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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.
We are excited to present Rakestraw's Local Author Festival on Tuesday, 4 August 2015 at 7 PM. We are delighted to present these local authors -- Boris Erlank; Steven Burchik; Kevin Dunne; and Kristin Hugo -- at this year's festival.
We're supporting an event with historian Mary Alinder at the Walnut Creek Library on Wednesday, 19 August 2015 at 7 PM. She will be discussing her brilliant history of California photography, Group f.64.
On Thursday, 20 August 2015 at 7 PM, Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Adam Johnson visits to discuss his new book, Fortune Smiles: Stories. He will be joined in conversation by John McMurtrie, book editor for the San Francisico Chronicle. Details to follow.
Beloved author and illustrator Don and Audrey Wood join us on Thursday, 10 September 2015 as we celebrate the publication of Full Moon at the Napping House. Details to follow.
Children's novelist Ingrid Law joins us for brunch on Sunday, 13 September 2015 at 10 AM as we celebrate the publication of her new novel, Switch. Details to follow.
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.
Journalist and historian Sasha Abramsky visits on Tuesday, 29 September 2015 at 7 PM to share his brilliant new portrait of his grandparents, The House of Twenty Thousand Books. Details to follow.
Acclaimed children's writer Linda Urban visits on Wednesday, 30 September 2015 to share her funny new book, Milo Speck: Accidental Agent with an audience of children. Details to follow.
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 Sunday, 4 October in the afternoon, we are excited to host a special event with the New Yorker's theater critic, John Lahr. This event is co-sponsored with the Eugene O'Neill Festival. During his visit to Rakestraw, Lahr will discuss his new book, Joy Ride: Show People and Their Shows. More details to follow.
We are excited to announce a special book signing with Chelsea Clinton on Tuesday, 6 October 2015 at 7 PM as we celebrate the publication of her new book, It's Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going! This will be a ticketed event -- all the information we have now is HERE. Tickets are $23. Each ticket includes a copy of It's Your World and admits a family of four. Tickets go on sale this Friday, 21 August at 9 AM. Tickets are for sale both by calling the shop at (925) 837-7337 or in-person at the store.
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.
Legendary travel writer and novelist Paul Theroux visits Rakestraw Books on Friday, 16 October 2015 at 7 PM. During his visit he will discuss his new book, Deep South: Four Seasons on Back Roads. Details to follow.
Human rights activist Yeonmi Park, author of In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl's Journey to Freedom, discusses her book in a special event at The Athenian School on Thursday, 22 October 2015. Details to follow.
Renowned author-illustrator Brian Selznick presents his incredible new book, The Marvels, on Wednesday, 28 October 2015 in the morning in a Rakestraw SIgnature Event at a local school. Details to follow.
Cookbook author Alana Chernila joins us on Thursday, 29 October 2015 at 7 PM to demonstrate a cheesemaking recipe from her new cookbook, Homemade Kitchen. Details to follow.
Pulitzer Prize-winning historian returns to the Walnut Creek Library to share his brilliant new book, Custer's Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America on Monday, 16 November 2015 at 7 PM. Details to follow.
Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Jon Meacham returns to Rakestraw Books to discuss his new book, Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush on Tuesday, 1 December 2015 at 7 PM. He will be joined in conversation by the Hon. Ellen Tauscher. Details to follow.