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December 2018
5225 Canyon Crest Dr. #30A, Riverside CA | 951.787.7807 | cellardoorbookstore.com
Store Hours: Mon - Sat 10 am-8pm | Sun 10 am-6 pm
Holiday Hours: 
Dec. 24     10 am-6 pm
Dec. 25           CLOSED
Jan. 1-3          CLOSED
Storytime: every Saturday at 11 am
Upcoming Events
Friday, December 7 at 7 pm
A Christmas Carol Readers' Theatre
Saturday, December 15 at 11 am
A Very Merry Drag Queen Story Hour
Saturday, December 15 at 6 pm
Book Club Social
Sunday, December 16 at 3 pm
Dan Bernstein Reading and Signing of Justice in Plain Sight
Saturday, January 12 at 6 pm
Isabel Quintero in conversation with
Rocio Carlos & Rachel McKleod Kaminar
November Best "Cellars"

1. Becoming , Michelle Obama
     Crown |  9781524763138
2.  The Meltdown (Diary of a Wimpy Kid), 
    Jeff Kinney
     Harry N. Abrams |  9781419727436
3.  Upgrade Soul, Ezra Claytan Daniels
     Lion Forge |  9781549302923
4. Slothilda, Dante Fabiero
     Skyhorse Publishing |  9781510736573
5.  Unsheltered, Barbara Kingsolver
     HarperCollins |  9780062684561
6.  Your Black Friend and Other Strangers, 
    Ben Passmore
     Silver Sprocket |  9781945509209
7. Pachinko, Min Jin Lee
     Grand Central Publishing |  9781455563920
8.  The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead
     Anchor |  9780345804327
9. There There, Tommy Orange
     Knopf |  9780525520375
10. Ugly Cat & Pablo and the Missing Brother
    Isabel Quintero, ill. by Tom Knight
     Scholastic |  9780545940955
December Staff Picks

Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James (out Feb. 2019)
"James creates a fantastical Africa that invokes the violence and brutality of the old world, but wraps it in delicate layers of myth and magic... the Tracker and his frenemies would make any of the big baddies in Westeros run for cover with their tail cut off." - David

There There by Tommy Orange
"This book weaves the stories of twelve urban Native Americans into a tapestry of addiction, recovery, violence, and the multi-generational struggle to piece together an identity torn apart... Each character's struggles are painted with such clarity that the pain makes it both difficult to continue and impossible to not." - Linda
Read the full review here.

A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi
"This is a love story with bite and fury. Shirin is a brilliant, beautiful young woman who chooses to wear a hijab, and the ugly, ignorant comments abound. But when Shirin meets Ocean, the magic of first love finds its way into her armor and opens her heart. Fierce and hopeful, Mafi captures the pain of a teen's search for identity." - Linda

RCP Presents: A Christmas Carol Readers' Theatre
Friday, December 7 at 7 pm

The Riverside Community Players are back again this year to perform a readers' theatre of Dickens's holiday classic, A Christmas Carol! This is our store's fan-favorite event of the holiday season, so be sure to reserve your seats early!
A Very Merry Drag Queen Story Hour
Saturday, December 15 at 11 am

Happy Holidays! We hope you'll join us for a special holiday Drag Queen Story Hour. 

Our local guest queens - Athena Kills, Scalene Onixxx, and Kelly K - are returning to read some of our favorite holiday books. This special storytime is appropriate for children, usually between the ages of 3-8; toddlers and babies are still welcome!

This storytime is ticketed; the price of a ticket admits one family (parents and children included). All proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to the Trevor Project.

By purchasing a ticket you agree to the guidlines laid out on the Eventbrite registration page. We reserve the right to void ticket sales for anyone who does not follow our guidelines.
Book Club Social
Saturday, December 15 at 6 pm

Hey, book club members! Most of our clubs are taking a break in December for the holidays, but Cellar Door wants to thank you for being a part of our great literary community. Join us for a social where you can talk books with members across all clubs while enjoying light refreshments. 
Dan Bernstein
Sunday, December 16 at 3 pm

We're incredibly pleased to welcome local author Dan Bernstein for a reading and signing of his new book, Justice in Plain Sight: How a Small-Town Newspaper and Its Unlikely Lawyer Opened America's Courtrooms

Bernstein, a retired reporter, editorial writer, and columnist for the Press-Enterprise, chronicles the true story of Riverside's hometown newspaper and the two Supreme Court cases it won in favor of public access to the judicial process. It's a unique story in which the stakes were as high as they could be (and still are): the public's trust in its own government. 

With the purchase of 25 or more of the same title, special terms are available. Speak to a bookseller to set up your order!
Great authors are coming to Cellar Door Books in 2019!

Mark your calendars! We have some incredible authors visiting us next year: 

In January, Isabel Quintero is back, in conversation with Rocio Carlos and Rachel McKleod Kaminar. Then, Chris Eliopoulos returns with the newest Ordinary People Change the World installment, followed by Greg van Eekhout for Voyage of the Dogs, in February. The writers of the local cuisine cookbook Urban Foragers will be here in March.  We're in talks with Yangsze Choo and her publicity team for an event in spring, so keep your eyes peeled! We're also excited to welcome Ben Clanton, author of the Narwhal and Jelly series, this spring. Finally, we're pleased to have local author Liz Harmer for the release of her book The Amateur in April. (Yes, this is the Liz Harmer who helped organize the Riverside Women's March two years ago, so be sure to come out and support!)

