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.

Sun Oct 0 1

Cheers to Freadom

Flying Dog Brewery
4607 Wedgewood Boulevard, Frederick, MD, United States
We're celebrating the conclusion of our Banned Books Search with Flying Dog Brewery and 1st Amendment Society friends!Join us at Flying Dog for an afternoon of beer, trivia, and prizes with other book finders and 1st Amendment fans. Banned book titles will be available for purchase at the event.Free and open to the public. RSVP in person at Curious Iguana or email info@curiousiguana.com.
Tue Oct 1 0

Tuesdays with Tea

Curious Iguana
12 North Market Street, Frederick, MD 21701, USA
Discuss thought-provoking reads over 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 (12 North Market Street in Downtown Frederick).Free; no registration required. Featured titles are discounted 20% four weeks prior to each session. Questions? Contact us at 301-695-2500 or info@curiousiguana.com. October 10: Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist by Sumil Yapa November 14: The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
C. Burr Artz Public Library - Community Room
110 East Patrick Street, Frederick, MD, United States
Author William Armstrong will discuss his latest book, Maryland in World War I, with Q&A and book signing to follow. Free; no registration required. Books will be available for purchase at event. Presented in partnership with Frederick County Public Libraries, this program is part of World War I and America, a two-year national initiative of The Library of America presented in partnership with The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the National World War I Museum and Memorial, and other organizations, with generous support from The National Endowment for the Humanities.About the book:The First World War was an unprecedented event, and some of its effects on the state of Maryland can be seen to this day. Maryland's civilian contributions included agricultural and industrial production, providing goods ranging from canned oysters to light artillery pieces. Wartime industrial requirements led to the creation of entire communities, including Dundalk. Maryland hosted a variety of military facilities, many of which are still active. The largest was Camp Meade, a virtual city, one of 16 new National Army training cantonments that sprang up in a matter of weeks in the summer of 1917. Other major facilities included the US Naval Academy, Fort McHenry, Naval Proving Ground Indian Head, and the new Aberdeen Proving Ground. The state's military contributions also included regional units of the National Guard and new National Army, which fought during the most deadly battle in American history, the Meuse-Argonne Offensive.About the Author:William M. Armstrong is a military historian specializing in archival research and exhibit content development. He began studying Maryland's involvement in World War I while in college, having just returned from exploring the Meuse-Argonne battlefield in France. A graduate of Towson University, he grew up in the Annapolis area and lives in Frederick. 
Curious Iguana
12 North Market Street, Frederick, MD 21701, USA
Looking to expand your literary horizons? Join Penguin Random House representatives Cheryl, Scott, and Stacey as they discuss their favorite books of Fall '17 and Winter '18, with a special focus on Read Broader 2018 titles. You'll learn about new and upcoming titles that focus on global voices, LGBTQ+ perspectives, international history, social justice, and around-the-world adventures. You'll also be the first to hear about exciting updates to our Read Broader 2018 initiative.Take 10% off all purchases at event, including pre-orders...and enjoy wine and the chance to win free books. Event is free, but space is limited.
Thu Oct 1 2

