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News & Events
November 2020
We are currently open for:
  • online orders
  • phone orders
  • curbside pickup
  • limited walk-in and appointment browsing

Browse-by-appointment slots are 20 minutes. Call or email ahead of time to sign up for an appointment and receive confirmation of your appointment by staff.
We are limiting the number of people in the store at one time to keep our customers and staff safe. Doors will be kept locked in between walk-ins to help us control foot traffic.

No one will be allowed inside without a properly worn mask. Hand sanitizer will be given at the door. Children must be old enough to keep their masks on, and limit touching or else be held in a parent's arms.
Thanks for your understanding and patience while we navigate these difficult times!
Customer service: info@cellardoorbookstore.com
"I must confess that over the past few years I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate [...] who is more devoted to 'order' than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says: 'I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I cannot agree with your methods of direct action'..."

- Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter from a Birmingham Jail

A little less than four years ago, our community marched against the ideas of hatred and purposeful ignorance spouted from the highest office in this country. We objected, but it continued and now we are raw. All of our myths have been stripped away, and we are left with the harsh and beautiful truths of the communities we live in. Fires are burning throughout the west. The south is experiencing an unprecedented hurricane season and floods have ravaged cities and towns. Climate change will no longer wait to be addressed. I added yet another name, Walter Wallace Jr., to our BLM window this week. Breonna Taylor's killers will not be charged. Our schools teach a whitewashed history devoid of the truths this country has yet to come to terms with in order to move forward.

If you haven't already, vote. Walk your mail-in ballot to an official drop box or visit a polling place as safely as you can. No matter who wins the presidency, we have so much work to do. I still believe in the community around me. I believe in your ability to read, research, argue, discuss, agree, and disagree, but not give up. We need you at the School Board and City Council meetings, to sit on committees that can affect change because we need change. I am fighting for Zephyr, for Lucia, for Evie, for Luna, for Mia, for Rivers, for Blake. We cannot give them the world as it is now; we owe them more. Thank you for all the work you have already done and all we will do going forward.
- Linda
November Staff Picks
Stakes is High: Life After the American Dream by Mychal Denzel Smith: The American Dream and the myth that we have lived up to that dream holds us in the shackles of delusion. In this profound work of communal self-examination, Smith unfolds the depths of these illusions in incarceration, misogyny, poverty, and racism. He exposes the dangers of our reverence of the hero figure the only person who, in superhero garb, can save us -- and he shows us how readily we buy into these myths even as we question the results. Smith calls us to the power of community, the absolute need for honesty, and our collective ability to use our imaginations to seek the goals we have professed to and failed to attain. Read this, discuss it, and use it to help us move forward... but really this time. - Linda
Migrations by Charlotte McConaghy: Franny is a scientist following the migration of Arctic terns, some of the last birds left in a not-so-distant future in which climate change has caused mass extinction of much of our wildlife. She barters her way onto a fishing vessel to follow the Arctic terns, having to reconcile her differences with people whose trade is further depleting the ocean of its fish. As we embark on this adventure with her, we get snippets of her backstory. There is a moment when McConaghy reveals the true soul of both the story and our protagonist and it's immeasurably powerful. Migrations has engrossing writing, a protagonist as wild and untamable as the sea, and, thank goodness, a thread of hope. I really insist that you read this book. - Karen
Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi & Yusef Salaam: Amal is a poet, an artist, a young Black sixteen-year-old boy trying to navigate the world in which teachers, principals, and the structures of white supremacy continuously prod, push, and shove him into a mold totally different from who he actually is. But he is human; he makes mistakes, and each of those mistakes because he is a Black child are weighted so much more than those of his white counterparts. When he is wrongfully convicted of a crime, Amal loses his last freedoms and must fight to hold onto the knowledge of who is is the face of those who do their most to take that from him. Heartbreaking, beautifully told, and empowering. I wonder what a conversation between Amal and Rilke might look like. - Linda
Pre-Order A Sky Beyond the Storm
Have you pre-ordered your copy of the finale of Sabaa Tahir's New York Times bestselling (and Cellar Door ) An Ember in the Ashes series yet?

