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September 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
Storytime: every Saturday at 11 am
Upcoming Events
Friday, September 7 at 6 pm
Teen Advisory Board Meeting
Saturday, September 22 at 6:30 pm
Open Mic with Rudy Francisco
Sunday, September 30 at 5 pm
Experiencing Comics Release Party
Sunday, October 7 at 4 pm
Norm Ellstrand and Roger Ransom
Friday, October 19 at 5 pm
Experiencing Comics  Educator's Workshop
Friday, October 26 at 6 pm
Ngugi wa Thiong'o
August Best "Cellars"

1. Far From the Tree, Robin Benway
     HarperTeen |  9780062330628
2.  Gabi, a Girl in Pieces, Isabel Quintero
     Cinco Puntos Press |  9781935955955
3.  Ugly Cat & Pablo, Isabel Quintero, 
     ill. by Tom Knight
     Scholastic Press |  9780545940917
4. The Sixth Extinction, Elizabeth Kolbert
     Picador |  9781250062185
5.  Hex, Thomas Olde Heuvelt
     Tor Books |  9780765378811
6.  Smaller and Smaller Circles, F.H. Batacan
     Soho Crime |  9781616956639
7. Reincarnation Blues, Michael Poore
     Del Rey |  9780399178504
8.  Helium, Rudy Francisco
     Button Poetry |  9781943735198
9. Lord of the Flies, William Golding
     Penguin Books |  9780399501487
10. Crazy Rich Asians, Kevin Kwan
     Anchor |  9780345803788
September Staff Picks
An Absolutely Remarkable Thing 
by Hank Green (out 9/25)
"Such a fantastic debut novel... 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

The Sandman Vol. 1 by Neil Gaiman 
"I doubt I need to give Neil Gaiman's The Sandman much introduction, but in case you've neglected picking the series up, there's a new, exciting reason to start. Gaiman is continuing the Sandman universe and the legendary local author Nalo Hopkinson  is writing one of them. The first issue of  The House of Whispers releases September 12th! We have a few copies of The Sandman Universe Issue #1, but please support local comic shops and pick up the next issues from them!" - Destenie
Read the full review here.

We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices 
ed. by Wade & Cheryl Willis Hudson (out 9/4)
If you find yourself looking closely at the state of our world - all the anger, hatred, violence, and ugliness - and need words of hope, wisdom, kindness, and love, get this book. With poetry, letters, artwork, and essays by people of color, We Rise paints our world with the brush of truth and the path to change.

Spoken Word Open Mic with Rudy Francisco
Saturday, September 22 at 6:30 pm

Join us for an open mic night featuring spoken word poet Rudy Francisco, author of the debut collection, Helium, whose work has defined poetry for a generation of new readers. If you would like to perform that night, please let us know ahead of time as the event is at capacity.  

RSVP's are required to attend this event. Due to the high number of RSVP's, we are now requesting that to secure a seat, please purchase a copy of Helium in-store or online. Rudy will also be signing copies of Helium purchased at Cellar Door first, so your purchase will guarantee a seat and that your copy will be signed. Books purchased from any merchant or vendor other than Cellar Door Books will not be guaranteed a seat or given priority in the signing line. RSVP's without proof of purchase are standing-room only. 

For more information or to purchase the book, click here.
Experiencing Comics Release Party
Sunday, September 30 at 5 pm

Congratulations Rachelle Cruz, winner of the American Book Award!

We are excited to celebrate the release of local author and educator Rachelle Cruz's Experiencing Comics: An Introduction to Reading, Discussing, and Creating Comics, which shows readers how to critically examine the craft and storytelling elements found inside a graphic novel or comic.

Cruz will be joined by graphic novelists Yumi Sakugawa (There is No Right Way to Meditate, I Choose You), MariNaomi (Turning Japanese), Taneka Stotts (Elements), and Nilah Magruder (MFK). 

Purchase the featured authors' books here.            RSVP's are required; register here.

Photo credits: Julia Ainley,Tony Pinto, Tojo Andrianarivo

Educators' Workshop: Teaching & Experiencing Comics in the Classroom
Friday, October 19 at 5 pm

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. 

Pre-order Spotlight: Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver

Willa and Iano are educated, successful, middle class... so why are they struggling to take care of medical bills, find insurance, figure out how to come up with money to renovate Willa's old New Jersey inheritance that is falling down around them? In desperation, Willa looks to her home's past and discovers people who also faced great uncertaintly and change following the civil war and Charles Darwin's shocking new theories. Both narratives explore what it means to live in a time of great change, to live unsheltered, untethered, fearful, exposed, free. A brilliant portrait of where we are and the possibilities of where we might go. - Linda

ACLU's Get-Out-the-Vote Postcard Writing
We're joining the ACLU's effort to Get-Out-The-Vote by writing postcards to voters to increase turnout rates. Drop in to one of the open writing sessions below and share why you're voting like your rights depend on it this year and why the recipient should too. We'll provide the materials and example messages at our back table!
Sunday, September 2
1 pm - 8 pm
Wednesday, September 5
10 am - 8 pm
Thursday, September 6
10 am - 8 pm
Friday, September 21
10 am - 8 pm
Saturday, September 29
1 pm - 8 pm
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, out 9/22) 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.

