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October 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
CLOSED Sunday, Oct. 21
Storytime: every Saturday at 11 am
Upcoming Events
Friday, October 5 at 6 pm
Teen Advisory Board Meeting
Sunday, October 7 at 4 pm
Norm Ellstrand and Roger Ransom
Sunday, October 14 at 6 pm
When Women Win: Erin Edwards Fundraiser
Friday, October 19 at 5 pm
Experiencing Comics  Educator's Workshop
Friday, October 26 at 6 pm
Ngugi wa Thiong'o
Saturday, October 27 at 11 am
Drag Queen Story Hour & Costume Party
September Best "Cellars"

1. Helium , Rudy Francisco
     Button Poetry |  9781943735198
2.  Fear, Bob Woodward
     Simon & Schuster |  9781501175510
3.  Vox, Christina Dalcher
     Berkley |  9780440000785
4. I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daugher,
      Erica L. Sanchez
     Knopf Books for Young Readers |  9781524700485
5.  Coraline, Neil Gaiman
     HarperCollins |  9780380807345
6.  The Magpie Murders, Anthony Horowitz
     Harper Perennial |  9780062645234
7. Lethal White, Robert Galbraith
     Mulholland Books |  9780316422734
8.  Dog Man: Lord of the Fleas, Dav Pilkey
     Graphix |  9780545935173
9. Monstress Vol. 1, Marjorie Liu, Sana Takeda (ill.)
     Image Comics |  9781632157096
10. Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens
     G.P. Putnam's Sons |  9780735219090
October Staff Picks
Customer Review: Vox by Christina Dalcher
"The U.S. government restricts women to a daily quota of 100 words. All words count: the words we speak, the words we read, and even the words we silently shape with our hands (If you're counting, I'm already halfway through my daily ration.) Vox sticks with you; the irony wasn't lost on me that a book which focuses on limiting women's words required me to use so much more." - Kim Earhart

Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson
"Six kids, each facing the difficulties of growing up in a world that purports to shelter and protect them but challenges their vision of family, country, and race, are placed in a classroom once a week. A beautiful testament to hope and the humanity in each of us." - Linda
Read the full review here.

Friday Black by Nana Kwame (out 10/13)
"A powerful debut short story collection from a promising young voice (a 5 Under 35 prize-winner!). Everyone needs to read this book. This is a satirical look at what it means to be young and black in America and the heartbreak that often comes with it." - Elisa

In Conversation: Norm Ellstrand & Roger Ransom
Sunday, October 7 at 4 pm

Please join us in welcoming local authors Norm Ellstrand (Sex on the Kitchen Table: The Romance of Plants and Your Food) and Roger Ransom (Gambling on War: Confidence, Fear, and Tragedy of the First World War) for a conversation and Q&A.  Ellstrand and Ransom will also discuss their personal journey of writing works that straddle the line between the popular and the scholarly.

An eye-opening medley of serious science, culinary delights, and humor, Sex on the Kitchen Table offers new insight into fornicating flowers, salacious squash, and what we owe to them. In Gambling on War, Ransom sheds new light on the enduring puzzle that is the First World War by employing insights from prospect theory and notions of risk and uncertainty. 

For more information or to purchase the books, click here.

If you are not registered to vote, please do so before October 22!  Your voice matters.  Inform yourself, and then use your power and vote. Democracy only works when we all exercise that right with thought and care.  

When Women Win: Erin Edwards Campaign Fundraiser
Sunday, October 14 at 6 pm

The Kavanaugh hearings have made the absolute necessity of fair representation on our governing bodies frighteningly clear. Our City Council is currently made up of six white men and one Latino man, and although I appreciate their service to our community, I do think it's time to make our city government reflect its constituents more appropriately. In this spirit, I invite you to Cellar Door to meet Erin Edwards. Erin is running in Ward 1, but remember, our City Council responds to 
issues that affect us all, no  matter what  ward you vote in.

