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November 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
To Our Customers:

This past weekend, on October 27th, we held our second Drag Queen Story Hour. Thoughtful, informed parents made the choice to bring their kids to hear local drag queens read Halloween stories. But one woman and one man arrived believing they had the right to stop me and the parents in attendance from making that choice. Despite being told that she could not film the story time without consent of the parents, she continued to do so, spewing hateful, uninformed rhetoric all the while, and she refused to leave.  The drag queens were amazing. They kept reading books, kept engaging the kids despite it all, but I know parents were upset and had to have conversations with their children about that woman's despicable behavior afterwards. 

Since the event, we have received phone calls, emails, and Facebook posts filled with name-calling and hatred. But we have also received double that amount from people giving us their support, standing with us and the drag queens in attendance that day, with the LGBTQ+ community, and we are so thankful for these individuals.

Amidst ever-growing violence and fear, these kinds of events are critical for our community to promote understanding and erase fear. And so we will host another Drag Queen Story Hour, in spite of this group's intentions to scare us. We will post information for the next Story Hour on our social calendars and, as always, here in our newsletter; we hope that you'll save the date and show your support, as many of you already have. For those who believe that this is a reason to shop elsewhere, you have every right to do so, and I wish you well.

Drag Queen Story Hour is a way bookstores and libraries across the country are helping to prevent the fear and ugliness that cause horrific events like the Pulse shooting in Orlando. Our kids will grow up knowing that no matter their gender identity, they will be loved and welcomed into our community. 

- Linda Sherman-Nurick and the Cellar Door Books Team

Upcoming Events
Thursday, November 1 at 5:30 pm
Open Mic Night with Mosaic
Saturday, November 3 at 6 pm
Holiday Picks with Penguin Random House
Friday, November 9 at 6 pm
Ezra Claytan Daniels & Ben Passmore
Tuesday, November 20 at 6 pm
NaNoWriMo Write-In
Saturday, November 24
Small Business Saturday
Friday, December 7 at 7 pm
A Christmas Carol Readers' Theatre
October Best "Cellars"

1. Sex on the Kitchen Table , Norman Ellstrand
     University of Chicago Press |  9780226574899
2.  Gambling on War, Roger Ransom
     Cambridge University Press |  9781108454353
3.  Raven Black, Ann Cleeves
     Minotaur Books |  9780312359676
4. Vox, Christina Dalcher
     Berkely |  9780440000785
5.  Wrestling with the Devil, Ngugi wa Thiong'o
     The New Press |  9781620973332
6.  The Hate U Give, Angie Thomas
     Balzer + Bray |  9780062498533
7. Killing Commendatore, Haruki Murakami
     Knopf |  9780525520047
8.  Experiencing Comics, Rachelle Cruz
     Cognella Academic Publishing |  9781516516988
9. Unsheltered, Barbara Kingsolver
     HarperCollins |  9780062684561
10. Bridge of Clay, Markus Zusak
     Knopf Books for Young Readers |  9781984830159
November Staff Picks

The Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo (out Feb. 2019)
"In 1930s colonial Malaya, unexplained deaths, the British colonialists with stories and people best left in England, whispers of were-tigers and unsettled ghosts, and mysterious connections make this beautiful book an absorbing adventure into a foreign time and place. " - Linda

Wizard of the Crow by Ngugi wa Thiong'o
"Set in a fictional African country, this book draws deeply from both historical and current sociopolitical climates in Africa as we know it... the book reads like a campfire tale told by a master storyteller. Important and beautiful, this is a book that will challenge your perspective." - David
Read the full review here.

The Light Between Worlds by Laura 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

Holiday Picks with Penguin Random House
Saturday, November 3 at 6 pm

We've invited two of our representatives from Penguin Random House - Nic Dufort (Random House Children's Books) and Nicole White (Penguin Young Readers) - to share the new and exciting kids' books releasing this season. See what books they have to offer, spend some time shopping the selection, and prepare to be the coolest parent, aunt, uncle, grandparent, or family friend at your holiday celebration! 

Categories include:
  • Books for Your Aspiring Feminists & Activists
  • Read a Mile in Someone Else's Shoes
  • So They Love Graphic Novels (and Why That's Okay!)
  • Fantasies for Parents Sick of Buying New Covers of Harry Potter
  • Still Unsure What STEM Stands For?
  • Books for Your [Not Quite] Young Adult
  • Farts ARE Funny... Admit It!
Ezra Claytan Daniels & Ben Passmore
Friday, November 9 at 6 pm

We are excited to welcome graphic novelists Ezra Claytan Daniels and Ben Passmore for a multimedia reading and signing!

Daniels's most recent work, Upgrade Soul, follows the lives of Hank and Molly Nonnar as they decide to undergo an experimental rejuvenation procedure, left with severely disfigured yet superior duplicates of themselves. In the Eisner-nominated comic collection Your Black Friend and Other Strangers, Passmore masterfully tackles comics about race, gentrification, online dating, bad street art, and lots of other grown-up stuff.