A Sky Beyond the Storm is on sale December 1, leaving you just one month to secure your copy in time for release. And since October was the new December, you're running out of time to gift it to the Ember fan on your holiday list...
Check Out Our Cellar Select Gift Box
The holidays are fast approaching, but let's be honest: this year has been rough and we're only just now reaching the home stretch. If you're in need of a pick-me-up or a way to reward yourself for making it through most of 2020, try our new one-time gift box!

The selection is based on your individual reading preferences perfect for you or as a gift for someone else. Simply fill out a form and our booksellers will do the rest. Choose from these box options:
Adult Select ($75)
Includes one hardcover and two paperbacks
Picture Select ($65)
Includes three hardcover picture books
Paperback Select ($60)
Includes three adult paperbacks
YA Select ($55)
Includes one hardcover and two paperback young adult books
Kids' Select ($45)
Includes one hardcover and two paperback middle grade books
Book Club Schedule
Book clubs will continue online; you should be receiving information about them the week before your scheduled book club. As there are no fees to join any of our book clubs, we ask that you please order book club selections from us! We've included links in all of our event listings so that you can easily order online.
Book Clubs for Adults
Cellar Door Book Club
Meets the second Sun at 2 pm
Nov 8: Women of the Copper Country
Dec 13: Unsheltered

Mystery Book Club
Meets the third Thurs at 6 pm
Nov 19: The Silence of the White City
Dec 17: The Tenant

Sci-Fi & Fantasy Book Club
Meets the third Sat at 5 pm
Nov 21: A Memory Called Empire
Dec 19: Tender

Historical Fiction Book Club
Meets the fourth Sat at 5 pm
Nov 28: Dissolution
Dec 26: The Night Portrait

Agatha Christie Book Club
Meets the third Tues at 6:30 pm
Nov 17: The Seven Dials Mystery
Dec 15: Agatha Christie's Secret Notebooks

Philosophical Horror
Meets the third Mon at 6 pm
Nov 16: Mouthful of Birds
Dec 21: Geek Love

Black Lit Book Club
Meets the final Fri at 6 pm
Nov 27: The Wedding Date
Dec 18: The Confessions of Frannie Langton

History Book Club
Meets the first Wed at 6 pm
Nov 4: Vanguard
Dec 2: Homage to Catalonia
Speculative Fiction Book Club
Meets the second Sat at 4 pm
Nov 14: Autonomous
Dec 12: Black Sun

LGBTQ Book Club
Meets the fourth Thurs at 6 pm
*Monday, Nov 23: You Exist Too Much
Dec 24: Boys of Alabama

Bucket List Book Club 
Meets the third Sun at 3 pm
Nov 15: The Periodic Table
*Dec 13 at noon: Dickens' The Christmas Books

Phy-Sci Book Club
Meets the fourth Wed at 6 pm
Nov 25: Calling Bullshit
Dec 23: Turing's Cathedral

Current Affairs Book Club
Meets the second Sun at 4 pm
Nov 8: War On Peace

Feminist Book Club
Meets the first Tues at 6 pm
Nov 3: Hood Feminism
Dec 1: More than Enough

Outdoor Lit 
Meets every other month, first Sun at 2 pm
Nov 1: Home Place
Jan 3: Miracle Country
Book Clubs for Kids & Youth

Early Readers Book Club Meets the second Sat at 1 pm
November 14: Magnificent Makers: How to Test a Friendship
December 12: Nico Bravo and the Hound of Hades

Kids' Book Club Meets the second Thurs at 6 pm
November 12: The Clean Getaway
December 10: So B. It

Young Adult Book Club Contact David at (951) 787-7807 for meeting info
Cat's Cradle
*Starred meetings are not held at their usual date and/or time
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