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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September 13 - September 16
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    Readers' Workshop

    07:00 PM-08:00 PM
    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 (, 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
    C. Burr Artz Public Library - Community Room
    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 5:30 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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    Banned Books Search Begins

    All day
    Curious Iguana and Flying Dog Brewery's 1st Amendment Society are hiding 50 banned books around Downtown Frederick between September 16 and 30, 2017, to raise awareness of ongoing censorship efforts in the United States. Our Banned Books Search is modeled after DC Public Libraries' very successful #UncensoredDC Banned Book Scavenger Hunt held annually in September.If you find a book, it's yours to keep. (One book per person, please.) Read the insert inside and bring it to the Iguana to be entered in a prize drawing. Be sure to tag us and use the hashtag #fREADomfrederick as you complete your search!Finders and seekers are invited to join us for the wrap-up event, “Cheers to Freadom,” on Sunday, October 1 from 2 til 5 pm at Flying Dog Brewery.