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.

February 2016

We're thrilled to welcome Raina Telgemeier on Tuesday, 9 February 2016 at 7 PM. During her visit to Rakestraw Books the celebrated graphic novelist will be discussing her work -- with a special emphasis on her new book, Baby-Sitter's Club #4 -- with fans. A book signing will follow. Free tickets should be reserved through Eventbrite.

Award-winning journalist Laura Secor joins us on Thursday, 11 February 2016 at 7 PM to discuss her brilliant new book, Children of Paradise: The Struggle for the Soul of Iran. Few Americans have had as much experience in contemporary Iran as Laura Secor. You will not want to miss her important perspective. Reservations can be made by calling us at (925) 837-7337.

Novelist Elizabeth McKenzie will be her on Monday, 15 February 2016 at 7 PM to share her smart and charming new novel, The Portable Veblen. Ursula LeGuin writes "The Portable Veblen is the squirreliest novel I've ever read. I enjoyed it completely." Reservations can be made by calling us at (925) 837-7337.

Debut novelist Sharon Guskin join us on Wednesday, 17 February 2016 at 7 PM as we celebrate the publication of her novel, The Forgetting Time. Jodi Picoult calls The Forgetting Time "Provocative, evocative, and fresh."

Celebrated novelist Ethan Canin returns to Rakestraw Books on Tuesday, 23 February 2016 at Noon for a special lunch event in celebration of his marvelous new novel, A Doubter's Almanac. Details to follow. Make your reservations by calling us at (925) 837-7337.

March 2016

We are making a big deal about Danville authror Veronica Rossi and new novel, Riders, on Friday, 11 March 2016 at 7 PM. "Rossi's best-selling "Under the Never Sky" books earned her a bevy of fans chomping at the bit for this new series." (Booklist)

We're thrilled to celebrate Diablo author Lisa Bakos and her brand new picture book, The Wrong Side of the Bed, with a special publication party on Saturday, 12 March 2016 at 3:30 PM. 

On Monday, 14 March 2016 we're going to be in a couple local schools with a fabulous American history quiz show event inspired by the bestselling "Who Was?" series. Details to follow.

On Friday, 18 March 2016 at 7 PM, we're welcoming New Yorker contributor Alex Abramovich to Danville as he discusses his powerful new book, Bullies: A Friendship. "Abramovich's sharp-eyed, entertaining reportage unfolds like a mash-up of "The Wild One," "Fight Club," and "Jackass" his examination of the Rats' worldview is sympathetic and nuanced, but squarely faces the groupas dysfunctions and the troubling questions they raise about American society." (Publishers Weekly)

We are delighted to welcome bestselling novelist Helen Simonson for a special lunch in celebration of her new book, The Summer Before the War, on Tuesday, 29 March 2016 at noon. Details to follow.

Bestselling teen novelist Allie Condie joins us on Wednesday,30 March 2016 at 7 PM to share her newly published novel, Summerlost. This event will be ticketed, so watch for details.

April 2016

Novelists Frank Beddor and Eric Laster join us for a full day of programming on Thursday, 14 April 2016. During their visit each will be sharing a new novel, Hatter Madigan: Ghost in the Hatbox (Beddor) and Static (Laster). Details to follow.

On Sunday, 17 April 2016 at 1 PM, we are celebrating the publication of Pati Jinich's new cookbook, Mexican Everyday: New and Rediscovered Recipes. Details to follow.

SAVE THE DATE: We're already planning for a full day of bookish fun and programming in celebration of the 2nd Annual Independent Bookstore on Saturday, 30 April 2016. Look for special items by Ann Patchett, Neil Gaiman, Anthony Bourdain, and more. And, a word to the wise: this year's "Bad Citizen" stencil is fantastic! More information may be found HERE.

May 2016

Beloved author and artist Susan Branch joins us on Friday, 27 May 2016 at 7 PM to celebrate her beautiful new book, Martha's Vineyard - Isle of Dreams. This will be a ticketed event. Details to follow.