Readers' Workshop

Curious Iguana
12 North Market Street, Frederick, MD 21701, USA
New for 2017! Readers’ Workshop at Curious IguanaJoin us at the Iguana on the second Thursday of every month at 7 pm for our new Readers’ Workshop. Free; no registration required. Featured books are discounted 20% four weeks prior to each session.Ever struggle with describing exactly why you like or dislike a book? Perhaps you enjoyed the plot and the characters, but you can’t quite pinpoint the reason why you wouldn’t recommend it to others. Readers’ Workshop will help you read closer so you can recognize what makes fiction writing great—whether it’s beautifully crafted sentences, natural dialogue, or details you will never forget. Using Francine Prose’s Reading Like a Writer* as a reference guide, we will read a chapter of the guide as well as a work of fiction each month. Our discussions will focus on what we learned from that month’s chapter and how it relates to that month’s featured title. Join us as we slow down and pay close attention, which will make us all better readers.Leading Readers’ Workshop is Stephanie Yamkovenko, who has lived in downtown Frederick for the past eight years and is convinced that Frederick is a real-life Stars Hollow. She spends her free time reading, running, writing, and walking around downtown. Stephanie grew up in south Louisiana and currently works as a digital editor for a health care association. Read her blog (syciphers.wordpress.com), follow her on Twitter @s_yamkovenko, and see what she’s reading on Litsy @StephanieYSeptember 14: Selected Stories of Anton Chekhov by Anton Chekhov **Topic: Chekhov (Chapter 10, Reading Like a Writer)October 12: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot DiazTopic: Read Harder (Chapter 11, Reading Like a Writer)November 9: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi* Francine Prose’s Reading Like a Writer* is available to Readers’ Workshop participants for the reduced price of $10.** Specifically reading selected stories: A Boring Story (p 55-108); Gusev (p 109-122); The Black Monk (p 223-252); The Student (p 263-266); The Lady with the Little Dog (p 361-376); In the Ravine (p 421-436); The Bishop (p. 437-end) 
Curious Iguana
12 North Market Street, Frederick, MD 21701, USA
Join us for our kick-off to Free Speech Week and a special opportunity to chat with Jim Caruso, co-owner and CEO of Flying Dog Brewery and founder of the 1st Amendment Society. Enjoy free beer, book recommendations, and good conversations.  Free and open to the public. Must be 21+ to consume beer.
C. Burr Artz Public Library - Community Room
110 East Patrick Street, Frederick, MD, United States
Meet Denise Kiernan (author of New York Times bestseller The Girls of Atomic City) as she discusses her newest non-fiction book, The Last Castle: The Epic Story of Love, Loss, and American Royalty in the Nation’s Largest Home (September 26, Touchstone). Presented by Curious Iguana in partnership with Frederick County Public Libraries, this event is free; no registration required. Q&A and book signing will follow author presentation. Books will be available for purchase at event. Questions? Contact Curious Iguana, 301-695-2500, info@curiousiguana.com.About the book:Before the One Percent, there was an upper echelon of American society known as The Four Hundred. Before paparazzi pursued reality TV stars, intrepid gossip columnists stalked the scions and debutantes of the Gilded Age. And as wrecking balls and developers claimed the architectural relics of that era of excess, the grandest of those castles survived: George Vanderbilt’s Biltmore House and estate in Asheville, North Carolina, the largest home ever built in America, and one that remains to this day in the hands of George’s descendants.Each year, more than 1 million visitors flock to the colossal château—which, at 175,000 square feet, is larger than three White Houses—to tour its gorgeous gardens and cavernous halls. Yet very few know how this extraordinary place came to exist, the struggles endured by its inhabitants, the luminaries who made it their playground—and why Biltmore House still amazes today, a time when few past marvels continue to loom large.In The Last Castle, Denise Kiernan, author of the New York Times bestseller The Girls of Atomic City, reveals a fascinating saga of unimaginable excess, devastating tragedy, inspiring generosity, and unlikely endurance.Orphaned at a young age, Edith Stuyvesant Dresser claimed lineage from one of New York’s best-known families. She grew up in Newport and Paris, and her engagement and marriage to George Vanderbilt, one of the world’s wealthiest and most elusive bachelors, was one of the most watched events of Gilded Age society.But none of this prepared her to be mistress of Biltmore House, George’s spectacular European-style estate. Packed with priceless art, antiques, and an unrivaled library, this opulent fish out of water was improbably set amid the rugged mountains of southern Appalachia. Designed by celebrated architect Richard Morris Hunt, with grounds shaped by the legendary landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, Biltmore House was surrounded by countless acres of woods that comprised what is now known as America’s Cradle of Forestry. Almost feudal in nature, George and Edith’s domain included a Hunt and Olmsted-designed village outside the estate gates where workers, their families and other locals planted the seeds of what remains a vibrant community. Despite their drastically different circumstances, the Vanderbilts and locals forged a powerful bond that transformed the region in ways that are still felt today.As the Gilded Age began to tarnish, George and Edith’s fortunes shifted. Changing times threatened their family, community and estate. It soon fell to Edith to rescue Biltmore from the brink of insolvency and preserve her husband’s legacy.Encompassing world wars, the Jazz Age, financial crises, scandalous marriages, natural disaster, murder and suicide, the story of Biltmore House takes readers from the wilds of Appalachia to the glamour of New York, Newport and Paris, and features a captivating cast of characters including Edith Wharton, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Thomas Wolfe, Teddy Roosevelt, Thomas Edison, Henry James, John Singer Sargent, and James Whistler.About the author:Denise Kiernan's previous book, The Girls of Atomic City, was a New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and NPR bestseller. Kiernan has been published in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the Village Voice, Ms. magazine, Reader’s Digest, Discover, and many more publications. She has been a featured guest on NPR’s Weekend Edition, PBS NewsHour, MSNBC’s Morning Joe, and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. She has also worked in television, serving as head writer for ABC’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire during its Emmy Award–winning first season and producing for media outlets such as ESPN and MSNBC.    
Thu Oct 1 9

