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!]

February 2019

2/25 We are delighted to welcome Welsh novelist Jasper Fforde back to Rakestraw Books -- it's been far, far too long -- on Monday, 25 February 2019 at 7 PM to celebrate his marvelous new novel, Early Riser. Please join us.

2/26 Please join us on Tuesday, 26 February 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. [POSTPONED!]

March 2019

3/7 Calling all book groups and Francophiles! You're invited to join us for an evening with novelist Liam Callanan and his novel, Paris By the Book -- now in paperback -- on Thursday, 7 March 2018 at 7 PM. Reservations are recommended.

3/8 One of the buzziest novels of 2019 is Daisy Jones & the SIx by Taylor Jenkins Reid. We're here to tell you that then hype is all true! This one crazy-fun and moving novel. Please join us to meet Taylor Jenkins Reid as she visits on Friday, 8 March 2019 at 7 PM to present Daisy Jones & the Six. Musical guest: Fleetwood Mask will be presenting an intimate concert starting at 7 PM.

3/12 Tickets are already selling quickly for our upcoming event with happiness expert Gretchen Rubin. She visits on Tuesday, 12 March 2019 at 7 PM to share her new book, Outer Order, Inner Calm. Tickets should be purchased HERE.

3/13 We are thrilled to be working with our friend at Forward Motion Sports to present an evening with ultra-marathoner Katie Arnold and her new book, Running Home. A run with Katie will start at 6:30 PM followed by a talk and book signing at 7:30 PM. This event will take place at Forward Motion.

3/19 Celebrated singer-songwriter Dar WIlliams joins us at 12:30 PM on Tuesday, 19 March 2019 to discuss her fine and thoughtful book, What I Found in a Thousand Towns: A Traveling Musician's Guide to Rebuilding America's Communities--One Coffee Shop, Dog Run, and Open-Mike Night at a Time. What I Found in a Thousand Towns is more than a love letter to America's small towns, it's a deeply personal and hopeful message about the potential of America's lively and resilient communities. Details to follow.

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. Details to follow.

4/12 Bestselling novelist Tim Johnston visits on Friday, 12 April 2019 at 7 PM to present his thrilling new book, The Current. Details to follow.

4/19 Longtime Rakestraw favorite Frances Mayes returns on Thursday, 19 April 2019 at 7 PM to discuss her new collection of travel essays, See You in the Piazza. Details to follow.

May 2019

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.


June 2019

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