Complete Calendar of Upcoming Events for 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.

April 2018

photo credit: Mark Humphrey4/3 Longtime Rakestraw favorite and award-winning mystery writer Elizabeth George visits on Tuesday, 3 April 2018 at 7 PM to share her 19th Inspector Lynley novel, The Punishment She Deserves. Details to follow.

4/5 Bestselling novelist and award-winning essayist Anna Quindlen visits on Thursday, 5 April 2018 at 7 PM to discuss her excellent new novel, Alternate Side. Tickets are $11 (admits one. $10 will be applied to your purchase of Alternate Side.). Tickets can be purchased HERE.

4/12 National Book Award-winning novelist Charles Frazier (you will remember his magnificent Cold Mountain!) visits on Thursday, 12 April 2018 at 7 PM to share his brilliant and moving new novel, Varina. Details to follow.

4/16 Award-winning chef and cookbook author Lidia Bastianich returns to Rakestraw Books on Monday, 16 April 2018 at Noon to share her lovely new memoir, My American Dream: A Life of Love, Family, and Food. She will be joined in conversation by Sunset magazine's Margo True. Tickets are $11 (admits one. $10 will be applied to your purchase of My American Dream.). This event will take place at Danville Congregational Church at 989 San Ramon Valley Blvd, Danville. Tickets can be purchased HERE.

4/18 Bestselling middle grade fantasy novelist Obert Skye joins us on Wednesday, 18 April 2018 at 3:30 PM to share his new book, Wizard for Hire.

4/19 Award-winning chef and cookbook author Edward Lee joins us for an intimate lunch on Thursday, 19 April 2018 at Noon to share his fine new book, Buttermilk Graffiti. Reservations are ESSENTIAL. Make yours by calling us at (925) 837-7337.

4/20 Longtime Rakestraw favorite Jonathan Evison returns to Rakestraw Books on Friday, 20 April 2018 at 7 PM to celebrate the publication of his terrific new novel, Lawn Boy. Details to follow.

4/22 Based on a real-life partnership, the heartening story of the love and teamwork between a girl and her service dog will illuminate and inspire, Rescue and Jessica is one of the most moving picturebooks we have read in a long time. It's an honor to host authors Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes (and service dog Rescue, the ASPCA Dog of the Year!) on Sunday, 22 April 2018 at 2 PM. Details to follow.

4/28 Independent Bookstore Day. As part of our celebration of Independent Bookstore Day, we are thrilled to be present a special evening event with bestselling writer, A. J. Finn. His The Woman in the Window is one of the year's most wildly successful debuts. Watch for details.

June 2018

Paula McLain [photo credit: Nina Subin]6/22 Bestselling novelist Rebecca Makkai visits on Friday, 22 June 2018 at 7 PM to share her marvelous new novel, The Great Believers.