Pre-Pub Book Club

Curious Iguana
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 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.
Curious Iguana
12 North Market Street, Frederick, MD 21701, USA
Join us to discuss the 2017 One Maryland One Book selection Purple Hibiscus, written by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Discussion will be led by Nay Keppler, a librarian with Frederick County Public Libraries. Copies of Purple Hibiscus are discounted 20% at Curious Iguana four weeks prior to the event.One Maryland One Book is a program created by Maryland Humanities to "bring together diverse people in the communities across the state through the shared experience of reading the same book." For more information, visit mdhumanities.org.
Sat Oct 2 1

Curious Readathon

Curious Iguana
12 North Market Street, Frederick, MD 21701, USA
In the spirit of Dewey's 24-Hour Readathon online, Curious Iguana is hosting a 12-hour in-store readathon to benefit one of our favorite local nonprofits, Children of Incarcerated Parents Partnership. The Helen J. Serini Foundation has generously agreed to support our efforts, with a $1 donation for every page read during our event.
Here's how our Curious Readathon works:
  • Stop by or call 301-695-2500 to reserve a 30-minute timeslot in our "reading chair," which will be positioned in our front window. Only 24 timeslots are available for this event, so sign up soon!
  • On October 21 at your reserved timeslot, bring your favorite book (or borrow one of ours) and enjoy a half-hour of quiet reading time at the Iguana.
  • Track how many pages you read. Our goal for each reader is 30 pages--but no pressure!
  • This event is recommended for ages 12 and up. There's no fee to participate, but we do suggest a minimum donation of $10--or, even better, $1 a page--to Children of Incarcerated Parents Partnership. We will accept cash or checks for COIPP on the day of the event.
Can't join us for the Readathon? Read at home for as long as you like, and donate $1 or more per page to Children of Incarcerated Parents Partnership. You can make your donation online or mail check to P.O. Box 791, Frederick, MD 21705-0791. Be sure to indicate that your donation is from the Curious Readathon so we can include it in our totals.
C. Burr Artz Public Library - Community Room
110 East Patrick Street, Frederick, MD, United States
Author Marc Leepson will discuss his latest book, The Ballad of the Green Berets, with Q&A and book signing to follow. Free; no registration required. Books will be available for purchase at event. Presented in partnership with Frederick County Public Libraries, this program is part of World War I and America, a two-year national initiative of The Library of America presented in partnership with The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the National World War I Museum and Memorial, and other organizations, with generous support from The National Endowment for the Humanities.A top hit of 1966, The Ballad of the Green Berets was a patriotic tribute to the Special Forces by Staff Sergeant Barry Sadler. This life-and-times biography by Marc Leepson vividly recounts the sensational details of Sadler's life, setting his meteoric rise and tragic fall against the big picture of American society and culture during and after the Vietnam War.Journalist and historian Marc Leepson is the author of nine books, including What So Proudly We Hailed: Francis Scott Key, A Life; Saving Monticello; and Lafayette: Idealist General. A former staff writer for Congressional Quarterly, his work has appeared in many magazines and newspapers, including Smithsonian, Military History,  Civil War Times, Washington Post, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today. He has appeared on The Today Show, CBS This Morning, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, The History Channel, BBC, and NPR; is a contributor to the Encyclopedia Britannica; and edited the Webster's New World Dictionary of the Vietnam War. He served with the US Army in Vietnam in 1967-68, and is arts editor, senior writer, and columnist for The VVA Veteran. He taught US history at Lord Fairfax Community College in Warrenton, Virginia, from 2008 to 2015, and lives in northern Virginia. Learn more at marcleepson.com.
Flying Dog Brewery
4607 Wedgewood Boulevard, Frederick, MD, United States
Trucker and author Finn Murphy is bringing his 18-wheeler and copies of his first book, The Long Haul, to Flying Dog Brewery. Join us as we hear Finn's firsthand tales of life on the road, complete with the colorful characters and funny, poignant, and often absurd situations he's encountered during 30-plus years of cross-country moving.Event is free and open to the public; no reservations required. Presented in partnership with Flying Dog. 
Curious Iguana
12 North Market Street, Frederick, MD 21701, USA
New in 2017!Join us on the last Tuesday of every month to explore these nonfiction titles:October 31: Being a Beast by Charles Foster (PB releases 7/4)November 28: I Contain Multitudes by Ed Yong (PB releases 8/15)Featured titles are discounted 20% four weeks prior to each session. Questions? Contact us at 301-695-2500 or info@curiousiguana.com.

 

 

 

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