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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  • Readers' Workshop
    07:00 PM-08:00 PM
    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 (, follow her on Twitter @s_yamkovenko, and see what she’s reading on Litsy @StephanieY.February 9: American Pastoral by Philip RothTopic: Sentences (Chapter 3, Reading Like a Writer)March 9: Desperate Characters by Paula FoxTopic: Paragraphs (Chapter 4, Reading Like a Writer)April 13: Vernon God Little by DBC PierreTopic: Narration (Chapter 5, Reading Like a Writer)May 11: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi AdichieTopic: Character (Chapter 6, Reading Like a Writer)June 8: A Mercy by Toni MorrisonTopic: Dialogue (Chapter 7, Reading Like a Writer)July 13: The God of Small Things by Arundhati RoyTopic: Details (Chapter 8, Reading Like a Writer)August 10: Wise Blood by Flannery O’ConnorTopic: Gesture (Chapter 9, Reading Like a Writer)* Francine Prose’s Reading Like a Writer* is available to Readers’ Workshop participants for the reduced price of $10.
  • Tuesdays with Tea
    11:00 AM-12:00 PM
    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 14Our Souls at Night by Kent HarufMarch 14: Little Cyclone by Airey NeaveApril 11: The Sellout by Paul BeattyMay 9: The Girl in the Red Coat by Kate HamerJune 13:  The Song Poet by Kao Kalia YangJuly 11: One Summer: America, 1927 by Bill BrysonAugust 8: The Optician of Lampedusa by Emma-Jane KirbySeptember 12: This Side of Providence by Rachel HarperOctober 10: Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist by Sumil Yapa November 14: The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
  • Culture of Good Event
    04:00 PM-05:00 PM
    12 North Market Street, Frederick, MD 21701, USA
    The Good Bus Tour to launch Build A Culture of Good by Scott Moorehead and Ryan McCarty is making a stop at the Iguana! Join us for the highly anticipated talk and signing with Ryan McCarty.About Culture of Good: Scott Moorehead is the CEO of TCC Verizon, the largest Verizon Authorized Retailer in the country. Ryan McCarty was hired by Scott several years ago to create a movement of good within TCC.  In their book they share how, despite their different backgrounds, they came together in pursuit of a common goal--to help their company find the sweet spot that connects employees, customers, and a cause. What began as a movement at TCC, with 3,000 employees and 800 wireless retail locations across the United States, to do good by including employees and customers has grown into its own company to teach others to build their own Culture of Good. 
  • 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 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
  • Ovis Book Talk & Signing
    07:00 PM-08:00 PM
    12 North Market Street, Frederick, MD 21701, USA
    Join us as author Kelly Beins and illustrator Christine Tucille-Merry, both Frederick County residents, present their new book Ovis Has Trouble with School.Kelly is a pediatric occupational therapist with 22-plus years of experience. She specializes in work with children who have sensory processing disorder.  Kelly’s clinical expertise and knowledge of child development is what inspired and informed the writing of Ovis.This Ovis book is the first in an upcoming series about a young sheep who has struggles with some baffling behaviors because he has sensory processing disorder.  The book is designed to engage children and parents, through use of simple yet relatable visual images, short but expressive words, and a real life quality to how the story plays out.The event at Curious Iguana includes a brief presentation by the author about sensory processing disorder and the developmental and sensory benefits of reading, followed by informal Q&A time. Books will be available for purchase and signing at the event, which is free and open to the public. No reservations required.
  • Truesday Night Books
    07:00 PM-08:00 PM
    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:February 28: Home Is Burning by Dan MarshallMarch 28: Almost Nearly Perfect People by Michael BoothApril 25: Arms by A.J. SomersetMay 30: Evicted by Matthew Desmond (PB releases 3/7)June 27: Becoming Nicole by Amy Ellis NuttJuly 25: Drinking in America by Susan CheeverAugust 29: The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating by Elisabeth Tova BaileySeptember 26: On Trails by Robert Moor (PB releases 7/4)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