UPDATE: Until further notice all of our author visits will be virtual. Adult events -- Rakestraw Books "Live at Home!" -- will be broadcast via CrowdCast.io and children's events -- Zoom for Kids -- will be presented via Zoom.us. 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.
1/28 - We are delighted to kick off this year's events with a special program with beloved essayist Gretel Ehrlich. During this virtual visit, Ehrlich will be discussing her new book, Unsolaced: Along the Way to All That Is, in a thoughtful conversation with author Mary Ellen Hannibal (Citizen Scientist). This event will take place on Thursday, 28 January 2021 at 5 PM (PST). Tickets are $10 (includes a $10 coupon towards your purchase of Unsolaced from Rakestraw Books. Tickets are available HERE.
1/30 - Book groups will want to take special note of our event with Clare Pooley. Her first novel, The Authenticity Project -- now out in paperback! -- ticks all the boxes for us: it's got great characters; a compelling and discussable story; and it's a pleasure to read! Pooley will be joining us from her home in Great Britain on Saturday, 30 January 2021 at 9:30 AM (PST). She will be joined in converation by novelist Georgia Hunter, author of We Were the Lucky Ones. Tickets are $5 (includes a $5 coupon to rakestrawbooks.com). Tickets are available HERE.
2/4 - Bestselling historian, and longtime Rakestraw friend, Simon Winchester joins us on Thursday, 4 February 2021 at 5 PM (PST) to discuss his brilliant new book, Land: How the Hunger for Ownership Shaped the Modern World. In this new book Winchester examines in depth how we acquire land, how we steward it, how and why we fight over it, and finally, how we can, and on occasion do, come to share it. Ultimately, Winchester confronts the essential question: who actually owns the world's land--and why does it matter? It's fascinating stuff. Winchester will be joined in conversation by journalist John King, the SF Chronicle architecture critic. Tickets are $15 (includes a $15 coupon towards your purchase of Land from Rakestraw Books). Tickets are available HERE.
2/8 - We are launching our new Mystery Monday Book Group with an event with two terrific mystery writers -- Andy Weinberger (An Old Man's Game) and Joseph Schneider (One Day You'll Burn) -- on Monday, 8 February 2021 at 5 PM. Susan will moderate this free event, so join us to meet two new mystery novelists and learn about this fun new book group. Reservations can be made HERE.