Complete Calendar of Upcoming Events for 2023

UPDATE: Our author visits now take many forms: live in-store; virtual; and hybrid. Virtual adult events -- Rakestraw Books "Live at Home" -- will be broadcast via CrowdCast.io  and virtual 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.

January 2023

1/28 - Join us on Instagram Live as Michael (owner of Rakestraw Books) interviews NPR journalist Ari Shapiro ("All Things Considered") about his forthcoming memoir, The Best Strangers in the World: Stories from a Life Spent Listening. This special program takes place on Saturday, 28 January 2023 at 9:30 AM (PST). Details to follow.

1/28 - We delighted to revive our long-dormant (since COVID!) "It's StoryTime!" program. Staff member Amanda kicks us off on Saturday, 28 January 2023 at 11 AM with a hat-themed story program that's perfect for littles between three and five-years-old.

1/29 - Rakestraw Books will be supporting an event at Temple Beth Chaim with memoirist Debbie Weiss. She will be presenting her memoir, Available as Is: A Midlife Widow's Search for Love, on Sunday, 29 January 2023 at 4:30 PM. Details to follow.

February 2023

2/9 - Rakestraw Books is thrilled to present an evening with Peggy Orenstein. During her visit on Thursday, 9 February 2023 at 7 PM Orenstein will be sharing her thought-provoking new book, Unraveling: What I Learned about Life While Shearing Sheep, Dyeing Wool, and Making the World's Ugliest Sweater. Details to follow.

2/11 - We are delighted to partner with our friends at Warwick's in La Jolla to present a special virtual event with bestselling novelist Jojo Moyes (remember Me Before You?). Join us on Saturday, 11 February 2023 at 9:30 AM as she shares her eagerly anticipated new book, Someone Else's Shoes. Details to follow.

March 2023

3/1 - Rakestraw Books will be presenting a special in-person author visit with award-winning novelist Rebecca Makkai. During her visit at Wednesday, 1 March 2023 at 7 PM, Makkai will be sharing her new novel, I Have Some Questions for You. Details to follow.

3/6 - Memoirist Will Schwalbe visits on Monday, 6 March 2023 at 7 PM to share his powerful new book, We Should Not Be Friends. Details to follow.

3/21 - Novelist Liam Callanan returns to Rakestraw Books on Tuesday, 21 March 2023 at 7 PM to share his new novel, When in Rome. Details to follow.

3/29 - Rakestraw Books will be presenting a special in-person author visit with beloved mystery novelist Jacqueline Winspear. During her visit on Wednesday, 29 March 2023 at 7 PM, Winspear will be sharing her new novel, The White Lady. Details to follow.

April 2023

4/1 - We're kicking off April with a special virtual event with bestselling novelist Sebastian Barry on Saturday, 1 April 2023 at 9:30 AM. He will be joining us from his home in Ireland to share his marvelous new novel, Old God's Time. Details to follow.

4/13 - Rakestraw Books will be presenting a special in-person author visit with longtime Rakestraw favorite Alka Joshi. Many of you have read and loved her novels, The Henna Artist and The Secret Keeper of Jaipur. During her visit on Thursday, 13 April 2023 at 7 PM she will be sharing her fine new novel, The Perfumist of Paris. Details to follow.

4/18 - We are beyond thrilled to welcome Jeanette Walls back to Rakestraw Books on Tuesday, 18 April 2023 at 7 PM. During this visit she will be sharing her new novel, Hang the Moon (Susan has already read it and she loved it!). Details to follow.

4/24 - Novelist Susan Meissner returns to Rakestraw Books (it'll be her first in-person visit!) on Monday, 24 April 2023 at 7 PM to share her new novel, Only the Beautiful. Details to follow.