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Book Group Festival 2022

24 MAY 2022 - 7 PM / Hybrid (In-person OR live-stream) OR 25 MAY 2022 - 11 AM / In-person only

The 12th Annual Book Group Festival

This year's Book Group Festival is our 12th annual celebration of books, book groups, and writing. As always it is inspired by the powerful belief that sharing stories with each other is incredibly important. Even though we may feel disconnected from each other -- our busy lives, two years of separation -- coming together to discuss a great book, and our lives and values, is more important than ever.

Every great book group needs great books to discuss and that's where we come in! During the course of this year's presentations, our team of book nerds will present a terrific array -- some new and some not-so-new -- of books worth reading and worth discussing. We promise your group will go away fired up to read beyond the bestseller list and TikTok!

This year's event will be presented TWICE to allow us to spread out the in-store audience. The first presentation will take place on Tuesday, 24 May 2022 at 7 PM. This will be a HYBRID presentation (both live in-store and live-stream at home). The second presentation will take place on Wednesday, 25 May 2022 at 11 AM. This will be an in-person event only. We will discuss the same books at each presentation. In-person audiences will be limited to 40 people.

Tickets for this special event are $15. Each ticket will include three $5 coupons towards purchases made in-store or at rakestrawbooks.com.

We have a great group of books to share this year, so please join us! Purchase your ticket HERE.

*****A pdf of the title list for this special event is available for download below.******

Event date: 

Tuesday, May 24, 2022 - 7:00pm to Wednesday, May 25, 2022 - 12:00pm

Event address: 

Rakestraw Books
3 Railroad Ave
Danville, CA 94526
Birds of California: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780063159143
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harper Perennial - April 26th, 2022

The Sixteen Pleasures: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781616955809
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Soho Press - February 3rd, 2015

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Better Luck Next Time: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062916389
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Custom House - January 18th, 2022

Always Home: A Daughter's Recipes & Stories: Foreword by Alice Waters Cover Image
By Fanny Singer, Alice Waters (Foreword by)
$23.00
ISBN: 9780525433873
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - February 22nd, 2022

The Swimmers: A novel Cover Image
$23.00
ISBN: 9780593321331
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Knopf - February 22nd, 2022

The Guncle Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780525542308
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - April 5th, 2022

The Kitchen Front: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593158814
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ballantine Books - February 22nd, 2022

Without Reservations: The Travels of an Independent Woman Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780375758454
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - March 12th, 2002

The Talented Miss Farwell: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062897718
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Custom House - August 24th, 2021

A Saint from Texas Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781635577051
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - January 25th, 2022

On a Night of a Thousand Stars Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781538720295
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Grand Central Publishing - March 1st, 2022

Our Last Days in Barcelona Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593197820
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Berkley - May 24th, 2022

Razorblade Tears: A Novel Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250252715
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Flatiron Books - April 5th, 2022

Finlay Donovan Is Killing It: A Mystery (The Finlay Donovan Series #1) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250830449
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Minotaur Books - January 4th, 2022

The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780063017504
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harper Perennial - June 1st, 2021

The Forest of Vanishing Stars: A Novel Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781982158941
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Gallery Books - May 3rd, 2022

Sparks Like Stars: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780063008298
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - February 8th, 2022

The Maidens: A Novel Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250304469
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Celadon Books - May 24th, 2022

I Must Betray You Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781984836038
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Philomel Books - February 1st, 2022

Who is Maud Dixon?: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316500296
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Back Bay Books - March 1st, 2022

Unsettled Ground Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781953534170
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Tin House Books - April 26th, 2022

Between Two Kingdoms: A Memoir of a Life Interrupted Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780399588600
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - March 1st, 2022

Once There Were Wolves: A Novel Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250244154
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Flatiron Books - May 3rd, 2022

The Nature of Fragile Things Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780451492197
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Berkley - January 4th, 2022

All That She Carried: The Journey of Ashley's Sack, a Black Family Keepsake Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781984855015
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - February 1st, 2022

Good Company: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062876010
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ecco - March 29th, 2022

We Run the Tides: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062936240
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ecco - October 12th, 2021

The Personal Librarian Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593101544
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Berkley - June 7th, 2022

The Windsor Knot: A Novel (Her Majesty the Queen Investigates #1) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780063050013
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - February 8th, 2022

Mr. Loverman Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781617752728
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Akashic Books - April 1st, 2014

The Other Bennet Sister: A Novel Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781250787620
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Picador - April 6th, 2021

The Ballerinas: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250274236
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: St. Martin's Press - December 7th, 2021

The Source of Self-Regard: Selected Essays, Speeches, and Meditations (Vintage International) Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780525562795
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - January 14th, 2020

Falling: A Novel Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781982177898
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - May 17th, 2022

Red Crosses Cover Image
By Sasha Filipenko, Brian James Baer (Translator), Elln Vayner (Translator)
$17.00
ISBN: 9781609456931
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Europa Editions - August 24th, 2021

The Promise: A Novel (Booker Prize Winner) Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781609457440
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Europa Editions - March 15th, 2022

The Music of Bees: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593183939
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Dutton - April 26th, 2022

Libertie: A Novel Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781643752587
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Algonquin Books - March 15th, 2022

The Woman They Could Not Silence: The Shocking Story of a Woman Who Dared to Fight Back Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781728242576
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Sourcebooks - February 22nd, 2022

Three Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781609457556
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Europa Editions - June 7th, 2022

How the Penguins Saved Veronica Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781984803818
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Berkley - June 16th, 2020

Miss Buncle's Book Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781402270826
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - September 1st, 2012

The Elephant of Belfast: A Novel Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781640095113
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Counterpoint - April 5th, 2022

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We Begin at the End Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250759689
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Holt Paperbacks - April 12th, 2022

This Close to Okay: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781538715369
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Grand Central Publishing - April 12th, 2022

They Never Learn Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781982132033
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Gallery/Scout Press - April 20th, 2021

The Lost Daughter Cover Image
By Elena Ferrante, Ann Goldstein (Translator)
$16.00
ISBN: 9781609457693
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Europa Editions - February 1st, 2022

Faye, Faraway Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781982142681
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Gallery Books - October 12th, 2021

Staff Pick Badge
Of Women and Salt: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250776709
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Flatiron Books - January 4th, 2022

Malibu Rising: A Novel Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781524798673
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ballantine Books - May 17th, 2022

Portrait of a Thief: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780593184738
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Tiny Reparations Books - April 5th, 2022

Velvet Was the Night Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593356845
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Del Rey - May 3rd, 2022

Must Love Books Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781728240732
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - January 18th, 2022

The Forest Feast Road Trip: Simple Vegetarian Recipes Inspired by My Travels through California Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9781419744259
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Abrams - March 22nd, 2022

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