Complete Calendar of Upcoming Events for 2024

UPDATE: Our author visits take many forms: live in-store; at venues around the community; virtual; and hybrid. Virtual events -- Rakestraw Books "Live at Home" --  and virtual children's events will be presented via Zoom. Thanks for your support of these vibrant and worthwhile literary conversations. 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. Our phone number is (925) 837-7337.

We also present a dynamic mix of book groups -- eight at last count! For more information about those groups, click here.

May 2024

5/5 - Bestselling novelist (and longtime Rakestraw favorite!) Colm Tóibín returns to Rakestraw Books on Sunday, 5 May 2024 at 10:30 AM as we celebrate the publication of his new novel, Long Island. Tickets are $10. Click HERE to purchase tickets.

5/8 - Rakestraw favorite Simon Van Booy visits (for the first time!) on Wednesday, 8 May 2024 at Noon for a special lunch-time event as we celebrate the publication of his wonderful new novel, Sipsworth. Tickets are $10. Click HERE to purchase tickets.

5/10 - Bestselling novelist (and book group favorite) Ann Napolitano visits Rakestraw Books on Friday, 10 May 2024 at 7 PM as we celebrate her new novel, Within Arm's Reach. Tickets are $20 (each ticket includes an autographed book). Click HERE to purchase tickets.

5/16 - Rakestraw favorite Helen Simonson visits on Thursday, 16 May at 7 PM to celebrate her marvelous new novel, The Hazelbourne Ladies Motorcycle and Flying Club. Tickets are $10. Click HERE to purchase tickets.

5/17 - Join graphic novelist Katy Farina at our 5:30PM Pajama Party to celebrate Baby-Sitters Little Sister #8, Karen's Sleepover! FREE event - bring the family! Details HERE.

5/19 - Bring the family to help launch Traci Huahn's lovely and important new picture book Mamie Tape Fights to go to School on Sun, May 19 at 11:00AM. Details HERE.

June 2024

6/7 - Our Annual Book Group Festival will take place on Friday, 7 June at 7 PM. This year's author guest of honor will be novelist Ally Condie who will be sharing her first novel for adults, The Unwedding. Tickets are on sale HERE.

6/10 - Banning Lyon visits on Monday, 10 June 2024 at 7 PM to share his memoir, The Chair and the Valley. This is a FREE event. Make your reservations by calling the shop at (925) 837-7337.

6/12 - Graphic novelist Jen De Oliveira (her Reggie, Kid Penguin is one of our bestsellers!) visits to teach a special cartooning class at 4 PM. Details HERE.

6/12 - Bestselling novelist (and longtime Rakestraw favorite) Leif Enger returns to Rakestraw Books on Wednesday, 12 June 2024 at 7 PM to share his extraordinary new novel, I Cheerfully Refuse. Purchase tickets HERE.

6/19 - One of our favorite teen novelists, Elizabeth Acevedo, visits Rakestraw Books on Wednesday, 19 June 2024 at 7 PM to celebrate the publication of her first adult novel, Family Lore. Make your reservations for this FREE event by calling the shop at (925) 837-7337.

6/21 - Dungeoneer Adventures is a top-selling series written and illustrated by 2 top-notch local guys, Ben Costa and James Parks. Come meet them on Friday, June 21 at 4 PM in the store! You'll hear about the newest book in the series, Quest for the Wishing Stone, and learn tips on illustrating your stories. Details HERE.

6/28 - Teen artist phenom Tyler Gordon celebrates the publication of his new book, The Boy Who Found His Voice on Friday, June 28 at 6 PM. He will be joined in conversation by the San Ramon Valley's own Natasha Tripplett. Make your reservations for this FREE event by calling the shop at (925) 837-7337.

July 2024

7/8 - Bestselling novelist Kate Quinn visits on Monday, 8 July 2024 at 7 PM to share her new novel, The Briar Club. Details HERE.

7/18 - Award-winning author, playwright, actor, radio talk show host, and TV comedian Brian Copeland visits on Thursday, 18 July 2024 at 7 PM to introduce his mystery / thriller, Outraged. Details to follow.

7/25 - Rakestraw favorite Lev Grossman returns on Thursday, 25 July 2024 at 7 PM to share his new novel of King Arthur, The Bright Sword. Tickets are $10. Purchase tickets HERE.

7/26 - Bestselling novelist Catherine Newman visits on Friday, 26 July 2024 at 7 PM to share her new novel, Sandwich. Details to follow.

August 2024

8/23 - Bestselling novelist and travel writer Frances Mayes returns to Rakestraw Books (we couldn't be happier!) on Friday, 23 August 2024 at 7 PM as we celebrate her wonderful new novel, A Great Marriage. Purchase tickets HERE.

View our schedule of upcoming events as a monthly calendar by clicking HERE.