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January 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
Holiday Hours: 
Jan. 1-3          CLOSED
Storytime: every Saturday at 11 am
Upcoming Events
Friday, January 4 at 6 pm
Teen Advisory Board Meeting
Saturday, January 12 at 6:30 pm
Isabel Quintero in conversation with 
Rocio Carlos & Rachel McLeod Kaminer
Sunday, January 13 at 5:30 pm
Erin Edwards City Council Fundraiser
Sunday, January 20 at 4:30 pm
Meet & Great with Inlandia Laureate
Friday, February 1 at 6 pm
Teen Advisory Board Meeting with
Nic & Nicole from Penguin Random House
Monday, February 4
Chris Eliopoulos, Author/Illustrator Extraordinaire!
Thursday, February 7
Greg van Eekhout, Author/Dog-Lover Extraordinaire!
2018 Best "Cellars"

1. Justice in Plain Sight, Dan Bernstein
     University of Nebraska Press |  9781496202017
2.  The Hate U Give, Angie Thomas
     Balzer + Bray |  9780062498533
3.  Becoming, Michelle Obama
     Crown |  9781524763138
4. Gabi, a Girl in Pieces, Isabel Quintero
     Cinco Puntos Press |  9781935955955
5.  Helium, Rudy Francisco
     Button Poetry |  9781943735198
6.  Miss Burma, Charmaine Craig
     Silver Sprocket |  9781945509209
7. The Fifth Season, N.K. Jemisin
     Orbit |  9780316229296
8.  Killers of the Flower Moon, David Grann
     Vintage |  9780307742483
9. Fear: Trump in the White House
    Bob Woodward
     Simon & Schuster |  9781501175510
10. I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter
    Erica L. Sanchez
     Knopf Books for Young Readers |  9781524700485
11. Children of Blood and Bone, Tomi Adeyemi
     Henry Holt & Co. | 9781250170972
Cellar Door Staff's Best Reads of 2018
There There by Tommy Orange
"This book weaves the stories of twelve urban Native Americans into a tapestry of addiction, recovery, violence, and the multi-generational struggle to piece together an identity torn apart... Each character's struggles are painted with such clarity that the pain makes it both difficult to continue and impossible to not." - Linda

The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson
"I have not been as blown away by the end of a book since I first read A Game of Thrones... Baru is a force of nature, a political savant so dedicated to her revenge that she wears it like armor. This is the kind of story that questions the true natures of betrayal, hatred, honor, and loyalty, and it is one of my favorite fantasies ever." - David
Buy The Traitor Baru Cormorant here.

The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth
"A facsimile retelling of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, this novel gives us a glimpse of how the Pevensies must have struggled once they resumed their mundane lives. It's a lyrical exploration of one's true place - in the people we love, in ourselves, or in woodland realms beyond our ken - and the lengths we take to chase it." 
- Destenie

Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi
"An incredible debut rich with Nigerian folklore... We're introduced to Ada, a girl born with the children of gods in her. Told from the perspective of these fractured pieces of Ada, Emezi deftly melds Igbo-Nigerian folklore with contemporary literary fiction and the result is breathtaking." -  Elisa

Buy Freshwater here.

Good and Mad by Rebecca Traister
"Traister covers a wide scope of social and political change in U.S. history, and how angry women were the catalyst for nearly every movement - abolition, suffrage, workers' rights, civil rights, LGBTQ rights, et cetera. Good and Mad is an intersectional tribute to angry women. As with Traister's other works, I left feeling like I wasn't alone or crazy. Instead, I felt validated, empowered, and fired up!" - Karen

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green
"Such a fantastic debut novel... With the potential threat of extraterrestrials, the world is sent into shock, with few to look to for answers - and April is the first one to document it. It's current and reflective of today's social media while instilling hope for a better future, one that embraces technology rather than condemns it, which I find refreshing." - Mikayla

In Conversation with Isabel Quintero:  Rocio Carlos & Rachel McLeod Kaminer
Saturday, January 12 at 6:30 pm

Please join Cellar Door and local author Isabel Quintero for a conversation with poets Rocio Carlos and Rachel McLeod Kaminer, authors of Attendance Come and support our local poetry scene, and listen to what's sure to be a fascinating intersectional discussion between poets!

