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 if you have any questions.

  • Author Talk and Signing with Nadia Hashimi
    07:00 PM-08:00 PM
    12 North Market Street, Frederick, MD 21701, USA
    Bestselling author Nadia Hashimi returns to the Iguana to celebrate the release of her third novel, The House Without Windows. This vivid, unforgettable story of an unlikely sisterhood is an emotionally powerful and haunting tale of friendship that illuminates the plight of modern Afghan women in a traditional culture.Nadia Hashimi is a pediatrician of Afghan descent. Both her parents left Afghanistan in the early 1970s and settled in the United States to chase the American dream. Her debut novel, The Pearl That Broke Its Shell, was released in 2014. Her second novel, When The Moon Is Low, followed in 2015 and chronicled the perilous journey of an Afghan family as they fled Taliban-controlled Kabul and fell into the dark world of Europe's undocumented. Nadia lives with her husband and four children in Maryland.The event is free and open to the public; no registration required. Books will be available for purchase and signing at the event.
  • Book Reading and Signing with Betty Hafner
    07:00 PM-08:00 PM
    110 East Patrick Street, Frederick, MD, United States
    Curious Iguana is pleased to be the bookseller for this Heartly House event in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Join us at C. Burr Artz Public Library Community Room as author Betty Hafner reads from her new memoir Not Exactly Love, followed by discussion and book signing. This event is free and open to the public. For questions regarding this event, contact Nina Carr, outreach coordinator at About the Book ~Nearly 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men in the United States have suffered severe physical violence by an intimate partner. Like the millions of women who discover they’ve married an abusive man, Betty Hafner was forced to make daily decisions―to suppress her feelings or risk confrontation, to keep it secret or report, and ultimately, to live with it or leave.Hafner’s memoir Not Exactly Love (She Writes Press) is being published to coincide with Domestic Violence Awareness Month, an annual designation evolved from the “Day of Unity” held in October 1981 and conceived by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.Part gripping drama, part warmhearted look at the ’70s, and part therapeutic journey, Not Exactly Love is an intense and inspirational story of a woman who grew from her experience.~ About the Author ~With an MS in counseling, Betty Hafner was a teacher and counselor in high schools and colleges for 25 years. She continues to lead workshops, give talks, and facilitate groups. She wrote two practical career-change books that stemmed from her workshops―Where Do I Go From Here? and The Nurse’s Guide to Starting a Small Business.  Always ready to converse, she also loves telling stories through her drawings, photographs, and writing. For more information, visit
  • Tuesdays with Tea
    11:00 AM-12:00 PM
    12 North Market Street, Frederick, MD 21701, USA
    Discuss novels, memoirs, and an occasional true story over a 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. Free; no registration required. Featured titles are discounted 20% four weeks prior to each session. Questions? Contact us at 301-695-2500 or 10: THE DEVIL IN THE WHITE CITY by Erik Larson Hear Erik Larson speak for free in April (details at, then discuss this National Book Award finalist about murder, magic, and madness at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893.June 14: MEDICINE WALK by Richard Wagamese Franklin and his ailing father Eldon travel into mountainous backcountry in search of a place for Eldon to die and be buried in the warrior way. As they travel, Eldon tells the story of his life and offer his son a world the boy has never seen.July 12: RELIEF MAP by Rosalie KnechtIn small-town Lomath, PA, 16-year-old Livy’s summer is interrupted when a fugitive takes refuge in nearby hills. No one can leave or enter Lomath until he is found, and the town begins to buckle under the paranoia of the post-terrorist age.August 9: ABSALOM’S DAUGHTERS by Suzanne Feldman Two half-sisters, one black and one white, embark on a risky road trip through 1950s Jim Crow South in this spellbinding story of identity and race. The author, who lives in Frederick, will join us for this discussion!September 13: DID YOU EVER HAVE A FAMILY by Bill CleggOn the eve of her daughter’s wedding, June Reid is devastated when a disaster destroys her entire family. Everyone touched by the tragedy is changed in this unforgettable tale of forgiveness, hope, and humanity at its best.October 11: INSIDE THE O’BRIENS by Lisa Genova Each of Joe O’Brien’s children has a 50 percent chance of inheriting his incurable Huntington’s disease. As Joe struggles to maintain hope and a sense of purpose, his children must find the courage to either live a life at risk or learn their fate.November 8: THE BLUE BETWEEN SKY AND WATER by Susan AbulhawaFrom a Palestinian farming village to Gaza to America and back again, this powerful novel is the story of flawed yet profoundly courageous women, of separation and heartache, endurance and renewal.December 13: CARRYING ALBERT HOME by Homer HickmanUnfulfilled as a miner’s wife, Elsie dotes on Albert the alligator, a wedding gift from her first love, Buddy Ebsen. When Elsie’s husband issues an ultimatum, the solution is a 1,000-mile road trip to carry Albert home.
  • Supper & Stories at Nido's
    07:00 PM-09:00 PM
    111 East Patrick Street, Frederick, MD, United States
    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 $35 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. Get to know your world, and get to know your neighbors, at these unique gatherings, sponsored by Nido’s and Curious Iguana.TUESDAY, OCTOBER 11 - Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan StradalEva finds her solace in the unlikely flavors of her native Minnesota. It's in her genes: her father was a chef; her mother, a sommelier. This novel's unusual structure--mixing Eva's memories from adolescence to the present--is the perfect recipe. Literary fiction (book available after 6/7/16)
    Limited to 14 individuals; $35 per person, non-refundable. Register in person at Nido’s, 111 East Patrick Street, Downtown Frederick, 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. /
  • Thursday Night Books
    07:00 PM-08:00 PM
    12 North Market Street, Frederick, MD 21701, USA

