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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October 15 - October 21
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    Free Speech Happy Hour with Jim Caruso

    04:00 PM-06:00 PM
    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.
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    Author Talk and Book Signing with Denise Kiernan

    07:00 PM-08:00 PM
    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, 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.    
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    Pre-Pub Book Club

    12:00 PM-01:00 PM
    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

    One Maryland One Book Discussion

    07:00 PM-08:00 PM
    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
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    Curious Readathon

    09:00 AM-09:00 PM
    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.