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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  • Frederick Reads - Erik Larson
    07:00 PM-08:00 PM
    04/04/16
    Weinberg Center for the Arts, West Patrick Street, Frederick, MD, United States
    Erik Larson, the master of narrative non-fiction, is the keynote speaker for Frederick Reads 2016. On stage at the Weinberg, he will discuss his most recent book, Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania, as well as his other award-winning works, including In the Garden of the Beasts: Love, Terror and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin and Edgar Award-winner and National Book Award nominee The Devil in the White City. Larson will sign books in the lobby after the program. Visit Frederick Reads for details.
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  • Author Talk and Signing with Annie Mahon
    04:00 PM-05:00 PM
    04/10/16
    12 North Market Street, Frederick, MD 21701, USA
    Blogger, mindfulness teacher, and founder of the Circle Yoga Collective in Washington, DC, Annie Mahon will discuss her new book, Things I Did When I Was Hangry: Navigating a Peaceful Relationship with Food. The book shares Mahon’s path to mindful cooking and eating, as well as some of her favorite vegan recipes.Free, no registration required. Books available for purchase and signing at event. Questions? Email info@curiousiguana.com or call 301-695-2500.
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  • Tuesdays with Tea
    11:00 AM-12:00 PM
    04/12/16
    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, info@curiousiguana.com.Tuesday, 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.
  • Supper & Stories at Nido's
    07:00 PM-09:00 PM
    04/12/16
    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, APRIL 12 - The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street by Susan Jane GilmanIn 1913, little Malka Treynovsky flees Russia with her family. With craftiness and a touch of artificial sweetener, she transforms herself into Lillian Dunkle, "The Ice Cream Queen." Literary fictionLimited 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. NidosFrederick.com / CuriousIguana.com
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  • Author Talk and Signing with Darrin Lunde
    07:00 PM-08:00 PM
    04/14/16
    110 East Patrick Street, Frederick, MD, United States
    Darrin Lunde, Supervisory Museum Specialist in the Division of Mammals at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, discusses his new book, The Naturalist: Theodore Roosevelt, a Lifetime of Exploration, and the Triumph of American Natural History. Lunde’s captivating account shows how Roosevelt’s lifelong passion for the natural world set the stage for America’s wildlife conservation movement and determined his legacy as a founding father of today s museum naturalism. This event is part of Frederick County Public Library’s programming to celebrate the 100th birthday of the National Park Service.Free, no registration required. Books will be available for purchase and signing at event. Questions? Email info@curiousiguana.com or call 301-695-2500.
  • Thursday Night Books
    07:00 PM-08:00 PM
    04/14/16
    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, info@curiousiguana.com.April 14: Not Dark Yet by Berit EllingsenBrandon leaves his boyfriend in the city for a quiet life in the mountains. His new neighbors are staging an agricultural project to combat globally heightened food prices and shortages. Brandon gets swept along with their optimism, while simultaneously applying to a new astronaut training program. However, he learns that these changes—internal, external—are irreversible. Fiction/Sci-Fi $15.99
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  • Frederick Reads - Naomi Nye
    02:00 PM-03:00 PM
    04/17/16
    Weinberg Center for the Arts, West Patrick Street, Frederick, MD, United States
    Frederick Reads 2016 poet Naomi Shihab Nye inspires people of all ages and from all places through her writing and teaching. Drawing on her Palestinian-American heritage, the cultural diversity of her home in Texas, and her experiences traveling all over the world, Nye uses her writing to attest to our shared humanity. She is the author and/or editor of more than 30 works, including collections of poetry, children’s books, essays, and shorts stories. Among dozens of accolades, she has been a Lannan Fellow, a Guggenheim Fellow, and a finalist for the National Book Award. Visit Frederick Reads for details.
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  • Feed Your Spirit Book Club
    07:00 PM-08:00 PM
    04/18/16
    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, info@curiousiguana.com.Monday, 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.
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  • Poetry Night with Anne Higgins
    07:00 PM-08:00 PM
    04/19/16
    12 North Market Street, Frederick, MD 21701, USA
    Sister Anne Higgins returns to the Iguana to celebrate the release of her new chapbook, Life List. Higgins is a professor at Mount St. Mary's University, a member of the Daughters of Charity, and a graduate of Saint Joseph College - Emmitsburg, Johns Hopkins University, and Washington Theological Union.She has published eight books of poetry, and nearly 100 of her poems have been published in Yankee, Commonweal, Spirituality and Health, the Melic Review, the Centrifugal Eye, and a variety of small magazines.  Garrison Keillor has read two of her poems on his radio show The Writers Almanac.