    Join us to discuss an eclectic and intriguing selection of staff favorites. Iguana booksellers lead informal and lively discussions on the second Thursday of every month, 7 pm, at Curious Iguana, 12 North Market Street, in Downtown Frederick. (Note that May session meets at Artomatic@Frederick - Room #1, 117 East Church Street, Downtown Frederick.) Free; no registration required. Featured titles are discounted 20% four weeks prior to each session. Questions? Contact Curious Iguana at 301-695-2500,

    May 12: ISAAC’S STORM by Erik Larson ** meeting at Artomatic@Frederick **

    Master of narrative nonfiction Erik Larson presents the extreme hurricane that struck Galveston, Texas, in 1900, leaving at least 8,000 dead in its wake. (Narrative Nonfiction/History)

    June 9: DEEP DOWN DARK by Hector Tobar

    When the San Jose mine collapsed outside of Copiapo, Chile, in August 2010, it trapped 33 miners beneath thousands of feet of rock for 69 days. Even while buried, they all agreed if any of them escaped alive, they would share their story collectively. Hector Tobar was chosen to tell that story. (Historical Nonfiction) 

    July 14: THE LIBRARY AT MOUNT CHAR by Scott Hawkins

    Since her parents died, Carolyn and her adopted siblings have been raised according to their Father's ancient customs. Now, Father is missing, and the Library that holds control over all of creation stands unguarded. (Fiction/Fantasy) 

    August 11: BELLWEATHER RHAPSODY by Kate Racculia

    A high school music festival goes awry when a young prodigy disappears from a hotel room, the site of a famous murder/suicide 15 years earlier. (Mystery) 

    September 8: HOTEL ON THE CORNER OF BITTER AND SWEET by Jamie Ford

    Set in the ethnic neighborhoods of Seattle during World War II and Japanese American internment camps of the era, this debut novel tells the heartwarming story of widower Henry Lee, his father, and his first love Keiko Okabe. (Historical/Cross-cultural Fiction)

    October 13: MY YEAR OF MEATS by Ruth Ozeki

    When documentarian Jane Takagi-Little lands a job producing a Japanese television show sponsored by an American meat business, she uncovers some unsavory truths about love, fertility, and a dangerous hormone called DES. (Cross-cultural Fiction) 

