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Complete Calendar of Upcoming Events for Winter-Spring 2015



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 550 Hartz Avenue in downtown Danville. Our phone number is (925) 837-7337.

February 2015 

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Celebrated baker and chocolatier Alice Medrich visits on Sunday, 1 February 2015 at 3:30 PM to share her new cookbook, Flavor Flours. We will be offering samples from the book. Reservations are strongly suggested. 

Historian Peter Stark visits on Wednesday, 11 February 2015 at 7 PM as we celebrate the paperback publication of Astoria: John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson's Lost Pacific Empire: A Story of Wealth, Ambition, and Survival. Please join us for a lively evening.

Children's novelist Michael Northrop visits on Friday, 13 February 2015 as we celebrate the kick-off of his new series, TombQuest. This special event takes place immediately after school at 3:45 PM.

Renowned novelist Joyce Carol Oates returns to Rakestraw Books on Tuesday, 17 February 2015 at 7 PM as we celebrate the publication of her new novel, The Sacrifice. Details to follow.

Our old friend, bestselling novelist Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket) returns to Rakestraw Books on Thursday, 26 February 2015 at 7 PM to share his new novel, We Are Pirates. This is a free event, but Mr. Handler will only sign books purchased at Rakestraw Books. ***JUST ADDED! Prize-winning Ellen Bass will be joining Mr. Handler. Her latest collection is Like a Begger.

***NOTE THE TIME CHANGE!*** Celebrated children's novelist Pam Munoz Ryan visits on Friday, 27 February 2015 at 3:30 PM to share her new book, Echo. We are excited to be able to add this special after school event to our schedule. Please join us.

Bestselling travel writer Patricia Schulz joins on Friday, 27 February 2015 at noon to share her fabulous 1000 Places to See Before You Die series of books. Please call us at (925) 837-7337 to make reservations for this event. 

March 2015

We welcome renowned Irish novelist John Boyne on Thursday, 5 March 2015 at 7 PM to discuss his extraordinary new novel, A History of Loneliness. Details to follow. 

***JUST ADDED! We're hosting a special story time with the Very Hungry Caterpillar himself. On Friday, 6 March at 9:30 AM, everyone's favorite larva (we're getting scientific here!) will visit Rakestraw Books. Bring your toddlers and your camera phones for a super fun morning!

Bestselling children's novelist Catherynne M. Valente visits on Monday, 9 March 2015 at 3:45 PM to share her marvelous new book, The Boy Who Lost Fairyland

Bestselling mystery novelist J. A. Jance visits on Monday, 23 March 2015 at 7 PM to share her new novel, Cold Betrayal. Details to follow. 

Mac Barnet and Jory John visit on Tuesday, 31 March 2015 at 3:45 to share their wildly funny new book, The Terrible Two. Come learn lots of good new pranks for April Fool's Day and beyond.

May 2015

Bestselling novelist Matthew Pearl visits on Thursday, 7 May 2015 at 7 PM to share his exciting new book, The Bookaneers. Please plan to join us for this very special event.

June 2015

We are excited to announce that bestselling novelist Emma Straub will be the guest of honor at the 5th Annual Book Group Festival on Thursday, 4 June 2015. Details to follow.