When Women Win: A Conversation with Erin Edwards
Sunday, January 13 at 5:30 pm

It's time to make Riverside's city government reflect its constituents more appropriately. Cellar Door invites you to meet Erin Edwards, running for City Council in Ward 1. Remember, our city council votes on issues that affect us all, no matter what ward you vote in. 
Meet & Greet with Inlandia Literary Laureate
Sunday, January 20 at 4:30 pm

Please join us in once again welcoming Rachelle Cruz, the newly-appointed Inlandia Institute Literary Laureate! This award celebrates the literary excellence of our region, and Rachelle will work with the Inlandia board to craft a custom slate of programs.  Come hear what exciting events Rachelle has planned!
More Opportunities to See Dan Bernstein

Inlandia presents Dan Bernstein and Jutsice in Plain Sight
Sunday, January 6 at 1:30 pm
Culver Center of Arts, 3834 Main Street

Justice in Plain Sight: Dan Bernstein, Mel Opotowsky, and Jim Ward
Sunday, January 27 at 11 am
Riverside Historical Society (Riverside Medical Clinic), 7117 Brockton Avenue
Teen Advisory Board Meeting with Nic & Nicole
Friday, February 1 at 6 pm

Our amazing representatives from Penguin Young Readers and Random House Kids are returning to Cellar Door for our February Teen Advisory Board meeting! Come and get the inside scoop on the latest in young adult straight from the source. 
Save the Date: Chris Eliopoulos & Greg van Eekhout

Chris Eliopoulos: Monday, February 4th
The illustrator of the Ordinary People Change the World series by Brad Meltzer is returning to Cellar Door to promote the newest book in the series, I Am Billie Jean King, out February 5th. Keep watching for event details as we post them!

Greg van Eekhout: Thursday, February 7th
We're pleased to have Greg van Eekhout visit for his new kids' sci-fi adventure, Voyage of the Dogs. Books are available for purchase in-store or online. We'll post more details soon!

Hey educators and librarians! Chris Eliopoulos and Greg van Eekhout are visiting schools in our area while they are here. If your school would be interested in future author events, please  call (951) 787-7807 or send an email to linda@cellardoorbookstore.com or destenie@cellardoorbookstore.com with your name, your school's name, your phone number and email address, age/grade of students, and the name and contact information of your school's librarian. 
Cellar Door Book Clubs' Best of the Year
A list of our book club's favorite picks of 2018.
Cellar Door Book Club: There There by Tommy Orange
"There There weaves the stories of twelve urban Native Americans into a tapestry of addiction, recovery, violence, and the multi-generational struggle to piece together an identity torn apart by the atrocities committed by the nation in which they reside. Orange does not ask the reader's empathy, but each character's struggles are painted with such clarity that the pain makes it both difficult to continue and impossible to not." - Linda
Mystery Book Club: Jade Dragon Mountain by Elsa Hart
"It's 1708 in the mountain city of Dayan, China close to the border with Tibet. A pending solar eclipse brings together the Emperor, the East India Company, the rivalry between the Dominicans and the Jesuits, and Li Du, a man of great intelligence and character who has been exiled because he protested a brutal execution. A death occurs and Li Du finds himself compelled to discover who the murderer is and, with it, a complex plot set to disrupt China as it enters modernity. Beautifully written historical mystery!" - Linda

Sci-Fi & Fantasy Book Club: Ka by John Crowley
Dar Oakley - the first Crow in all of history with a name of his own - was born two thousand years ago. When a man learns his language, Dar finally gets the chance to tell his story. "Ka is a beautiful, often dreamlike late masterpiece." - Los Angeles Times

Memoir & Bio Book Club: Reading with Patrick by Michelle Kuo
"This book is special and could not be more right on time. It's an absorbing, tender, and surprisingly honest examination of race and privilege in America that helps articulate what is often lost, seemingly intentionally, in national debates over criminal justice and education: the inner life and imagination of a young person." - Wes Moore, author of The Other Wes Moore

Agatha Christie Book Club: Dumb Witness
Everyone blamed Emily Arundell's accident on a rubber ball left on the stairs by her frisky terrier. But the more she thought about her fall, the more convinced she became that one of her relatives was trying to kill her... On April 17th she wrote her suspicions in a letter to Hercule Poirot. Mysteriously, he didn't receive the letter until June 28th, by which time Emily was already dead.

