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Complete Calendar of Upcoming Events for 2020

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.

March 2020

3/5 We are presenting an evening with Scott Ostler at a local school. He will be discussing his book, Bouncing Back,  on Thursday, 5 March 2020. Please contact the shop at (925) 837-7337 if you would like copies signed for you or your kids.

3/10 Join us for our Educator Happy Hour with bestselling novelist Veronica Rossi on Tuesday, 10 March 2020 at 4:30 PM. Make your reservations by calling the shop at (925) 837-7337.

3/11 Graphic novelist Andy Runton visits a local elementary school to share his wonderful graphic novel, Owly, with the students. Call the shop at (925) 837-7337 to order a signed copy.

3/11 We are excited to celebrate Jennifer Blaise Kramer and her first book, Small Garden Style: A Design Guide for Outdoor Rooms and Containers, on Wednesday, 11 March 2020 at 7 PM. This event includes a demonstration. Details to follow. Make your reservations by calling the shop at (925) 837-7337.

3/12 We are thrilled to welcome back New York Times best-selling author Laurie Halse Anderson. Please join us Thursday, 12 March 2020 at 7 PM to celebrate the paperback release of her memoir Shout. Tickets are $15 (includes signed copy of SHOUT and a donation to RAINN). *** Please be advised that this event will include discussion of mature topics. Therefore, this event is recommended for ages 13+. *** THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED. ***

3/14 Celebrate the publication of local novelist Jay Kontilis's first novel, The Meeks, on Saturday, 14 March 2020 at 3:30 PM. Please call the shop at (925) 837-7337 to make your reservation.

 3/18 We are presenting a day with children's writer Erin Yun at local schools. She will be discussing her novel, Pippa Park Raises,  on Wendesday, 18 March 2020. Please contact the shop at (925) 837-7337 if you would like copies signed for you or your kids. *** THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED. ***

3/19 One of our favorite books of 2019 was The Honey Bus by Meredith May so we are particularly pleased that she is visiting on Thursday, 19 March 2020 at 7 PM as we celebrate the book's paperback release. Details to follow. Please make your reservations by calling the shop at (925) 837-7337. *** THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED. ***

3/20 We are presenting a day with children's writer Diana Kapp at local schools. She will be discussing her book, Girls Who Run World: 31 CEOs Who Mean Business,  on Friday, 20 March 2020. Please contact the shop at (925) 837-7337 if you would like copies signed for you or your kids. *** THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED. ***

April 2020

4/1 We are presenting a day with children's writer Danielle Svetcov at local schools. She will be discussing her debut novel, Parked,  on Wednesday, 1 April 2020. Please contact the shop at (925) 837-7337 if you would like copies signed for you or your kids. *** THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED. ***

4/15 We are super excited to welcome our friend Terry McMillan back to Rakestraw Books to celebrate her new novel, It's Not All Downhill from Here, on Wednesday, 15 April 2020 at 7 PM. Details to follow. Please make your reservations by calling the shop at (925) 837-7337. *** THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED. ***

4/21 Berkeley author Dev Petty visits several local elementary schools to share her brand new picture book, Bear Must Go On. Call the shop to order a signed copy or discuss bringing an author to your child's school.

4/21 Our great friend Erica Bauermeister returns to Rakestraw Books on Tuesday, 21 April 2020 at 7 PM to share her new memoir, House Lessons: Renovating a Life. Details to follow. Please make your reservations by calling the shop at (925) 837-7337. *** THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED. ***

4/24 We are presenting a day with writer Daniel Ziblatt at local schools. He will be discussing his, How Democracies Die,  on Friday, 24 April 2020. Please contact the shop at (925) 837-7337 if you would like copies signed.

4/24 We are thrilled to present an evening with Fanny Singer in conversation with her mother, Alice Waters. Please join us Friday, 24 April 2020 at 7 PM to celebrate the release of Singer's memoir Always Home. Tickets are $45 (includes signed copy of Always Home and a donation to Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano). Tickets should be purchased HERE.

4/25 Join us in celebrating the annual Independent Bookstore Day, all day on Saturday, 25 April 2020. We will make exclusive merchandise, books, and other goodies! Details to follow.

May 2020

5/1 We are presenting a day with children's writer Sandy Stark-McGinnis at local schools. She will be discussing her novel, The Space Between Lost and Found,  on Friday, 1 May 2020. Please contact the shop at (925) 837-7337 if you would like copies signed for you or your kids.

5/1 We are presenting a day with children's writers Pam Berkman and Dorothy Hearst at local schools. They will be discussing their series, Heels of History,  on Friday, 1 May 2020. Please contact the shop at (925) 837-7337 if you would like copies signed for you or your kids.

5/6 We are thrilled to welcome bestselling novelist T.J. Klune on Wednesday, 6 May 2020 at 7 PM to share his new novel for teens, The Extraordinaries. Details to follow. Please make your reservations by calling the shop at (925) 837-7337.

5/6 We are welcoming mom and activist Shannon Watts back to Rakestraw Books to celebrate the paperback publication of Fight Like a Mother. Please make your reservations by calling the shop at (925) 837-7337.