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.

  • Free Days with George - Author / Dog Event
    06:00 PM-08:00 PM
    12 North Market Street, Frederick, MD 21701, USA
    Join us as we welcome Colin Campbell and George...a formerly homeless, 140-pound Downtown Frederick! The two are celebrating the U.S. paperback release of FREE DAYS WITH GEORGE, a heartwarming, true story about George, a rescue dog who helps his owner Colin rediscover love and happiness. Marley & Me meets Tuesdays with Morrie and The Art of Racing in the Rain -- get your tissues ready, animal lovers!Informal meet-and-greet with Colin and George begins at 6 pm; author talk and signing begins at 7 pm.Quick facts about George:•  Born 2008 – lived first year of his life chained to a pole in junkyard in rural Canada•  Rescued and adopted in 2009, moves to Los Angeles, California•  2009, 2010 California Dog Surfing Champion – People’s Choice Winner•  2013 Penguin Random House Publishing purchases book rights•  2015 Free Days with George published across Canada – became a national Globe & Mail bestseller•  2016 Free Days with George to be released across the United States at all major book retailers May 3rd•  In discussion with multiple movie production/studios for film development•  6 week national media tour – NYC to LA in May/June 2016, including Curious Iguana in Frederick MD!
  • Book Scavenger Hunt - Today Only!
    11:00 AM-04:00 PM
    12 North Market Street, Frederick, MD 21701, USA
    To celebrate Children's Book Week (May 2-8), Macmillan Publishing is sponsoring a hunt to win a signed copy of BOOK SCAVENGER by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman AND a $25 gift card to Curious Iguana!  The competition begins at 11 am and ends at 4 pm.Here's how mid-grade readers (age 8-14) can participate:Stop by Curious Iguana, 12 North Market Street, on Saturday, May 7, at 11 am for instructions, bookmark, and first puzzle.Visit two other puzzle locations - Dancing Bear Toys and Gifts at 15 East Patrick Street and C. Burr Artz Public Library at 110 East Patrick Street - to find and solve remaining two puzzles. Be sure to show your completed puzzle to a representative at each location to get a sticker for your bookmark!Return your completed bookmark to Curious Iguana no later than 4 pm on Saturday, May 7. The first five people to bring their completed bookmarks to Curious Iguana win a free BOOK SCAVENGER and $25 Iguana gift card! 
  • Storytime - Asian American Heritage Month
    02:00 PM-03:00 PM
    12 North Market Street, Frederick, MD 21701, USA
    In celebration of Asian American Heritage Month, we're teaming up with the Asian American Center of Frederick for a very special storytime, led by Li Zhou, owner/director of A &D Stars Chinese Immersion Preschool in Urbana. Free and open to the public.
  • 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.
  • Author Talk and Signing with Elle Cosimano
    07:00 PM-08:00 PM
    12 North Market Street, Frederick, MD 21701, USA
    Elle Cosimano - one of our favorite YA authors - visited the Iguana in 2014 for the release of NEARLY GONE. Now she's back to celebrate the release of her third novel, HOLDING SMOKE, an action-packed supernatural thriller published by Disney-Hyperion on May 3 and recommended for ages 12 and up.About the book:John "Smoke" Conlan is serving time for two murders - but he wasn't the one who murdered his English teacher, and he never intended to kill the only other witness to the crime. A dangerous juvenile rehabilitation center in Denver, Colorado, known as the Y, is Smoke's new home and the only one he believes he deserves.But, unlike his fellow inmates, Smoke is not in constant imprisonment. After a near death experience leaves him with the ability to shed his physical body at will, Smoke is able to travel freely outside the concrete walls of the Y, gathering information for himself and his fellow inmates while they're asleep in their beds. Convinced his future is only as bright as the fluorescent lights in his cell, Smoke doesn't care that the "threads" that bind his soul to his body are wearing thin - that one day he may not make it back in time. That is, until he meets Pink, a tough, resourceful girl who is sees him for who he truly is and wants to help him clear his name.Now Smoke is on a journey to redemption he never thought possible. With Pink's help, Smoke may be able to reveal the true killer, but the closer they get to the truth, the more deadly their search becomes. The web of lies, deceit, and corruption that put Smoke behind bars is more tangled than they could have ever imagined. With both of their lives on the line, Smoke will have to decide how much he's willing to risk, and if he can envision a future worth fighting for.About the author:Elle Cosimano grew up in the Washington, DC, suburbs, the daughter of a maximum security prison warden and an elementary school teacher who rode a Harley. As a teen, she spent summers working on a fishing boat in the Chesapeake Bay. A failed student of the hard sciences, she discovered her true calling in social and behavioral studies while majoring in psychology at St. Mary's College of Maryland. Fifteen years later, Elle set aside a successful real-estate career to pursue writing. Her debut novel NEARLY GONE was an Edgar Award finalist, winner of the International Thriller Writers' Best Young Adult Novel Award, and winner of the inaugural Mathical Book Award recognizing mathematics in children's literature. Elle lives with her husband and two sons in Mexico, somewhere between the jungle and the sea. To learn more about Elle, visit
