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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August
Urbana Regional Library
9020 Amelung St, Frederick, MD 21704
Author Minh Le reads Let Me Finish at this special storytime for the whole family! Presented in partnership with Frederick County Public Libraries. Free event; book sales and signing to follow.Can't make it to Urbana Library? Join us in Downtown Frederick at 1 pm when Minh Le reads Let Me Finish at Curious Iguana. Details here.About the book:When our young hero settles in to read, the last thing he wants is for some noisy animals to ruin the ending of the story. But ruin it they do. And, as it turns out, the boy is quickly approaching a surprise ending of his own! Maybe he should have listened to the animals after all...This silly, timeless picture book with a clever meta twist introduces debut author Minh Le's witty text and Isabel Roxas's eye-catching illustrations.
 
 
Curious Iguana
12 North Market Street, Frederick, MD 21701, USA
Bring the kids to meet author Minh Le as reads his popular children's book Let Me Finish at Curious Iguana on First Saturday. Book signing to follow story time. Books will be available for purchase at event.About the book:When our young hero settles in to read, the last thing he wants is for some noisy animals to ruin the ending of the story. But ruin it they do. And, as it turns out, the boy is quickly approaching a surprise ending of his own! Maybe he should have listened to the animals after all...This silly, timeless picture book, recommended for ages 4 to 7, introduces debut author Minh Le's witty text and Isabel Roxas's eye-catching illustrations.
Tue Aug 0 8

Tuesdays with Tea

Curious Iguana
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. August 8:  One Summer: America, 1927 by Bill BrysonSeptember 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
Curious Iguana
12 North Market Street, Frederick, MD 21701, USA
Meet mystery authors and Sisters in Crime members Sherry Harris and Shawn Reilly Simmons as they discuss their books and their love of mystery writing. Hear the stories behind their success, and get their recommendations on the latest must-read mysteries. Q&A, book signing, and a mystery prize giveaway will follow discussion. Free event; no registration required.About the authors:Sherry Harris uses her love of garage sales, her life as a military spouse, and her time living in Massachusetts as inspiration for the Sarah Winston Garage Sale series. For more information, visit sherryharrisauthor.com. Shawn Reilly Simmons is the author of The Red Carpet Catering Mysteries featuring Penelope Sutherland, an on-set movie caterer. Find out more at shawnreillysimmons.com.
Thu Aug 1 0

Readers' Workshop

Curious Iguana
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.August 10: Wise Blood by Flannery O’ConnorTopic: Gesture (Chapter 9, Reading Like a Writer)September 14: Selected Stories of Anton Chekhov by Anton Chekhov **Topic: Chekhov (Chapter 10, Reading Like a Writer)October 12: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot DiazTopic: Read Harder (Chapter 11, Reading Like a Writer)November 9: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi* Francine Prose’s Reading Like a Writer* is available to Readers’ Workshop participants for the reduced price of $10.** Specifically reading selected stories: A Boring Story (p 55-108); Gusev (p 109-122); The Black Monk (p 223-252); The Student (p 263-266); The Lady with the Little Dog (p 361-376); In the Ravine (p 421-436); The Bishop (p. 437-end) 
C. Burr Artz Public Library - Community Room
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:Carolyn Parkhurst is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels The Dogs of Babel, Lost and Found and The Nobodies Album. She lives in Washington DC with her husband and two children.About the book:How far will a mother go to save her family? The Hammond family is living in DC, where everything seems to be going just fine, until it becomes clear that the oldest daughter, Tilly, is developing abnormally--a mix of off-the-charts genius and social incompetence. Once Tilly--whose condition is deemed undiagnosable--is kicked out of the last school in the area, her mother Alexandra is out of ideas.The family turns to Camp Harmony and the wisdom of child behavior guru Scott Bean for a solution. But what they discover in the woods of New Hampshire will push them to the very limit. Told from the alternating perspectives of both Alexandra and her younger daughter Iris (the book's Nick Carraway), this is an unputdownable story about the strength of love, the bonds of family, and how you survive the unthinkable.Event is free and open to the public; no registration required. Books will be available for purchase and signing at event.
Thu Aug 1 7

Pre-Pub Book Club

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 info@curiousiguana.com.
C. Burr Artz Public Library - Community Room
110 East Patrick Street, Frederick, MD, United States
Join us for a hand lettering workshop with the founder and designer of One Artsy Mama, Amy Latta!  Amy will teach you the basics of hand lettering and show you how to best use her new book, Hand Lettering for Relaxation. You'll learn how to create a lovely brush-lettered look with easy, no-fail faux calligraphy. Then add pretty embellishments such as vines, roses, banners, ribbons, swirls, and feathers that take your designs to the next level.The cost of the workshop includes a signed copy of Hand Lettering for Relaxation ($21.99)*, a brush tip marker, a fine tip marker, and an hour and a half with Amy Latta!*You can pick up your copy at the Iguana prior to August 27 or claim your copy at the event. The signing will take place at the event.EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT!About the Book:Hand Lettering for Relaxation is the perfect way to cultivate calmness and joy while creating beautiful works of art. While hand lettering can look intimidating, artist and blogger Amy Latta has a friendly and down-to-earth approach that will give you the confidence to draw impressive designs with ease. (207 pages)
Curious Iguana
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:August 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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