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.

< 2017 >
July
Sun
Mon
Tue
Wed
Thu
Fri
Sat
June
June
June
June
June
June
1
  • Find Waldo Begins
    10:00 AM-09:00 PM
    07/01/17
    12 North Market Street, Frederick, MD 21701, USA
    Where's Waldo? With your help, the iconic and ever-elusive children's book character will be "found" all over Downtown Frederick in July. Waldo is hiding in 36 different businesses. Can you find him? The search is on…and here’s how to play!
    • Pick up your Find Waldo passport from Curious Iguana, 12 N Market Street.
    • When you spot Waldo at any of the 36 businesses listed on the passport, collect a store signature or stamp. You can turn in your passport or keep hunting to find more Waldos!
    • Kids 12 and under - If you collect at least 20 different store signatures and plan to attend the We Found Waldo celebration and prize drawing on July 30, turn in your passport to Curious Iguana by Noon on July 30.
    • Attend the We Found Waldo celebration and prize drawing at 3 pm on Sunday, July 30 at C. Burr Artz Library, 110 E Patrick Street. Event is open to all, but prizes are limited to kids 12 and under who have found at least 20 Waldos. Prizes include Waldo books and assorted gifts from downtown merchants. You must be present to win!
    • All participants–regardless of age–who turn in passports to Curious Iguana with at least 10 store signatures by July 30 will be entered to win a $25 Curious Iguana gift card. Winner will be notified by email; need not be present to win.
    This year - Waldo's 30th anniversary - is Curious Iguana's fourth year to be selected by Candlewick Publishing to participate in this nationwide scavenger hunt. We hope you'll join in the fun!QUESTIONS? Contact Curious Iguana at 12 N Market Street, info@curiousiguana.com, 301-695-2500.
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
  • Tuesdays with Tea
    11:00 AM-12:00 PM
    07/11/17
    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.July 11: The Optician of Lampedusa by Emma-Jane KirbyAugust 8: One Summer: America, 1927 by Bill BrysonSeptember 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
    07/11/17
    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.July 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. Fee is non-refundable, and space is limited. Register in person at Nido’s, 111 East Patrick Street, Downtown Frederick, or online, then bring receipt to Curious Iguana, 12 North Market Street, to pick up your book. Questions? Call Nido’s at 301-624-1052 or Curious Iguana at 301-695-2500.
12
13
  • Readers' Workshop
    07:00 PM-08:00 PM
    07/13/17
    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.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)September 14: Selected Stories of Anton Chekhov by Anton Chekhov **Topic: Chekhov (Chapter 10, Reading Like a Writer)October 12: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot DiazTopic: Read Harder (Chapter 11, Reading Like a Writer)November 9: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi* Francine Prose’s Reading Like a Writer* is available to Readers’ Workshop participants for the reduced price of $10.** Specifically reading selected stories: A Boring Story (p 55-108); Gusev (p 109-122); The Black Monk (p 223-252); The Student (p 263-266); The Lady with the Little Dog (p 361-376); In the Ravine (p 421-436); The Bishop (p. 437-end)
14
15
16
  • Summer Sundays with Monica Hesse
    03:00 PM-04:00 PM
    07/16/17
    110 East Patrick Street, Frederick, MD, United States
    Join us for Summer Sundays, a series of author talks and book signings presented in partnership with Frederick County Public Libraries.About the author:Monica Hesse is a features writer for The Washington Post and the author of Girl in the Blue Coat, a young adult novel set in Nazi-era Amsterdam. She was a finalist for a Livingston Award in local reporting and the James Beard Award in humor. Her newest book American Fire (Liveright, $26.95) releases July 11.About the book:Five months. 67 counts of arson. Washington Post reporter Monica Hesse heads to Accomack County on the Eastern Shore of Virginia to follow the trial of Charlie Smith. Over two years of reporting, Hesse uncovered the motives of Smith, a recovering addict, and his struggling accomplice, girlfriend Tonya Bundick. In depicting their tumultuous relationship, Hesse literarily resurrects a once-thriving coastal community and its distressed inhabitants, decimated by a punishing economy and increasingly terrified by a string of inexplicable crimes. Garnering comparisons to In Cold Blood by Truman Capote and Dreamland by Sam Quinones, American Fire re-creates the anguished nights this quiet county lit up in flames and incorporates the long-overlooked history of arson in the United States.If you can’t wait until July, whet your palate with Hesse’s original reporting on the arson in Accomack County here. Event is free and open to the public; no registration required. Books will be available for purchase and signing at event.
17
18
19
  • Young Writers' Workshop
    04:00 PM-05:00 PM
    07/19/17
    14 East Patrick Street, Frederick, MD, United States
    Authors Meg Medina and Ellen Oh will lead a free hour-long workshop for aspiring young writers, ages 12-18.Registration is required, and space is limited. Please email info@curiousiguana.com or call 301-695-2500 to sign up.** Note new location for workshop: Serendipity Market's gallery, 14 E Patrick Street, Downtown Frederick.ABOUT THE AUTHORS:Meg Medina is an award-winning Cuban American author who writes picture books, middle grade, and YA fiction. She won the Pura Belpré Award and the Cybils Award for Young Adult Fiction for her novel Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass, and a Pura Belpré Honor for her picture book Mango, Abuela and Me. Her most recent novel is Burn Baby Burn. Meg celebrates Latino families in her books by writing stories about how culture impacts the everyday drama of growing up. Meg lives with her family in Richmond, Virginia. Learn more about her online at megmedina .com.Ellen Oh is cofounder and president of We Need Diverse Books (WNDB) and author of the YA fantasy trilogy the Prophecy series and the middle-grade novel The Spirit Hunters, to be published in fall 2017. She was named one of Publishers Weekly’s Notable People of 2014. Ellen met Walter Dean Myers and his son Christopher Myers at one of her first book festivals. Already nervous, her mouth dropped open when she saw the pair towering over the crowd. Chris took pity on an awestruck Ellen and introduced himself, and he and Walter couldn’t have been nicer, taking her under their wing and treating her like an old friend. Oh resides in Bethesda, Maryland, with her husband and three children. Discover more at ellenoh.com.
  • Meet the Authors: Meg Medina and Ellen Oh
    07:00 PM-08:00 PM
    07/19/17
    110 East Patrick Street, Frederick, MD, United States
    Award-winning authors Meg Medina and Ellen Oh discuss Flying Lessons, a new mid-grade book published in partnership with We Need Diverse Books. Whether it is basketball dreams, family fiascos, first crushes, or new neighborhoods, this bold anthology, edited by Ellen Oh and featuring stories by Meg Medina, Kwame Alexander, Jacqueline Woodson, Matt de la Pena, and others, celebrates the uniqueness and universality in all of us.This free event is presented in partnership with Frederick County Public Libraries. Books will be available for purchase and signing at event. Recommended for fourth graders and up.ABOUT THE AUTHORS:Meg Medina is an award-winning Cuban American author who writes picture books, middle grade, and YA fiction. She won the Pura Belpré Award and the Cybils Award for Young Adult Fiction for her novel Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass, and a Pura Belpré Honor for her picture book Mango, Abuela and Me. Her most recent novel is Burn Baby Burn. Meg celebrates Latino families in her books by writing stories about how culture impacts the everyday drama of growing up. Meg lives with her family in Richmond, Virginia. Learn more about her online at megmedina .com.Ellen Oh is co-founder and president of We Need Diverse Books (WNDB) and author of the YA fantasy trilogy the Prophecy series and the middle-grade novel The Spirit Hunters, to be published in fall 2017. She was named one of Publishers Weekly’s Notable People of 2014. Ellen met Walter Dean Myers and his son Christopher Myers at one of her first book festivals. Already nervous, her mouth dropped open when she saw the pair towering over the crowd. Chris took pity on an awestruck Ellen and introduced himself, and he and Walter couldn’t have been nicer, taking her under their wing and treating her like an old friend. Oh resides in Bethesda, Maryland, with her husband and three children. Discover more at ellenoh.com.
20
  • Pre-Pub Book Club
    12:00 PM-01:00 PM
    07/20/17
    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.
21
22
  • Around the World Right Now - book signing
    01:30 PM-02:00 PM
    07/22/17
    12 North Market Street, Frederick, MD 21701, USA

