Complete Calendar of Upcoming Events for 2016
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.
8/11 Last summer's most popular event is BACK! Our 2nd Annual Summer Camp for Grown-Ups is scheduled for Thursday, 11 August 2016. We have three confirmed keynote speakers -- Sara Henry; Ramona Ausubel; and Janis Cooke Newman. Tickets are $115/person. Further details are HERE.
8/31 Pete Magill, four-time USA Masters Cross Country Runner of the Year, is the fastest-ever American distance runner over age 50 in the 5K and 10K. His new book, Born-Again Runner, publshes in August. Pete joins us at Forward Motion's Wednesday Run on Wednesday, 31 August 2016 at 6:30 PM. He will be talking about his new book following the run. ***THIS EVENT IS OFF-SITE. It takes place at Forward Motion Sports in downtown Danville.*** Make reservations HERE.
9/3 In celebration of "Loop Day" and the publication of Tales of the Peculiar, author Ransom Riggs visits Rakestraw Books on Saturday, 3 September 2016 at 9 AM. This special visit last one hour and is limited to 100 lucky readers. Tickets include a signed first edition of Tales of the Peculiar and admission for one to the event. Tickets are available HERE.
9/7 We are delighted to present a special evening Kathryn Aalto, the author of The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh: A Walk Through the Forest that Inspired the Hundred Acre Wood, on Wednesday, 7 September 2016 at 7 PM. Make reservations HERE.
9/13 We are honored to be presenting several school events with Robert Hoge, author of Ugly on Tuesday, 13 September 2016 at 3:30 PM. Robert Hoge was born with a tumor the size of a tennis ball in the middle of his face and short, twisted legs, but he refused to let what made him different stand in the way of leading a happy, successful life. This is the true story of how he embraced his circumstances and never let his "ugly" stop him from focusing on what truly mattered. Details to follow.
9/13 World-class marathoner and 4-time Olympian Shalane Flanagan -- she is competing in Rio this summer! -- and chef Elyse Kopecky join us to present their new book, Eat Slow, Run Fast, on Tuesday, 13 September 2016 at 7 PM. Packed with more than 100 recipes for every part of your day, mind-blowing nutritional wisdom, and inspiring stories from two fitness-crazed women that became fast friends over 15 years ago, "Run Fast Eat Slow" has all the bases covered. This event will include samples of some tasty treats. Make reservations HERE.
9/15 Long distance swimmer Diana Nyad visits Danville on Thursday, 15 September 2016 at 7 PM to share her memoir, Find a Way: The Inspiring Story of One Woman's Pursuit of a Lifelong Dream. This event will take place at the Danville Congregational Church, 989 San Ramon Valley Boulevard, Danville. Tickets are $20/person (each ticket admits and includes one paperback copy of Find a Way). Tickets can be purchased HERE.
9/18 Bestselling novelist Amor Towles joins us on Sunday, 18 September 2016 at 11 AM to share his brilliant new novel, A Gentleman in Moscow. Join us for brunch. Make reservations HERE
9/23 Debut novelist Tim Murphy, author of Christodora, will be joined in conversation by Matthew Griffin, author of Hide, on Friday, 23 September 2016 at 7 PM. Make reservations HERE.
9/26 Ayesha Curry visits on Monday, 26 September 2016 at 7 PM to share her new cookbook, The Seasoned Life: Food, Family, Faith, and the Joy of Eating Well. She will be joined in conversation by Margo True, Food Editor of Sunset magazine. Reservations are essential. Make reservations HERE. ***THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT.***
9/30 Bestselling author and longtime Rakestraw favorite Amy Stewart returns to Rakestraw Books on Friday, 30 September 2016 at 7 PM to share her new novel, Lady Cop Gets in Trouble. Make reservations HERE.
10/2 Beloved children's writer Richard Peck visits on Sunday, 2 October 2016 at 11 AM to share his marvelous new novel, The Best Man, during a special brunch here at the bookshop. Make reservations HERE.
10/10 Journalist and award-winning food writer Rowan Jacobsen returns on Monday, 10 October 2016 at 7 PM to present his new book, The Essential Oyster: A Salty Appreciation of Taste and Temptation. This event includes a tasting. Reservations are essential. Make reservations HERE.
10/11 Bestelling novelist and longtime Rakestraw favorite Rabih Alammedine returns to Rakestraw Books on Tuesday, 11 October 2016 at 7 PM to share his incredible new novel, The Angel of History. Make reservations HERE.
10/18 Bestselling novelist Jodi Piccoult visits Rakestraw Books on Tuesday, 18 October 2016 at Noon to share her gripping new novel, Small Great Things. She will be joined in conversation by bestselling writer Kelly Corrigan, author of The Middle Place. Details to follow.
10/23 Olympic medalist and bestselling children's writer Kristi Yamaguchi visits Rakestraw Books on Sunday, 23 October 2016 at 11:30 AM to share her new picture book, Cara's Kindness. Details to follow.
10/26 Bestselling novelist Maria Semple returns to Rakestraw Books on Wednesday, 26 October at 7 PM to share her extraordinary new novel, Today Will Be Different. Details to follow.
10/27 Award-winning novelist Francine Prose visits Rakestraw Books on Thursday, 27 October at Noon to share her moving and very funny new novel, Mr. Monkey. Details to follow.
11/1 Legendary San Francisco chef Jeremiah Tower visits Rakestraw Books on Tuesday, 1 November 2016 at 7 PM to discuss his witty and useful new book, Table Manners: How to Behave in the Modern World and Why Bother, with food media celebrity journalist Liam Mayclem. Details to follow.
11/2 Beloved teen novelist Jay Asher visits on Wednesday, 2 November 2016 at 7 PM to discuss his brilliant new novel, What Light. Details to follow.
11/10 Bestselling author-illustrator Todd Parr visits Rakestraw Books on Thursday, 10 November 2016 at 3:30 PM to share his powerful (and playful and lovely!) new book, Be Who Are. Children (and their adults!) are welcome to attend. Details to follow.
11/17 Renowned ultra-runner and bestselling writer Dean Karnazes joins us for a special evening at The Athenian School, 2100 Mt. Diablo Scenic Boulevard, Danville, on Thursday, 17 November 2016 at 7 PM. During his visit Dean will be discussing his new book, The Road to Sparta: Reliving the Ancient Battle and Epic Run That Inspired the World's Greatest Footrace. Details to follow.
12/8 Chez Panisse chef Cal Peternell returns to Rakestraw Books on Thursday, 8 Deceber 2016 at 7 PM to discuss his fine new cookbook, A Recipe for Cooking. Details to follow.
12/9 Food writer and cookbook author Elaine Khosrova joins us for a special breakfast (think baked goods!) event on Friday, 9 December 2016 at 9 AM to share her new book, Butter: A Rich History. Details to follow.
12/11 Beloved author-illustrator Jan Brett returns (she was last here in 1997!) to Rakestraw Books on Sunday, 11 December 2016 at 10 AM to share her marvelous new picture book, Gingerbread Christmas. Details to follow.
12/16 Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist (and longtime Rakestraw favorite) Michael Chabon returns to Rakestraw Books on Friday, 16 December 2016 at 7 PM to discuss his new book, Moonglow. Details to follow.