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Complete Calendar of Upcoming Events for 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 3 Railroad Avenue (next to Starbucks!) in downtown Danville. Our phone number is (925) 837-7337.

May 2015

We're celebrating the 2nd Indpendent Bookstore Day with a full day of fun activities and events on Saturday, 2 May 2015 starting at  9 AM. Come early for the best selection.

We're thrilled to welcome bestselling novelist Jan-Phillip Sendker to the bookshop on Monday, 4 May 2015 at 12:30 PM. He will be discussing his new novel, Whispering Shadows, over a light lunch. Reservations are requested. Make yours by calling (925) 837-7337.

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

Award-winning fantasy novelist T.A. Barron returns to Rakestraw Books on Sunday, 10 May 2015 early in the afternoon to sign books and meet fans. We will also be presenting a school event with Tom on Monday morning. Please call us at (925) 837-7337.

Graphic artist and food and gardening blogger Heather Hardison visits on Saturday, 16 May 2015 at 10 AN to share her exquisite new book, Homegrown: Illustrated Bites from Your Garden to Your Table. We will be offering tastes from the book and Sloat Nursery will be here selling herbs. Please join us.

All of us here are excited to welcome Kate Schatz and Miriam Klein Stahl on Wednesday, 20 May 2015 at 5 PM to present their beautiful new book Rad American Women A to Z

Award-winning author-illustrator Jon Agee returns to Rakestraw Books on Thursday, 21 May 2015 at 3:45 PM to present his wonderful new picture book, It's Only Stanley. Jon's visits to the shop are legendary, please plan to bring your kids to enjoy the fun.

In celebration of Spring-into-Summer and Julie's birthday, we're delighted to invite you to a picnic with authors Jen Stevenson and Andrea Slonecker and their new book, Picnic: Recipes and Inspirations from Basket to Blanket, on Friday, 22 May 2015 at 12:15 PM. This event will take place in an easily accessible local park. Tickets are $20 (including a picnic lunch!). Please call us at (925) 837-7337 to purchase tickets.

***RESCHEDULED EVENT! Celebrated cookbook author and baker Kathleen Weber joins us for dinner on Friday, 29 May 2015 at 7 PM to share hew brilliant new cookbook, Della Fattoria Bread. Tickets are $30/person or $50/couple. Each ticket includes dinner and a $5 coupon towards book purchase. Please call us at (925) 837-7337 to purchase tickets.

June 2015

Batter-up! Journalist Susan Slusser visits on Tuesday, 2 June 2015 at 7 PM to discuss and sign her new book, 100 Things A's Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die. Details to follow.

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. Tickets are $15. They go on sale on Monday, 4 May 2015 at 9 AM. NOTE: a limited number of premium tickets will go on sale on Independent Bookstore Day, Saturday, 2 May 2015 at 10 AM.

Professor Amy Kittelstrom visits on Tuesday, 8 June 2015 at 7 PM to discuss her brilliant new history, The Religion of Democracy: Seven Liberals and the American Moral Tradition. This event will take place in Kairos Halls at the Danville Congregational Church, 989 San Ramon Valley Boulevard, Danville, CA 94526.

Are you ready for Summer (we are!)? In anticipation of the delights of blueberry pie and clambakes, it's a treat to present a special evening event with Brenda Bowen and her new book, The Enchanted August, on Friday, 12 June 2015 at 7 PM. Details to follow.

Award-winning poet Jane Hirshfield returns to Rakestraw Books on Tuesday, 16 June 2015 at 7 PM to share her new collection, The Beauty, as well as a work of non-fiction, Ten Windows: How Great Poems Transform the World. Details to follow.

Debut novelist Jan Elllison visits on Tuesday, 23 June 2015 at 7 PM to present her brilliant first novel, A Small Indiscretion. Details to follow.

July 2015

We are excited to present "7 x 7 x 7: Rakestraw's Local Author Festival" on Tuesday, 7 July 2015 at 7 PM. Please contact the shop at (925) 837-7337 if you are interested in taking part. Details to follow.

Novelist and short story writer Karen Joy Fowler returns to Rakestaw Books on Tuesday, 21 July at 7 PM to share her new reissued book, Black Glass: Short Fictions. Details to follow.

September 2015

Our great friend Jonathan Evison returns on Tuesday, 15 September 2015 at 7 PM as we celebrate the publication of his new novel, This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance! Details to follow.

Acclaimed writer Bill Clegg visits on Thursday, 17 September 2015 at 7 PM as we celebrate the publication of his powerful debut novel, Did You Ever Have a Family. Details to follow.

October 2015

We are thrilled to welcome Amy Stewart back to Rakestraw Books on Friday, 2 October 2015 at 7 PM as we celebrate the publication of her debut novel, Girl Waits with Gun. Details to follow.

On Friday, 9 October 2015 at Noon we welcome acclaimed food writer and memoirist Ruth Reichl to a special lunchtime event. During her visit she will be discussing her brilliant new cookbook, My Kitchen Year: 136 Recipes That Saved My Life. Details to follow.