5225 Canyon Crest Drive #30A, Riverside, CA 92507 | 951.787.7807 | cellardoorbookstore.com
Store Hours: Mon-Sat 10 am-6 pm | CLOSED Sundays
News & Events
September 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
September Staff Picks
Just Us: An American Conversation by Claudia Rankine (on sale 9/8): Rankine brilliantly examines personal interactions, microaggressions, comments between friends, the question of whether friendships can really exist across racial lines, our choice of hair color, what violence really looks like, and so much more. Rankine gives us work to do, personal, public, soul- wrenching work, but reading this book - part memoir, part essays, all poetry - illuminates a path toward honesty and real affirmation. It is an unpaved, thorny, messy, painful, and uncomfortable path, but it is the only way forward. - Linda
Never Look Back by Lilliam Rivera (on sale 9/15): Take the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, place it in the Bronx in 2020, add the post-traumatic stress of having survived two catastrophic hurricanes in Puerto Rico and an imaginary friend/demon who takes toxic love to a whole new level, and you enter the world of Rivera’s new book. Prepare, however, to encounter both the best of literary traditions and the richness of that retelling steeped in the folktales of Afro-Caribbean myth with some solid feminist twists to remind young women who, ultimately, will save them. There is something in this for every young adult! - Linda
Dear Justyce by Nic Stone (on sale 9/29): Read all the non-fiction about the school-to-prison pipeline. But to feel the confusion, self-doubt, crushing anger, and debilitating pain of what it means to be constantly told that you are not enough, read Dear Justyce. We met Quan in Dear Martin, but here we come to know the unrelenting racism that narrows his choices until the thin line he walks leads to incarceration. Hope lives in these pages as well, in believing in people we have been told to discard. Through her beautiful, powerful writing, Stone grants you access to Quan's world; open your heart and destroy this pipeline. - Linda
For every proof of pre-order of Dear Justyce, Team Underlined will donate one copy of Dear Martin to the Prisoners Literature Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting literacy for incarcerated people. For every 1,000 uses of the hashtag #JustyceChallenge on social media, Team Underlined will donate 500 copies of a Nic Stone book to a detention center (up to 4,000 copies).

Our extra challenge to you is to pre-order two copies of Dear Justyce. One copy is yours to read and share with your family and friends, your teachers and school board members, and all those who can make a difference. We'll donate the other copy to the Real Men Read program. Incarcerated juveniles will know that their community is also reading this book with them, that they are seen, and that we are fighting for them.

I hope this book makes you angry because, as assistant professor of philosophy at UCR Myisha Cherry stated in The Atlantic, anger "makes us believe that we can shape a new, more just world. It is a source of hope, one that propels the struggle against seemingly insurmountable obstacles."

September is Deaf Awareness Month
Did you know this month is Deaf Awareness Month, created to increase public awareness of deaf culture, people, and issues? From sign language and subtitles to accessibility at events and workplace safety, there's much to share and discuss with Riverside's deaf community.

Read up on our current selection of books featuring deaf characters and themes, including brand-new releases and staff favorites!
Song for a Whale by Lynne Kelly: Twelve-year old Iris is a tech wizard, the only deaf kid in her school, and the only deaf member of her immediate family, but the constant struggle to be understood wears heavily on her. When she discovers the existence of Blue 55, a real whale unable to communicate with other whales, she becomes determined to invent a song and play it for the lonely whale so that he will know he is not alone. A great adventure mixed with a healthy dose of cetology and a powerful, funny story about isolation and the sometimes unexpected ways we can overcome it. - Linda
Shop Local, Shop Early... Shop Empathy
We know, we know, it's only September - time to gear up for Halloween, not the winter holidays. And with the way things are going these days, who wants to even think about something as trivial as holiday shopping? Not when tomorrow might bring more injustice or disappointment. It feels wrong to blindly promote the capitalist circus of the winter months when Black people and protesters are being shot right now.

We've always believed that books are one of the best tools for promoting empathy. Over the last few months, you've no doubt been reading more books about anti-racism than you have before. But as Nic Stone (author of Clean Getaway, Odd One Out, Dear Martin, and its upcoming sequel Dear Justyce) stated in a recent Cosmopolitan piece, it's also important that you read books explicitly about "Black people - especially Black kids - just... living," just being human. Racism dehumanizes people. Fiction does just the opposite.

Books can also make the best gifts, whether a gift to yourself or a gift for a loved one. There are so many incredible books out right now that show Black people "loving and doing and being and feeling and going on adventures and solving mysteries and being the heroes." So if there's any way to reconcile what's happening in our country with thinking about holiday gift-giving, maybe this is it. You can visit our website to review our staff picks, make an appointment to browse in-store and get our suggestions in person, or you can always give us a call.

Get your holiday books early. Then we can focus on changing the world.
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.
Book Clubs for Adults
Cellar Door Book Club
Meets the fourth Sun at 2 pm
Sept 13: Rules for Visiting
Oct 11: The Disappearing Earth

Mystery Book Club
Meets the third Thurs at 6 pm
Sept 17: Norco '80
Oct 15: The Devil's Half Mile

Sci-Fi & Fantasy Book Club
Meets the third Sat at 5 pm
Sept 19: Brown Girl in the Ring
Oct 17: Kindred

Historical Fiction Book Club
Meets the fourth Sat at 5 pm
Sept 26: The Trial and Execution of the Traitor George Washington
Oct 24: She Would Be King

Agatha Christie Book Club
Meets the third Tues at 6:30 pm
Sept 15: Taken At The Flood
Oct 20: An Autobiography (Part IV-End)

Philosophical Horror
Meets the third Mon at 6 pm
Sept 21: Hell House
Oct 19: The Hunger

Black Lit Book Club
Meets the final Fri at 6 pm
Sept 25: The Girl with the Louding Voice
Oct 23: Lot

History Book Club
Meets the first Wed at 6 pm
Sept 2: Bolivar: American Liberator
Oct. 7: The Silk Roads: A New History of the World
Speculative Fiction Book Club
Meets the second Sat at 4 pm
Sept 12: The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms
Oct 10: Gideon the Ninth

LGBTQ Book Club
Meets the fourth Thurs at 6 pm
Sept 24: Real Queer America
Oct 22: Broken People

Bucket List Book Club 
Meets the third Sun at 3 pm
Sept 20: Riders of the Purple Sage
Oct 18: Uncle Tom's Cabin

Phy-Sci Book Club
Meets the fourth Wed at 6 pm
Sept 23: How To Walk on Water and Climb Up Walls
October 28: The Rise of Wolf 8

Current Affairs Book Club
Meets the second Sun at 4 pm
Sept 13: Strangers in Their Own Lands
Oct 11: The Economists' Hour

Feminist Book Club
Meets the first Tues at 6 pm
Sept 1: Mujerista Theology
Oct 6: Housekeeping

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
September 12: 13th Street: Battle of the Bad-Breath Bats
October 10: Balto and the Race Against Time

Kids' Book Club Meets the second Thurs at 6 pm
September 10: Front Desk
October 8: Small Spaces

Young Adult Book Club Contact David at (951) 787-7807 for meeting info
Sharks in the Time of Saviors
*Starred meetings are not held at their usual date and/or time
Cellar Door Bookstore | Visit Our Website