“Around the Bookstores Tour” Curious Iguana Frederick MD

Jul222017

Come meet Gina and Bree when they drop by to sign stock

From 1:30 pm until 2:00 pm

At Curious Iguana

12 North Market St. Frederick MD 21701

Marlene England & Kari Kelly / 301-695-2500

Curious Iguana owners Marlene and Tom England are no strangers to downtown Frederick’s business community. They also own Dancing Bear Toys and Gifts, which opened in 2000 and moved from the bookstore’s current location to a larger space at 15 East Patrick Street in the summer of 2013.  Since opening in September 2013, Curious Iguana has quickly become a popular literary hub for locals and tourists alike. Our globally diverse collection and vibrant events calendar reflect the Iguana’s mission of “Get To Know Your World.” Our welcoming and knowledgeable team of booksellers makes browsing at the Iguana a unique and pleasant experience.  In addition to being a bookstore and a community gathering space, the Iguana is a benefit corporation. Each month, we donate a portion of the store’s sales to international non-profits (more than $43,300 as of June 2017). The pins in the map behind our counter show the countries where our customers’ purchases have helped make a world of difference. We also have a big heart for the Frederick community, offering as much support as we can to local schools, non-profits, and other organizations. That’s why the change jar on our counter doesn’t fund pizza deliveries—it’s for COIPP, a wonderful non-profit that provides much-needed resources for children of incarcerated parents in our community.

When we were still in college together back in the 1970’s, Gina began to write, I began working in bookstores as a bookseller. Over the years, as we raised our kids, I became a publisher sales representative, then sales director, bookstore co-owner (with Gina), then VP of sales for a major publisher. Kids all grown, I left the corporate world, and became a literary agent. Gina has published over thirty books, I’ve lost count on the number of books I have sold and represented. Of all the works we have been associated, nothing makes us more proud than the collaboration with our daughter, Bree.

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