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June 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
Sunday, June 3 at 4 pm
Judith Palmer & Ben Stoltzfus
Saturday, June 9 at 6 pm
Game Night
Sunday, June 10 from 1-3 pm
Open Chess Play
Sunday, June 17 at 4 pm
Summer Chill
Saturday, June 23 at 11 am
Drag Queen Storytime
May Best "Cellars"

1. Miss Burma, Charmaine Craig
     Grove Press |  9780802127686
2.  Sycamore, Bryn Chancellor
     HarperCollins |  9780062661104
3.  Radium Girls, Kate Moore
     Sourcebooks |  9781492650959
4. The Clay Girl, Heather Tucker
     ECW Press |  9781770413030
5.  Redemption Road, John Hart
     St. Martin's Press |  9781250132116
6.  But What If We're Wrong?,  Chuck Klosterman
     Penguin Random House |  9780399184130
7. Three Act Tragedy, Agatha Christie
     HarperCollins | 9780062073839
8.  Killers of the Flower Moon, David Grann
     Vintage | 9780307742483
9. Her Body and Other Parties
    Carmen Maria Machado
     Graywolf Press | 9781555977887
10. No is Not Enough, Naomi Klein
     Haymarket Books | 9781608468904
June Staff Picks
Girls Burn Brighter by Shobha Rao
"Literary fiction at its finest... Start this when you have time to read it all the way through because you will not be able to stop. This is the summer read for women who know or want to know the power of their sisters." - Linda

Far From the Tree by Robin Benway
"Beautiful exploration of what it means to be family, from the perspective of three teens given up for adoption by their birth mom... This isn't just for teens - anyone who contemplates the meaning of family (and those who don't) will do well to read Far From the Tree." 
- Linda

Dude! by Aaron Reynolds, ill. by Dan Santat
Dude. You have to read this book. It's totally about this platypus and this beaver who are friends. They want to go surfing, but, dude, there's this shark who's in the ocean too. This is a fantastic read-aloud; the kids at our storytime could not stop cracking up!
June Summer Camp Schedule
Tuesday, June 19 from 11 am-3 pm
Cellar Door Summer Camp: The Jumbies
June 21 & 22, from 10 am-12 pm
Writing is a Superpower! 
Tuesday, June 26 from 11 am-3 pm
Cellar Door Summer Camp: Nick & Tesla
June 20, June 22 12-2
Writing is a Superpower!
Psst... interested in joining one of the camps? There are still spots left! And don't forget about the other summer activities we're hosting: Magic Tree House - Passport to Adventure, and art classes with Alicia. Visit or give us a call at (951) 787-7807 to inquire about registering.
Reading with Judith Palmer and Ben Stoltzfus
Sunday, June 3 at 4 pm

Please join us for a reading and signing with local authors Judith Palmer and Ben Stoltzfus, creators of Romoland, a postmodern work using twenty-five artworks for a series of dialogues between a man and a woman. 
Summer Chill
Sunday, June 17 at 4 pm

It's the return of our popular Summer Chill sessions! For those unfamiliar, we invite you to join us for a silent activity session. Read, write, color, knit, or even do some creative Bullet Journal planning with others! 
Drag Queen Storytime
Saturday, June 23 at 11 am

Celebrate Pride Month with our very first Drag Queen Storytime! We're pleased to welcome local drag queens Athena Kills, Angelique VaGorgeous, and Scalene Onixx as our featured guest queens, who will be reading from LGBTQ+ picture books selected by our booksellers.

This special storytime is appropriate for children! Plus, 10% of all proceeds that day will be donated to the Trevor Project. Come and support a good cause!
Indies Introduce: What's New in June

You guys remember The Clay Girl, right? Linda introduced so many of you to Heather Tucker's debut after she was a panelist on the Indies Introduce adult list a few years ago, having read it and loved it. 

What is Indies Introduce? Booksellers from across the nation do what indies do best: find and showcase undiscovered debut authors and their books every season, for both kids and adult titles. I was lucky enough to be on the kids' panel for the Summer/Fall list, and boy am I excited to share what my fellow booksellers and I selected! I'll be featuring titles from the kids' list, so stay tuned for more Indies Introduce picks from me as they're released in the coming months! - Destenie

The Bird and the Blade by Megan Bannen (6/5): This book is a slow burn in the best sense of the phrase... Based on a tragic opera, the tale of princess-turned slave Jinghua and exiled prince Khalaf is treated so expertly.

The Cardboard Kingdom by Chad Sell (6/5): Nintendo Labo? Nah. I raise you a Cardboard Kingdom. This is a delightful graphic novel that any nerdy, imaginative kid will get a kick out of; plus it boasts a truly diverse set of characters, friendship, and cardboard craft.