  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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
  • Author Talk and Signing with Ellen Prentiss Campbell
    07:00 PM-08:00 PM
    117 East Church Street, Frederick, MD, United States
    Meet DC writer and literary critic Ellen Prentiss Campbell at Artomatic@Frederick!Ellen will discuss her debut novel, The Bowl with Gold Seams, which is a moving, intimate story of unexpected personal transformations. An unusual chapter in the long history of the Bedford Springs Hotel in Pennsylvania inspired this work of historical fiction: during the summer of 1945, the resort served as the unlikely detainment center for the Japanese ambassador to Berlin, his staff, and their families. The Bowl with Gold Seams tells Hazel Shaw's story as a young woman working at the hotel among the Japanese, and the further story of the reverberating lifelong consequences of that experience. The final events of the war challenge her beliefs about enemies and friends, victory and defeat, love and loyalty. In the ensuing years she remains haunted by memories. An unexpected encounter causes Hazel to return to the hotel long after the end of the war; she must confront her past, come to terms with her present life, and determine her future.Event is free and open to the public; no registration required. Books will be available for purchase and signing at event. Questions? Contact Curious Iguana at 301-695-2500, 
  • Author Talk and Signing with Margaret (Meg) Lee and Mary Cay Ricci
    04:00 PM-05:00 PM
    15 East Patrick Street, Frederick, MD, United States
    All parents want their children to be successful in school, sports, and extracurricular activities. But it's not just about giving your kids praise or setting them on the right direction, according to education specialists and authors Margaret Lee and Mary Cay Ricci. Research shows that success is often dependent on mindset. Hard work, perseverance, and effort are all hallmarks of a growth mindset. That's where Mindsets for Parents: Strategies to Encourage Growth Mindsets in Kids comes in. Designed to provide parents with a roadmap for developing a growth mindset home environment, this book's conversational style and real-word examples make the popular mindsets topic approachable and engaging. It includes tools for informally assessing the mindsets of both parent and child, easy-to-understand brain research, and suggested strategies and resources for use with children of any age. This book gives parents and guardians powerful knowledge and methods to help themselves and their children learn to embrace life's challenges with a growth mindset and an eye toward increasing their effort and success.ABOUT THE AUTHORSMary Cay Ricci is an education consultant, speaker and author of The New York Times best-selling education book, Mindsets in the Classroom, and its companion, Ready-to-Use Resources for Mindset in the Classroom. She is supervisor of the Office of Advanced and Enriched Instruction in Prince George’s County, Maryland. Mary Cay holds a master’s degree that includes certification in gifted and talented education and administration and supervision from Johns Hopkins University, where she is currently a faculty associate in the Graduate School of Education. Mary Cay has Pennsylvania roots, having grown up in a suburb of Pittsburgh and completed her undergraduate degree in elementary education at Mercyhurst University in Erie, PA. She has experience as an elementary and middle school teacher. Mary Cay is a member of the CEC-TAG (The Association for the Gifted) Board of Directors and Mom to three great kids, Christopher, Patrick, and Isabella and one great pooch, Snickers.Margaret (“Meg”) Lee is an education administrator, consultant, and speaker in Frederick, Maryland. She is a graduate of Hagerstown Community College and Hood College and holds a M.Ed. in educational leadership from Frostburg State University. Meg’s experience includes teaching middle school language arts, serving as a literacy specialist, a district-level professional developer, middle school assistant principal, and supervisor of advanced academics. In addition, she has taught courses in education and psychology at the undergraduate and graduate levels.  Meg is a frequent presenter at local, state, and national conferences and serves as an educational consultant for private and public schools. Meg is a travel enthusiast and loves exploring new places at home and abroad with family and friends.Event is free and open to the public; no registration required. Author talk will be followed by Q&A and book signing. Books will be available to purchase at the event. Questions? Email or call 301-695-2500.
