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July 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
*Thursday, July 4th: 10 am-2 pm*
Upcoming Events
Kids and Young Adult
Tuesday, July 9 at 6 pm
Game Night
Tuesday, July 9 at 6 pm
Game Night
Friday, July 5 at 6 pm
Teen Advisory Board Meeting
Saturday, July 13 at 6 pm
Signing with Larry Burns
June Best "Cellars"

1. Black Panther: World of Wakanda, Roxane Gay
     Marvel |  9781302906504
2.  Magic for Liars, Sarah Gailey
     Tor Books |  9781250174611
3.  Cruising, Alex Espinoza
     The Unnamed Press |  9781944700829
4. Justice in Plain Sight, Dan Bernstein
     University of Nebraska Press |  9781496202017
5.  The Overstory, Richard Powers
     W.W. Norton & Co. |  9780393356687
6.  Bluebird, Bluebird, Attica Locke
     Mulholland Books |  9780316363273
7. My Papi Has a Motorcycle, Isabel Quintero
     Kokila |  9780525553410
8.  Soonish, Kelly Weinersmith
     Penguin Books |  9780399563843
9. The Only Woman in the Room , Eileen Pollack 
     Beacon Press 9780807083444
10. The Mystery of the Blue Train, Agatha Christie
     William Morrow |  9780062073976
July Staff Picks
Wanderers by Chuck Wendig (out 7/2)
"A strange epidemic starts to make its way through the US, putting people into a sleepwalk-like state. Wendig traps us in an inescapable comparison to the America we're living in now, showing the flaws (and strengths) in America's character, while throwing in chill-inducing twists. This book will scare you, make you chuckle, and make you cry. If you liked The Stand, you will love this one!" - Karen

Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve
"On this post-apocalyptic Earth, cities were put on tracks long ago to avoid the tectonic activity brought about by the nuclear war that destroyed the Ancients. Tom is an apprentice Historian on London, an orphan who spends his days fantasizing about adventure. Soon he uncovers a conspiracy that will shatter everything he has ever known." - David
Buy your copy here.

Nocturna by Maya Montayne
"In a Latinx land where colonizers once banned magic, the Castallan have retaken their land and returned magic. When rebels banish the crown prince, his brother Alfie can't give up hope of finding him, and accidentally releases the darkest of magic into the world. If you get a chance to listen to this on Libro.fm, it's read by Kyla Garcia and her performance is completely brilliant." - Linda

#Bookstores Against Borders

Indie bookstores are awesome, and Gretchen Treu and the staff of A Room of One's Own Bookstore in Madison, WI has put it beautifully, so I'm just going to copy what she wrote here:  "We booksellers are watching the horrors at the border and are feeling small and admittedly helpless.  But we are neither of these things.

We are part of an engaged, active, caring literary community of booklovers. We are involved in our local schools, business associations, and artistic communities. We have community leaders like Denise Chávez of  Casa Camino Real Book Store and Art Gallery, who has spearheaded the   "Libros Para el Viaje" book drive for refugee families. We are involved in our local and national communities. We are integral cultural institutions and have an opportunity, an obligation, to assert what a culture of words and books and imaging has given us -- the ability to see and form a better future." 

Couldn't have said it better, Gretchen, so Cellar Door Bookstore will donate 10% of our sales July 4-July 7 to RAICES, the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services. 
Reading & Signing with Larry Burns
Saturday, July 13 at 6 pm

Join us in once again welcoming local author Larry Burns for a signing promoting his new book, Secret Inland Empire: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure

Secret Inland Empire is a guide to all of the wildest, wackiest, and most wonderful places and people that make up the communities of Riverside and San Bernardino, unlocking the secrets of our eclectic and innovative region. 

Summer Game Nights

Game Night is returning to Cellar Door for the summer! Join us as we play some of our favorite board games, and maybe some new ones too. There'll be two opportunities to play: Tues, July 9th at 6 pm and Sat, August 10 at 6 pm. See you there!
Book Drive: RUSD Preschool Service Department

On Saturday, July 13th University of La Verne Childhood Devlopment Cohort is teaming up with Cellar Door to collect new and gently used children's books for the RUSD Preschool Service Department. Serving 15 preschools and their families, this department gives parents the opportunity to bring books home to be read to their children. They are currently out of books, so we're hoping to help out and get more books into the hands of kids who need them!
Call for Donations: Real Men Read & Women Who Read

