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Complete Calendar of Upcoming Events for 2014

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.

Maggie Shipstead

April 2014

We are thrilled to present an evening with Gabrielle Zevin and her great new novel, The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry, on Tuesday, 15 April 2014 at 7 PM. Reservations are requested. Make yours by calling (925) 837-7337.

We are beyond thrilled to welcome legendary author-illustrator Tomie dePaola and author Lin Oliver back to Rakestraw Books on Wednesday, 16 April 2014 at 11 AM. He will be sharing his new picture book, Little Poems from Tiny Ears. Please call (925) 837-7337. 

We are honored to host a special evening on Thursday, 17 April 2014 at 7 PM with Shane Bauer and Sarah Shouard as they discuss their new book, A Sliver of Light: Three Americans Imprisoned in Iran at The Athenian School. 

Renowned artist and birder David Sibley visits on Tuesday, 22 April 2014 at 7 PM to present his The Sibley Guide to Birds. Now in its second edition, this volume has become a standard for birders everywhere. This event will take place at the Gardens at Heather Farms in Walnut Creek. A $5 donation will be requested at the door.

We are excited to host an event (maybe two!) with novelist Andrea Cremer as we celebrate the publication of her new novel for middle grade readers, The Inventor's Secret. This event will take place on Thursday, 24 April 2014 at 7 PM.

May 2014

Forest FeastWe are excited to present a special brunch with Erin Gleeson (you will know her blog "The Forest Feast") as we celebrate her new cookbook, The Forest Feast: Simple Vegetarian Recipes from My Cabin in the Woods. This special event will take place on Sunday, 4 May 2014 at Noon. Details to follow.

We will be hosting The Story Pirates as they present their interesting and engaging show: John Grisham's Theodore Boone Thrill of Rights. It's an hour of skits and activities that introduces kids to the drama of the American justice system. Reservations are requested. Make yours by calling (925) 837-7337.

We are thrilled to welcome our great friend Julia Glass back to Rakestraw Books on Sunday, 11 May 2014 at 3 PM as we celebrate the publication of her beautiful new novel, And the Dark Sacred Night. Details to follow.

Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Michael Cunningham returns to Rakestraw Books on Tuesday, 13 May 2014 at 7 PM as we celebrate the publication of his eagerly anticpated new novel, The Snow Queen. Details to follow.

Novelist Maggie Shipsted returns on Thursday, 15 May 2014 at Noon as we celebrate the publication of her new novel, Astonish Me. Tickets are $10 (includes lunch and a $5 off your purchase of the book). Make your reservation soon.

We will be hosting a special evening with historian and documentary filmmaker Steven Pressman, author of 50 Children: One American Couple's Extraordinary Rescue Mission into the Heart of Nazi Germany, and novelist Ayelet Waldman, author of Love and Treasure. This event will take place at Temple Beth Chaim, 1800 Holbrook Dr, Danville, on Friday, 16 May 2014 at 8 PM. All are welcome.

To celebrate Julie's birthday, we are throwing a dinner party with Sue Conley as we celebrate the publication of Cowgirl Creamery Cooks on Thursday, 22 May 2014 at 7 PM. Reservations will be required. Details to follow.

June 2014

***BREAKING NEWS! We are thrilled to announce that the author guest-of-honor for this year's Book Group Festival is Kelly Corrigan! Many details will follow, but save Tuesday, 3 June 2014 at 7 PM for this special event.  

We are incredibly excited to be hosting a luncheon for celebrated chef-restauranteur Dan Barber (owner of Blue Hill, Blue Hill at Stone Barns, etc.) on Thursday, 5 June 2014 at Noon. Details to follow.

Bookseller (and trained chef) Peter Miller visits on Wednesday, 18 June 2014 at Noon. He will be discussing his beautiful (and beautifully produed) new cookbook, Lunch at the Shop: The Art and Practice of the Midday Meal over lunch at shop on Wednesday, 18 June 2014 at Noon. Details to follow.

July 2014

Novelist Jean Kwok visits Rakestraw Books on Tuesday, 1 July 2014 at 7 PM as we celebrate the publication of her second novel, Mambo in Chinatown. Details to follow.

We are thrilled to welcome Josh Weil to Rakestraw Books on Monday, 7 July 2014 at 7 PM as we celebrate the publication of his long-anticipated first novel, The Great Glass Sea. Details to follow.

We are excited to welcome Jacqueline Winspear back to Rakestraw Books (can you believe it's been 10 years!) on Thursday, 22 July 2014 at 7 PM as she shares her new book, The Care and Management of Lies: A Novel of the Great War. Details to follow.

 August 2014

Novelist Lev Grossman returns to Rakestraw Books on Thursday, 14 August 2014 at 7 PM as we celebrate the publication of his new novel, The Magician's Land. Details to follow.

That's all for now (still, it's all really pretty cool. REALLY cool), but no doubt we will be adding more. Check back for details or give us a call at (925) 837-7337.

[Pictured: Novelist Maggie Shipstead and (lower right) a party created by Erin Gleeson and "The Forest Feast." It was this image -- from a party for cookbook author Yvette Van Boven -- that first brought Erin Gleeson to my attention. We are so excited to give a party for her here at Rakestraw Books! Watch for details.]