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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.

September 2014

Parenting expert Dr. Laurence Steinberg will visit on Monday, 15 September 2014 at 7 PM to discuss his new book, The Age of Opportunity: Lessons from the New Science of Adolescence. He will be joined in conversation by Susan Safipour, editor of Diablo magazine.

Bestselling (and award-winning!) teen novelist Rick Yancey visits on Wednesday, 17 September 2014 at 7 PM as we celebrate the publication of his new book, The Infinite Sea, the follow-up to his 2013 bestseller, The Fifth Wave. Please make reservations by calling the shop at (925) 837-7337. If you cannot make it to the event, you can order a signed copy. Add the book to your cart and write "SIGNED COPY" in the comments field during checkout. We ship all over the world!Gail Sheehy

Teen novelist Megan Shull visits on Tuesday, 23 September 2014 at 10 AM to share her terrifically entertaining new book, The Swap. This event will take place at a local school, please call us if you're interested in attending.

Beloved novelist Annie Barrows returns to Rakestraw Books on Friday, 26 September 2014 at 3:45 PM as we celebrate the publication of her new novel, Magic in the Mix, with a special after school event.

We are thrilled to welcome Gail Sheehy to Rakestraw Books on Saturday, 27 September 2014, at 10 AM, as we celebrate the publication of her long-awaited memoir, Daring: My Passages: A Memoir. Tickets are $33/person (including a signed book!. Sheehy will be joined in conversation by the Hon. Ellen Tauscher.

Diane Muldrow visits on Sunday, 28 September 2014 at 3 PM to share her new book, Everything I Know About Christmas I Learned from a Little Golden Book. Tickets are $5 (a donation to VESTIA!).

On Tuesday, 30 September 2014, we will welcome Jaleigh Johnson to share her new children's novel, The Mark of the Dragonfly. Details to follow.

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. Details to follow.

BJ Novak

B. J. Novak and The Book with No Pictures 

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. Details to follow.

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. Details to follow.

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. Details to follow.

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. Details to follow.

November 2014

Barrow & RogersBestselling 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.

James Oselund, editor-in-chief of Saveur, America's most critically acclaimed cooking magazine, will visit Rakestraw Books on Friday, 7 November 2014 at 7 PM. Details to follow.

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

Major league soccer player Robbie Rogers visits on Wednesday, 10 December 2014 at 11 AM to share his new book, Coming Out to Play. 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]