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!]

April 2019

4/4 Rakestraw favorite Steven Rowley visits on Thursday, 4 April 2019 at 7 PM to share his wonderful new novel, The Editor. Please make your reservations by calling (925) 837-7337.

4/16 Bestselling novelist Tim Johnston visits on Tuesday, 16 April 2019 at 7 PM to present his thrilling new book, The Current. Please make your reservations by calling (925) 837-7337.

4/18 Longtime Rakestraw favorite Frances Mayes returns on Thursday, 18 April 2019 at 7 PM to discuss her new collection of travel essays, See You in the Piazza. Tickets are $15/person (includes a $10 coupon towards your purchase of See You in the Piazza). Come early for a glass of prosecco. TIckets are available by clicking HERE. [SOLD OUT!]

4/24 You're invited to a special evening with Kirk Wallace Johnson on Wednesday, 24 April 2019 at 7 PM. During his visit to Rakestraw Books he will be discussing his book, The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century -- now in paperback. Please make your reservations by calling (925) 837-7337.

4/27  Join Raketraw Books for our celebration of the 5th Annual Independent Bookstore Day on Saturday, 27 April 2019.

May 2019

5/1 Join us for a special book event with novelist Susannah Marren and her new book, A Palm Beach WIfe, on Wednesday, 1 May 2019 at 7 PM. Please make your reservations by calling (925) 837-7337.

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.

5/16 Historian David Randall visits on Thursday, 16 May 2019 at 7 PM to discuss his brilliant new book, Black Death at the Golden Gate: The Race to Save America from the Bubonic Plague. Please make your reservations by calling (925) 837-7337.

5/17 Please join us on Friday, 17 May at 7 PM 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. Make your reservation by calling the shop at (925) 837-7337.

5/23 We are delighted to invite you to our 9th Annual Book Group Festival with novelist Lisa Wingate. Tickets are $20/person (includes 1 $10 coupon and 2 $5 coupons towards your book purchases that evening). Tickets are available by clicking HERE. [SOLD OUT!]

June 2019

6/1  We are delighted to welcome novelist Jessica Francis Kane on Saturday, 1 June 2019 at 9:30 AM to discuss her extremely fine new novel, Rules for Visiting. Please make your reservations by calling the shop at (925) 837-7337.

6/12 Longtime Rakestraw favorite Michael Chabon returns on Wednesday, 12 June 2019 at 7 PM to discuss his collection of essays, Pops: Fatherhood in Pieces -- now in paperback! Details to follow.

6/14 Please join us on Friday, 14 June at 7 PM for a special evening with Shannon Watts to discuss her new book Fight Like A Mother: How a Grassroots Movement Took on the Gun Lobby and Why Women Will Change the World. Tickets are available HERE.

6/18 Historian Julia Flynn Siler visits on Tuesday, 18 June 2019 to 7 PM to discuss her powerful new book, The White Devil's Daughters: The Women Who Fought Slavery in San Francisco's Chinatown. Make your reservations by calling the shop at (925) 837-7337.

July 2019

7/19  We are delighted to welcome bestselling author and artist Obi Kaufmann back to Rakestraw Books on Friday, 19 July 2019 at 7 PM to discuss his new book, The State of Water: Understanding California's Most Precious Resource. Details to follow.

7/22  Our old friend Erica Bauermeister returns to Rakestraw Books on Monday, 22 July 2019 at 7 PM as we celebrate the publication of her marvelous new novel, The Scent Keeper. Details to follow.