Complete Calendar of Upcoming Events for 2017

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.

March 2017

3/1  Memoirist Bill Hayes visits Rakestraw Books for the first time on Wednesday, 1 March 2017 at 7 PM. During his visit, he will be discussing his new book, Insomniac City.

3/14  One of our favorite novelists, Harriet Scott Chessman, visits on Tuesday, 14 March 2017 at 7 PM to share her new novel, The Lost Sketchbook of Edgar Degas. A book signing will follow.

3/22  Bestselling fantasy writer (and super swell guy!) Brandon Mull visits on Wednesday, 22 March 2017 at 7:15 PM to discuss his new book, Dragonwatch. This free event will take place at Rakestraw Books. Make your reservations by clicking HERE.

3/29  Debut children's writer (and very successful screenwriter) Jonathan Stokes visits on Wednesday, 29 March 2017 at 3:30 PM. It's hard to say how much we enjoyed this rollicking adventure story for middle grade readers. It's got style, smarts, and lots of great laughs. Free reservations can be made HERE.

April 2017

4/4 We are delighted to welcome sommelier and wine-lover Bianca Bosker on Tuesday, 4 April 2017 at 7 PM to share her witty new memoir, Cork Dork: A Wine-Fueled Adventure Among the Obsessive Sommeliers, Big Bottle Hunters, and Rogue Scientists Who Taught Me to Live. This special event will include a wine tasting. Details to follow.

4/18 Batter-up! We are excited to present an evening with Jason Turbow, author of Dynastic, Bombastic, Fantastic: Reggie, Rollie, Catfish, and Charlie Finley's Swingin' A's, in conversation with KTVU's Joe Fonzi. This event takes place on Tuesday, 18 April 2017 at 7 PM. Raffle. Details to follow.

4/20  We are presenting a special luncheon with Sally Bedell Smith on Thursday, 20 April 2017 at Noon, in celebration of her new biography, Prince Charles: The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable Life. Details to follow.

4/21  Join us for a garden tour and demonstration with Stefani Bittner and Alethea Harampolis in celebration of their beautiful new book, Harvest. This event will take place on Friday, 21 April 2017 at 11 AM. Tickets are $15 (ticket price can be applied as a coupon towards purchase of the book).

4/29  Independent Bookstore Day. Details to follow

May 2017

5/1 - 5/7   Children's Book Week 2017. Details to follow.

5/7  We are excited to invite you to a special event with dipsologist (she studies the drinking of alcohol!) extraordinaire Adrienne Stillman, author of Where Bartenders Drink, on Sunday afternoon, 7 May 2017. Details to follow.

5/13  We are thrilled to announce that Rakestraw Books together with our friends at Orinda Books -- in cooperation with Bentley School -- are presenting a special evening with bestselling author Paula Hawkins (raise your hand if you read Girl on the Train) in celebration of the publication of Into the Water on Saturday, 13 May 2017 at 7 PM. This event takes place at Bentley School, 1000 Upper Happy Valley Road, Lafayette. Tickets are $40 (admits one and includes a signed first edition of Into the Water). Purchase tickets HERE.

June 2017

6/22  On Thursday, 22 June 2017 at 7 PM we are presenting a special evening event with bestselling author (and longtime Rakestraw favorite!) Colm Toibin in celebration of his new book, House of Names. We are delighted, too, to invite you to special wine-and-cheese reception with Colm at 6:15 PM. Details to follow.

August 2017

8/3  On Thursday, 3 August 2017 at 7 PM we are presenting a special evening event with debut author Forrest Leo. The Gentleman -- one of our biggest hits of 2016 -- will be newly published in paperback. Details to follow.

8/10  On Thursday, 10 August 2017 at 7 PM we are presenting a special evening event with bestselling author (and longtime Rakestraw favorite!) Andrew Sean Greer in celebration of his new book, Less. Details to follow.