When Erin Edwards realized that there  were no women on
Riverside's City 
Council, she knew she had to step up. How can Riverside be a city where everyone can thrive if we are not a city where everyone is represented? Running for City Council in Ward 1, Edwards would bring her expertise fighting homelessness, hunger, and gender inequality to City Hall. In a place where over 60% of our homeless population is women, this is much-needed. As the mother of a young daughter,  Edwards is dreaming big: what will it  take to see a woman  on  Riverside's City Council in 2019? And what will it look like to live in a city where  everyone can thrive? 
Educators' Workshop: Teaching & Experiencing Comics in the Classroom
Friday, October 19 at 5 pm

Local author, educator, and 2018 American Book Award winner Rachelle Cruz's new graphic novel textbook  Experiencing Comics: An Introduction to Reading, Discussing, and Creating Comics  is out now! This accessible, introductory guide to comics shows readers how to critically examine the craft and storytelling elements found inside a graphic novel or comic. 

Join Tracy Edmunds (curriculum specialist and educational consultant), Derek Heid(English teacher at Temecula Vally High School), and Rachelle Cruz (UC Riverside Lecturer and editor of Experiencing Comics) in an educators' workshop on the benefits of teaching and incorporating comics at any educational level and subject. Tracy, Derek, and Rachelle will talk about their strategies for comics in the classroom as well as the importance of inclusivity through comics before opening the conversation to questions. 

Ngugi wa Thiong'o
Friday, October 26 at 6 pm

We're incredibly pleased to welcome author and Distinguished Professor Ngugi wa Thiong'o for a reading and signing! 

Thiong'o is the author of several novels and memoirs, including Wrestling with the Devil, Dreams in a Time of War: A Childhood Memoir, and  Wizard of the Crow , a novel that  The Washington Post  has called "a great, spellbinding tale... [Thiong'o] has turned the power of storytelling into a weapon against totalitarianism."

Drag Queen Story Hour & Costume Party
Saturday, October 27 at 11 am

Happy Halloween! We're so excited to host our second drag queen storytime, and this time we invite you and your children to come dressed in your best Halloween costume. 

Our local guest queens - Athena Kills, Scalene Onixxx, and Starmie Sparxxx - will read from our favorite spooky reads. This special storytime is appropriate for children, usually between the ages of 3-8; toddlers and babies are still welcome! 

Cellar Door's October Reading Guide

Celebrate Latinx Heritage Month
Don't forget to check out our Latino Book Club selection list from this year for more inspiration!
  1. Poet X
  2. Gabi, a Girl in Pieces
  3. The Book of Unknown Americans
  4. Prayers for the Stolen
  5. Dreamers
  6. Everything Begins and Ends at the Kentucky Club
  7. Tomb Song
  8. The Storm Runner
  9. Charlie Hernandez and the League of Shadows
  10. Pride
  11. Undocumented: A Worker's Fight

Day of the Dead

If you haven't already seen our Dia de los Muertos altar window display, start there. Then check out these other titles!

  1. Ghost Boys
  2. Dia de los Muertos (Celebrate the World)
  3. Funny Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras
  4. The Dead Family Diaz
  5. Miguel and the Grand Harmony
  6. Ghosts
Our Horror section is fully stocked year-round, but be sure to take a look at these particularly terrifying reads.
  1. The Bus on Thursday
  2. Baby Teeth
  3. The Sacrifice Box
  4. Fever Dream
  5. We Sold Our Souls
  6. The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein
Book Clubs for Adults

Cellar Door Book Club (Meets the fourth Sunday of the month at 3 pm)
Sunday, October 28: Poso Wells by Gabriela Aleman
Sunday, November 25: There There by Tommy Orange

Mystery Book Club  (Meets the third Thursday of the month at 6 pm)
Thursday, October 18: Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz
Thursday, November 15: Raven Black by Ann Cleeves

Science-Fiction & Fantasy  (Meets the third Saturday of the month at 5 pm)
Saturday, October 20: Nova by Samuel R. Delany
Saturday, November 17: Ka: Dar Oakley in the Ruin of Ymr by John Crowley

