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September 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
Upcoming Events
Kids and Young Adult
Friday, September 6 at 6 pm
Teen Advisory Board Meeting
Thursday, September 19 at 6 pm
Reading & Signing with Gabby Rivera
Saturday, September 7 at 11 am
Storytime with Mina Javaherbin
Monday, September 23 at 6 pm
Poetry Reading with Michelle Penaloza
Thursday, September 19 at 6 pm
Reading & Signing with Gabby Rivera
Thursday, October 3 at 6 pm
Gabi, a Girl in Pieces 5th Anniversary
Thursday, October 3 at 6 pm
Gabi, a Girl in Pieces 5th Anniversary
Sunday, October 20 at 2 pm
Reading & Signing with Nikki Grimes
Saturday, Octoper 12 at 11 am
Drag Queen Stor Hour: Halloween!
Tuesday, October 22 at 6 pm
Signing with LeRoy Chattfield
Sunday, October 20 at 2 pm
Reading & Signing with Nikki Grimes

August Best "Cellars"

1. In the Country of Women, Susan Straight
      Catapult |  9781948226226
2.  House of Whispers Vol. 1, Nalo Hopkinson
      Vertigo |  9781401291358
3.  Dog Man: For Whom the Ball Rolls, Dave Pilkey
     Graphix |  9781338236590
4. Girl Gone Missing, Marcie Rendon
      Cinco Puntos Press |  9781947627116
5.  The Nickel Boys, Colson Whitehead
     Doubleday |  9780385537070
6.  They Came to Baghdad, Agatha Christie
      William Morrow & Co. |  9780062073785
7. The Night Diary, Veera Hiranandani
     Puffin Books |  9780735228528
8.  The Overstory, Richard Powers
     W.W. Norton & Co. |  9780393356687
9. Lincoln in the World , Kevin Peraino
    Crown  | 9 780307887207
10. Bedfellow, Jeremy C. Shipp
      Tor.com |  9781250175298
September Reading Challenge
Book Challenge! Find a book written the year you were born - yup, we can help you with that, so come on in and we'll find the perfect fit. Then read it. What does it tell you about the world into which you were born? Do your parents remember it? Was it a book people were talking about? Okay, NOW, let me tell you that I was born the year Doctor Zhivago was published, and on September 3rd, there will be a new release, a Reese's Book Club pick, no less, based on the truth behind the conspiracy of Doctor Zhivago! The Secrets We Kept is a page turning literary thriller that captures the extrodinary story of three women, the CIA, and the book that had the power to change the world. - Linda
September Staff Picks
Pet by Akwaeke Emezi (out 9/10)
"Imagine a world where oppression is a thing of the past. It's been completely irradicated along with racism, sexism, and all of the other monsters in existence. Fighting to save her reality as she has always known it, Jam realizes just how hard it can be to take on a monster in a world where everyone around her  refuses to acknowledge  that they exist." - Elisa

We Are the Weather by Jonathan Safran Foer (out 9/17)
"It's not what we want to hear, but it's what we need to hear. This book explains the perils of climate change while also putting it into a new perspective. Many of us can't believe what actually awaits us and this book explains why that is and how we can change. Foer knows he's at fault too and makes this book relatable for those who struggle with making the necessary lifestyle changes." - Mikayla

Storytime with Mina Javaherbin
Saturday, September 7 at 11 am

Join us in welcoming Mina Javaherbin to Cellar Door for a special story time featuring her new book, My Grandma and Me!

In a true tale of a young girl in Iran and her grandmother, this beautiful ode to family celebrates small moments of love that become lifelong memories.

Gabby Rivera in conversation with Yesika Salgado
Thursday, September 19 at 6 pm

We are so excited to welcome Gabby Rivera for a reading and signing celebrating the release of her book Juliet Takes a Breath (out Sept. 17), moderated by poet Yesika Salgado (Tesoro, Hermosa)!

Linda and Elisa say of Juliet, "For us, mixed race, queer and straight, this book, this character grabbed us by our angry, feminist selves and defied us to stop reading. This book takes our preconceived notions of culture, feminism, family, language, place and especially food, and allows us, like Juliet, to consider, reconsider, decide and remain open to changing even that because like Juliet, we keep meeting people who defy categorization... and are we really surprised about that?"

Poetry Reading with Michelle Penaloza
Monday, September 23 at 6 pm

Please join us in welcoming poet Michelle Penaloza for a reading and signing of her new collection, Former Possessions of the Spanish Empire, winner of the 2018 Hillary Gravendyk National Prize! 

Ambitious and emotionally complex, Penaloza's debut poetry collection explores grief and violence, the intersections of race, gender, and sexuality, and the complications of desire.

Five Years of Gabi:  A Celebration with Isabel Quintero
Thursday, October 3 at 6 pm

September marks the five year anniversary of the release of Gabi, A Girl In Pieces by local author Isabel Quintero!

We will be having a celebration with her and some friends, including Lilliam Rivera. Keep an eye out on social media for more details and plan to join us for snacks, discussion, and celebration!

The Holidays are Coming!

