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News & Resources
May 2020
Dear Customers,

As a reminder, we're closely monitoring the quickly developing effects of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. We have temporarily closed our store to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Here is a quick update. David (who also deserves a big thank you - how many twenty-somethings would work with their moms in pretty tight circumstances with lots of stress?) and I are working hard to fill the orders coming through our website as quickly and safely as we can. Our publishers and warehouses are doing the same, but safety is first and there has been no small amount of confusion about exactly how we maintain that, so orders are coming more slowly, but they are coming and I appreciate the patience you have so willingly shown.

I have applied for emergency loans and was hoping that we would be able to hire back my amazing staff with that and start to do more for our community, but it looked like I wouldn't be able to do so and my optimism had flagged... of course, as soon as that happened, we received some grant money from the SBA and possibly a loan (thanks to my incredible accountant!). So panic has subsided, but we aren't out of the woods yet! Our author friends are planning events to help us and our publishers are working with us to get through these times, safely. My staff is still sheltering at home: I'm not yet convinced that I can keep them safe at work, so until that changes, they will remain at home.

Ordering through our website is greatly appreciated. Please keep doing that. If you need a book quickly, call the store and we'll see if we can expedite the order. Leave a message if no one answers.

The speed with which California closed down was necessary and has, hopefully, helped slow the spread of the virus, but it has also left lots of people without jobs and books. I've contacted several different groups to see if we could get books to kids in need, and I'll find the right avenue in the next few days. We've set up a Venmo account in order to allow you to donate whatever amount you can to help. It helps Cellar Door and kids in our community, so we all win! Thank you for those who have already donated!

I've also ordered a bunch of puzzles! The company I order from was overwhelmed with orders, but I've been informed that they have shipped so they should be here any day. Once they arrive, I'll take pictures and you can order those directly through the store (not on the website) by calling or emailing us.

Please keep your dollars local. There isn't a store owner in the area who isn't truly struggling and your patronage will make the difference between boarded up shops and a thriving locally-owned community.

Many of you have asked about different companies claiming to help indie bookstores, and for Cellar Door, Libro.fm is the one that I suggest for audiobooks. They are beyond awesome and they help us and other indies a lot, so if you are interested in checking them out, send us an email at info@cellardoorbookstore.com and we can get you a referral. Every little bit helps!

Finally, THANK YOU for believing that Cellar Door needs to stay here and helping that happen. More than anything, be safe! Many, many hugs to all of you!

Linda Sherman-Nurick
Cellar Door Bookstore
(951) 787-7807

Customer service: info@cellardoorbookstore.com
Join us for #cellardoorseries!

Poet, writer, and educator Rachelle Cruz has been organizing #cellardoorseries, a virtual event series to support local authors and our bookstore! These events will have a sliding scale donation ($5-20) but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Half of the proceeds will go to the authors themselves, and half will go to the bookstore.

Upcoming #cellardoorseries will feature Nalo Hopkinson, Ayize Jama-Everett, Isabel Quintero, and Roxane Gay! Watch our social media as we release details, and register at our Linktree below as we add events.
Book Clubs

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.

To view our current book club schedule, visit our Event Calendar or Facebook Event calendar below.
May Staff Picks
We Are Not From Here by Jenny Torres Sanchez (May 10 release): This global pandemic we are struggling through may limit our concerns to survival and our fears, and I know you want lighter reads right now to get you through it, but it is also an opportunity to take the time to understand, really understand, the injustices in our world, and to work toward change. Pulca, Chico, and Pequena will take you on the journey so many have followed, from a small town in Guatemala rife with violence and brutality to the heart-wrenching decision to flee rather than succumb, through Mexico on La Bestia with its trail of bodies, to the United States border where their very humanity is questioned. Sanchez exquisitely, painfully shows the price these children pay, emotionally, physically and spiritually, for the hope of living without fear and intimidation. Read this with your teens, discuss the immigration stories of your families, and fight for a world in which children aren't faced with these horrors.
- Linda
February 2020
Indie Next List Pick
Things in Jars by Jess Kid: I went in expecting a blend of mystery and some fantasy and ended up having more fun than I’d bargained for. Bridie Devine is a detective in 1860s London. She’s every bit the independent and unflappable heroine, barging into rooms where she’s forbidden, too old for marriage at thirty, and she takes absolutely no guff from anyone, including the ghost of an ex-boxer which follows her around while she solves the puzzle of a missing child. Not only does she have this case to tackle, she also has to decipher the riddle of who her new ghost companion was to her when he was living, and why he is haunting her now that he is dead. In the midst of all this, we start to question what it means to really be human. If you’re looking for a fun Victorian mystery with a badass detective, unbridled wit, a dash of creature horror, ghosts, and mermaids — even if you’re not looking for all of these things — pick this one up!
- Karen
The Degenerates by J. Albert Mann: Part historical fiction, part girl empowerment, this is the utterly engaging story of four girls living in a "school for the feeble-minded" in 1920's Massachusetts. London has been in and out of the foster care system since she was discovered wandering in the streets as a toddler, but she's found shelter with a tough old woman, Thelma, until the cops take her away to the home, deem her an imbecile, and condemn her to life within the school. Maxine's mother placed both she and her sister Rose into the school because of something Maxine did, but Maxine's purpose now is to protect Rose at all costs and hope that her mother comes to get them. Alice has a club foot, and her brother could not afford to keep her. Prepare to enter the wards of this school, with all of its prejudices and completely incorrect diagnosis, through the eyes of four girls who, like everyone else, wish for purpose, love, and freedom. Incredible, empowering and enlightening! - Linda
Libro.fm Audiobook Pick
Sharks in the Time of Saviors by Kawai Strong Washburn, narrated by Jolene Kim, et al.: Night Marchers, gods, goddesses, and the dead all walk Hawaii with the Flores family. At seven years old, Nainoa falls into the Pacific only to be brought back to his mother in the mouth of a shark, unharmed and now burdened with the rumor of legend. Noa struggles to understand his gift, and each of his family members grapples with their role as well. Every character is imbued with the truths of family and the magic of legend, and you will not close this book unchanged. The narrators grant entrance to this world with an authenticity difficult to obtain otherwise! - Linda
Kids' Pick: Lilia Recommends
Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend: Morrigan is supposedly “cursed” to die at midnight on her eleventh birthday. But when the mysterious Jupiter North whisks her away into the enigmatic Free State in order to join the Wundrous Society, Morrigan is safe — for now. Morrigan must complete four trials in order to gain membership to the Wundrous Society. Even more frighteningly, if Morrigan fails just one trial, she will be forced to go back home, or even die at the hands of the evil Wundersmith. I love that this book combines fantasy and mystery into one story. Along the way, Morrigan is guided by such creatures as witches, vampires, and a giant talking cat. I really hope this is the first book of a series. I can’t wait for more!

Want more kids' picks from avid Cellar Door reader Lilia? Visit the kids' picks page on our website here!
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