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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  • An Evening of Poetry
    07:00 PM-08:00 PM
    12 North Market Street, Frederick, MD 21701, USA
    Join us for an evening of poetry as we celebrate National Poetry Month. Enjoy readings by local poets and friends Anne Higgins and Bill Jones, followed by a Q&A and book signing. About Anne Higgins Anne Higgins teaches at Mount Saint Mary's University in Emmitsburg, Maryland. She is a member of the Daughters of Charity. Eight books of her poetry have been published: At the Year's ElbowScattered Showers in a Clear SkyPick It Up and ReadHow the Hand BehavesDigging for GodVexed QuestionsReconnaissance, and Life List.   Her poems have been featured frequently on The Writer's AlmanacAbout Bill JonesBill Jones grew up in Frederick in the 1950s and 60s, and his memoir in poetry, At Sunset, Facing East, includes numerous poems about that time period. He currently lives in Baltimore, where he has taught English and creative writing for more than 40 years. A former winner of a Baltimore Artscape Literary Arts Award, he has had poetry appear in publications such as California Quarterly, Borderlands:Texas Poetry Review, The Connecticut River Review, and most recently, Garrison Keillor's The Writer's Almanac. At Sunset, Facing East was published in October 2016 by Apprentice House Press.Free event; no registration required. Books will be available for purchase and signing at event. Question? Please email or call 301.695.2500. 
  • 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 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
  • 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.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.
  • 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
  • Author Talk and Book Signing with Marita Golden
    02:00 PM-03:00 PM
    110 East Patrick Street, Frederick, MD, United States
    "It is always heartening to see women step up to the writer's table. When the results are as adroit and affecting as Marita Golden's work, it is more than satisfying, it is a cause for celebration." - Nobel Laureate Toni MorrisonAs a respected family court judge, Diane Tate spent her life making tough calls, but nothing could’ve prepared her for her husband Gregory’s diagnosis: early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. As his memory wavers and fades, Diane and her children reexamine their connections with the man they once knew and navigate loving the man he has become.Daughter Lauren honors her gifted father by following in his footsteps as an architect, while son Sean races the clock to repair his broken relationship with Gregory. Diane remains resolute in her goal to keep her family together—until her husband finds love with another resident of his assisted living facility. Faced with an even more uncertain future, Diane must forge her own path—and discover her own capacity for love.Author Marita Golden has written more than a dozen works of fiction and nonfiction and has taught writing at several prestigious universities. She co-founded and serves as president emeritus of Hurston/Wright Foundation, dedicated to preserving and fostering Black voices in literature. She received the Fiction Award from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association for her novel, After, as well as the Writers for Writers Award, presented by Barnes & Noble and Poets & Writers, Inc.Presented by Curious Iguana in partnership with Frederick County Public Libraries and Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Maryland Chapter, this event is free and open to the public; no registration required.Books will be available for purchase and signing at event.
  • 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:April 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
  • Indie Bookstore Day and Curious Read-a-thon
    09:00 AM-09:00 PM
    12 North Market Street, Frederick, MD 21701, USA
    We’re celebrating Independent Bookstore Day with giveaways and exclusive products available only at indie bookstores like the Iguana! Purchase $20 or more and spin our prize wheel. Show you care by supporting our second Curious Read-a-thon to benefit Children of Incarcerated Parents Partnership (COIPP). We’re open 9 am til 9 pm…stop by and join the party!What is Independent Bookstore Day? It’s a nationwide celebration of bookstores, books, readers, authors, and the whole bookish ecosystem. It takes place on one day at more than 450 individual bookstore all over the country.Publishers and authors come together to create one-of-a-kind, exclusive books and literary-themed products just for Indie Bookstore Day. Get ‘em while they last…because once they’re gone, they’re gone.About our Curious Read-a-thon:In the spirit of Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-a-thon online, Curious Iguana is hosting a 12-hour in-store read-a-thon 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 Read-a-thon works:
    • Reserve a 30-minute timeslot in our “reading chair,” which will be positioned in our front window.
    • On April 29 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!
    • Only 24 timeslots are available for this event, so sign up now – you can stop by the Iguana or call 301-695-2500 to reserve your time in the reading chair!
    • This event is recommended for ages 12 and up. There’s no fee to participate, but we do suggest a minimum donation of $10 to Children of Incarcerated Parents. We will accept cash or checks for COIPP on the day of the event.
    Can't join  us on Indie Bookstore Day? 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 Read-a-thon so we can include it in our totals.