Cellar Door Bookstore is thrilled to partner with the Real Men Read program and Women Who Read program through the DA's office. Author Ayize Jama-Everett was a guest speaker and the participants enjoyed his talk so much that they are clamoring for more copies of his books. If you would like to donate one of Ayize's books or another selection (our booksellers are happy to help you choose!), we'll collect them through Monday, July 29th.
Studies have identified a direct correlation between education and criminal behavior. In fact, 85% of juveniles involved in the juvenile justice system are functional illiterates and 70% of incarcerated adults cannot read above a fourth-grade level. Literacy and education are powerful tools in rehabilitation, preventing crime, and assisting youth at risk of entering the criminal justice system. Real Men Red (RMR) is a young men's literacy and mentorship program. Since its inception, RMR has operated in local communities and every lockdown juvenile justice facility in the county. Recognizing the direct correlation between literacy and incarceration rates, RMR was designed to create an interest in reading amongst its participants while also providing them with guest speakers from local schools and communities that serve as positive role models and mentors. With nearly 1,500 participants reading over one million pages of literature, RMR is a program proven to inspire an interest in education and literacy for a population in desperate need of their benefits.

To volunteer or learn more about RMR, please contact Deputy District Attorney Hunter Taylor at huntertaylor@rivcoda.org. 
Welcome the new leader of the Young Spanish Readers Book Club, Ambar Perez!

Cellar Door is so pleased to welcome Ambar Perez as the new leader of the Spanish Readers Book Club! The books and the discussions will all be in Spanish, so this is perfect for bilingual kids, Spanish speakers, kids in Dual Immersion programs, and anyone else wishing to practice Spanish.  

Ambar is both an RUSD middle school teacher and a professor at CSUSB. She has her BA and MA in English from CSUSB, and in her spare time she enjoys taking her rescue pup Courage (he's a bit cowardly) on walks. How lucky we are to have incredible teachers like Ambar who give so much to our community! Join her every third Saturday of the month for a fun book club to practice your Español!
Join the Summer Listening Challenge!
Now through September 2

Listen to audiobooks while you make the most of summer! Libro.fm is hosting a Summer Listening Challenge for anyone with an account. Those who complete the challenge get a free audiobook, exclusive discounts, and a chance to win the grand prize: free audiobooks for a year!

Here's how it works:
  1. Visit libro.fm/summer and sign up. Libro.fm will send you details and a free printable log so you can track your listening.
  2. Start listening! Work toward your 20-hour goal. 
  3. Fill in your listening log and keep us posted on your progress. Use the hashtag #summerlisteningchallenge.
  4. Don't forget the extra credit! 
    • Visit Cellar Door Books and take a picture! Be sure to upload your photo with your listening log.
    • Invite three friends to try a free audiobook with a trial membership.
    • Use #SummerListeningChallenge to share what you're loving this summer. Be sure to tag us: @cellardoorbookstore on Instagram and @cellardoor_12 on Twitter!
  5. Submit your listening log! Once you've listened to more than 20 hours, upload your listening log and get your rewards.
Here's what you can win:
  • Complete your listening log to receive: 20% off all Libro.fm audiobooks through the end of the year, 25% off on all Libro.fm gear, and entry for the grand prize.
  • Compete your listening log and the extra credit to receive: 32% off all Libro.fm audiobooks through the end of the year, 40% off all Libro.fm gear, entry for the grand prize, and a free audiobook of your choice.

The Grand Prize winner will receive free audiobooks for a year, a framed print by artist Jane Mount, and Libro.fm gear! 


Hot Summer Reads for Teens with Clare

Summer is finally here, and that means school's out and there's more time for reading - inside, poolside, beachside, you name it! This summer, we'll give teens the inside scoop on the best young adult reads coming out. Check out our Instagram and Twitter where we'll be sharing picks by Clare, a Cellar Door regular and teen reader extraordinaire! We'll kick things off with her first pick of the summer:

On the Come Up by Angie Thomas: 
If you've ever read The Hate U Give, watched the movie, listened to rap music in any way and enjoyed it (even a little bit), or existed on this planet for at least 14 years, then please read this book. We follow the story of Bri, a 16-year-old rapper on the come up (pun intended) as she struggles with the racial prejudice and poverty she and her family face at home. The family dynamic in this book is heartwarming and her friendship and romantic interest are beautiful. This book tackles the ongoing struggles that African-Americans face in our country through wonderfully written characters and needs to be read by everyone. 

