Sometimes, in the course of our hectic lives, it’s easy to forget — or not even notice — the little things that make living in Frederick County great. In that spirit, I launched, “What I Love in Frederick this Week”: the best food, drink, shows, shopping, and events coming to the city. If you love something in Frederick, let me know. Submissions can be emailed to or tweeted to @kamamasters.

Up this week: Independent bookstores and a new print celebrating them

I missed Independent Bookstore Day this year (it was Saturday, fyi), but that doesn’t mean I don’t love our indie dealers. A few months ago, I wrote a story about Wonder Book’s planned expansion into a vintage farmhouse in Frederick with eyes on establishing a new book bar. I was psyched about the idea, but I was even more blown away by the sheer volume of books that owner Chuck Roberts was able to save in his three-acre warehouse on Tilco Drive.

I love Curious Iguana, too, one of the essential stores in downtown Frederick. You can thank the bookstore for hosting visitors like Chelsea Clinton and Kate DiCamillo, and for a whole series of community-engaging book clubs that I’m always too busy to join (it’s on my list, I swear). So, when I heard that the bookstore had teamed up with the Frederick Book Arts Center, one of my favorite new arts nonprofits to emerge in the past year, it felt like two worlds colliding in a wonderful way.

Marlene England, the owner of the Curious Iguana, was, by all accounts, the brainstyle behind the collaboration. Johnny Carrera, one of the founders of the FBAC, said England approached him when the nonprofit moved into its new space at 217 W. Patrick St. and asked them to create a print for Independent Bookstore Day. The result — a literal curious iguana stretched over the city of Frederick — is for sale at the bookstore for $15 until the limited-supply print is sold out. Proceeds go back to the Frederick Book Arts Center. It’s a great way to support a downtown staple and an exciting newcomer in one fell swoop.

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Kate Masters is the features and food reporter for The Frederick News-Post. She can be reached at

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