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.

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  • Book Chat with Penguin Random House Reps
    07:00 PM-08:00 PM
    12 North Market Street, Frederick, MD 21701, USA
    Our Penguin Random House publishing reps return to the Iguana to share their favorite titles and holiday gift recommendations. Find out about new and soon-to-be released books. Enjoy wine and the chance to win free books and other prizes. Always a fun event! Free and open to the public; no registration required.
  • YA Book Buzz Night
    07:00 PM-08:00 PM
    110 East Patrick Street, Frederick, MD, United States
    Join us for YA BOOK BUZZ NIGHT, presented by Curious Iguana and Frederick County Public Libraries, in the C. Burr Artz Public Library Community Room.Judy Samuels, representative for Penguin Young Readers Group Young Adult (YA) book titles, will discuss recent and upcoming YA books that you’re sure to love. Join us and get the scoop on new books—including titles you’ll want to give (and get!) for the holidays. Enter to win some great prizes, too!Don't miss this informative, free, and FUN event for teens and older. A limited selection of books will be available for purchase at the event. For more information, contact Curious Iguana at, 301-695-2500.
  • 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.
  • 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


  • 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
  • Young Readers' Holiday Showcase
    07:00 PM-08:00 PM
    12 North Market Street, Frederick, MD 21701, USA
    ‘Tis the season for giving, and there’s no better gift than a book (or at least that’s what we think). Join our children’s book buyer, Kari Kelly, as she shares gift book recommendations for ages 10 and younger. Get advice on the best books for beginning, reluctant, and voracious readers, as well as titles that address special topics and themes. Enjoy wine, prizes, and plenty of time for Q&A. Adults only, please. Free event, no registration required. 
  • Sunday Shorts with Ellen Prentiss Campbell
    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: STORIESSee October 23 event listing for details.November 20: Ellen Prentiss Campbell / CONTENTS UNDER PRESSURE
    In this collection of 11 short stories, Ellen Prentiss Campbell explores loss and yearning, hope and fear, and the tension between imagination, memory, and reality. She takes her characters — young, middle-aged, and elderly — to moments where the border between past and present crumbles.Campbell uncovers dramas and mysteries beneath the surface of daily life whether in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains, the suburbs of Washington, DC, or the heart of Manhattan. A practicing psychotherapist, she brings the art of listening for the unspoken, and expressing the unspeakable, to these pages. She is the author of The Bowl with Gold Seams, as well as Contents Under Pressure (Broadkill River Press, February 2016), which was nominated for The National Book Award. Her short fiction has been featured in numerous journals including The Massachusetts Review, The Fourth River, The Potomac Review, and The MacGuffin. Her essays and reviews have appeared in The Fiction Writers Review, where she is a contributing editor, and The Washington Independent Review of Books. She lives in Washington, DC.
    Event is free; no registration required. Books are discounted 20% four weeks prior to each event.
  • Indies First
    09:00 AM-09:00 PM
    12 North Market Street, Frederick, MD 21701, USA
    Join this nationwide celebration of independent bookstores, held each year on Small Business Saturday. Kick off your holiday book-buying by shopping first at your local indie!Meet and Greet with Chris Spear: Local chef and contributor to Knives & Ink will sign copies of the book at the Iguana from 11 am-noon.