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.

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  • Author Talk and Book Signing with Kelly Madrone
    04:00 PM-05:00 PM
    06/04/17
    12 North Market Street, Frederick, MD 21701, USA
    Kick off LGBT Pride Month with Curious Iguana!Meet Kelly Madrone, author of GLBTQ: The Survival Guide for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Teens, which covers topics from coming out, combating homophobia, forming gay-straight alliances, improving mental health, and much more. Kelly will discuss her book, answer questions from the community, and sign copies. Free and open to the public; no registration required. Books will be available for sale at event, and $2.00 of every copy sold will benefit The Frederick Center.This event is presented in collaboration with The Frederick Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation dedicated to support, educate, connect, and organize the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community of central Maryland.
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  • Readers' Workshop
    07:00 PM-08:00 PM
    06/08/17
    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 @StephanieY.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.
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  • Summer Sundays with Liz Moore
    03:00 PM-04:00 PM
    06/11/17
    110 East Patrick Street, Frederick, MD, United States
    Join us for Summer Sundays, a series of author talks and book signings presented in partnership with Frederick County Public Libraries.About the author:Liz Moore is a writer of fiction and creative nonfiction. After the publication of her debut novel, The Words of Every Song (Broadway Books, 2007), Liz obtained her MFA in Fiction from Hunter College. In 2009, she was awarded the University of Pennsylvania's ArtsEdge residency and moved to Philadelphia, where she still lives. She is now an Assistant Professor of Writing at Holy Family University.Her second novel, Heft, was published by W.W. Norton in 2012 to popular and critical acclaim, and her short fiction and creative nonfiction have appeared in venues such as Tin House, The New York Times, and Narrative Magazine. She is the winner of the Medici Book Club Prize and Philadelphia's Athenaeum Literary Award. After winning a 2014 Rome Prize in Literature, she spent 2014-15 at the American Academy in Rome, completing her third novel, The Unseen World, published by W.W. Norton in 2016. Included in "Best of 2016" lists by The New Yorker, the BBC, Publishers Weekly, Vox, Google Play, and Audible.com, among others, The Unseen World releases in paperback the week of Liz's author talk and signing at C. Burr Artz Library.About the book:Ada Sibelius is raised by David, her brilliant, eccentric, socially inept single father, who directs a computer science lab in 1980s-era Boston. Home-schooled, Ada accompanies David to work every day; by twelve, she is a painfully shy prodigy. The lab begins to gain acclaim at the same time that David's mysterious history comes into question. When his mind begins to falter, leaving Ada virtually an orphan, she is taken in by one of David's colleagues. Soon she embarks on a mission to uncover her father's secrets: a process that carries her from childhood to adulthood. What Ada discovers on her journey into a virtual universe will keep readers riveted until The Unseen World's heart-stopping, fascinating conclusion. Event is free and open to the public; no registration required. Books will be available for purchase and signing at the event.
  • Book Launch, Author Talk & Signing with Lisa McCrohan
    07:00 PM-08:00 PM
    06/11/17
    12 North Market Street, Frederick, MD 21701, USA
    Meet Lisa McCrohan, MA, LCSW-C, a Frederick-based somatic psychotherapist, compassion coach, mother of two, and author of the new book, Gems of Delight: Seasonal Inspirations for Moms to Heal the Hurry and Embrace What Is Sacred.Lisa’s encouraging and nurturing voice comes through poetic passages and stories from her life as a woman and a mother. Through short daily readings and prompts based on the season, Lisa guides readers through the process of slowing down, noticing, feeling, and expressing themselves. Lisa’s gems encourage you to find the inner landscape of your own heart, take hold of the hand of the Beloved, and live with clear focus and deep devotion to what is most sacred to you. Find out more about the book and Lisa at lisamccrohan.com.Presentation will be followed by Q&A and book signing. Books will be available for purchase at event. Free; no registration required. Questions? Call 301-695-2500 or email info@curiousiguana.com.
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  • Tuesdays with Tea
    11:00 AM-12:00 PM
    06/13/17
    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. June 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
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  • Pre-Pub Book Club
    12:00 PM-01:00 PM
    06/15/17
    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.
