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.

  • Fill the Rack, Close the Gap
    All day
    12 North Market Street, Frederick, MD 21701, USA
    Elephant & Piggie are ready to travel—to the Housing Authority of the City of Frederick!During the month of May, we hope to fill this spinner rack with 64 Elephant & Piggie books designed to encourage beginning readers. As soon as all the books are purchased, the rack will reside at the Housing Authority’s Lucas Village, where Elephant & Piggie will help close the reading gap for 60+ kids.Here’s how you can help…Look through the cards, and select the Elephant & Piggie book you’d like to donate ($9.99 each). Bring that card to the counter, add your name if you like, and purchase the book. We’ll add your card to our window display of Close the Gap champions.Thanks for helping us close the reading gap for neighborhood kids!
  • Children's Book Week
    All day
    12 North Market Street, Frederick, MD 21701, USA
    We’re celebrating Children's Book Week and want you to join us! May 1-7  you'll be able to vote for the Children Choice and Teen Choice Book Awards, participate in giveaways, and join us for a global storytime.
    • Monday: Pick up a free activity sheet and your ballot for the Children Choice and Teen Choice Book Awards!
    • Tuesday: Enter our Facebook giveaway!
    • Wednesday: Enter our Instagram giveaway!
    • Thursday: Enter our Facebook giveaway!
    • Friday: Join us at 11 am for Discover our World Story Time at Dancing Bear Toys! Ages 3 & up.
    • Saturday: Fill the Rack, Close the Gap campaign kick-off!
    • Sunday: Last day to vote for the Children Choice and Teen Choice Book Awards.
  • Author Talk and Book Signing with Nancy Lawson
    07:00 PM-08:00 PM
    12 North Market Street, Frederick, MD 21701, USA
    Meet Maryland writer and naturalist Nancy Lawson, who cultivates compassion for all creatures great, small, wild, and wonderful. A columnist for All Animals magazine, she is the author of The Humane Gardener: Nurturing a Backyard Wildlife Habitat (Princeton Architectural Press, $24.95).In her new book, Lawson describes why and how to welcome wildlife to our backyards. Through engaging anecdotes and inspired advice, profiles of home gardeners across the country, and interviews with scientists and horticulturalists, she applies the broader lessons of ecology to our own outdoor spaces. Detailed chapters address planting for wildlife by choosing native species; providing habitats that shelter baby animals, including the young of birds, bees, and butterflies; creating gardens free of poisons and other common hazards; cohabiting with creatures often regarded as pests; letting nature be your garden designer; and welcoming natural processes and seasonal changes. The Humane Gardener illustrates simple principles for both attracting wildlife and peacefully resolving conflicts with all the creatures who share our world.Presented in partnership with Frederick County Master Naturalists, this event is free and open to the public; no registration required. Books will be available for purchase and signing at the event.
  • 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 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
  • Supper & Stories
    07:00 PM-08:00 PM
    111 East Patrick Street, Frederick, MD, United States
    We’re saving a seat at the table for you!Join us on the second Tuesday of every other month at 7 pm for Supper & Stories at Nido’s Italian restaurant in Downtown Frederick. For $40* per person, you receive a paperback copy of the featured title and a delicious meal, served family-style and flavored with engaging conversation about the book.Now in its second year, Supper & Stories is “going places” in 2017, with fabulous reads that will transport you from 20th-century Turkey to war-ravaged Liberia, a North Carolina plantation, present-day New York City, and a retirement home in Los Angeles. Get to know your world, and get to know your neighbors, at these unique gatherings, sponsored by Nido’s and Curious Iguana. May 9: Orhan’s Inheritance by Aline OhanesianJuly 11: One World Two: A Second Global Anthology of Short Stories edited by Ovo Adagha and Chris BrazierSeptember 12: Shelter by Jung YunNovember 14: Dinner with Edward by Isabel Vincent*Price includes meal, beverage, gratuity, and copy of book
  • Author Talk and Book Signing with Marianne Willburn
    07:00 PM-08:00 PM
    12 North Market Street, Frederick, MD 21701, USA
    Meet Marianne Willburn, garden columnist and master gardener with more than 20 years of experience in the garden. She holds a BSc from University College London and has won several national awards for her popular column and blog, The Small-Town Gardener. A California native, she now lives with her husband and two children in the scenic—and highly convenient—wine region of Northern Virginia.About Big Dreams, Small Garden: A Guide to Creating Something Extraordinary in Your Ordinary Space:The garden of your dreams may not always fit into the reality of your surroundings. How do passionate gardeners struggling with limited resources manage to put aside feelings of inadequacy and envy and begin to create an oasis in the midst of numerous obstacles? How do they begin such a process without entirely losing heart?Complete with wit, encouragement, and practical tips, Marianne Willburn’s debut book is must-have for any gardener (or gardener to-be!) seeking a fresh start. Big Dreams, Small Garden (Skyhorse Publishing, $17.99) presents a comprehensive step-by-step plan for creating an ideal garden in less-than-ideal circumstances—encouraging the discouraged to pick up their trowels, put on their gloves, and get on with it.Marianne’s irreverent humor painlessly guides readers to make a deeper connection with the places they call home, letting go of limiting emotions and embracing a new perspective, and in doing so, makes a case for one of the longest relationships in human history—that of our relationship with the soil. Big Dreams, Small Garden is an informative, often lighthearted look at coming to terms with your space, embracing your space, and miraculously falling in love. It cannot fail to appeal to a generation that is once again returning to the land only to find that it is further and further out of reach.Book is available for purchase now at Curious Iguana - and will be available for purchase and signing at the event.This event is free and open to the public; no registration required.
  • 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.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 & Signing with Margaret C. Bowen
    04:00 PM-05:00 PM
    12 North Market Street, Frederick, MD 21701, USA
    When gold fever struck in 1849, John S. Darcy--prominent physician, general, and president of the New Jersey Railroad--assembled a company to travel to California. In Jersey Gold, Margaret  Bowen and Gwendolyn Joslin Hiles tell the story of that colorful company of some 30 stalwarts and adventurers and vividly re-create a defining chapter in American history. Margaret C. Bowen was born in Champaign, Illinois, and then spent her formative years in South Dakota where her father was an Air Force pilot. Growing up in the Black Hills inspired a love of the west, its landscapes, culture, and history.  After attending high school in Yorktown, Virginia, she earned an undergraduate degree in Geology from the College of William and Mary where classes taken in statistics landed her a job on Capitol Hill in the late 1970s.  Her career as an IT manager spanned twenty-eight years, the majority of that time with the US House of Representatives, then as a consultant to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2010 she retired from the technology career to focus full-time on the fascinating research project that became Jersey Gold.  She and her husband, Chip, reside in Jefferson, Maryland, while their son, Jim, makes his home in Seattle.
  • 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:May 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