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Store Hours: Mon-Sat 10 am-6 pm | CLOSED Sundays
News & Events
August 2020
We are currently open for:
  • online orders
  • phone orders
  • curbside pickup
  • browsing by appointment

Browse-by-appointment slots are 20 minutes. Call or email ahead of time to sign up for an appointment and receive confirmation of your appointment by staff.
No one will be allowed inside without a properly worn mask. Children must be old enough to keep their masks on, and limit touching or else be held in a parent's arms. Only one party will be allowed in-store at one time.

In the event that we'll need to close the storefront again, we will continue to fill online and phone orders.
Thanks for your understanding and patience while we navigate these difficult times!
Customer service: info@cellardoorbookstore.com
We would like to thank the teachers, parents, and members of our community who spoke out at RUSD's Board of Education meeting on July 21 . THAT was good trouble!
August Staff Picks
The Death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke Emezi (available 8/4): Emezi pulls readers in and tears them apart with the power of this story. Told from alternating perspectives, Vivek's tale is that of him discovering his true self, exploring his gender presentation and femininity, and only when he has finally become confident in his identity does tragedy strike. Heartbreaking in the fact that the majority of his story is told by those who could never truly see him, Emezi renders a beautiful tale of identity and tragedy, but leaves the reader with a glimmer of hope. - Elisa
True Story ed. by Kate Reed Petty (available 8/4): Stories shape our lives, the way we see ourselves, and the world around us. For Alice Lovett, a story she cannot remember but one that is nevertheless entwined into her life by the tales of the boys whose reputations were on the line follows her and those involved into adulthood. In the hands of a brilliant new voice, what happened that night is woven into an innovative, gut-wrenching, feminist novel that is an incredibly important piece of the #metoo movement. Read it! - Linda
The Talk ed. by Wade Hudson & Cheryl Willis Hudson (available 8/11): If every family read these pieces together and then wrestled with the truths these writers and illustrators are gifting us, there would be real change. These seventeen pieces drawn from the "talks" parents have had with their children about racism, identity, and self-esteem will destroy that harmful illusion of a post-racial America and replace it with realities that demand action. This is not an impossible mission, and if we are all participating, there is hope. - Linda
Audiobooks for Organizations
We sell audiobooks in bulk through Libro.fm! If you want to distribute audiobooks about personal growth or diversity training to employees, you can support Cellar Door Bookstore with your purchase:
Calling all Unicorn Rescue Society members!

Need to catch up on our Unicorn Rescue Challenge? Take video, pictures, draw, paint, whatever inspires you - just remember to tag us when you post:

Instagram: @cellardoorbookstore
Facebook: @cellardoorriv

The first two challenges are up now, and the third is on its way! Have fun, and keep your eyes open for magical creatures...
Indie Next List e-Newsletter

Now that we've been doing more socially-distanced bookselling, we want to make sure that you're still getting indie-recommended titles online, too. That's why we've decided to send Indie Next List e-newsletters in addition to our store's monthly newsletter.

You'll start seeing both adult lists (publishes the first Thursday of each month) and kids lists (publishes 9/17, 10/22, 12/17) in your inbox soon. Indie Next List picks will also link to our website, making it easy for you to order online and shop safely! And if you're not interested, you're welcome to opt out at any time.
It's been an unusual year, and we may not be able to gather like we've done in times past, but that's not going to stop us from celebrating indie bookstores!

This Indie Bookstore Day, we want to hear from you. Do you have snapshots of a favorite event we've hosted? Or a picture you took of your kids reading a book purchased from us? How about creative ways you've repurposed your ridiculously huge collection of Cellar Door bookmarks? Share your memories, book order unboxings, book club happenings, and storytime pics with us on social media. Use the hashtag #bookstoreday2020 and be sure to tag us so we can share with the whole Cellar Door community all day long!
Book Club Schedule
Book clubs will continue online; you should be receiving information about them the week before your scheduled book club. As there are no fees to join any of our book clubs, we ask that you please order book club selections from us! We've included links in all of our event listings so that you can easily order online.
Cellar Door Book Club has chosen White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo for our August discussion and welcome those of you who have already read it to join us. None of us claim to be experts, but we are willing to examine the ways in which we have actively participated in systemic discrimination and how we can become allies for real change. Once we manage this step, look for the amazing Just Us by Claudia Rankine in September to further this conversation. Pre-order now! If you’d like to join us, email or call so that we can include you on our Zoom call. - Linda
Book Clubs for Adults
Cellar Door Book Club
Meets the fourth Sun at 2 pm
August 9: White Fragility
Sept 13: Rules for Visiting

Mystery Book Club
Meets the third Thurs at 6 pm
August 20: Miracle Creek
Sept 17: Norco '80

Sci-Fi & Fantasy Book Club
Meets the third Sat at 5 pm
August 15: Children of Time
Sept 19: Brown Girl in the Ring

Historical Fiction Book Club
Meets the fourth Sat at 5 pm
August 22: A View of the Empire at Sunset
Sept 26: The Trial and Execution of the Traitor George Washington

Agatha Christie Book Club
Meets the third Tues at 6:30 pm
August 18: They Do It With Mirrors
Sept 15: Taken At The Flood

Philosophical Horror
Meets the third Mon at 6 pm
August 17: The Only Good Indians
Sept 21: Hell House

Black Lit Book Club
Meets the final Fri at 6 pm
August 28: The Vanishing Half
Sept 25: The Girl with the Louding Voice

History Book Club
Meets the first Wed at 6 pm
August 5: Frederick Douglass
Speculative Fiction Book Club
Meets the second Sat at 4 pm
*August 15: Riot Baby
Sept 12: The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms

LGBTQ Book Club
Meets the fourth Thurs at 6 pm
August 27: The Brutal Telling
Sept 24: Real Queer America

Bucket List Book Club 
Meets the third Sun at 3 pm
August 16: The Fire Next Time
Sept 20: Riders of the Purple Sage

Phy-Sci Book Club
Meets the fourth Wed at 6 pm
August 26: Buzz
Sept 23: How To Walk on Water and Climb Up Walls

Current Affairs Book Club
Meets the second Sun at 4 pm
August 9: Superior: The Return of Race Science
Sept 13: Strangers in Their Own Lands

Feminist Book Club
Meets the first Tues at 6 pm
August 4: Where the Crawdads Sing
Sept 1: Mujerista Theology

Outdoor Lit 
Meets every other month , first Sun at 2 pm
Sept 6: Braiding Sweetgrass
Nov 1: Home Place
Book Clubs for Kids & Youth

Early Readers Book Club Meets the second Sat at 1 pm
August 8: Megabat
September 12: 13th Street: Battle of the Bad-Breath Bats

Kids' Book Club Meets the second Thurs at 6 pm
August 13: Harry Potter #1-3 (+ How does J.K.'s social media ugliness affect our reading of the books?)
September 10: Front Desk

Young Adult Book Club Contact David at (951) 787-7807 for meeting info
Continued discussion of Wake, Siren
*Starred meetings are not held at their usual date and/or time
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