  • Our World: Asian American Voices
    07:00 PM-08:00 PM
    12 North Market Street, Frederick, MD 21701, USA
    The Asian American Center of Frederick ( is teaming up with the Iguana to present a three-book discussion series exploring the works of Asian American writers. Join us on the fourth Tuesday of the month, May through July, at 7 pm. Featured titles are discounted 20% four weeks prior to discussion. Free; no registration required.Tuesday, May 24, 7 pm: EVERYTHING I NEVER TOLD YOU by Celeste Ng"Lydia is dead. But they don't know this yet." So begins the story of this exquisite debut novel about a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio. A profoundly moving story of family, history, and the meaning of home, Everything I Never Told You is both a gripping page-turner and a sensitive family portrait, exploring the divisions between cultures and the rifts within a family, and uncovering the ways in which mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, and husbands and wives struggle, all their lives, to understand one another.Tuesday, June 28, 7 pm: THE BUDDHA IN THE ATTIC by Julie OtsukaJulie Otsuka's long awaited follow-up to When the Emperor Was Divine is a tour de force of economy and precision, a novel that tells the story of a group of young women brought over from Japan to San Francisco as picture brides nearly a century ago. In eight incantatory sections, The Buddha in the Attic traces their extraordinary lives, from their arduous journey by boat; to their arrival in San Francisco and their tremulous first nights as new wives; to their backbreaking work picking fruit in the fields and scrubbing the floors of white women; to their struggles to master a new language and a new culture; to their experiences in childbirth, and then as mothers, raising children who will ultimately reject their heritage and their history; to the deracinating arrival of war.Tuesday, July 26, 7 pm: THE SLEEPWALKER'S GUIDE TO DANCING by Mira JacobFor fans of J. Courtney Sullivan, Meg Wolitzer, Mona Simpson, and Jhumpa Lahiri comes this winning, irreverent debut novel about a family wrestling with its future and its past. With depth, heart, and agility, Mira Jacob takes us on a deftly plotted journey that ranges from 1970s India to suburban 1980s New Mexico to Seattle during the boom. The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing is an epic, irreverent testimony to the bonds of love, the pull of hope, and the power of making peace with life's uncertainties.
  • Author Talk and Signing with Rufi Thorpe
    07:00 PM-08:00 PM
    117 East Church Street, Frederick, MD, United States
    NOTE: New location for this event - Artomatic@Frederick! Room #1 is in basement of 117 East Church Street.We've been enthusiastic fans of Rufi Thorpe since the 2014 release of her first novel, THE GIRLS FROM CORONA DEL MAR. Now she's back - this time, at Artomatic@Frederick - to celebrate her second novel DEAR FANG, WITH LOVE, a bold, spellbinding work that features one of the most fascinating protagonists in recent memory. Even before its May 24 release from Knopf/Penguin Random House, the book is garnering high praise:"Tremendous... Showcase[s] Thorpe's fabulous versatility, insight, and humor... While the themes of the book--mania, the Holocaust, and the devastating number of ways that any parent-child dynamic can go awry--are undeniably dark, Thorpe's prose is light, often hilarious, and unshakably grounded in the concrete details of daily life... Thorpe has written an absolute winner." -- Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW"[Thorpe's] second novel, which blends the cultural history of "The Tiger's Wife" with the madcap energy of Dave Eggers, just might be her breakout book . Takes readers on a father-daughter road trip to Lithuania, where 17-year-old Vera and her father, Lucas, ponder the meaning of family and the way past mistakes and family history can seep into the present." -- BookPageABOUT THE BOOK:DEAR FANG, WITH LOVE tells the story of 17-year-old Vera - ravishing, troubled, wildly intelligent - who travels to Europe with Lucas, her estranged father who is hoping that an immersion in history might help them forget his past mistakes and her uncertain future.Lucas and Katya were boarding school seniors when, blindingly in love, they decided to have a baby. Seventeen years later, after a decade of absence, Lucas is a weekend dad, newly involved in his daughter Vera's life. But after Vera suffers a terrifying psychotic break at a high school party, Lucas takes her to Lithuania, his grandmother's homeland, for the summer. Here, in the city of Vilnius, Lucas hopes to save Vera from the sorrow of her diagnosis. As he uncovers a secret about his grandmother, a Home Army rebel who escaped Stutthof, Vera searches for answers of her own. Why did Lucas abandon her as a baby? What really happened the night of her breakdown? And who can she trust with the truth? Skillfully weaving family mythology and Lithuanian history with a story of mental illness, inheritance, young love, and adventure, Rufi Thorpe has written a breathtakingly intelligent, emotionally enthralling book.ABOUT THE AUTHOR:Rufi Thorpe received her MFA from the University of Virginia in 2009. Her first novel, THE GIRLS FROM CORONA DEL MAR, was long-listed for the 2014 International Dylan Thomas Prize and for the 2014 Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize. She lives in California with her husband and sons.