Navigating #metoo in the Literary World
Friday, July 20 at 6 pm

Think Tank -
Texts from my daughter come with sad regularity: "Sherman Alexie?" "Junot Diaz ?" Men we respect, writers we love have joined the ranks of those we expect nothing more from, men who have used their positions of power to intimidate women, to abuse and assault women.    So where do we go from here?  What do we want from these men whose actions are finally deemed unacceptable in a society which has previously openly condoned such behavior?  How do we support the women who have courageously stood up, finally and at great risk, expressed their frustration and anger? How do we help men who have fallen from their literary pedestals to find their way back to community not as gods but as members, imperfect and flawed?  Cellar Door Bookstore welcomes women and men to come to the Think Tank on Friday, July 20th at 6:00 pm to respectfully discuss this issue.  We are in new territory here, hoping that there will be real change.  Please come and help us move forward.  - Linda

Book Clubs for Adults

Cellar Door Book Club (Meets the fourth Sunday of the month at 3 pm)
Sunday, June 24: Sycamore by Bryn Chancellor
Sunday, July 22: Kinder Than Solitude by Yiyun Li

Mystery Book Club  (Meets the third Thursday of the month at 6 pm)
Thursday, June 21: Redemption Road by John Hart
Thursday, July 19: Jade Dragon Mountain by Elsa Hart

Science-Fiction & Fantasy  (Meets the third Saturday of the month at 5 pm)
Saturday, June 16: An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon
Saturday, July 21: Bannerless by Carrie Vaughn

Memoir & Biography  (Meets the second Wednesday of the month at 6 pm)
Wednesday, June 13: The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish
Wednesday, July 11: Shockaholic by Carrie Fisher

Latino Book Club  (Meets the fourth Tuesday of the month at 6:30 pm)
Tuesday, June 26: Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado
Tuesday, July 24: Umami by Laia Jufresa

Historical Fiction Book Club  (Meets the fourth Saturday of the month at 5 pm)
Saturday, June 23: The Sisters Brothers by Patrick DeWitt
Saturday, July 28: The Hummingbird's Daughter by Luis Alberto Urrea

Agatha Christie Book Club  (Meets the third Tuesday of the month at 6:30 pm)
Tuesday, June 19: Three Act Tragedy
Tuesday, July 17: Partners in Crime

Philosophical Horror  (Meets the third Wednesday of the month at 6 pm)
Monday, June 18: The Gun by Fuminori Nakamura
Monday, July 16: Bird Box by Josh Malerman

Black Lit Book Club  (Meets the final Friday of the month at 6 pm)
*Friday, June 22: Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
Friday, July 27: What We Lose by Zinzi Clemmons

Speculative Fiction Book Club  (Meets the second Friday of the month at 6:30 pm)
Friday, June 8: Lavinia by Ursula K. LeGuin
Friday, July 13: Beasts Made of Night by Tochi Onyebuchi

LGBTQ Book Club  (Meets the third Friday of the month at 6 pm)
Monday, June 25: How to Survive a Plague by David France
Monday, July 23: Orlando by Virginia Woolf

Not Your Father's Teen Lit  (Meets the first Saturday of the month at 6 pm)
Saturday, June 2: Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick
Saturday, July 7: Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson

Bucket List Book Club  (Meets the third Sunday of the month at 3 pm)
Sunday, June 17: Children of Men by P.D. James
Sunday, July 15: The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

Phy-Sci Book Club  (Meets the fourth Wednesday of the month at 6 pm)
Wednesday, June 27: But What If We're Wrong? by Chuck Klosterman
Wednesday, July 25: Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? by Frans de Waal

Current Affairs Book Club  (Meets the second Sunday of the month at 4 pm)
Sunday, June 10: No Is Not Enough by Naomi Kline
Sunday, July 8: An American Sickness by Elisabeth Rosenthal

Feminist Book Club  (Meets the first Tuesday of the month at 6 pm)
Tuesday, June 5: The Clay Girl by Heather Tucker
Tuesday, July 3: Miss Burma by Charmaine Craig

Graphic Novel Book Club  (Meets the first Monday of the month at 6:30 pm)
Monday, June 4: World of Wakanda by Roxanne Gay, Ta-Nehisi Coates, ill. by Yona Harvey
Monday, July 2: The Sandman Vol. 1: Preludes & Nocturns by Neil Gaiman

NEW! Libros en Espanol (Meets the second Tuesday of the month at 6:30 pm)
Tuesday, June 12: La transmigracion de los cuerpos by Yuri Herrera
Tuesday, July 10: Las cosas que perdimos en el fuego by Mariana Enriquez

Book Clubs for Kids and Youth

Early Reader Book Club (Meets the second Saturday of the month at 1 pm)
Saturday, June 9: Skunked! (Calpurnia Tate, Girl Vet #1) by Jacqueline Kelly
Saturday, July 14: The Creature of the Pines (The Unicorn Rescue Society #1) by Adam Gidwitz

Spanish Reader Book Club  (Meets the third Saturday of the month at 1 pm)
Saturday, June 16: Hombre Perro by Dav Pilkey
Saturday, July 21: Azucar! by Ivar Da Coll

Kid's Book Club (Meets the second Thursday of the month at 4 pm)
Thursday, June 14: Wonder at the Edge of the World by Nicole Helget
Thursday, July 12: Nick & Tesla's High-Voltage Danger Lab by Bob Plugfelder

Dumbeldore's Army (Meets the first Monday of the month at 3:30 pm)
Monday, June 4: Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo
*No meeting in July

Visit our Book Clubs page here for more info.