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October 2019
5225 Canyon Crest Dr. #30A, Riverside CA | 951.787.7807 | cellardoorbookstore.com
Store Hours: Mon - Sat 10 am-8pm | Sun 10 am-6 pm
Upcoming Events
Kids and Young Adult
Thursday, October 3 at 6 pm
Gabi, a Girl in Pieces 5th Anniversary
Thursday, October 3 at 6 pm
Gabi, a Girl in Pieces 5th Anniversary
Saturday, Octoper 12 at 11 am
Drag Queen Stor Hour: Halloween!
Friday, October 4 at 6pm
Discover This, Columbus: A Discussion
Sunday, October 20 at 2 pm
Reading & Signing with Nikki Grimes
Sunday, October 20 at 2 pm
Reading & Signing with Nikki Grimes

Tuesday, October 22 at 6 pm
Signing with LeRoy Chattfield

Sunday, October 27 at 4:30 pm
Signing with Matthew King

Sunday, November 2 at 4 pm
NaNoWriMo Kickoff Writing Party
September Best "Cellars"

1. Juliet Takes a Breath, Gabby Rivera
     Dial Books  |  9780593108178
2.  Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs?, Caitlin Doughty
     W.W. Norton & Company |  9780393652703
3.  Hermosa, Yesika Salgado
     Not a Cult |  9781945649332
4. In the Country of Women, Susan Straight
      Catapult |  9781948226226
5.  The Testaments, Margaret Atwood
     Nan A. Talese |  9780385543781
6.  Justice in Plain Sight, Dan Bernstein
     University of Nebraska Press |  9781496202017
7. Just Mercy, Bryan Stevenson
     Spiegal & Grau |  9780812984965
8.  America Vol. 1: The Life and Times of America Sanchez, Gabby Rivera
     Marvel |  9781302908812
9. Spirit Hunters, Ellen Oh
     Harper Collins  | 9780062430090
10. The Birds That Stay, Ann Lambert
     Second Story Press |  9781772600919
October Staff Picks
Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys
"It's 1957, Franco is the dictator of Spain, and his Guardia Civil and the church guarantee that his people do as they are told. Poverty, fear, and the presence of American oil and tourism, however, present other possibilites. Through the eyes of four teens, we uncover the secrets, oppression, and scandals that are only now being publicly revealed. Brilliant and a must-read! " - Linda
Cog by Greg van Eekhout
"Cog is a robot boy created to learn about the environment around him through experiences. When Cog escapes uniMIND, the company that created him and his fellow travelers, a hilarious adventure filled with mistakes and heart ensues. Parents will want to read this with their little cognitively developing offspring: lots of fun and issues to talk about as we enter into this new world!" - Linda

Buy your copy here.

BTTM FDRS by Ezra Claytan Daniels & Ben Passmore
"Darla just moved into a newly-renovated building in an area of Chicago's south side dubbed the Bottomyards. She ends up having to defend herself against not only the symbiotic monstrosity feeding off the building, but the equally horrifying racial and class abuses of her friends, neighbors, and potential employers. Full of the wit expected of this incredible duo, this is the perfect comic horror for our times. My recommendation, though? Don't read this on your lunch break." - Destenie

Five Years of Gabi:  A Celebration with Isabel Quintero
Thursday, October 3 at 6 pm

September marks the five year anniversary of the release of Gabi, A Girl In Pieces by local author Isabel Quintero!

We will be having a celebration with Isabel and some friends, including Lilliam Rivera and poet Alma Rosa. Join us for snacks, discussion, and celebration! (Did we mention that My Papi Has A Motorcycle just won the SCIBA Picture Book Award? Did we mention that she's fantastic, and there will be cake, and Hot Cheetos?)

Discover This, Columbus: A Discussion on the Philippines
Friday, October 4 at 6pm

Welcome authors Victoria Reyes ( Global Borderlands: Fantasy, Violence and Empire in Subic Bay, Phillipines) , Anthony Christian Ocampo ( The Latinos of Asia) , and Rachelle Cruz ( God's Gift to Monsters) for a conversation about the implications of U.S. involvement in the Philippines, and the adverse effects of colonialism.  Celebrate Filipino History Month by expanding your understanding and knowledge of a history often untold. 

Drag Queen Story Hour:  Halloween!
Saturday, October 12 at 11 am

Our fabulous drag queens are returning for a Halloween edition of Drag Queen Story Hour! Join us for some spooky reads and special Halloween treats.

Tickets are required to attend our Drag Queen Story Hour. By purchasing tickets, you agree to comply with our code of conduct.

For more information on Drag Queen Story Hour, visit their website  here.
Reading & Signing with Nikki Grimes
Sunday, October 20 at 2 pm

We are pleased to host author Nikki Grimes for the release of her new memoir in verse, Ordinary Hazards.

In her own voice, Grimes explores the truth of a harrowing childhood in this compelling and moving memoir that will resonate with young readers and adults alike. She shows how the power of words helped her conquer the hazards - ordinary and extraordinary - of her life. 

Signing with LeRoy Chatfield
Tuesday, October 22 at 6 pm

Please join us in welcoming author and activist LeRoy Chatfield for the release of his new book, To Serve the People: My Life Organizing with Cesar Chavez and the Poor (out Oct. 15)!

In this collection, Chatfield recounts the social issues that have played a significant role in his life and work. His journey, alongside Cesar and Helen Chavez and countless others, displays an unwavering focus on organizing communities and expanding their agency. 

Signing with Matthew W. King
Sunday, October 27 at 4:30 pm

We are pleased to welcome assistant professor and author Matthew King to discuss his book, Ocean of Milk, Ocean of Blood: A Mongolian Monk in the Ruins of the Qing Empire.

