Complete Calendar of Upcoming Events for 2014

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

October 2014

Linguist and bestselling writer Steven Pinker visits Rakestraw Books on Tuesday, 7 October 2014 at 7 PM to present his important new book, The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person's Guide to Writing in the 21st Century. This event will take place at the Center for the Performing Arts at The Athenian School, 2100 Mt. Diablo Scenic Blvd., Danville CA 94506. Reservations are requested. Call (925) 837-7337 to make reservations.

BJ Novak

B. J. Novak and The Book with No Pictures 

***THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT!*** Actor and writer B. J. Novak joins us for an evening in celebration of his marvelous new book, The Book with No Pictures on Friday, 10 October 2014 at 7 PM. This event takes place at Danville Congregational Church at 989 San Ramon Valley Blvd., Danville, CA 94526. Tickets are $5 (refundable with book purchase!). This event is a benefit for DaySpring Preschool.

Please call to purchase your tickets today. Our number is (925) 837-7337.


The editor of Food and Wine, Dana Cowin, visits on Wednesday, 22 October 2014 at noon at a special lunch to celebrate the publication of her marvelous new cookbook, Mastering My Mistakes in the Kitchen: Learning to Cook with 65 Great Chefs and Over 100 Delicious Recipes. Tickets for lunch are $25. Advance reservations are essential. Make yours by calling (925) 837-7337.

Bestselling novelist Garth Stein returns to Rakestraw Books as we celebrate the publication of his new novel, A Sudden Light, on Wednesday, 22 October 2014 at 7 PM. Tickets are $4. Purchase yours in advance by calling (925) 837-7337.

Prize-winning novelist, and Rakestraw Books favorite, Colm Toibin joins us for lunch on Tuesday, 28 October 2014 at noon as we celebrate the publication of his exquisite new novel, Nora Webster. Tickets are $15 (includes a light lunch and a $5 coupon towards book purchase). Advance reservations are helpful. Call (925) 837-7337 to purchase your ticket.

Beloved cookbook author Dorie Greenspan visits Rakestraw Books on Wednesday, 29 October 2014 at 7 PM as we celebrate the publication of her extraordinary new book, Baking Chez Moi: Recipes from My Paris Home to Your Home Anywhere. Tickets are $20 (includes a dessert reception and a $5 coupon towards book purchase).

November 2014

Barrow & Rogers

Rick Rodgers, cookbook author-extraordinaire, visits on Sunday, 2 Npvember 2014 at 3:30 PM to discuss his new cookbook, The Big Book of Sides. We will be serving a selection of side dishes drawn from the book. Tickets are $20 (includes a $5 coupon towards book purchase). Advance reservations are requested. Make yours by calling (925) 837-7337. 

Bestselling novelist Bill Roorbach (Life Among Giants) visits on Thursday, 6 November 2014 at 7 PM to share his marvelous new novel, The Remedy for Love.

Betsy Andrews, the new editor-in-chief of Saveur, America's most critically acclaimed cooking magazine, will visit Rakestraw Books on Friday, 7 November 2014 at 7 PM. During her visit, we will be serving a dinner inspired by Saveur: The New Classics Cookbook. Details to follow.

We are delighted to welcome Gary Kamiya back to Rakestraw Books as we celebrate the paperback publication of Cool Grey City of Love on Thursday, 13 November 2014 at 7 PM. 

Food preservation guru Cathy Barrow joins us for dinner on Tuesday, 18 November 2014 at 7 PM as we celebrate the publication of her first cookbook, Mrs. Wheelbarrow's Practical Pantry: Recipes and Techniques for Year-Round Preserving. Details to follow.

December 2014

Mary Street Alinder visits on Thursday, 4 December 2014 at 7 PM to share her new book Group f.64: Edward Weston, Ansel Adams, Imogen Cunningham, and the Community of Artists Who Revolutionized American Photography. Details to follow. 

Major league soccer player Robbie Rogers visits on Wednesday, 10 December 2014 at Noon share his new book, Coming Out to Play. This event will take place at The Athenian School. Please call the shop at (925) 837-7337 if you would like to attend.

We are thrilled to announce An Evening with Cal Peternell, celebrated chef at Chez Panisse, and his sons to celebrate the publication of Twelve Recipes. Save the evening of Thursday, 18 December 2014 (and be sure to book your teenagers!). 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: Cathy Barrow & Robbie Rogers]