We know, we know. It's over 100 degrees outside and really difficult to think about the holidays, but they are coming, and wouldn't it be easier if you had already ordered an incredibly awesome gift for all of your staff/faculty/hard-working employees ahead of time? We have you covered. Come in, talk to our amazingly brilliant booksellers who can pair your needs with the perfect book, and ask us about our B2B programs that offer discounted prices for large orders.   Talk to us!
Drag Queen Story Hour:  Halloween!
Saturday, October 12 at 11 am

Our fabulous drag queens are returning for a Halloween edition of Drag Queen Story Hour! Join us for some spooky reads and special Halloween treats.

Tickets are required to attend our Drag Queen Story Hour. By purchasing tickets, you agree to comply with our code of conduct.

For more information on Drag Queen Story Hour, visit their website  here.
Discover This, Columbus: A Discussion on the Phillipines, the US, and Narratives Untold 
Date & Time TBA

Welcome authors Victoria Reyes ( Global Borderlands: Fantasy, Violence and Empire in Subic Bay, Phillipines) , Anthony Christian Ocampo ( The Latinos of Asia) , and Rachelle Cruz ( God's Gift to Monsters) for a conversation about the Phillipines!
Book Clubs for Adults

Cellar Door Book Club (Meets the fourth Sunday of the month at 3 pm)
Sunday, September 22: The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin
Sunday, October 27: The Friend by Sigrid Nunez

Mystery Book Club  (Meets the third Thursday of the month at 6 pm)
*Friday, September 20: Girl Gone Missing by Marcie Rendon
Thursday, October 17: The Birds That Stay by Ann Lambert

Science-Fiction & Fantasy  (Meets the third Saturday of the month at 5 pm)
Saturday, September 21: Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik
Saturday, October 19: The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

Historical Fiction Book Club  (Meets the fourth Saturday of the month at 5 pm)
Saturday, September 28: The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani
Saturday, October 26: Insurrecto by Gina Apostol

Agatha Christie Book Club  (Meets the third Tuesday of the month at 6:30 pm)
Tuesday, September 17: They Came to Baghdad
Tuesday, October 15: An Autobiography

Philosophical Horror  (Meets the third Monday of the month at 6 pm)
Monday, September 16: Confessions by Kanae Minato
Monday, October 21: One of Us by Craig DiLouie

Black Lit Book Club  (Meets the final Friday of the month at 6 pm)
Friday, September 27: The Heads of Colored People by  Nafissa Thompson-Spires

Speculative Fiction Book Club  (Meets the second Saturday of the month at 6:30 pm)
*Monday, September 9: Hollow Kingdom by Kira Jane Buxton
Saturday, October 12: America: The Life and Times of America Chavez by Gabby Rivera

LGBTQ Book Club  (Meets the fourth Thursday of the month at 6 pm)
Thursday, September 26: Magic For Liars by Sarah Gailey
Thursday, October 24: Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera

Bucket List Book Club  (Meets the third Sunday of the month at 3 pm)
Sunday, September 15: Notes From a Dead House by Fyodor Dostoevsky
*Sunday, October 20 at 4 pm: Jazz by Toni Morrison

Phy-Sci Book Club  (Meets the fourth Wednesday of the month at 6 pm)
Wednesday, September  25: iGen by Jean Twenge
Wednesday, October 23: The Only Woman in the Room by Eileen Pollack

Current Affairs Book Club  (Meets the second Sunday of the month at 4 pm)
Sunday, September 8: Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay and a Mother's Will to Survive by Stephanie Land
Sunday, October 13: How Democracies Die by Steven Levitsky & Daniel Ziblatt

Feminist Book Club  (Meets the first Tuesday of the month at 6 pm)
Tuesday, September 3: Red Clocks by Leni Zumas
Tuesday, October 1: The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler

Graphic Novel Book Club  (Meets the first Monday of the month at 6:30 pm)
Monday, September 2: BTTM FDRS by Ezra Claytan Daniels & Ben Passmore
Monday, October 7: House of Whispers Vol. 1 by Nalo Hopkinson

History Book Club  (Meets the first Wednesday of the month at 6 pm)
Wednesday, September 4:  Lincoln in the World by Kevin Peraino
Wednesday, October 2: King Leopold's Ghost by Adam Hochschild 

NEW!  Outdoor Lit ( Meets  every other month the first Sunday at 2:00 pm)
Sunday, September 1: Coyote America: A Natural and Supernatural History by Dan Flores
Sunday, November 3: The Wild Trees by Richard Preston

NEW! Well-Read Black Girl (Meets the fourth Tuesday of the month at 6 pm)
Tuesday, September 24: Everything Inside by Edwidge Danicat
Tuesday, October 22: Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson

Book Clubs for Kids and Youth

Early Readers Book Club (Meets the second Saturday of the month at 1 pm)
Saturday, September 14: Hilda and the Hidden People  by Stephen Davies
Saturday, October 12: Agatha Parrot and the Odd Stree School Ghost by Kjartan Poskitt

Spanish Reader Book Club (Meets the 3rd Saturday at 1pm)
Saturday, September 21: Prietita and the Ghost Woman by Gloria Anzaldua
Saturday, October 19: Por que zumban los mosquitos en los oidos de la gente by Verna Aardema

Kid's Book Club (Meets the second Thursday of the month at 6 pm)
Thursday, September 12: The Lost Rainforest by Eliot Schrefer
Thursday, October 10: Spirit Hunters by Eliot Schrefer

Banned Books Book Club (Meets the first Monday of the month at 5 pm)
Monday, September 2: Fun Home by Alison Bechdel
Monday, October 7: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Visit our Book Clubs page here for more info.