Complete Calendar of Upcoming Events for 2017 & 2018

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.

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.

11/9  Award-winning essayist Anne Fadiman visits Rakestraw Books on Thursday, 9 November 2017 to share her fine new memoir, The Wine Lover's Daughter. We will be serving some fine wines from California to celebrate this marvelous evening. Make your reservations by calling us 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. THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT!

11/25 Author-illustrator Obi Kaufman (he grew up in Danville, shopping at Rakestraw Books and attending The Athenian School) joins as a guest bookseller on Small Business Saturday! Come by at 3:30 PM on Saturday, 25 November 2017 to meet Obi and get a copy (or two!) of The California Field Atlas signed!

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. Tickets are for sale HERE.

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. This event will take place at the Danville Congregational Church. Tickets are for sale HERE.

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.

12/9 James Beard Award-winning baker and cookbook author Alice Medrich visits on Saturday, 9 December 2017 at 3:30 PM for a cookie swap. Tickets are $15 (including a book and cookies!). Details to follow.

January 2018

1/10 Debut novelist Chloe Benjamin, author of The Immortalists, will be joined in conversation by Jessica Shattuck, author of Women in the Castle (newly published in paperback!) on January 10, 2018 at 7 PM. This event is perfect for book groups. Please save the date. Details to follow.

February 2018

2/1 Bestselling writer Kelly Corrigan discusses her unflinching and powerful new book -- Tell Me More: Stories About the 12 Hardest Things I'm Learning to Say -- with Will Kabat-Zinn on Thursday, 1 February 2018 at 7 PM. Reservations are essential. Details to follow.