Black Lit Book Club: Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward
"Ward writes with a power and depth of feeling that is both rare and exhilarating. Her novel is about 12 days in the life of a poor black family living on the Mississippi coast as a hurricane gathers in the gulf displays the gifts of a writer with exceptional skill and no fear. The characters seem almost to claw their way off the pages, so vividly has Jesmyn Ward created them. This is a novel of flesh and blood, heart and soul, dreams and terrors that I will not soon forget." - Stan Hynds, Northshire Bookstore, Manchester Center, VT

Speculative Fiction Book Club: The Changeling by Victor LaValle
When Apollo Kagwa's father disappeared, he left his son a box of books and strange recurring dreams. Now Apollo is a father himself, and his old dreams return before his wife commits a horrific act and vanishes. "A dark fairy tale of New York, full of magic and loss, myth and mystery, love and madness. The Changeling is a mesmerizing, monumental work." - Marlon James, author of A Brief History of Seven Killings

LGBTQ Book Club: The Persian Boy by Mary Renault
The Persian Boy traces the last years of Alexander the Great's life through the eyes of his lover, Bagoas. Their relationship sustains Alexander as he weathers assassination plots, the demands of two foreign wives, a sometimes-mutinous army, and his own ferocious temper. "It takes skill to depict, as Renault has done, this half-man, half-Courtesan who is so deeply in love with the warrior." - The Atlantic Monthly

Not Your Father's Teen Lit Book Club: Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough
"Baroque artist Artemisia Gentileschi's true story is made visceral, her voice clear in the poetry of her narration. Taken for granted by her father, ignored by her brothers, and abandoned by her maid, Artemisia struggles as a woman, finding solace and identity in her art. But when even her art is attacked, when her male tutor takes advantage of his situation as men in power (even now) are wont to do, her world is shattered. It takes the biblical Susanna and Judith, re-imagined and empowered in her mother's old stories, to give Artemisia the strength to face her attacker against insurmountable odds." - Destenie

Current Affairs Book Club: Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
"Don't be fooled by the pleasant cover. You are about to enter a hell that is even more terrifying because you are complicit in its continuation. The stories of the poor, the black, the disabled, and the minors, who have been caught up in a seriously flawed judicial system that still, unlike most of the world, allows capital punishment will break you. Stevenson asks us to 'embrace our broken natures' so that we can express our humanness and compassion, and he does so in beautiful, powerful language. This is one of the best, most painful books I have ever read." - Linda 

Graphic Novel Book Club: Saga by Brian K Vaughan, Fiona Staples (ill.)
"For so long, friends have been demanding that I read the graphic novel phenomenon that is Saga, and I'm pleased to report that it holds up to the hype. A quirky (but not obnoxiously so) and perfect blend of science-fiction and fantasy, a kickass romantic duo, and an exquisitely expressive art style made me fall instantly in love with the world. So not it's my turn to demand that if you haven't picked this up for yourself yet, don't pass on it - read it!" - Destenie

Book Clubs for Adults

Cellar Door Book Club (Meets the fourth Sunday of the month at 3 pm)
Sunday, January 27: Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
Sunday, February 24: The Painter by Peter Heller

Mystery Book Club  (Meets the third Thursday of the month at 6 pm)
Thursday, January 17: Natchez Burning by Greg Isles
Thursday, February 21: In the Woods by Tana French

Science-Fiction & Fantasy  (Meets the third Saturday of the month at 5 pm)
Saturday, January 19: The Moon and the Other by John Kessel
Saturday, February 16: The Cloud Roads by Martha Wells

Memoir & Biography  (Meets the second Wednesday of the month at 6 pm)
Wednesday, January 9: How to American by Jimmy O. Yang
Wednesday, February 13: The Fact of a Body by Alexandria Manzano-Leshevich

Latino Book Club  (Meets the fourth Tuesday of the month at 6:30 pm)
*Tuesday, January 29: The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
Tuesday, February 26: Savage Detectives by Robert Bolano

