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.

October 2017

Nathan Englander, author of Dinner at the Center of the Earth10/1  On Sunday, 1 October 2017 at 4 PM we are thrilled to present a special reading and signing with acclaimed novelist Nathan Englander as we celebrate the publiction of his new novel, Dinner at the Center of the Earth. Details to follow.

10/13 On Friday, 13 October 2017 at 7 PM, Francophile and longtime Paris resident David Downie visits Rakestraw Books to share his new published history, A Taste of Paris: A History of the Parisian Love Affair with Food. Details to follow.

10/17  On Tuesday, 17 October 2017 at 12:30 PM we are delighted to offer a special reading and signing with Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Jennifer Egan. During this visit to Rakestraw Books, Egan will share her long-anticipated new novel, Manhattan Beach. Please make your reservation by calling the shop at (925) 837-7337.

 Jennifer Egan, author of Manhattan Beach10/19  On Thursday, 19 October 2017 at 7 PM we are excited to welcome you (and your children and grandchildren) to an evening with international bestselling mystery novelist Anthony Horowitz. We will be celebrating the publication of Never Say Die. The world's greatest teen spy is back in action in a thrilling new mission: destroy once and for all the terrorist organization SCORPIA. From Egypt to France to Wales, Alex traverses a minefield of dangers and cryptic clues in the latest installment of the #1 New York Times-bestselling series. Please make your reservation by calling the shop at (925) 837-7337.

 10/24  On Tuesday, 24 October 2017 at 7 PM we welcome bestselling writer Dr. Victoria Sweet (God's Hotel) back to Rakestraw Books to share her powerful and thoughtful new book, Slow Mediciine: The Way to Healing. Please make your reservation by calling the shop at (925) 837-7337.

10/28 On Saturday, 28 October 2017 at 3 PM we are presenting a special bar crawl through downtown Danville with writer and publican Thad Vogler as we celebrate the publication of his new book, By the Smoke and the Smell: My Search for the Rare and Sublime on the Spirits Trail. Details to follow.

November 2017

11/2  Noted clinical psychologist Adam Price, PhD, visits on Thursday, 2 November 2017 at 7 PM to discuss his new book, He's Not Lazy: Empowering Your Son to Believe in Himself. Please make your reservation by calling the shop at (925) 837-7337.

11/16  Award-winning pastry chef and cookbook author David Lebovitz joins for a special (there will be pastries!) event on Thursday, 16 November 2017 at 7 PM to share his new memoir (with recipes), L'appart: The Delights and Disasters of Making Paris My Home. Please make your reservation by calling the shop at (925) 837-7337. Details to follow.

11/30 We are thrilled to present a special event on Thursday, 30 November 2017 at Noon with bestselling writer and scholar Reza Aslan. During this event he will be discussing his new book, God: A Human History. This event will take place at Danville Congregational Church. 

December 2017

12/1 Bestselling children's author-illustrator Oliver Jeffers visits on Friday, 1 December 2017 at 7 PM to share his beautiful and thoughtful new book, Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth. Details to follow.

12/7 Prize-winning historian Justin Spring visits on Thursday, 7 December 2017 at 7 PM to share his brilliant new book, The Gourmands' Way: Six Americans in Paris and the Birth of a New Gastronomy. Details to follow.