Clare O'Brien is currently a senior (wow, scary) at Poly High School. She's been coming to Cellar Door since the eighth grade as part of the Teen Advisory Board, which is quickly becoming one of her favorite activities. Once summer began, the idea of staying home with her instruments and dog was enticing but quickly grew boring, so she's looking forward to recommending books for the summer! She's an aspiring author interested in developing an understanding of the bookselling business.
Book Clubs for Adults

Cellar Door Book Club (Meets the fourth Sunday of the month at 3 pm)
Sunday, July 28: Girls Burn Brighter by Shobha Rao
Sunday, August 25: Everything Under by Daisy Johnson

Mystery Book Club  (Meets the third Thursday of the month at 6 pm)
Thursday, July 18: Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke
Thursday, August 15: Down the River unto the Sea by Walter Mosley

Science-Fiction & Fantasy  (Meets the third Saturday of the month at 5 pm)
Saturday, July 20: Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
Saturday, August 17: Perihelion Summer by Greg Egan

Memoir & Biography  (Meets the second Wednesday of the month at 6 pm)
Wednesday, July 10: Rosemary by Kate Clifford Larson
Wednesday, August 14: The Still Point of the Turning World by Emily Rapp

Historical Fiction Book Club  (Meets the fourth Saturday of the month at 5 pm)
Saturday, July 27: City of Thieves by David Benioff
Saturday, August 24: The Half-Drowned King by Linnea Hartsuyker

Agatha Christie Book Club  (Meets the third Tuesday of the month at 6:30 pm)
Tuesday, July 16: The Mystery of the Blue Train
Tuesday, August 20: Ordeal by Innocence

Philosophical Horror  (Meets the third Monday of the month at 6 pm)
Monday, July 15: Johannes Cabal the Necromancer by Jonathan L. Howard
Monday, August 19: Bedfellow by Jeremy Shipp & River of Teeth by Sarah Gailey

Black Lit Book Club  (Meets the final Friday of the month at 6 pm)
*Tuesday, July 30 : If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin
Friday, August 23: Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

Speculative Fiction Book Club  (Meets the second Friday of the month at 6:30 pm)
Friday, July 12: Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey
Friday, August 9:  A People's Future of the United States edited by Victor LaValle

LGBTQ Book Club  (Meets the fourth Thursday of the month at 6 pm)
Thursday, July 25: Walkaway by Cory Doctorow
Thursday, August 22: Time Was by Ian McDonald

Bucket List Book Club  (Meets the third Sunday of the month at 3 pm)
Sunday, July 21: The Meursault Investigation by Kame Daoud
Sunday, August 18: The Wind's Twelve Quarters by Ursula Le Guin

Phy-Sci Book Club  (Meets the fourth Wednesday of the month at 6 pm)
Wednesday, July 24: Soonish by Kelly and Zach Weinersmith
Wednesday, August 28: Algorithms of Oppression by Safiya Umoja Noble

Current Affairs Book Club  (Meets the second Sunday of the month at 4 pm)
Sunday, July 14: Asymmetry by Lisa Halliday
Sunday, August 11: Death and Life of the Great American School System by Diane Ravitch

Feminist Book Club  (Meets the first Tuesday of the month at 6 pm)
Tuesday, July 2: The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer
Tuesday, August 6: Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit

Graphic Novel Book Club  (Meets the first Monday of the month at 6:30 pm)
Monday, July 1: Upgrade Soul by Ezra Claytan Daniels
Monday, August 5: S pider-Man: Miles Morales , Vol 1 by Brian Michael Bendis

Libros en Espanol (Meets the second Tuesday of the month at 6:30 pm)
*Tuesday, July 16 at 4 pm: Paula by Isabel Allende
Tuesday, August 13: Mi país inventado by Isabel Allende

History Book Club  (Meets the first Wednesday of the month at 6 pm)
No meeting in July
Wednesday, August 7: Leonardo Da Vinci by Walter Isaacson

Book Clubs for Kids and Youth

Early Readers Book Club (Meets the second Saturday of the month at 1 pm)
Saturday, July 13: My Fantastically Evil Vampire Cat by Mo O'Hara & Marek Jagucki
Saturday, August 10: Princess Pulverizer: Grilled Cheese and Dragons by Nancy Krulik

Spanish Reader Book Club (Meets the 3rd Saturday at 1pm)
Saturday, July  20: La lagartija y el sol by Alma Flor Ada
Saturday, August 17: La huellas secretas by Julia Alvarez

Kid's Book Club (Meets the second Thursday of the month at 6 pm)
Thursday, July 11: A Song For a Whale by Lynne Kelly
Thursday, August 8: The Ethan I Was Before by Ali Standish

Farts and Fantasy Kids Club 
( Meets the first Wednesday of the month at 4 pm)
*Monday, July 8: The Underland Chronicles by Suzanne Collins
Wednesday, August 7: The Hungry City Chronicles by Phillip Reeve

Banned Books Book Club (Meets the first Monday of the month at 5 pm)
Monday, July 1: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Monday, August 5: The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

Visit our Book Clubs page here for more info.