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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  • Sharing Our Stories Book Club
    07:00 PM-08:00 PM
    05/07/18
    12 North Market Street, Frederick, MD 21701, USA
    Delve into personal essays and memoirs. This book club meets monthly on first Mondays. Free, no registration is required, and featured titles are discounted 20% at least four weeks prior to each discussion.Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward – February 5The Glass Eye by Jeannie Vanasco – March 5This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett – April 2This Will Be My Undoing by Morgan Jerkins – May 7 (paperback available 1/30/18)A Cup of Water Under My Bed by Daisy Hernandez – June 4The Home Place: A Colored Man's Love Affair with Nature by J. Drew Lanham – July 2The Red Parts: Autobiography of a Trial by Maggie Nelson – August 6Crapalachia: A Biography of a Place by Scott McClanahan – Tuesday, September 4*How to Be a Muslim: An American Story by Haroon Moghul – October 1Boy Erased by Garrard Conley – November 5Note: Sharing Our Stories does not meet in December.* Date differs from regular schedule.
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  • Tuesdays with Tea Book Club
    11:00 AM-12:00 PM
    05/08/18
    12 North Market Street, Frederick, MD 21701, USA
    Discuss literary fiction and non-fiction, along with tea from the Iguana's next-door neighbor, Voila! This book club meets monthly on second Tuesdays. Free, no registration is required, and featured titles are discounted 20% at least four weeks prior to each discussion.Radical Hope edited by Carolina De Robertis – January 9The History of Love by Nicole Krauss – February 13We Are Taking Only What We Need by Stephanie Powell Watts – March 13The Peculiar Life of a Lonely Postman by Denis Theriault – April 10Lucky Boy by Shanti Sekaran – May 8Sing for Your Life by Daniel Bergner – June 12Less by Andrew Sean Greer – July 10The Woman Next Door by Yewande Omotoso – August 14Wolf Season by Helen Benedict – September 11The Book Thieves by Anders Rydell – October 9 (paperback available 2/6/18)Salt Creek by Lucy Treloar – November 13Note: Tuesdays with Tea does not meet in December.
  • Supper & Stories at Nido's
    07:00 PM-08:00 PM
    05/08/18
    111 East Patrick Street, Frederick, MD, United States
    Join us on the second Tuesday of every other month at 7 pm for Supper & Stories at Nido’s Italian restaurant, 111 East Patrick Street, in Downtown Frederick. For $40* per person, you receive a paperback copy of the featured title and a delicious meal, flavored with engaging conversation about the book.Now in its third year, Supper & Stories turns the page to family stories with compelling characters from Cameroon, Tel Aviv, Detroit's East Side, New York City, and other locales near and far. Get to know your world, and get to know your neighbors, at these unique gatherings, sponsored by Nido’s and Curious Iguana. About The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti – May 8While most children believe their fathers to be indestructible, 12-year-old Loo has a different sort of perspective about her ex-convict dad, Samuel Hawley, who took 12 bullets in his criminal past. Set in a New England fishing village, Hannah Tinti's enthralling tale addresses the heartaches of loss, adolescence, first love, and hard-to-heal scars, as well as the powerful bonds of family. Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue – January 9Three Floors Up by Eshkol Nevo – March 13The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti – May 8 (paperback available 1/30/18)The Turner House by Angela Flournoy – July 10The Latehomecomer by Kao Kalia Yang – September 11Perfume River by Robert Olen Butler – November 13 *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 voucher to Curious Iguana, 12 North Market Street, to pick up your free book. Questions? Call Nido’s at 301-624-1052 or Curious Iguana at 301-695-2500.
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  • Talk & Signing: Melissa S. Young & Andrea Jarrell
    07:00 PM-08:00 PM
    05/15/18
    12 North Market Street, Frederick, MD 21701, USA
    Join us as Andrea Jarrell reads from her debut memoir, I'm the One Who Got Away, and Melissa Scholes Young  reads from her debut novel, Flood, winner of the Best Book Award in Literary Fiction. About I'm the One Who Got Away:From a Starred Kirkus Review: ". . . reminiscent of Joyce Carol Oates. The work's lasting message is that love, like Jarrell's prose, is both painful and beautiful. A stunning series of recollections with a feminist slant."About Andrea Jarrell
    Andrea Jarrell’s debut memoir I’m the One Who Got Away was named one of the Best Books of 2017 by Kirkus Reviews with prose "reminiscent of Joyce Carol Oates." Appearing on several 2017 must-read lists, The Today Show called it "one of the most buzzed about books of Fall 2017." Jarrell’s essays have been published in the New York Times Modern Love column, Harper’s Bazaar, Literary Hub, Narrative Magazine, the Washington Postand many other sites, journals, and anthologies.
    About Flood
    Flood is asparkling debut set in Mark Twain's boyhood town, Flood is a story of what it means to be lost . . . and found.Laura Brooks fled her hometown of Hannibal, Missouri, ten years ago after a historic flood and personal heartbreak. Now she's returned unannounced, and her family and friends don't know what to make of it. She says she's just home for a brief visit and her high-school reunion, but she's carrying too much luggage for that: literal and metaphorical.About Melissa Scholes YoungMelissa Scholes Young was born and raised in Hannibal, Missouri and still proudly claims it as her hometown. Her writing has appeared in the Atlantic, Washington Post, Narrative, Ploughshares, Poets & Writers, and other literary journals. She teaches at American University in Washington, D.C. www.melissascholesyoung.com.
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  • Pre-Pub Book Club
    12:00 PM-01:00 PM
    05/17/18
    12 North Market Street, Frederick, MD 21701, USA
    Choose from advance (pre-publication) copies of titles not yet available to the public. Select a free book to read, then join us the following month to share your feedback. This group meets monthly at Noon on third Thursdays: January 18, February 15, March 15, April 19, May 17, June 21, July 19, August 16, September 20, October 18, and November 15.Note: Pre-Pub does not meet in December.
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  • Queer Universe Book Club
    07:00 PM-08:00 PM
    05/21/18
    12 North Market Street, Frederick, MD 21701, USA
    Travel through the  universe of best-selling young adult LGBTQ+ fiction. New in 2018, this book club meets March through June on third Mondays at 7 pm. Free, no registration is required, and featured titles are discounted 20% at least four weeks prior to each discussion.I’ll Give You the Sun by Mandy Nelson - March 19When the Moon Was Ours by Anne-Marie McLemore - April 16Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst - May 21Our Own Private Universe by Robin Talley - June 18
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  • Global Voices Book Club
    07:00 PM-08:00 PM
    05/30/18
    12 North Market Street, Frederick, MD 21701, USA
    Explore literary fiction by international authors. This book club meets monthly on last Wednesdays at 7 pm. Free, no registration is required, and featured titles are discounted 20% at least four weeks prior to each discussion.Selection Day by Aravind Adiga – February 28Iza’s Ballad by Magda Szabo – March 28The Wild Geese by Ogai Mori – April 25Reputations by Juan Gabriel Velasquez – May 30The Golden Legend by Nadeem Aslam – June 27 (paperback available 3/6/18)Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta – July 25Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson – August 29The Secret Son by Laila Lalami – September 26Captains of the Sands by Jorge Amado – October 24*Note: Global Voices does not meet in November or December.* Date differs from regular schedule.
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