Phew. That's quite a lot of news! Don't miss any of these events - we'll announce details in our upcoming newsletters and on our social media.
Book Clubs for Adults

Cellar Door Book Club (Meets the fourth Sunday of the month at 3 pm)
Sunday, January 27: Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
Sunday, February 24: The Painter by Peter Heller

Mystery Book Club  (Meets the third Thursday of the month at 6 pm)
Thursday, January 17: Natchez Burning by Greg Isles
Thursday, February 21: In the Woods by Tana French

Science-Fiction & Fantasy  (Meets the third Saturday of the month at 5 pm)
Saturday, January 19: The Moon and the Other by John Kessel
Saturday, February 16: The Cloud Roads by Martha Wells

Memoir & Biography  (Meets the second Wednesday of the month at 6 pm)
Wednesday, January 9: How to American by Jimmy O. Yang
Wednesday, February 13: The Fact of a Body by Alexandria Manzano-Leshevich

Latino Book Club  (Meets the fourth Tuesday of the month at 6:30 pm)
**Tuesday, January 29: The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
Tuesday, February 26: Savage Detectives by Robert Bolano

Historical Fiction Book Club  (Meets the fourth Saturday of the month at 5 pm)
Saturday, January 26: The Terror by Dan Simmons
Saturday, February 23: The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck

Agatha Christie Book Club  (Meets the third Tuesday of the month at 6:30 pm)
Tuesday, December 18: Murder is Easy
Tuesday, January 15: Mirror Crack'd From Side to Side

Philosophical Horror  (Meets the third Monday of the month at 6 pm)
Monday, January 21: Small Spaces by Katherine Arden
Monday, February 18: The Haunting of Maddy Clare by Simone St. James

Black Lit Book Club  (Meets the final Friday of the month at 6 pm)
*Friday, January 18: A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James
Friday, February 22: Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor

Speculative Fiction Book Club  (Meets the second Friday of the month at 6:30 pm)
Friday, January 11: How Long 'til Black Future Month? by N.K. Jemisin
Friday, February 8: Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei- Brenyah

LGBTQ Book Club  (Meets the fourth Thursday of the month at 6 pm)
Thursday, January 24: Bad Boy by Elliot Wake
Thursday, February 28: Mean by Myriam Gurba

Not Your Father's Teen Lit  (Meets the first Saturday of the month at 6 pm)
Saturday, January 5: And I Darken by Kiersten White
Saturday, February 2: The Boneless Mercies by April Genevieve Tucholke

Bucket List Book Club  (Meets the third Sunday of the month at 3 pm)
Sunday, January 20: The Stand by Stephen King
Sunday, February 17: Kindred by Octavia Butler

Phy-Sci Book Club  (Meets the fourth Wednesday of the month at 6 pm)
Wednesday, January 23: Five Ages of the Universe by Fred C. Adams & Greg Laughlin
Wednesday, February 27: 21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari

Current Affairs Book Club  (Meets the second Sunday of the month at 4 pm)
Sunday, January 13: A World of Three Zeroes by Muhammed Yunnis
Sunday, February 10: Tell Me How It Ends by Valeria Luiselli

Feminist Book Club  (Meets the first Tuesday of the month at 6 pm)
**Thursday, January TBD: Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
Tuesday, February 5, Woman World by Aminder Dhaliwal

Graphic Novel Book Club  (Meets the first Monday of the month at 6:30 pm)
Monday, December 3: Arclight by Brandon Graham, ill. by Marian Churchland
Monday, January 7: Elements: Fire, edited by Tankea Scott

Libros en Espanol (Meets the second Tuesday of the month at 6:30 pm)
Tuesday, January 8: Putas Asesinas by Roberto Bolano
Tuesday, February 12: Los Cuadernos de don Rigoberto by Mario Vargas Llosa

NEW!   History Book Club (Meets the first Sunday of the month at 4:00pm)
Sunday, January 6: The Storm Before the Storm by Mike Duncan
Sunday, February 3: Johnstown Flood by Davis McCullough

Book Clubs for Kids and Youth

Early Readers Book Club (Meets the second Saturday of the month at 1 pm)
Saturday, January 12: Zoey and Sassafras: Dragons and Marshmallows by Asia Citro
Saturday, February 9: Cosmic Commandos by Christopher Eliopolous (at Cellar Door 2/4!)

Spanish Readers Book Club  (Meets the third Saturday of the month at 1 pm)
Saturday, January 19: El Lorax by Dr. Seuss 

Kid's Book Club (Meets the second Thursday of the month at 4 pm)
Thursday, January 10: Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk
Thursday, February 14: Voyage of the Dogs by Greg Van Eekhout

Farts and Fantasy Kids Club 
( Meets the first Wednesday of the month at 4 pm)
* Wednesday, January 9: The Last Kids on Earth by Max Brallier
Monday, February 6: Doctor Proctor's Fart Powder by Jo Nesbo 

Dumbeldore's Army (Meets the first Monday of the month at 3:30 pm)
Monday, December 3: The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang
Monday, January 7: The Librarian of Aushwitz by Antonio Iturbe
Monday, February 4: The Reader by Traci Chee

Visit our Book Clubs page here for more info.