Shop Indies First on Small Business Saturday
Saturday, November 24

We are so thankful of our customers, and we hope you'll join us again for this year's Small Business Saturday celebration! Small Business Saturday is a day that celebrates and supports the small businesses that make communities unique. They're an important part of our lives, and when they succeed, we all do. 

With that in mind, leading up to Small Business Saturday, tell your friends about the small businesses you love. Use #ShopSmall or #IndiesFirst on social media. Then, on November 24th, get out and shop with us!

We're pleased to have Dante Fabiero, author of Slothilda, as our guest bookseller! A former Simpsons animator, Fabiero created an all-too-real comic series about an adorable little sloth who's driven by her desire for self-improvement. Are you a fan of carbs, the internet, and naps? Slothilda is your spirit animal! Check out Slothilda and shop Dante's other suggestions for Small Business Saturday.
RCP Presents: A Christmas Carol Readers' Theatre
Friday, December 7 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!
Book Clubs for Adults

Cellar Door Book Club (Meets the fourth Sunday of the month at 3 pm)
Sunday, November 25: There There by Tommy Orange
Sunday, January 27: Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

Mystery Book Club  (Meets the third Thursday of the month at 6 pm)
*Thursday, November 8: Raven Black by Ann Cleeves
Thursday, January 17: Natchez Burning by Greg Isles

Science-Fiction & Fantasy  (Meets the third Saturday of the month at 5 pm)
Saturday, November 17: Ka: Dar Oakley in the Ruin of Ymr by John Crowley
Saturday, December 15: The Moon and the Other by John Kessel

Memoir & Biography  (Meets the second Wednesday of the month at 6 pm)
Wednesday, November 14: Wrestling With the Devil by Ngugi wa Thiong'o
Wednesday, January 9: How to American by Jimmy O. Yang

Latino Book Club  (Meets the fourth Tuesday of the month at 6:30 pm)
Tuesday, November 27: Tell Me How It Ends by Valeria Luiselli
Tuesday, January 22: The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

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)
*Monday, November 12: Cat Among the Pigeons
Tuesday, December 18: Murder is Easy

Philosophical Horror  (Meets the third Monday of the month at 6 pm)
Monday, November 19: Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant
Monday, January 21: Small Spaces by Katherine Arden

Black Lit Book Club  (Meets the final Friday of the month at 6 pm)
Friday, November 30: Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Imbue
Friday, January 25: A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James

Speculative Fiction Book Club  (Meets the second Friday of the month at 6:30 pm)
*Friday, November 16: Binti by Nnedi Okorafor
Friday, January 11: How Long 'til Black Future Month? by N.K. Jemisin

LGBTQ Book Club  (Meets the fourth Thursday of the month at 6 pm)
*Thursday, November 29: The Whale by Mark Beauregard
Thursday, January 24: Bad Boy by Elliot Wake

Not Your Father's Teen Lit  (Meets the first Saturday of the month at 6 pm)
*Saturday, November 10: Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant by Tony Cliff
Saturday, December 1: The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth (plus a Skype-In with the author!)

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, November 28: We Have No Idea by Jorge Cham & Daniel Whiteson
Wednesday, January 23: Five Ages of the Universe by Fred C. Adams & Greg Laughlin

Current Affairs Book Club  (Meets the second Sunday of the month at 4 pm)
Sunday, November 11: The Future is History by Masha Gessen
Sunday, January 13: A World of Three Zeroes by Muhammed Yunnis

Feminist Book Club  (Meets the first Tuesday of the month at 6 pm)
Tuesday, November 6: Vox by Christina Dalcher
January TBD: Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

Graphic Novel Book Club  (Meets the first Monday of the month at 6:30 pm)
Monday, November 5: Destroyer by Victor LaValle
Monday, December 3: Arclight by Brandon Graham, ill. by Marian Churchland

Libros en Espanol (Meets the second Tuesday of the month at 6:30 pm)
Tuesday, November 13: La fruta del Borrachero by Ingrid Rojas Contreras

Book Clubs for Kids and Youth

Early Readers Book Club (Meets the second Saturday of the month at 1 pm)
Saturday, November 10: The Unlucky Lottery Winners of Classroom 13 by Honest Lee
Saturday, January 12: Zoey and Sassafras: Dragons and Marshmallows by Asia Citro

Spanish Readers Book Club  (Meets the third Saturday of the month at 1 pm)
Saturday, November 17: La senorita Runfio by Barbara Cooney
Saturday, January 19: El Lorax by Dr. Seuss 

Kid's Book Club (Meets the second Thursday of the month at 4 pm)
Thursday, November 8: The Wild Robot by Peter Brown
Thursday, January 10: Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk

Dumbeldore's Army (Meets the first Monday of the month at 3:30 pm)
Monday, November 5: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Monday, December 3: The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang

Visit our Book Clubs page here for more info.