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.

  • Tuesdays with Tea
    11:00 AM-12:00 PM
    12 North Market Street, Frederick, MD 21701, USA
    Join us at Curious Iguana on the second Tuesday of every month at 11 am to discuss novels and memoirs over a cup of tea (courtesy of our neighbors at Voila! in Frederick). Free; no registration required. Featured titles are discounted 20% four weeks prior to each session. Questions? Contact Curious Iguana at 301-695-2500,, January 12In the Shadow of the Banyan by Vaddey RatnerHer life of privilege in Cambodia shattered by the outbreak of civil war on the streets of Phnom Penh, young Raami endures four years of loss, starvation, and brutal forced labor while clinging to memories of the legends and poems told to her by her father.Tuesday, February 9Love Medicine by Louise ErdrichLove Medicine tells the story of two families, the Kashpaws and the Lamartines, and how their destinies intertwine in and around a North Dakota reservation. Written in Erdrich's poetic, powerful style, it is a multi-generational portrait of strong men and women caught in an unforgettable drama of anger, desire, and the healing power of love medicine.Tuesday, March 8Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones"My father is a bigamist." So begins Tayari Jones' striking novel about a man with two families and two daughters—one secret and one public. When the girls meet and become friends, only one knows their father's secret.Tuesday, April 12Housekeeping by Marilynne RobinsonRuth and her sister, Lucille, grow up under the care of various female relatives after their mother dies. The family house is in the small Far West town of Fingerbone, on a glacial lake, the site of immense tragedy. The sisters' struggle toward adulthood illuminates the price of loss and survival.Featured titles for May through December yet to be determined.
  • 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. Free; no registration required. Featured titles are discounted 20% four weeks prior to each session. Questions? Contact Curious Iguana at 301-695-2500, 10: Alice by Christina HenryThis dark, disturbing retelling of Lewis Carroll's classic fairy tale begins in an insane asylum, where Alice tries to piece together a traumatic incident from her past. When a fire strikes the asylum, Alice takes the opportunity to escape, determined to find out the truth. Fiction/Fantasy - $15
  • Our World: Revolutionary Voices of Latin America
    07:00 PM-08:00 PM
    12 North Market Street, Frederick, MD 21701, USA
    This four-book discussion series features fiction and non-fiction books that raise previously marginalized voices to the forefront as they challenge varying political obstacles. Latin American scholar-enthusiast Leslie Flanagan leads each discussion at Curious Iguana on third Wednesdays at 7 pm. Come to one session, or all; free, no registration required. Featured titles are discounted 20% four weeks prior to each session.For detailed information on the books and subject matter, visit the book club blog. Questions? Contact Curious Iguana at 301-695-2500,, February 17 – 7 pmTheme: Women and the Spanish Conquest of ChileBook: Ines of My Soul by Isabel AllendeWednesday, March 16 – 7 pmTheme: Women and the Trujillo Regime of the Dominican RepublicBook: In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia AlvarezWednesday, April 20 – 7 pmTheme: The Undocumented Youth (DREAMers) Movement in the United StatesBook: Spare Parts: Four Undocumented Teenagers, One Ugly Robot, and the Battle for the American Dream by Joshua DavisWednesday, May 18 – 7 pmTheme: Youth Perspectives of the Journey to “El Norte,” Honduras – United StatesBook: Enrique’s Journey by Sonia Nazario 
  • 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
  • Feed Your Spirit Book Club
    07:00 PM-08:00 PM
    12 North Market Street, Frederick, MD 21701, USA
    Evangelical Reformed United Church of Christ hosts this mini-series of faith-exploring book discussions at Curious Iguana. All are welcome; no registration required. The next series on forgiveness begins in March and continues through May on third Mondays at 7 pm. Book are discounted 20% at the Iguana four weeks prior to each session. Questions? Contact Curious Iguana at 301-695-2500,, March 21, 7 pmJust Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan StevensonThe founder of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama, recounts his experiences as a lawyer working to assist those desperately in need, reflecting on his pursuit of the ideal of compassion in American justice. Stevenson is part of the 2016 Frederick Speaker Series, and tickets are now available for his presentation at the Weinberg Center for the Arts in April. Click here for details.Monday, April 18, 7 pmAmish Grace: How Forgiveness Transcended Tragedy by Donald B. KraybillAfter a gunman murdered five girls in an Amish schoolhouse in Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania, the Amish community rallied around the families of the grieving—including the family of the shooter. The outside world was incredulous that forgiveness could be offered so quickly for such a heinous crime. Amish Grace explores the religious beliefs and habits that led the Amish to forgive so quickly.Monday, May 16, 7 pmThe Book of Forgiving by Desmond Tutu and Mpho TutuNobel laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu has witnessed some of the worst crimes people can inflict. Wherever he goes, he is asked how to forgive. Writing with his daughter, Tutu lays out the truths about the significance of forgiveness: how it works, why everyone needs to know how to grant it and receive it, and why granting forgiveness is the greatest gift we can give to ourselves when we have been wronged.
  • Author Talk and Signing with Anne Boyd Rioux
    07:00 PM-08:00 PM
    110 East Patrick Street, Frederick, MD, United States
    Celebrate Women's History Month with Curious Iguana, Frederick County Public Libraries, and author Anne Boyd Rioux!Anne Boyd Rioux is a professor at the University of New Orleans and the author/editor of four books, including Constance Fenimore Woolson: Portrait of a Lady Novelist and Miss Grief and Other Stories, both being published by W. W. Norton in February 2016. She is the recipient of two National Endowment for the Humanities awards, one for public scholarship. In her teaching and writing, Rioux is passionate about the recovery of 19th-century American women writers who wrote wonderful, sometimes provocative, and often daring works that have been unavailable and unread for generations.In her presentation at C. Burr Artz Library on March 23, Rioux will discuss why the history of women writers matters. In strange and unsettling ways, today’s literary world is being rocked by controversies that mirror those of the 19th century, when women first entered the public sphere as writers in large numbers. We read stories of women writers finding it easier to publish under male pseudonyms, of Wikipedia segregating women writers from “American” writers, or of highly acclaimed female authors realizing that their aspirational models have been entirely male. Uncovering the history of women writers who have been almost entirely forgotten, such as the 19th-century critical and popular success Constance Fenimore Woolson, illuminates the challenges women writers still face to gain recognition—and to keep it.Remembered by history primarily as an inspiration for Henry James’ famous novel, Portrait of a Lady, Constance Fenimore Woolsoon (1840-1894), was one of the most accomplished American writers of her time. But the best known (and most misunderstood) facts of her life are her relationship with Henry James and her suicide in Venice. In Constance Fenimore Woolson: Portrait of a Lady Novelist, Rioux reveals the exceptionally gifted and committed artist who pursued and received serious recognition despite the difficulties faced by female authors of her day. Throughout, Rioux goes deep into Woolson’s character, her fight against depression, her sources for writing, and her intimate friendships, including with Henry James, painting an engrossing portrait of a woman and a writer who deserves to be more widely known today. A genuine page-turner as dramatic as one of Woolson’s own compelling novels, the book makes an irresistible case for discovering, or re-discovering, Woolson’s writing.Free, no registration required. Copies of Constance Fenimore Woolson: Portrait of a Lady Novelist and Miss Grief and Other Stories will be available for purchase and signing at the event. Questions? Email or call 301-631-9300.