Complete Calendar of Upcoming Events for 2023 Our author visits now 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 2023

5/4 and 5/5 - Dungeoneer Adventures are back! Authors / illustrators Ben Costa and James Parks return to local schools to share the newest installment in this exciting series, Dungeoneer Adventures #2: Wrath of the Exiles. Details HERE.

5/9 - We're delighted to present  an informal drop-in signing with Dave Eggers and Shawn Harris who will be here on Tuesday, 9 May 2023 at about 2:30 PM to sign their beautiful new novel, Eyes and the Impossible. Details HERE.

5/10 - Debut picture book author Jack Wong visits local schools to introduce his gorgeous book, When You Can Swim. Just in time to inspire kids to learn to swim as summer approaches! Details HERE

5/11 - Jon Agee visits local schools with another hilarious and imaginative picture book, My Dad is a Tree. Great Fathers Day gift!  Details HERE.

5/12 - Bestselling writer (and longtime Rakestraw favorite) Simon Winchester returns to Rakestraw Books on Friday, 12 May 2023 at 7 PM to share his brilliant new book, Knowing What We Know: The Transmission of Knowledge: From Ancient Wisdom to Modern Magic. Details to follow.

5/16 - Calling all True Crime fans! Deborah Holt Larkin talks about her well researched and highly reviewed book, A Lovely Girl: The Tragedy of Olga Duncan and the Trial of One of California's Most Notorious Killers. Free, in-store at 6pm.

5/23 - We're delighted to present  an informal drop-in signing with novelist Anne Berest who will be here on Tuesday, 23 May 2023 at about 10 AM to sign her eagerly anticipated debut novel,The Postcard. Details HERE.

June 2023

6/3 - SAVE THE DATE! This year's Book Group Festival (our 13th!) will take place on Saturday, 3 June 2023 at 9.30am. This year's author guest of honor will be longtime Rakestraw Books favorite Steven Rowley who will be sharing his wonderful new novel, The Celebrants. Details to follow!

6/4 - We're presenting a special brunch for novelist Byron Lane on Sunday, 4 June at 10 AM in celebration of his new novel, My Big Gay Wedding. This event will take place at the bookshop. Details to follow.

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