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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  • Loop Day!
    11:00 AM-03:00 PM
    12 North Market Street, Frederick, MD 21701, USA
    Before Miss Peregrine gave them a home...the story of the peculiars was written in the Tales.Join us on Saturday, September 3, as we celebrate Loop Day, a holiday found within the world of Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children, as well as the much-anticipated release of Tales of the Peculiar, the new companion to the series by #1 bestselling author Ransom Riggs.Reserve your copy now at Curious Iguana, and we'll have it on hold for you to pick up on Loop Day. Stop in from 11 am to 3 pm on September 3, and you'll also enjoy special giveaways (including a Stay Peculiar pin!), photo opportunities, and the chance to win some truly peculiar prizes. Available on Loop Day, 9/3/16, for $24.99. Reserve your copy today at Curious Iguana!
  • Curious Iguana Turns Three
    11:00 AM-06:00 PM
    12 North Market Street, Frederick, MD 21701, USA
    Time flies when you're reading! Help us celebrate Curious Iguana's third birthday by saving $3 on one book of your choice (one offer per person). Please note - we're closing early at 6 pm on Wednesday, September 7, for a staff celebration.
  • 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


  • Author Talk and Signing with Don DeArmon
    03:00 PM-04:00 PM
    110 East Patrick Street, Frederick, MD, United States
    Nostalgic for those halcyon hippie days of bellbottom pants, tie-dyed shirts, and love beads? Interested in an off-beat travel saga? Join us at the C. Burr Artz Public Library Community Room when local author and Frederick resident Don DeArmon shares stories from his book, Keep Going--A Teenage Hitchhiking Odyssey Through the 1970s. The event is sponsored by The Trail House.As a 16-year-old, DeArmon and a companion decided to thumb from Maryland to national parks in the western United States, and their summer travels transformed their lives. Crisscrossing the country four times during 1971 and 1972 in the shadow of Woodstock, the Age of Aquarius, and the Vietnam War, they found high adventure and hardship in far corners of the US and Canada. Their hitchhiking travels--20,000 miles worth--took them through 29 states and all the way to Alaska as they navigated a landscape of hippies, highways, and highway patrolmen. DeArmon will tell humorous and poignant stories about a simpler and less suspicious country and the perfect strangers, Americans of every stripe, who helped him and his friend on their journey to adulthood.Event is free and open to the public; no registration required. Books will be available for purchase and signing at event. 
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Roald Dahl Splendiferous Showdown Bus Tour
    11:00 AM-12:00 PM
    40 South Carroll Street, Frederick, MD, United States
    The Roald Dahl Splendiferous Showdown bus tour is coming to Downtown Frederick! Join us at the Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center for this very special event.Penguin Young Readers and Story Pirates present this fast-paced, interactive live game show inspired by Roald Dahl, the world’s greatest storyteller. Filled with fun facts, trivia, and challenges that celebrate Dahl’s books, the show culminates in the performance of a brand new, improvised story based on ideas from the audience and the themes, language, and hilarity of Dahl. 2016 marks 100 years since the birth of Roald Dahl, author of beloved stories such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, Fantastic Mr. Fox, James and the Giant Peach, The Witches, and The BFG.Recommended for third through sixth graders, but enjoyable for all ages. Free; no reservations required. A selection of Roald Dahl’s books will be available for purchase at event. Questions? Call 301-695-2500 or email by Curious Iguana in partnership with the Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center. 
  • Sunday Shorts with Michelle Brafman
    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 COURTBertrand Court intertwines 17 luminous narratives about the secrets of a cast of politicos, filmmakers, housewives, real estate brokers, and consultants, all tied to a suburban Washington, D.C. cul-de-sac. Linked through bloodlines and grocery lines, they respond to life’s bruises by grabbing power, sex, or the family silver. As they atone and forgive, they unmask the love and truth that hop white picket fences.Michelle Brafman is the author of the novel Washing the Dead. Her short fiction and essays have appeared in Tablet, Slate, The Washington Post, Lilith, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and many other publications. She teaches fiction writing at the Johns Hopkins University MA in Writing Program and lives in Glen Echo, MD, with her family. Learn more at 23: Paula Whyman / YOU MAY SEE A STRANGER: STORIESSee October 23 event listing for details.November 20: Ellen Prentiss Campbell / CONTENTS UNDER PRESSURESee November 20 event listing for details.Event is free; no registration required. Books are discounted 20% four weeks prior to each event.
