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November 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
Saturday, November 23 at 11 am
Storytime with Robin Riding
Sunday, November 3 at 4 pm
NaNoWriMo Kickoff Party
Friday, December 6 at 7 pm
A Christmas Carol Readers' Theater
Saturday, November 30
Small Business Saturday
Saturday, December 14 at 11 am
Drag Queen Story Hour
Friday, December 6 at 7 pm
A Christmas Carol Readers' Theater
October Best "Cellars"

1. Ordinary Hazards, Nikki Grimes
     Wordsong  |  9781629798813
2.  Gabi, A Girl In Pieces, Isabel Quintero
     Cinco Puntos |  9781935955955
3.  The Water Dancer, Ta-Nehisi Coates
     One World |  9780399590597
4. The Secret Commonwealth, Philip Pullman
      Knopf Books for Young Readers |  9780553510669
5.  In the Country of Women, Susan Straight
     Catapult |  9781948226226
6.  An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
     Beacon Press |  9780807057834
7. Death in the Clouds, Agatha Christie
     William Morrow |  9780062073747
8.  Blowout, Rachel Maddow
     Crown |  9780525575474
9. Global Borderlands, Victoria Reyes
     Stanford University Press  |  9781503609419
10. House Witness, Mike Lawson
     Grove Press |  9780802129314
November Staff Picks
White Bird by R. J. Palacio
"I ask you to read this not as a testament to the power of love and kindness in the face of a historical evil, but as a reminder that the horrors of injustice that mar our newsfeeds can only be defeated by the goodness we find within. As she did for millions in Wonder, Palacio tells a story of such courage, heart, and beauty." - Linda
Buy your copy here.
The Deep by Rivers Solomon (11/5 release)
" In an adaptation of the eponymous song, Rivers Solomon delivers an incredible underwater mythos in a dreamlike tale. Yetu holds the weight of her peoples' history within herself; it is her responsibility to hold their entire generational trauma until The Remembering. Immersive and heart wrenching, Solomon's adaptation of clipping's song has as much depth as it does beauty." - Elisa

NaNoWriMo Kickoff Writing Party
Sunday, November 3 at 4pm

Start National Novel Writing Month with fellow writers, including Inlandia Laureate Rachelle Cruz! We will have delicious snacks and awesome writing promps. Bring your laptops, notebooks, and writing tools of choice, and join us!
Storytime with Robin Riding
Saturday, November 23 at 11 am

Please join us in welcoming Robin Riding as a special guest storytime author reading from her bedtime picture book, Mermaids Fast Asleep

Written in a gentle, lyrical style that mirrors a lullaby, this wonderful read-aloud book about mythological sea creatures is the perfect nighttime read for your little dreamer, with illustrations by Zoe Perisco.

Small Business Saturday
Saturday, November 30

November is here, and with it our busiest season - and Small Business Saturday. Thank you for always making it a good day for Cellar Door. This season, however, I ask you to think carefully about how you spend your holiday dollars. 

Honestly, it isn't just about shopping small; it's about values. Some companies I choose to give business to - like REI and Chobani - aren't small. But they have shown that they will back up their progressive values with action, both internally and externally, and protect the rights of their workers, not just the CEOs. Still, in the face of growing megastores and monopolies that slowly chip away at the vibrancy of a healthy retail market, local and independent stores are important, too.

This Small Business Saturday, come to Cellar Door, get great book recommendations from our incredible booksellers, check out some other independently-owned shops nearby, and then go grab some food from one of the incredible indie eateries around here. Spend wisely and keep Riverside interesting!

RCP Presents: A Christmas Carol Readers' Theater
Friday, December 6 at 7 pm

The Riverside Community Players are back again this year to perform a readers' theatre of Dickens's holiday classic,  A Christmas Carol.  This is our store's fan-favorite event of the holiday season, so be sure to reserve your seats early!
Drag Queen Story Hour: Holiday Realness!
Saturday, December 14 at 11 am

Help us celebrate the holidays with a special edition of Drag Queen Story Hour!  Join us in welcoming in Scalene OnixXx, Kelly K, and Athena Monet Kills back to read some fun books to get us into the holiday spirit.

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

For more information on Drag Queen Story Hour, visit their website  here.
The Holidays are Coming!