    November 10: GIRL WAITS WITH GUN by Amy Stewart

    Based on the true story of Constance Kopp, one of the nation’s first female sheriffs. When a powerful silk factory owner runs down the Kopp family buggy, a dispute over damages turns into a war of bricks, bullets, and threats. (Historical Fiction/Mystery)

    December 8: No session


  • Author Talk and Signing with Tom Shroder
    07:00 PM-08:00 PM
    110 East Patrick Street, Frederick, MD, United States
    An award-winning veteran of The Washington Post and The Miami Herald, Tom Shroder has made a career of investigative journalism and human-interest stories, from those of children who claim to have memories of past lives, in his book Old Souls, to that of a former Marine suffering from debilitating PTSD and his doctor pioneering a successful psychedelic drug treat­ment in Acid Test. Shroder’s most fascinating subject, however, comes from within his own family: his grandfather MacKinlay Kantor was the world-famous author of Andersonville, the seminal novel about the Civil War. As a child, Shroder was in awe of his grandfather’s larger-than-life character. Kantor’s friends included Ernest Hemingway, Carl Sandburg, Gregory Peck, and James Cagney. He was an early mentor to the novelist John D. MacDonald and is cred­ited with discovering the singer Burl Ives. Kantor wrote the novel Glory for Me, which became the multi-Oscar-winning film The Best Years of Our Lives. He ghostwrote General Curtis LeMay’s memoirs, penning the infamous words “We’re going to bomb them back into the Stone Age,” referring to North Vietnam. Kantor also suffered from alcoholism, an outsize ego, and an abusive and publicly embarrassing personality where his family was concerned; he blew through several small fortunes in his lifetime, and died nearly destitute. In The Most Famous Writer Who Ever Lived, Shroder revisits the past—Kantor’s upbringing, his early life, his career trajectory— and writes not just the life story of one man but a meditation on fame, family secrets, and legacies, and what is remembered after we are gone. Event is free and open to the public; no registration required. Books will be available for purchase and signing at the event. Questions? Call 301-695-2500 or email
  • Pre-Pub Book Club
    12:00 PM-01:00 PM
    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 12 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
  • Poetry Reading and Signing with Susan Gordon
    07:00 PM-08:00 PM
    12 North Market Street, Frederick, MD 21701, USA
    Local storyteller, poet, and prose writer Susan Gordon reads from her poem There Is a Doe in the Winter Hayfield, winner of the 2015 Concrete Wolf Chapbook Competition.

    “This is a masterpiece, a poem I will cherish and revisit for many years.” 

    --Jo Radner, Professor of Literature Emerita, 
 American University, and StorytellerSusan is a skilled teller of traditional tales and the personal story. She has taught storytelling in colleges, universities, and from the barn on her farm. As a writer, Susan has a keen ear for the voices of the characters who arrive on the page; her poetry is rich in imagery, color, and sound. Whether she is telling, writing or teaching, her work always invites the listeners to run their fingers across the tapestry of their own lives. Susan has a master’s degree in therapeutic storytelling and lives with her dogs on a 41 acre farm in Ijamsville, Maryland.Event is free and open to the public; no reservations required. Copies of the chapbook will be available for purchase and signing at the event. 