  • Author Talk Cancelled: New Event - A Night of Visioning
    07:00 PM-08:00 PM
    110 East Patrick Street, Frederick, MD, United States
    Curious Iguana regrets to announce that $2.00 A DAY co-author Kathryn Edin has an unexpected scheduling conflict and is unable to join us for our event on Wednesday, 9/28, 7 pm, at the C. Burr Artz Public Library Community Room, 110 East Patrick Street, Downtown Frederick.In lieu of the author talk, we will host – same date, same time, same place – A Night of Visioning, a panel discussion with staff of the Housing Authority of the City of Frederick. Please join us as we dialogue together about how we can help transform our community into a place of prosperity for all. Copies of $2.00 A DAY will be available for purchase at the event, and $2.00 from the sale of each book will benefit Project Alive of the Housing Authority of the City of Frederick.Please plan to participate in this important event, hosted in partnership with the Housing Authority and Frederick County Public Libraries. If you have any questions, call 301-695-2500 or email The event is free and open to the public; no registration required.About $2.00 A DAY:Jessica Compton’s family of four would have no income if she didn’t donate plasma twice a week at her local donation center in Tennessee. Modonna Harris and her teenage daughter Brianna, in Chicago, have gone for days with nothing to eat other than spoiled milk.After two decades of groundbreaking research on American poverty, Kathryn Edin noticed something she hadn’t seen before — households surviving on virtually no cash income. Edin, whose deep examination of her subjects’ lives has “turned sociology upside down” (Mother Jones), teamed with Luke Shaefer, an expert on surveys of the incomes of the poor. The two made a surprising discovery: the number of American families living on $2.00 per person, per day, has skyrocketed to one and a half million American households, including about three million children.But the fuller story remained to be told. Where do these families live? How did they get so desperately poor? What do they do to survive? In search of answers, Edin and Shaefer traveled across the country to speak with families living in this extreme poverty. Through the book’s many compelling profiles, moving and startling answers emerge: a low-wage labor market that increasingly fails to deliver a living wage, and a growing but hidden landscape of survival strategies among America’s extreme poor. Not just a powerful exposé, $2.00 a Day delivers new evidence and new ideas to our national debate on income inequality.About co-author Kathryn Edin:Kathryn Edin is the Bloomberg Distinguished Professor in the Department of Sociology, Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and Department of Population, Family, and Reproductive Health, Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins. She received her Ph.D. in sociology from Northwestern University in 1991 and has also taught at Rutgers University, Northwestern University, the University of Pennsylvania, and, most recently, Harvard University as a Professor of Public Policy and Management at the Harvard Kennedy School and chair of their Multidisciplinary Program in Inequality and Social Policy. She is a Trustee of the Russell Sage Foundation, a founding member of the MacArthur Foundation-funded Network on Housing and Families with Young Children, and a past member of the MacArthur Network on the Family and the Economy. In 2014 she became a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences. Kathryn lives in Baltimore with her husband and two daughters.

  • Be The Change: Book Discussion of All American Boys
    07:00 PM-08:00 PM
    12 North Market Street, Frederick, MD 21701, USA
    The 2016 Maryland Humanities Council’s “One Maryland One Book” selection All American Boys, by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely, begins with police violence against a teenager who is both innocent and the son of a police officer. The rest of the novel examines complicated relationships with race and authority, and asks how individuals and communities may move forward in the face of trauma. Participants will discuss their personal understandings of self, identity, and race as frameworks for change. Magin LaSov Gregg, an assistant professor of English at Frederick Community College and downtown Frederick resident, will facilitate the discussion. Event is free and open to the public; no registration required.