This event is ticketed. Please purchase tickets here.
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 book club pick from our Sci-Fi & Fantasy and Black Lit Book Clubs. Our Black Lit book club will be discussing Wizard of the Crow Friday, September 28th at 6.00 pm and we welcome you to join our discussion.

For more information or to purchase the books, click here.
Book Clubs for Adults

Cellar Door Book Club (Meets the fourth Sunday of the month at 3 pm)
Sunday, September 23: Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
Sunday, October 28: Poso Wells by Gabriela Aleman

Mystery Book Club  (Meets the third Thursday of the month at 6 pm)
Thursday, September 20: Smaller and Smaller Circles by F.H. Batacan
Thursday, October 18: Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz

Science-Fiction & Fantasy  (Meets the third Saturday of the month at 5 pm)
Saturday, September 15: The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty
Saturday, October 20: Nova by Samuel R. Delany

Memoir & Biography  (Meets the second Wednesday of the month at 6 pm)
Wednesday, September 12: Ordinary Light by Tracy K. Smith
Wednesday, October 10: Born to Run by Bruce Sprinsteen

Latino Book Club  (Meets the fourth Tuesday of the month at 6:30 pm)
Tuesday, September 25: Prayers for the Stolen by Jennifer Clement
Tuesday, October23: Tomb Song by Julian Herbert

Historical Fiction Book Club  (Meets the fourth Saturday of the month at 5 pm)
Saturday, September 22: The Sworn Virgin by Kristopher Dukes
Saturday, October 17: San Miguel by T.C. Boyle

Agatha Christie Book Club  (Meets the third Tuesday of the month at 6:30 pm)
Tuesday, September 18: Dumb Witness
Tuesday, October 16 : Agatha Christie: A Mysterious Life by Laura Thompson

Philosophical Horror  (Meets the third Monday of the month at 6 pm)
Monday, September 17: Hex by Thomas Olde Huevelt
Monday, October 15: Salem's Lot by Stephen King

Black Lit Book Club  (Meets the final Friday of the month at 6 pm)
Friday, September 28: Wizard of the Crow (Book 4-End) by Ngugi wa Thiong'o
Friday, October 26: Ngugi wa Thiong'o at Cellar Door Bookstore!

Speculative Fiction Book Club  (Meets the second Friday of the month at 6:30 pm)
Friday, September 14: Reincarnation Blues by Michael Poore
Friday, October 12: Vox by Christina Dalcher

LGBTQ Book Club  (Meets the fourth Thursday of the month at 6 pm)
Thursday, September 27: All Out by Saundra Mitchell
Thursday, October 25: Tin Man by Sarah Winman

Not Your Father's Teen Lit  (Meets the first Saturday of the month at 6 pm)
Saturday, September 1: Gabi, A Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero
Saturday, October 6: Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Bucket List Book Club  (Meets the third Sunday of the month at 3 pm)
Sunday, September 16: The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
Sunday, October 21: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Phy-Sci Book Club  (Meets the fourth Wednesday of the month at 6 pm)
Wednesday, September 26: The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert
Wednesday, October 24: The Undoing Project by Michael Lewis

Current Affairs Book Club  (Meets the second Sunday of the month at 4 pm)
Sunday, September 9: Nobody by Marc Lamont Hill
Sunday, October 14: The Attention Merchants by Tim Wu

Feminist Book Club  (Meets the first Tuesday of the month at 6 pm)
Tuesday, September 4: This Bridge Called My Back by Cherrie Moraga and Gloria Anzaldua (ed.)
Tuesday, October 2: I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sanchez

Graphic Novel Book Club  (Meets the first Monday of the month at 6:30 pm)
Monday, September 3: American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
Monday, October 1: Monstress Vol. 1 by Marjorie Liu, ill. by Sana Takeda

Libros en Espanol (Meets the second Tuesday of the month at 6:30 pm)
Tuesday, September 11: Bendiceme, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya
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, September 8: Ella and Owen: The Cave of AAAAAH! Doom! by Jaden Kent
Saturday, October 13: Desmond Cole Ghost Patrol:Haunted House Next Door by Andres Miedoso

Spanish Readers Book Club  (Meets the third Saturday of the month at 1 pm)
Saturday, September 15 : El Ataque de Los Globos Peleones (El Cuaderno de la Perdicion #1) by Troy Cummings
Saturday, October 20: La Escuela Esta Viva! by Jack Chabert

Kid's Book Club (Meets the second Thursday of the month at 4 pm)
Thursday, September 13: The Wild Book by Juan Villoro
Thursday, October 11: Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Dumbeldore's Army (Meets the first Monday of the month at 3:30 pm)
Monday, September 3: American Street by Ibi Zoboi
Monday, October 1: We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson

Visit our Book Clubs page here for more info.