Complete Calendar of Upcoming Events for 2018

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!]

 

September 2018

9/7 Cyrus Farivar, Senior Tech Policy Reporter at Ars Technica, visits on Friday, 7 September 2018 at 7 PM to discuss his thought-provoking new book, Habeus Data, about the legal cases over the last 50 years that have had an outsized impact on surveillance and privacy law in America. Make reservations by calling the shop at (925) 837-7337.

9/11 One of the most beloved American picture book author-illustrators, Patricia Polacco, returns to Rakestraw Books on Tuesday, 11 September 2018 at 4 PM to share her beautiful new book, Holes in the Sky. Reservations are strongly encouraged. Make yours by calling the shop at (925) 837-7337.

9/18 Bestselling children's writer Megan McDonald returns to Rakestraw Books to share Judy Moody and the Right Royal Tea Party in a special after school event on Tuesday, 18 September 2018 at 3:45 PM. Reservations for this special event are essential. Call the shop at (925) 837-7337 to save your spot.

9/25 Author-illustrator Alex Beard is back! During his visit on Tuesday, 25 September 2018 at 3:45 PM he will be sharing his thoughtful and wonderful new picture book, The Lying King. Make reservations by calling the shop at (925) 837-7337.

9/27 Bestselling novelist Daniel Mason returns to Rakestraw Books (he was last here in 2003 with his stunning debut, The Piano Tuner) on Thursday, 27 September 2018 at 7 PM. His new novel, The Winter Soldier, is one of the best books we have read this year, so we're thrilled to invite you to this special event. Make reservations by calling (925) 837-7337.

October 2018

10/4 We are delighted to be hosting two school appearances with bestselling middle grade novelist John Flanagan on the morning of Thursday, 4 October 2018. During his visit he will be sharing the latest installment in the "Ranger's Apprentice" series, The Red Fox Clan. Please call for details.

10/4 On the afternoon of Thursday, 4 October 2018 at 4 PM we are presenting a very special Book Group Buzz event with novelist Christopher Castellani. We are inviting a small group of dedicated readers to come meet Christopher, enjoy an Aperol Spritz, and hear about his wonderful forthcoming novel, Leading Men. This event is by reservation only. Call (925) 837-7337 for details.

10/9 Annie Barrows joins us at 4 PM on Tuesday, 9 October 2018 to share the latest installment in her bestselling "Ivy and Bean" series, Ivy and Bean: One Big Happy Family. Please call us at (925) 837-7337 to make reservations. 37-7337.

10/9 Popular book blogger Anne Bogel visits on Tuesday, 9 October 2018 at 7 PM to discuss her thoughtful and informative new book, I'd Rather Be Reading: The Delights and Dilemmas of a Reading Life. A book signing follows. Reservations are strongly recommended. Make yours by calling the shop at (925) 837-7337.

10/11 We are thrilled to invite you to "Make a Difference: Chelsea Clinton and Dave in Conversation" on Thursday, 11 October 2018 at 7 PM. We are presenting this special event at San Ramon Valley High School. It will take place in the Gymnasium at the high school. Tickets are $45 (each ticket admits 2 people and includes signed first editions of both their new books!). Tickets and more information are available HERE. THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT!

10/11 Award-winning artist David Small visits on Thursday, 11 October 2018 at 7 PM to share his brilliant new novel, Home After Dark. We think is one of the very best books of the year, so it's a treat to invite you to meet David. Reservations are strong recommended. Make yours by calling (925) 837-7337.

10/12 Prize-winning biographer Bob Spitz visits on Friday, 12 October 2018 at 7 PM to share his extraordinary new biography of our 40th president, Reagan: An American Journey. We think that this will be one of the year's great biographies. Please make your reservations by calling the shop at (925) 837-7337.

10/16 Bestselling novelist Jodi Picoult returns to Danville on Tuesday, 16 October 2018 at noon to share her new novel, A Spark of Light. Tickets are $11 (admits one. $10 will be applied toward your purchase of the A Spark of Light). Purchase your ticket HERE. THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT!

10/19 Bestselling novelist Elin Hilderbrand visits (at last!) on Friday, 19 October 2018 at 7 PM to share her new novel, Winter in Paradise, with an audience of fans. Please make reservations by calling the shop at (925) 837-7337.

10/23 Award-winning author and illustrator team Matt de la Peña and Christian Robinson join us for a morning of school visits on Tuesday, 23 October 2018 to share their beautiful new book, Carmela Full of Wishes. Please call us at (925) 837-7337 for more information about this special morning.

10/25 Bestselling novelist Lisa See is the featured author for this year's Two Cities One Book Read. On Thursday, 25 October 2018 at 7 PM she will be discussing her most recent novel, The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, at the Performing Arts Center at Dougherty Valley HS. We will be there selling books.

10/26 Award-winning (and much loved!) novelist Leif Enger returns to Rakestraw Books at 12 PM on Friday, 26 October 2018 to discuss his wonderful new novel, Virgil Wander. Please make reservations by calling the shop at (925) 837-7337.

10/26 James Mustich is one of my bookselling heroes so it is a very special pleasure to invite you to meet him on Friday, 26 October 2018 at 7 PM as he discusses his magnificent new book, 1,000 Book to Read Before You Die: A Life-Changing List. Make reservations by calling the shop at (925) 837-7337.

November 2018

11/2 Beloved author-illustrator Jon Agee visits on Friday, 2 November 2018 at 4 PM to share his terrific new picture book, The Wall in the Middle of the Book. Reservations are recommended. Call us at (925) 837-7337 to reserve your spot.

11/8 Instagram personality Eva Chen visits at 7 PM on Thursday, 8 November 2018 to share her beautiful picture book, Juno Valentine and the Magical Shoes. Reservations are essential. Watch for details.

11/15 We are delighted to welcome you to a publication celebration for Walnut Creek writer Christine O'Brien on Thursday, 15 November 2018 at 7 PM. Christine's memoir, Crave: A Memoir of Food and Longing, is one of the most buzzed about of the Fall season. Please join us.

11/27 Bestselling author Brandon Mull returns to Rakestraw Books on Tuesday, 27 November 2018 at 7 PM to share his new book, Wrath of the Dragon King: Dragon Watch #2. Reservations are strongly encouraged. Make yours by calling the shop at (925) 837-7337.