Complete Calendar of Upcoming Events for 2016

Although we make every effort to ensure that the information below is accurate, occasionally dates and times may change. We always recommend calling ahead to confirm. Please note that all events, unless otherwise noted, take place at 3 Railroad Avenue (next to Starbucks!) in downtown Danville. Our phone number is (925) 837-7337.

October 2016

10/2  Beloved children's writer Richard Peck visits on Sunday, 2 October 2016 at 11 AM to share his marvelous new novel, The Best Man, during a special brunch here at the bookshop. Make reservations HERE. ***UPDATE: This event is cancelled. We regret any disappointment that this may cause (we're sad too! He's so wonderful!).***

10/10  Journalist and award-winning food writer Rowan Jacobsen returns on Monday, 10 October 2016 at 7 PM to present his new book, The Essential Oyster: A Salty Appreciation of Taste and Temptation. This event includes a tasting. Reservations are essential. Make reservations HERE.

10/11  Bestelling novelist and longtime Rakestraw favorite Rabih Alameddine returns to Rakestraw Books on Tuesday, 11 October 2016 at 7 PM to share his incredible new novel, The Angel of History. Make reservations HERE.

10/18  Bestselling novelist Jodi Piccoult visits Rakestraw Books on Tuesday, 18 October 2016 at Noon to share her gripping new novel, Small Great Things. She will be joined in conversation by bestselling writer Kelly Corrigan, author of The Middle Place. Tickets are $31.45 (includes a copy of Small Great Things and admits one person). Tickets should be purchased HERE.

10/23  Olympic medalist and bestselling children's writer Kristi Yamaguchi visits Rakestraw Books on Sunday, 23 October 2016 at 11:30 AM to share her new picture book, Cara's Kindness. Details to follow.

10/26  Bestselling novelist Maria Semple returns to Rakestraw Books on Wednesday, 26 October at 7 PM to share her extraordinary new novel, Today Will Be Different. Details to follow.

November 2016

11/1  Legendary San Francisco chef Jeremiah Tower visits Rakestraw Books on Tuesday, 1 November 2016 at 7 PM to discuss his witty and useful new book, Table Manners: How to Behave in the Modern World and Why Bother, with food media celebrity journalist Liam Mayclem. Details to follow.

11/2  Beloved teen novelist Jay Asher visits on Wednesday, 2 November 2016 at 7 PM to discuss his brilliant new novel, What Light. Details to follow.

11/4  Legendary fantasy novelist Peter Beagle (remember The Last Unicorn?) visits on Friday, 4 November 2016 at 7 PM. During his visit he will be reading his new book, Summerlong. A book signing follow. Details to follow.

11/5  Actor-turned-novelist Michael Goorjian ("Party of Five" and "Newsies") visits on Saturday, 5 November 2016 at 3:30 PM as we celebrate the publication of his first novel, What Lies Beyond the Stars. Join us for this special party.

11/10  Bestselling author-illustrator Todd Parr visits Rakestraw Books on Thursday, 10 November 2016 at 3:30 PM to share his powerful (and playful and lovely!) new book, Be Who Are. Children (and their adults!) are welcome to attend. Details to follow.

11/17  Renowned ultra-runner and bestselling writer Dean Karnazes joins us for a special evening at The Athenian School, 2100 Mt. Diablo Scenic Boulevard, Danville, on Thursday, 17 November 2016 at 7 PM. During his visit Dean will be discussing his new book, The Road to Sparta: Reliving the Ancient Battle and Epic Run That Inspired the World's Greatest Footrace. Details to follow.

11/29  We're excited to announce that we have just confirmed an event with Michael Krasny on Tuesday, 29 November 2016 at 7 PM in support of his new book, Let There Be Laughter: A Treasury of Great Jewish Humor and What It All Means. Details to follow.


December 2016

12/8  Chez Panisse chef Cal Peternell returns to Rakestraw Books on Thursday, 8 Deceber 2016 at 7 PM to discuss his fine new cookbook, A Recipe for Cooking. Details to follow.

12/9  Food writer and cookbook author Elaine Khosrova joins us for a special breakfast (think baked goods!) event on Friday, 9 December 2016 at 9 AM to share her new book, Butter: A Rich History. Details to follow.

12/11  Beloved author-illustrator Jan Brett returns (she was last here in 1997!) to Rakestraw Books on Sunday, 11 December 2016 at 10 AM to share her marvelous new picture book, Gingerbread Christmas. Details to follow.

12/16  Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist (and longtime Rakestraw favorite) Michael Chabon returns to Rakestraw Books on Friday, 16 December 2016 at 7 PM to discuss his new book, Moonglow. Details to follow.