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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  • A Curious Celebration
    All day
    09/07/17-09/10/17
    12 North Market Street, Frederick, MD 21701, USA
    Curious Iguana turns four on September 7 - and we're celebrating with four days of curious fun! Check back soon for details.
  • What Makes Us Curious? An Evening with Mario Livio
    07:00 PM-08:00 PM
    09/07/17
    12 North Market Street, Frederick, MD 21701, USA
    Could there be a better fit for a Curious Iguana event than an author speaking about curiosity?!? We think not...and that's why, to kick off our bookstore's fourth birthday celebration, we're hosting astrophysicist and bestselling author Mario Livio to discuss his newest book Why? What Makes Us Curious, published by Simon & Schuster this July.Join us at the Iguana for an author talk, Q&A, and book signing--along with some celebratory beer from our friends at Flying Dog Brewery. (It is our birthday, after all!) The event is free, no registration is required, but seating is limited. Curious Iguana is located at 12 North Market Street in Downtown Frederick, Maryland. For more information, email info@curiousiguana.com or call 301.695.2500.ABOUT THE BOOK: Curiosity is at the heart of mystery and suspense novels—as well as a certain independent bookstore in Downtown Frederick! Curiosity is essential to other forms of art, from painting to sculpture to music, and it is the principal driver of basic scientific research. Even so, there is still no definitive scientific theory of the nature of curiosity, or consensus about the mechanisms in our brain that are responsible for curiosity.In Why?, Mario Livio explores this irresistible subject in a lucid, entertaining way that will captivate anyone who is curious about curiosity. He weaves together the latest findings in neuroscience, psychology, and evolutionary biology with fascinating stories of paragons of curiosity, such as Leonardo da Vinci and Richard Feynman. He interviewed extraordinarily curious people at the top of their fields, who weigh in on what drove them to explore various disciplines. ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Mario Livio is an internationally known astrophysicist, a bestselling author, and a popular speaker who has appeared on The Daily Show, 60 Minutes, and NOVA. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Besides Why? What Makes Us Curious, he is the author of The Golden Ratio, a highly acclaimed book for which he received the International Pythagoras Prize and the Peano Prize; The Equation That Couldn’t Be Solved; Is God a Mathematician? (which was the basis for the 2016 Emmy-nominated NOVA program The Great Math Mystery); the national bestseller Brilliant Blunders; and The Accelerating Universe. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland.
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  • Tuesdays with Tea
    11:00 AM-12:00 PM
    09/12/17
    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. September 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
    09/12/17
    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.September 12: Shelter by Jung YunNovember 14: Dinner with Edward by Isabel Vincent*Price includes meal, beverage, gratuity, and copy of book. Fee is non-refundable, and space is limited. Register in person at Nido’s, 111 East Patrick Street, Downtown Frederick, or online, then bring receipt to Curious Iguana, 12 North Market Street, to pick up your book. Questions? Call Nido’s at 301-624-1052 or Curious Iguana at 301-695-2500. 
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  • Readers' Workshop
    07:00 PM-08:00 PM
    09/14/17
    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 @StephanieYSeptember 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) 
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  • Author Talk and Book Signing with Nancy Pearl
    07:00 PM-08:00 PM
    09/15/17
    110 East Patrick Street, Frederick, MD, United States

    >>>> Enter to win dinner with Nancy Pearl! You and a friend could be among the eight lucky people to go to Nido's with Nancy for a delicious (and free!) Italian meal before the 7 pm author talk and signing. To enter, call or stop by Curious Iguana and pre-order your copy of George & Lizzie ($25) by Friday, September 8. Winners will be selected at random and notified by email on September 9. Dinner will begin at 5 pm on Friday, September 15 at Nido's Restaurant, 111 East Patrick Street, in Downtown Frederick. 
