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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  • Wild Women Wednesdays Book Club
    07:00 PM-08:00 PM
    12 North Market Street, Frederick, MD 21701, USA
    It's summer - and Lauren, our Operations Manager, is celebrating with a three-book discussion series on the first Wednesday of the month, June through August. Join in the fun at 7 pm - free, no registration required, and featured titles are discounted 20% four weeks prior to discussion.June 1: Margaret the First by Danielle DuttonMargaret Cavendish is a shy, gifted, and wildly unconventional 17th-century duchess. She wrote and published volumes of poems, philosophical works, feminist plays, and utopian science fiction at a time when being a writer was not an option for women. Margaret the First is a dramatized telling of her life’s story as she grows from imaginative youth to a bold and courageous woman exiled to France and her infamous popularity in England as “Mad Madge.” Yet despite her infamy, she was the first woman to be invited to the Royal Society of London mainstay of the Scientific Revolution. July 6: Me, My Hair, and I: Twenty-Seven Women Untangle an Obsession by Elizabeth BenedictAsk a woman about her hair, and she just might tell you the story of her life. Ask a bunch of women about their hair, and you could get a history of the world. Surprising, insightful, frequently funny, and always forthright, the essays in Me, My Hair, and I are reflections and revelations about every aspect of the lives of women from family, race, religion, and motherhood to culture, health, politics, and sexuality. August 3: Saint Mazie by Jami AttenburgMeet Mazie Phillips. Big-hearted and bawdy, she’s the truth-telling proprietress of The Venice, the famed New York City theater. It’s the age of jazz with romance and booze a plenty. But her high spirits mask a childhood raised in poverty, and her diary, always close at hand, holds her darkest secrets. When the Great Depression hits, Mazie’s life is on the brink of transformation. She decides to open the doors of The Venice for those in need, and this once wild girl quickly becomes the beating heart of the Lower East Side. Then, 90 years later, a documentarian discovers her diary and begins to ask, who was Mazie Phillips, really? 
  • 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 - SOLD OUT!
    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, AUGUST 9 - The Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard MoraisAn Indian family resettles in a sleepy French town and opens a restaurant across the street from a French culinary hotspot. What begins as a clash of cultures ends deliciously. Literary fiction
    Space is limited; $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. /
  • Supper & Stories at Nido's - NEW SESSION!
    07:00 PM-09:00 PM
    111 East Patrick Street, Frederick, MD, United States
    Supper & Stories is so popular that our August 9 event sold out - so we've added a second date! Register now to enjoy a delicious meal and discussion of The Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard Morais.
    Space is limited; $35 per person includes dinner and book, non-refundable. Register in person online, call 301-624-1052, or stop by Nido’s, 111 East Patrick Street, Downtown Frederick. Bring your 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


  • Welcome Back, Teachers
    04:00 PM-08:00 PM
    12 North Market Street, Frederick, MD 21701, USA
    Curious Iguana and Dancing Bear Toys and Gifts are hosting a special open house in Downtown Frederick for FCPS staff.FCPS staff - Bring your ID and stop by Dancing Bear to enter a grand prize drawing for $100 worth of free toys and books for your classroom—then go to Curious Iguana to win more free books and receive a list of special offers from 15-plus Downtown Frederick merchants and restaurants. Spend the rest of your evening enjoying all that Downtown Frederick has to offer!Questions? Email or call 301-695-2500. 
  • 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