November is upon us, and you know what that means: the holidays are around the corner! 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 because this year, everyone gets a book!   Talk to us!
Book Clubs for Adults

Cellar Door Book Club (Meets the fourth Sunday of the month at 3 pm)
Sunday, November 24: Florida by Lauren Groff
Sunday, January 26: Where the Dead Sit Talking by Brandon Hobson

Mystery Book Club  (Meets the third Thursday of the month at 6 pm)
Thursday, November 21: House Witness by Mike Lawson
Thursday, January 16: Dissolution by C.J. Sansom

Science-Fiction & Fantasy  (Meets the third Saturday of the month at 5 pm)
Saturday, November 16: Jade City by Fonda Lee
Saturday, Jauary 18: The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal

Historical Fiction Book Club  (Meets the fourth Saturday of the month at 5 pm)
Saturday, November 23: Maus: A Survivor's Tale by Art Spiegelman
Saturday, January 25: The Weight of Ink by Rachel Kadish

Agatha Christie Book Club  (Meets the third Tuesday of the month at 6:30 pm)
Tuesday, November 19:  Death in the Clouds
Tuesday, December 17: Parker Pine Invesitgates

Philosophical Horror  (Meets the third Monday of the month at 6 pm)
Monday, November 18: Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff
Monday, January 20: Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King

Black Lit Book Club  (Meets the final Friday of the month at 6 pm)
Friday, November 22: The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
*Friday, January 31: My Sister the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite*

Speculative Fiction Book Club  (Meets the second Saturday of the month at 4 pm)
Saturday, November 9: Pet by Akwaeke Emezie
Saturday, January 11: The Deep by River Solomon

LGBTQ Book Club  (Meets the fourth Thursday of the month at 6 pm)
*Wednesday, November 20: A Queer History of the United States (Young Readers Edition) by Michael Bronski
Thursday, January 23: Looking for Lorraine by Iman Perry

Bucket List Book Club  (Meets the third Sunday of the month at 3 pm)
Sunday, November 17: In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash by Jean Shepherd
Sunday, January 19: Collected Fictions by Jorge Luis Borges

Phy-Sci Book Club  (Meets the fourth Wednesday of the month at 6 pm)
Wednesday, November 27: Close Encounters with Humankind by Sang-Hee Lee
Wednesday, January 22: Forensics by Val McDermid

Current Affairs Book Club  (Meets the second Sunday of the month at 4 pm)
Sunday, November 10: The Return by Hisham Matar
Sunday, January 12: LikeWar: The Weaponization of Soicial Media by P.W. Singer

Feminist Book Club  (Meets the first Tuesday of the month at 6 pm)
Tuesday, November 5: Becoming by Michelle Obama
Tuesday, December 3: I Might Regret This by Abbi Jackson

Graphic Novel Book Club  (Meets the first Monday of the month at 6:30 pm)
Monday, November 4: Coyotes Vol. 1 by Sean Lewis & Caitlin Yarksy
Monday, January 6: The Prince and the Dressmaker by: Jen Wang

History Book Club  (Meets the first Wednesday of the month at 6 pm)
Wednesday, November 6: An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States by Roxane Dunbar-Ortiz
Wednesday, December 4: All the Shah's Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror by Stephen Kinzer

NEW!  Outdoor Lit ( Meets  every other month the first Sunday at 2:00 pm)
Sunday, November 3: The Wild Trees by Richard Preston
Sunday, January 5: Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter by Ben Goldfarb

Book Clubs for Kids and Youth

Early Readers Book Club (Meets the second Saturday of the month at 1 pm)
Saturday, November 9: Book Uncle and Me by Uma Krishnaswami
Saturday, January 11: Ra the Mighty: Cat Detective by B.A. Greenfield

Spanish Reader Book Club (Meets the 3rd Saturday at 1pm)
Saturday, November 16: Alma y como obtuvo su nombre by Juana Martinez-Neal
Saturday, January 18: Mi papi tiene uno moto by Isabel Quintero

Kid's Book Club (Meets the second Thursday of the month at 6 pm)
Thursday, November 14: Ghost by Jason Reynolds
Thursday, January 9: When Friendship Followed Me Home by Paul Griffin 

Banned Books Book Club (Meets the first Monday of the month at 5 pm)
Monday, November 4: Go Ask Alice by Anonymous
Monday, Decmber 2: Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya

Visit our Book Clubs page here for more info.