    Come meet Gina Cascone and her daughter, Bryony (Bree) Williams Sheppard, when they drop by to sign copies of Around the World Right Now during their nationwide Around the Bookstores Tour!

    Gina and Bree's mother-daughter collaboration resulted in a delightful multicultural travelogue that takes young readers through each of the 24 time zones. Around the World Right Now encourages children to travel the world and experience the many people, places, and things that exist on our planet . . . right now. In every minute of every hour of every day, something wonderful is happening around our world!

    Free; no registration required. Books available for purchase at Curious Iguana.

23
24
25
  • Truesday Night Books
    07:00 PM-08:00 PM
    07/25/17
    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:July 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.
26
27
28
29
30
  • We Found Waldo Celebration
    03:00 PM-04:00 PM
    07/30/17
    110 East Patrick Street, Frederick, MD, United States
    Who found Waldo? Join us at C. Burr Artz Public Library and find out! The event is free and open to all, but prizes are limited to kids 12 and under who have found at least 20 Waldos. (Kids - If you've collected at least 20 different store signatures and plan to attend the We Found Waldo celebration and prize drawing, be sure to turn in your passport to Curious Iguana by Noon on Sunday, July 30!)Prizes include Waldo books and assorted gifts from downtown merchants. You must be present to win!Can't make the celebration? Don't fret! All participants–regardless of age–who turn in passports to Curious Iguana with at least 10 store signatures by July 30 will be entered to win a $25 Curious Iguana gift card. Winner will be notified by email; need not be present to win. 
31
August
August
August
August
August

 

 

 

Facebook
Instagram
SOCIALICON