Historical Fiction Book Club  (Meets the fourth Saturday of the month at 5 pm)
Saturday, January 26: The Terror by Dan Simmons
Saturday, February 23: The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck

Agatha Christie Book Club  (Meets the third Tuesday of the month at 6:30 pm)
Tuesday, January 15: Mirror Crack'd From Side to Side
Tuesday, February 19: One Two Buckle my Shoe

Philosophical Horror  (Meets the third Monday of the month at 6 pm)
Monday, January 21: Small Spaces by Katherine Arden
Monday, February 18: The Haunting of Maddy Clare by Simone St. James

Black Lit Book Club  (Meets the final Friday of the month at 6 pm)
*Friday, January 18: A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James
Friday, February 22: Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor

Speculative Fiction Book Club  (Meets the second Friday of the month at 6:30 pm)
Friday, January 11: How Long 'til Black Future Month? by N.K. Jemisin
Friday, February 8: Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei- Brenyah

LGBTQ Book Club  (Meets the fourth Thursday of the month at 6 pm)
Thursday, January 24: Bad Boy by Elliot Wake
Thursday, February 28: Mean by Myriam Gurba

Not Your Father's Teen Lit  (Meets the first Saturday of the month at 6 pm)
Saturday, January 5: And I Darken by Kiersten White
Saturday, February 2: The Boneless Mercies by April Genevieve Tucholke

Bucket List Book Club  (Meets the third Sunday of the month at 3 pm)
Sunday, January 20: The Stand by Stephen King
Sunday, February 17: Kindred by Octavia Butler

Phy-Sci Book Club  (Meets the fourth Wednesday of the month at 6 pm)
Wednesday, January 23: Five Ages of the Universe by Fred C. Adams & Greg Laughlin
Wednesday, February 27: 21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari

Current Affairs Book Club  (Meets the second Sunday of the month at 4 pm)
Sunday, January 13: A World of Three Zeroes by Muhammed Yunnis
Sunday, February 10: Tell Me How It Ends by Valeria Luiselli

Feminist Book Club  (Meets the first Tuesday of the month at 6 pm)
Tuesday, February 5: Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
Tuesday, March 5: Woman World by Aminder Dhaliwal

Graphic Novel Book Club  (Meets the first Monday of the month at 6:30 pm)
Monday, January 7: Elements: Fire, edited by Tankea Scott
Monday, February 4: Kill Shakespeare by Conor McCreery, Anthony Del Col, ill. by Andy Belanger

Libros en Espanol (Meets the second Tuesday of the month at 6:30 pm)
Tuesday, January 8: Putas Asesinas by Roberto Bolano
Tuesday, February 12: Los Cuadernos de don Rigoberto by Mario Vargas Llosa

NEW!   History Book Club (Meets the first Sunday of the month at 4:00pm)
Sunday, January 6: The Storm Before the Storm by Mike Duncan
Sunday, February 3: Johnstown Flood by Davis McCullough

Book Clubs for Kids and Youth

Early Readers Book Club (Meets the second Saturday of the month at 1 pm)
Saturday, January 12: Zoey and Sassafras: Dragons and Marshmallows by Asia Citro
Saturday, February 9: Cosmic Commandos by Christopher Eliopolous (at Cellar Door 2/4!)

Spanish Readers Book Club  (Meets the third Saturday of the month at 1 pm)
Saturday, January 19: El Lorax by Dr. Seuss 

Kid's Book Club (Meets the second Thursday of the month at 4 pm)
Thursday, January 10: Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk
Thursday, February 14: Voyage of the Dogs by Greg Van Eekhout

Farts and Fantasy Kids Club 
( Meets the first Wednesday of the month at 4 pm)
*Wednesday, January 9: The Last Kids on Earth by Max Brallier
Monday, February 6: Doctor Proctor's Fart Powder by Jo Nesbo 

Dumbeldore's Army (Meets the first Monday of the month at 3:30 pm)
Monday, January 7: The Librarian of Aushwitz by Antonio Iturbe
Monday, February 4: The Reader by Traci Chee

Visit our Book Clubs page here for more info.