    Meet Nancy Pearl, the NPR books commentator fondly hailed as “America’s Librarian,” as we celebrate the release of her debut novel, George & Lizzie (Touchstone/Simon & Schuster, 9/5/17, $25). This author talk and signing is presented in partnership with Frederick County Public Libraries.About the Author:The New York Times calls her “the talk of librarian circles.” Readers can’t get enough of her recommendations while bookstores and libraries offer standing room only whenever she visits. Since the release of the best-selling Book Lust in 2003 and the Librarian Action Figure modeled in her likeness, Nancy Pearl has become a rock star among readers and the tastemaker people turn to when deciding what to read next.Having worked as a librarian and bookseller in Detroit, Tulsa, and Seattle, Pearl’s knowledge of and love for books is unmatched. In 1998, she developed the program “If All of Seattle Read the Same Book,” which spread across the country. The former Executive Director of the Washington Center for the Book, Pearl celebrates the written word by speaking at bookstores and libraries across the country and on her monthly television program Book Lust with Nancy Pearl on the Seattle Channel. She is a regular commentator about books on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition and NPR affiliate stations in Seattle and Tulsa.In 2004, Pearl became the 50th winner of the Women’s National Book Association Award for her extraordinary contribution to the world of books. In the moments when Pearl finds herself without a book, she is an avid bicyclist and happy grandmother of three. She lives in Seattle with her husband, Joe.About the Book:George and Lizzie have radically different understandings of what love and marriage should be. George grew up in a warm and loving family--his father an orthodontist, his mother a stay-at-home mom--while Lizzie grew up as the only child of two famous psychologists, who viewed her more as an in-house experiment than a child to love.Over the course of their marriage, nothing has changed--George is happy; Lizzie remains...unfulfilled. When a shameful secret from Lizzie's past resurfaces, she'll need to face her fears in order to accept the true nature of the relationship she and George have built over a decade together.With pitch-perfect prose and compassion and humor to spare, George and Lizzie is an intimate story of new and past loves, the scars of childhood, and an imperfect marriage at its defining moments.7 pm event is free and open to the public. No registration required, but seating is limited. Books will be available for purchase and signing at event."As sparkling as Prosecco, as jubilantly quirky and inventive a love story as you could ever want, and a jigsaw puzzle you never want to finish. If I could marry a novel, this wise, witty and rapturously inventive book would be it."--Caroline Leavitt, NYT bestselling author"George & Lizzie is a fresh, sweet, funny, and completely charming love story between two people, two families, and two unlikely paths in life, which somehow find their way to each other. To read this novel is to see family, love, and life in a new light. --Lisa Scottoline, NYT bestselling author 
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  • Pre-Pub Book Club
    12:00 PM-01:00 PM
    09/21/17
    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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  • David Barclay Moore - In Conversation
    07:00 PM-08:00 PM
    09/26/17
    12 North Market Street, Frederick, MD 21701, USA
    [caption id="attachment_1515" align="alignleft" width="173"] Photo by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders[/caption]Meet David Barclay Moore, whose debut mid-grade novel, The Stars Beneath Our Feet, releases on September 19 from Knopf Books for Young Readers. Join in the conversation as David discusses his new book, recommended for ages 10 and up, and shares his thoughts on how books are an important tool for helping young readers see the world differently. Event is free and open to the public; no reservations required.ABOUT THE BOOK: A boy tries to steer a safe path through the projects in Harlem in the wake of his brother’s death in David Barclay Moore's outstanding debut novel that’s been described as a “fast and furious read in which we meet some amazing people, people that stay with us” (Newbery Honor and National Book Award–winning author Jacqueline Woodson).It’s Christmas Eve in Harlem, but 12-year-old Lolly Rachpaul and his mom aren’t celebrating. They’re still reeling from his older brother’s death in a gang-related shooting just a few months earlier. Then Lolly’s mother’s girlfriend brings him a gift that will change everything: two enormous bags filled with Legos. Lolly’s always loved Legos, and he prides himself on following the kit instructions exactly. Now, faced with a pile of building blocks and no instructions, Lolly must find his own way forward.His path isn’t clear—and the pressure to join a “crew,” as his brother did, is always there. When Lolly and his friend are beaten up and robbed, joining a crew almost seems like the safe choice. But building a fantastical Lego city at the community center provides Lolly with an escape—and an unexpected bridge back to the world.David Barclay Moore paints a powerful portrait of a boy teetering on the edge—of adolescence, of grief, of violence—and shows how Lolly’s inventive spirit helps him build a life with firm foundations and open doors.ABOUT THE AUTHOR: David Barclay Moore was born and raised in Missouri. After studying creative writing at Iowa State University, film at Howard University in Washington, D.C., and language studies at l’Université de Montpellier in France, David moved to New York City, where he has served as communications coordinator for Geoffrey Canada’s Harlem Children’s Zone and communications manager for Quality Services for the Autism Community. He has received grants from the Ford Foundation, the Jerome Foundation, Yaddo, and the Wellspring Foundation and was also a semi-finalist for the Sundance Screenwriters Lab. David now lives, works, and explores in Brooklyn, NY. You can follow him online at DavidBarclayMoore.com, on Twitter at @dbarclaymoore, and on Instagram at dbarclaymoore.
     
  • Truesday Night Books
    07:00 PM-08:00 PM
    09/26/17
    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:September 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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  • School Events with David Barclay Moore
    12:00 AM
    09/27/17
    Curious Iguana will host author David Barclay Moore at two Frederick County Public Schools events. Moore will discuss his new book, The Stars Beneath Our Feet, for ages 10 and up (Knopf, September 19).Join us at Curious Iguana on September 26, 7 pm, to meet David as he discusses The Stars Beneath Our Feet and how books help mid-grade readers (and all of us) to see the world differently.PRAISE FROM OTHER AUTHORS:"The Stars Beneath Our Feet is the book I've been waiting for. Rarely do you see this side of New York rendered so authentically and generously. So much heart here. And so much talent." --Matt de la Pena, Newbery Award-winning author of Last Stop on Market Street"...David Barclay Moore is an exciting new voice. We definitely haven't heard the last of his brilliance." --Jacqueline Woodson, Newberry Honor and National Book Award-winning author of Brown Girl Dreaming 
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