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Complete Calendar of Upcoming Events for 2014 and Early 2015

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.

December 2014 

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 on Thursday, 18 December 2014 at 7 PM. We will be joined by The Terraces Winery of St. Helena. Please make reservations early by calling (925) 837-7337.

January 2015

***RESCHEDULED*** Dr. Joan Steidinger, an ultra-marathoner and sports psychologistst, joins us on Thursday, 12 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. Details to follow.

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

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, 2015 at 7 PM to share his new novel, We Are Pirates. Details to follow. 

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.]