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  • Read Broader Book Swap
    07:00 PM-08:00 PM
    06/20/17
    12 North Market Street, Frederick, MD 21701, USA
    Calling all participants in Curious Iguana's 2017 Read Broader challenge...This event is for you! Meet other Read Broader participants and chat informally about the books you've read so far. Bring a book to swap - and be sure to insert a note about what you loved (or didn't love) about your Read Broader selection! We'll provide beverages and fun giveaways. Event is free and open to Read Broader participants only.
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  • Truesday Night Books
    07:00 PM-08:00 PM
    06/27/17
    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: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 info@curiousiguana.com.
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  • Hena Khan in Frederick
    02:00 PM-03:00 PM
    06/28/17
    110 East Patrick Street, Frederick, MD, United States
    Meet Hena Khan, author of Amina's Voice, a universal story of self-acceptance and the acceptance of others recommended for mid-grade readers ages 8 and up. Book sales and signing will follow author talk, reading, and Q&A. Free; no registration required. Presented in partnership with Frederick County Public Libraries.ABOUT THE BOOK:A Pakistani-American Muslim girl struggles to stay true to her family’s vibrant culture while simultaneously blending in at school after tragedy strikes her community in this sweet and moving middle grade novel from the award-winning author of It’s Ramadan, Curious George, and Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns.Amina has never been comfortable in the spotlight. She is happy just hanging out with her best friend, Soojin. Except now that she’s in middle school everything feels different. Soojin is suddenly hanging out with Emily, one of the “cool” girls in the class, and even talking about changing her name to something more “American.” Does Amina need to start changing too? Or hiding who she is to fit in? While Amina grapples with these questions, she is devastated when her local mosque is vandalized.Amina’s Voice brings to life the joys and challenges of a young Pakistani American and highlights the many ways in which one girl’s voice can help bring a diverse community together to love and support each other.ABOUT THE AUTHOR:Hena Khan is a Pakistani-American who was born and raised in Maryland. She enjoys writing about her culture as well as all sorts of other subjects, from spies to space travel. She is the author of several books including It’s Ramadan, Curious George; Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns; The Night of the Moon; and Amina’s Voice. Hena lives in Rockville, Maryland, with her husband and two sons. You can learn more about Hena by visiting her website.
  • Hena Khan in Urbana
    05:00 PM-06:00 PM
    06/28/17
    9020 Amelung St, Frederick, MD 21704
    Author Hena Khan reads Night of the Moon, a vibrantly illustrated story told through the eyes of a seven-year-old Pakistani-American girl named Yasmeen. Book sales and signing to follow event. Free; no registration required. Presented in partnership with Frederick County Public Libraries.ABOUT THE AUTHOR:Hena Khan is a Pakistani-American who was born and raised in Maryland. She enjoys writing about her culture as well as all sorts of other subjects, from spies to space travel. She is the author of several books including It’s Ramadan, Curious George; Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns; The Night of the Moon; and Amina’s Voice. Hena lives in Rockville, Maryland, with her husband and two sons. You can learn more about Hena by visiting her website.
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  • Author Talk and Book Signing with David Goodrich
    07:00 PM-08:00 PM
    06/29/17-07/29/17
    40 South Carroll Street, Frederick, MD, United States
    Concerned by the misinformation about climate change that dominates American media and politics, David Goodrich—former Director of the United National Global Climate Observing System—rode his bike 4,200 miles, from Delaware to Oregon, to talk to a diverse array of Americans about how climate affects their lives. A Hole in the Wind documents David’s experiences and the testimonies of the people he met along the way, whether attending a toddler beauty pageant in Delaware, in the midst of a Missouri tornado, in Rust Belt towns facing fracking, or a mined-out uranium ghost town in Wyoming. Beautiful, direct, and honest, A Hole in the Wind is a refreshing ride through a difficult and controversial topic.David Goodrich worked at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and served as the director of the UN Global Climate Observing System in Geneva, Switzerland. He retired as head of NOAA's Climate Observations and Monitoring Program. In addition to his cross-country bicycle trip, he has ridden down the Appalachians and across Montana, South Dakota, France, and Spain. He lives in Maryland.Event is free and open to the public; no registration required. Books will be available for purchase and signing at the event, which will be held in the Delaplaine's gallery.
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