to war-ravaged Liberia, a North Carolina plantation, present-day New York City, and a retirement home in Los Angeles. Get to know your world, and get to know your neighbors, at these unique gatherings, sponsored by Nido’s and Curious Iguana.March 21: The Kitchen House by Kathleen GrissomMay 9: Orhan’s Inheritance by Aline OhanesianJuly 11: One World Two: A Second Global Anthology of Short Stories edited by Ovo Adagha and Chris BrazierSeptember 12: Shelter by Jung YunNovember 14: Dinner with Edward by Isabel Vincent*Price includes meal, beverage, gratuity, and copy of book
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  • Truesday Night Books
    07:00 PM-08:00 PM
    03/28/17
    12 North Market Street, Frederick, MD 21701, USA
    New in 2017!Join us on the last Tuesday of every month to explore these nonfiction titles:March 28: Almost Nearly Perfect People by Michael BoothApril 25: Arms by A.J. SomersetMay 30: Evicted by Matthew Desmond (PB releases 3/7)June 27: Becoming Nicole by Amy Ellis NuttJuly 25: Drinking in America by Susan CheeverAugust 29: The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating by Elisabeth Tova BaileySeptember 26: On Trails by Robert Moor (PB releases 7/4)October 31: Being a Beast by Charles Foster (PB releases 7/4)November 28: I Contain Multitudes by Ed Yong (PB releases 8/15)Featured titles are discounted 20% four weeks prior to each session. Questions? Contact us at 301-695-2500 or info@curiousiguana.com.
  • Author Panel & Book Signing
    07:00 PM-08:00 PM
    03/28/17
    110 East Patrick Street, Frederick, MD, United States
    Meet authors Jessica Spotswood, Caroline Richmond, Lindsay Smith, and Robin Talley, who, along with other authors, spin tales about monsters and mediums, bodyguards and barkeeps, screenwriters and schoolteachers, heiresses and hobos in A Tyranny of Petticoats: 15 Stories of Belles, Bank Robbers & Other Badass Girls. This edge-of-your seat anthology of historical fiction, published by Candlewick Press, is recommended for grades 9+.This event is presented in partnership with Frederick County Public Libraries as part of FCPL's Women's History Month celebration. Q&A and book signing will follow author panel discussion. Books will be available for purchase at event.  
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