Complete Calendar of Upcoming Events for 2019

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.


8/26 Join us for an Empanada Party with celebrated cookbook author Leslie Jonath and her great new cookbook, Feed Your People on Sunday, 26 August 2018 at 4 PM. Tickets are $30/person or $45/couple. More details are HERE. Call the shop at (925) 837-7337 to purchase tickets. [POSTPONED!]

January 2019

1/22 Bestselling author Mary Pipher (you will remember her groundbreaking book, Reviving Ophelia) visits Rakestraw Books on Tuesday, 22 January 2019 at 7 PM to share her new book, Women Rowing North: Navigating Life's Currents and Flourishing As We Age. Make your reservations by calling the shop at (925) 837-7337. Details to follow.

1/25 Novelist Karen Thompson Walker visits on Friday, 26 January 2019 at 7 PM to discuss her though-provoking new novel, The Dreamers. Reservations are strongly recommended.

February 2019

2/25 We are delighted to welcome Welsh novelist Jasper Fforde back to Rakestraw Books -- it's been far, far too long -- on Monday, 25 February 2019 to celebrate his marvelous new novel, Early Riser. Please join us.

2/26 Please join us on Tuesday, 26 February for a special evening (there will be cocktails!) with novelist Christopher Castellani who will be discussing his new novel -- one of the best for the first half of 2019 -- Leading Men. Reservations are strongly recommended.

March 2019

3/7 Calling all book groups and Francophiles! You're invited to join us for an evening with novelist Liam Callanan and his novel, Paris By the Book -- now in paperback -- on Thursday, 7 March 2018 at 7 PM. Reservations are recommended.

3/8 One of the buzziest novels of 2019 is Daisy Jones & the SIx by Taylor Jenkins Reid. We're here to tell you that then hype is all true! This one crazy-fun and moving novel. Please join us to meet Taylor Jenkins as she visits on Friday, 8 March 2019 at 7 PM to present Daisy Jones & the Six. Details to follow.

3/12 Tickets are already selling quickly for our upcoming event with happiness expert Gretchen Rubin. She visits on Tuesday, 12 March 2019 at 7 PM to share her new book, Outer Order, Inner Calm. Tickets should be purchased HERE.

April 2019

4/12 Bestselling novelist Tim Johnston visits on Friday, 12 April 2019 at 7 PM to present his thrilling new book, The Current. Details to follow.

May 2019

5/4 We are planning a dinner party for cookbook author Elizabeth Minchilli and her delicious new cookbook, The Italian Table: Creating Festive Meals for Family and Friends. Reservations will be necessary. Details to follow.