Memoir & Biography  (Meets the second Wednesday of the month at 6 pm)
Wednesday, October 10: Born to Run by Bruce Sprinsteen
Wednesday, November 14: Wrestling With the Devil by Ngugi wa Thiong'o

Latino Book Club  (Meets the fourth Tuesday of the month at 6:30 pm)
Tuesday, October 23: Tomb Song by Julian Herbert
Tuesday, November 27: Tell Me How It Ends by Valeria Luiselli

Historical Fiction Book Club  (Meets the fourth Saturday of the month at 5 pm)
Saturday, October 17: San Miguel by T.C. Boyle
*No meeting in November*

Agatha Christie Book Club  (Meets the third Tuesday of the month at 6:30 pm)
Tuesday, October 16 : Agatha Christie: A Mysterious Life by Laura Thompson
Tuesday, November 12: Cat Among the Pigeons

Philosophical Horror  (Meets the third Monday of the month at 6 pm)
Monday, October 15: Salem's Lot by Stephen King
Monday, November 19: Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant

Black Lit Book Club  (Meets the final Friday of the month at 6 pm)
Friday, October 26: Ngugi wa Thiong'o at Cellar Door Bookstore!
Friday, November 30: Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Imbue

Speculative Fiction Book Club  (Meets the second Friday of the month at 6:30 pm)
Friday, October 12: Vox by Christina Dalcher
Friday, November 9: Binti by Nnedi Okorafor

LGBTQ Book Club  (Meets the fourth Thursday of the month at 6 pm)
Thursday, October 25: Tin Man by Sarah Winman
*Thursday, November 29: The Whale by Mark Beauregard

Not Your Father's Teen Lit  (Meets the first Saturday of the month at 6 pm)
Saturday, October 6: Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
Meeting date to be determined: Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant by Tony Cliff

Bucket List Book Club  (Meets the third Sunday of the month at 3 pm)
*Saturday, October 20: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
*No meeting in November*

Phy-Sci Book Club  (Meets the fourth Wednesday of the month at 6 pm)
Wednesday, October 24: The Undoing Project by Michael Lewis
Wednesday, November 28: The Five Age of the Universe by Fred C. Adams

Current Affairs Book Club  (Meets the second Sunday of the month at 4 pm)
Sunday, October 14: The Attention Merchants by Tim Wu
Sunday, November 11: The Future is History by Masha Gessen

Feminist Book Club  (Meets the first Tuesday of the month at 6 pm)
Tuesday, October 2: I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sanchez
Tuesday, November 6: Gabi, A Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero

Graphic Novel Book Club  (Meets the first Monday of the month at 6:30 pm)
Monday, October 1: Monstress Vol. 1 by Marjorie Liu, ill. by Sana Takeda
Monday, November 5: Destroyer by Victor LaValle

Libros en Espanol (Meets the second Tuesday of the month at 6:30 pm)
Tuesday, October 9: Mas Alla del Invierno by Isabel Allende

Book Clubs for Kids and Youth

Early Readers Book Club (Meets the second Saturday of the month at 1 pm)
Saturday, October 13: Desmond Cole Ghost Patrol:Haunted House Next Door by Andres Miedoso
Saturday, November 10: The Unlucky Lottery Winners of Classroom 13 by Honest Lee

Spanish Readers Book Club  (Meets the third Saturday of the month at 1 pm)
Saturday, October 20: La Escuela Esta Viva! by Jack Chabert
Saturday, November 17: La senorita Runfio by Barbara Cooney

Kid's Book Club (Meets the second Thursday of the month at 4 pm)
Thursday, October 11: Coraline by Neil Gaiman
Thursday, November 8: The Wild Robot by Peter Brown

Dumbeldore's Army (Meets the first Monday of the month at 3:30 pm)
Monday, November 5: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Monday, December 3: The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang

Visit our Book Clubs page here for more info.