  • Our Curious Read-a-thon
    08:00 AM-11:59 PM
    12 North Market Street, Frederick, MD 21701, USA
    In the spirit of Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-a-thon online, Curious Iguana is hosting a 16-hour in-store read-a-thon to benefit one of our favorite local nonprofits, Children of Incarcerated Parents Partnership. The Helen J. Serini Foundation has generously agreed to support our efforts, with a $2.00 donation* for every page read during our event.Here’s how our Curious Read-a-thon works:
    • Reserve a 30-minute timeslot in our “reading chair,” which will be positioned in our front window. Special thanks to our friends at Dream House for donating the comfy reading chair!
    • On October 22 at your reserved timeslot, bring your favorite book (or borrow one of ours) and spend a half-hour reading at the Iguana.
    • Track how many pages you read. Our goal for each reader is 30 pages – but no pressure!
    • Only 32 timeslots are available for this event, so sign up now – you can stop by the Iguana or call 301-695-2500 to reserve your time in the reading chair!
    • This event is recommended for ages 12 and up. Younger bookworms who want to join in the fun can read in the Junior Read-a-thon chair in our kids’ room. No reservations required, but young readers must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
    • There’s no fee to participate, but we do suggest a minimum donation of $10 to Children of Incarcerated Parents. We will accept cash or checks for COIPP on the day of the event.
    Can’t join us on the 22nd? Read at home for as long as you like, and donate $2 per page to Children of Incarcerated Parents Partnership. You can make your donation online or mail check to P.O. Box 791, Frederick, MD. 21705-0791. Be sure to indicate that your donation is from the Curious Read-a-thon so we can include it in our totals.Thank you for your support of our Curious Read-a-thon!
  • Sunday Shorts with Paula Whyman
    04:00 PM-05:00 PM
    12 North Market Street, Frederick, MD 21701, USA
    Meet the authors of recently published short story collections at this new three-part discussion series, launching in September and continuing through November.September 18: Michelle Brafman / BERTRAND COURTSee September 18 event listing for details.October 23: Paula Whyman / YOU MAY SEE A STRANGER: STORIESMiranda Weber is a hot mess. In Paula Whyman’s debut collection of stories, we find her hoarding duct tape to ward off terrorists, stumbling into a drug run with a crackhead, and – frequently – enduring the bad behavior of men. A drivers’ education class pulsing with racial tension is the unexpected context of her sexual awakening. As she comes of age, and in the three decades that follow, the potential for violence always hovers nearby. She’s haunted by the fate of her disabled sister and – thanks to the crack cocaine epidemic of the 80s, the wars in the Middle East, and the sniper attacks – the threat of crime and terror in her hometown of Washington, DC. Miranda can be lascivious, sardonic, and maddeningly self-destructive, but, no matter what befalls her, she never loses her sharp wit or powers of observation, which illuminate both her own life and her strange, unsettling times.Paula Whyman is the author of You May See a Stranger, a linked story collection (TriQuarterly, May 2016). In a starred review, Publishers Weekly called the book “Honest and sharply observed. . . Together, these smart, artful stories capture a woman’s life and the moments that define her.” A music theater piece, “Transfigured Night,” based on one of the stories, is in development with composer Scott Wheeler. Paula’s fiction has appeared in many journals, including Ploughshares, VQR, and McSweeney’s Quarterly. Her essays have appeared in The Washington Post, The Rumpus, and on NPR’s All Things Considered. She teaches in writers-in-schools programs through the Pen/Faulkner Foundation in Washington, DC, and The Hudson Review in Harlem and the Bronx, New York. Paula is a fellow of The MacDowell Colony and Yaddo, and was named a Tennessee Williams Scholar in Fiction by the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. She was recently elected Treasurer of The MacDowell Colony Fellows Executive Committee. A native of Washington, DC, Paula now lives in Maryland.November 20: Ellen Prentiss Campbell / CONTENTS UNDER PRESSURE
    See November 20 event listing for details.
    Event is free; no registration required. Books are discounted 20% four weeks prior to each event.
  • Author Talk and Signing with Dr. Debra Moore - 4 pm & 7 pm
    12:00 AM
    47 East South Street, Suite 1-A
    An Essential Roadmap for Helping ASD Kids Prepare for their Futures: Strategies, Pitfalls, and Answers - Two sessions: 4 pm & 7 pmJoin Frederick native and psychologist Dr. Debra Moore, co-author of Dr. Temple Grandin’s first parenting book The Loving Push: How Parents and Professionals Can Help Spectrum Kids Become Successful Adults, in conversation with Kelly Beins, occupational therapist and owner/director of Occupational Therapy Consulting. Debra and Kelly will present a brief overview of concrete and practical tips, followed by a Q&A so participants can obtain personal advice and suggestions. Location: Occupational Therapy Consulting, 47 East South Street, Suite 1-A. Street and deck parking nearby. This free event is for adults only; no registration required. Books will be available for purchase and signing at the event. For more information, email or