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Rakestraw Books

"The Bookstore in Danville" 

3 Railroad Avenue (next to Starbucks)

Danville, California 94526

(925) 837-7337

We are open seven days a week.

Mon - Fri 9 AM - 6 PM

Sat 9 AM - 5 PM

Sun Noon - 5 PM

We are routinely open later during events.



Complete Calendar of Upcoming Events for Early 20153

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 in downtown Danville. Our phone number is (925) 837-7337.

January 2015

***RESCHEDULED*** Dr. Joan Steidinger, an ultra-marathoner and sports psychologistst, joins us on Thursday, 15 January 2014 at 7 PM to share her new book, Sisterhood in Sports: How Female Athletes Collaborate and Compete. We are pleased to present this event in partnership with Forward Motion. 

Friday, 16 January 2015 at 7 PM Pete Crooks, the celebrated journalist for Diablo magazine joins us as we celebrate the publication of his first book, The Set-Up: A True Story of Dirty Cops, Soccer Moms, and Reality TV. Details to follow.

We are delighted to welcome Rabih Alameddine back to Rakestraw Books on Tuesday, 20 January 2015 at 7 PM as we celebrate the paperback publication of An Unnecessary Woman

Celebrated (and longtime Rakestraw favorite) novelist Stewart O'Nan visits on Friday, 23 January 2015 at 7 PM with a new novel, West of Sunset. Reservations are suggested.

Ron Charles, book critic of the Washington Post, visits Danville to discuss the role of faith in contemporary fiction. This special event will take place on Tuesday, 27 January 2015 at 7 PM. Details to follow. 

February 2015 

Joyce Carol Oats

Celebrated baker and chocolatier Alice Medrich visits on Sunday, 1 February 2015 at 3:30 PM to share her new cookbook, Flavor Flours. We will be offering samples from the book. Reservations are strongly suggested. 

Children's novelist Michael Northrop visits on Friday, 13 February 2015 as we celebrate the kick-off of his new series, TombQuest. Details to follow.

Renowned novelist Joyce Carol Oates returns to Rakestraw Books on Tuesday, 17 February 2015 at 7 PM as we celebrate the publication of her new novel, The Sacrifice. Details to follow.

Our old friend, bestselling novelist Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket) returns to Rakestraw Books on Thursday, 26 February 2015 at 7 PM to share his new novel, We Are Pirates. This is a free event, but Mr. Handler will only sign books purchased at Rakestraw Books. 

Celebrated children's novelist Pam Munoz Ryan visits on Friday, 27 February 2015 at 10 AM to share her new book, Echo. Details to follow. 

March 2015

We welcome renowned Irish novelist John Boyne on Tuesday, 5 March 2015 at 7 PM to discuss his extraordinary new novel, A History of Loneliness. Details to follow. 

Bestselling mystery novelist J. A. Jance visits on Monday, 23 March 2015 at 7 PM to share her new novel, Cold Betrayal. Details to follow. 

That's all for now (still, it's all really pretty cool. REALLY cool), but no doubt we will be adding more. Check back for details or give us a call at (925) 837-7337.

[Pictured from top: Robbie Rogers and Joyce Carol Oates.]