The first book to explore countermodern Buddhist monastic thought and practice along the inner Asian frontiers, it illuminates previously unknown religious and intellectual legacies of the Qing and offers an unparalleled view of Buddhist life in the revolutionary period.

The Handmaid's Tale / The Testaments Book Discussion
Tuesday, October 29 at 6 pm

Margaret Atwood published The Handmaid's Tale in 1985, searing the repressive dystopian images from its pages into society's collective mind for decades. Thirty-four years later, Atwood has given us a sequel to her acclaimed, anxiety-inducing novel: The Testaments. Join us on October 29 at 6 pm for a special book discussion on The Handmaid's Tale and  The Testaments. (We ask that you please purchase your books here. Crimson robes and white bonnets not required.)
NaNoWriMo Kickoff Writing Party
Sunday, November 3 at 4pm

Start National Novel Writing Month with fellow writers, including Inlandia Laureate Rachelle Cruz! We will have delicious snacks and awesome writing promps. Bring your laptops, notebooks, and writing tools of choice, and join us!
The Holidays are Coming!

We know, we know. It's only October and really difficult to think about the holidays, but they  are coming, and wouldn't it be easier if you had already ordered an incredibly awesome gift for all of your staff/faculty/hard-working employees ahead of time? We have you covered. Come in, talk to our amazingly brilliant booksellers who can pair your needs with the perfect book, and ask us about our B2B programs that offer discounted prices for large orders.   Talk to us!
Book Clubs for Adults

Cellar Door Book Club (Meets the fourth Sunday of the month at 3 pm)
Sunday, October 27: The Friend by Sigrid Nunez
Sunday, November 24: Florida by Lauren Groff

Mystery Book Club  (Meets the third Thursday of the month at 6 pm)
Thursday, October 17: The Birds That Stay by Ann Lambert
Thursday, November 21: House Witness by Mike Lawson

Science-Fiction & Fantasy  (Meets the third Saturday of the month at 5 pm)
Saturday, October 19: The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
Saturday, November 16: Jade City by Fonda Lee

Historical Fiction Book Club  (Meets the fourth Saturday of the month at 5 pm)
Saturday, October 26: Insurrecto by Gina Apostol
Saturday, November 23: Maus: A Survivor's Tale by Art Spiegelman

Agatha Christie Book Club  (Meets the third Tuesday of the month at 6:30 pm)
Tuesday, October 15: An Autobiography
Tuesday, November 19: Death in the Clouds

Philosophical Horror  (Meets the third Monday of the month at 6 pm)
Monday, October 21: One of Us by Craig DiLouie
Monday, November 18: Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff

Black Lit Book Club  (Meets the final Friday of the month at 6 pm)
Friday, November 22: The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

Speculative Fiction Book Club  (Meets the second Saturday of the month at 4 pm)
Saturday, October 12: America: The Life and Times of America Chavez by Gabby Rivera
Saturday, November 9: Pet by Akwaeke Emezie

LGBTQ Book Club  (Meets the fourth Thursday of the month at 6 pm)
Thursday, October 24: Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera
*November TBD: A Queer History of the United States (Young Readers Edition) by Michael Bronski

Bucket List Book Club  (Meets the third Sunday of the month at 3 pm)
*Sunday, October 20 at 4 pm : Jazz by Toni Morrison
Sunday, November 17: In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash by Jean Shepherd

Phy-Sci Book Club  (Meets the fourth Wednesday of the month at 6 pm)
Wednesday, October 23: The Only Woman in the Room by Eileen Pollack
Wednesday, November 27: Close Encounters with Humankind by Sang-Hee Lee

Current Affairs Book Club  (Meets the second Sunday of the month at 4 pm)
Sunday, October 13: How Democracies Die by Steven Levitsky & Daniel Ziblatt
Sunday, November 10: The Return by Hisham Matar

Feminist Book Club  (Meets the first Tuesday of the month at 6 pm)
Tuesday, October 1: The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler
Tuesday, November 5: Becoming by Michelle Obama

Graphic Novel Book Club  (Meets the first Monday of the month at 6:30 pm)
Monday, October 7: House of Whispers Vol. 1 by Nalo Hopkinson
Monday, November 4: Coyotes Vol. 1 by Sean Lewis & Caitlin Yarksy

History Book Club  (Meets the first Wednesday of the month at 6 pm)
Wednesday, October 2: King Leopold's Ghost by Adam Hochschild
Wednesday, November 6: An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States by Roxane Dunbar-Ortiz

NEW!  Outdoor Lit ( Meets  every other month the first Sunday at 2:00 pm)
Sunday, November 3: The Wild Trees by Richard Preston
Sunday, January 5: Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter by Ben Goldfarb

NEW! Well-Read Black Girl (Meets the fourth Tuesday of the month at 6 pm)
*Wednesday, October 30: Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson

Book Clubs for Kids and Youth

Early Readers Book Club (Meets the second Saturday of the month at 1 pm)
Saturday, October 12: Agatha Parrot and the Odd Stree School Ghost by Kjartan Poskitt
Saturday, November 9: Book Uncle and Me by Uma Krishnaswami

Spanish Reader Book Club (Meets the 3rd Saturday at 1pm)
Saturday, October 19: Por que zumban los mosquitos en los oidos de la gente by Verna Aardema
Saturday, November 16: Alma y como obtuvo su nombre by Juana Martinez-Neal

Kid's Book Club (Meets the second Thursday of the month at 6 pm)
Thursday, October 10: Spirit Hunters by Eliot Schrefer
Thursday, November 14: Ghost by Jason Reynolds

Banned Books Book Club (Meets the first Monday of the month at 5 pm)
Monday, October 7: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Monday, November 4: Go Ask Alice by Anonymous

Visit our Book Clubs page here for more info.