    Life List, the title of Higgins's newest collection, is a term birders use to describe the record they keep of every new kind of bird they see for the first time. "This book contains many poems about birds," Higgins explains, "but connected to those who saw them with me, and to the places where we saw them. Cape May New Jersey figures prominently. Other poems describe the 'first sighting' of various rare types of human beings!"Copies of Life List and Higgins's other books will be available for purchase and signing at the event.
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  • Our World: Revolutionary Voices of Latin America
    07:00 PM-08:00 PM
    04/20/16
    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, info@curiousiguana.com.Wednesday, 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 
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  • Pre-Pub Book Club
    12:00 PM-01:00 PM
    04/21/16
    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 info@curiousiguana.com.
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  • Book Signing with Heather Crosby
    03:00 PM-04:00 PM
    04/23/16
    12 North Market Street, Frederick, MD 21701, USA
    Heather Crosby, a T. Colin Campbell Foundation-certified coach and creator of the popular YumUniverse.com, will sign copies of her new cookbook, Yumuniverse: Infinite Possibilities for a Gluten-Free, Plant-Powerful, Whole-Food Lifestyle at Curious Iguana.Free, no registration required. Books will be available for purchase at event. Questions? Email info@curiousiguana.com or call 301-695-2500.
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  • Author Talk and Signing with Dan Fesperman
    02:00 PM-03:00 PM
    04/24/16
    110 East Patrick Street, Frederick, MD, United States
    The award-winning author of Unmanned discusses his newest work, The Letter Writer, a riveting mystery thriller that unfolds in New York City four months after the attack on Pearl Harbor--a story that pits the guardians of possibly traitorous secrets against two men who are intent on bringing those secrets to light.Dan Fesperman’s writing career has taken him to 30 countries and three war zones, beginning with the Persian Gulf War in 1991. But it was his introductory trip to the besieged city of Sarajevo in January 1994 that inspired his first novel, Lie in the Dark. In the ensuing years he has drawn on the exotica and intrigue of similarly far-flung locales for setting, character, and plot. He makes his home in Baltimore and was recently named 2016 Maryland Author of the Year by the Maryland Library Association.Free, no registration required. Books will be available for purchase and signing at event. Questions? Email info@curiousiguana.com or call 301-695-2500.
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  • Author Talk and Signing with Benjamin Warner
    07:00 PM-08:00 PM
    04/27/16
    111 East Patrick Street, Frederick, MD, United States
    What would you do to survive? That’s the question Maryland author Benjamin Warner asks in his debut novel. Thirst takes place in the immediate aftermath of a mysterious disaster as Eddie and Laura Chapman and their neighbors suffer the effects of heat, thirst, and the terrifying realization that no one is coming to help.No registration required; free admission - and free water, because discussing this suspenseful story will likely leave you a bit parched. Items from Nido's bar and food menus will be available for purchase, as will copies of Thirst. Questions? Email info@curiousiguana.com or call 301-695-2500.
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  • Independent Bookstore Day
    10:00 AM-09:00 PM
    04/30/16
    12 North Market Street, Frederick, MD 21701, USA
    We're celebrating Independent Bookstore Day with giveaways, special surprises, and exclusive products available only at indie bookstores like the Iguana! At 4 pm, meet Valya Lupescu and Stephen Segal, co-authors of the new book GEEK PARENTING: RAISING KIDS ON FANTASY, SCI-FI & COMICS. Books will be available for purchase and signing after the author talk. At 7 pm, gather 'round as local storyteller extraordinaire Susan Gordon shares a few dog-gone tales that will leave you howling. We're open 10 am til 9 pm...stop by and help us celebrate!
  • Geek Parenting Author Talk and Signing
    04:00 PM-05:00 PM
    04/30/16
    12 North Market Street, Frederick, MD 21701, USA
    Don't miss this special Indie Bookstore Day event!Who's your favorite fictional family? In this talk (and book signing) with coauthors Valya Lupescu and Stephen Segal of the new book Geek Parenting: What Joffrey, Jor-El, Maleficent and the McFlys Teach Us About Raising a Family, parents and kids can geek out together about which fantastical clans mean the most to them—whether it's the Potters or the Possibles, the Bagginses or the Baratheons, the Siskos or the Skywalkers. You'll leave with a whole new list of family reading ideas! Copies of Geek Parenting and Stephen Segal's first book, Geek Wisdom: The Secret Teachings of Nerd Culture, will be available for purchase and signing after the author talk.
  • Storyteller Susan Gordon
    07:00 PM-08:00 PM
    04/30/16
    12 North Market Street, Frederick, MD 21701, USA
    More fun on Indie Bookstore Day! At 7 pm, Susan Gordon, a storyteller, writer, and poet tells three dog-gone stories that will leave you howling. Recommended for ages 7 and up. Free and open to the public; no registration required. (To hear more stories from Susan and others, visit FoxHavenFarm.org for details on the May 14 Storytelling Festival and Barn Dance.)

 

 

 

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