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News & Events
December 2021
We are currently open for:
  • online orders
  • phone orders
  • curbside pickup
  • in-store browsing
To browse in-store, customers must agree to:
  • Wear a mask appropriately with both nose and mouth covered at all times while in the store
  • Use hand sanitizer provided at the door
  • Carry children who are unable to wear a mask in a stroller or in adult arms
Thanks for your understanding and patience while we navigate these difficult times!
Customer service: info@cellardoorbookstore.com
This year, give the gifts of truth, courage and joy. We are so grateful to be part of the publishing world right now. Books are being published that crack open traditions in history, science, politics, race, sexuality and gender, heroism, emotional correctness, and cultural and societal norms. This isn’t new; folks have been writing about all of this for a very long time, but we have an opportunity here to bring these ideas to more people. Our job as booksellers is to make sure you know about them (please come in and ask us! We’re so excited to share the wealth) and to help our community take part in these important discussions. In light of this, we have two projects for the coming year and we’d like you to join us and give the gift of activism and community with the following books.

In January we will begin two long-term study, action groups born, of course, of books. One will focus on the climate crisis and the book edited by Ayana Elizabeth Johnson and Katharine k. Wilkinson, All We Can Save. Every one of us has been affected by climate change, and those who are most vulnerable are also most challenged by the disasters brewing. But leadership on both sides of the aisle have not taken the bold steps necessary to save our planet, so once again, it’s up to the people. All We Can Save: Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis is a collection of writings from women in the climate movement. They have also created the All We Can Save Project whose mission is “to nurture a welcoming, connected, and leaderful climate community, rooted in the work and wisdom of women, to grow a life-giving future (allwecansave.earth/project). I’m all in, and I hope you will join me. The more diverse our circle is, the more voices we hear, and the broader our reach, so all climate activists are welcome! We will read one section (most sections are about 50 pages) of the book for each session, so that we can engage in deeper dialogue. Our first meeting will be Monday, January 10th at 7:00pm and we’ll meet every two weeks after for 9 more sessions. We will discuss the first section of the book at the second session. If you are interested in joining us, please send Linda an email at linda@cellardoorbookstore.com. We have plenty of copies of All We Can Save and look forward to seeing you on Monday, January 10, 2022!

We are also partnering with the Center for Social Justice and Civil Liberties for in-depth discussions of The 1619 Project by Nikole Hannah-Jones. A dramatic expansion of The 1619 Project, the NYT Magazine’s award-winning reframing of the American founding and its contemporary echoes, placing slavery and resistance at the center of the American story.
Stories Heal –Thank you to all of you who donated last month! We took over $600.00 in books to RUHS! We are continuing our book drive for the Pediatrics Unit at Riverside University Health System (RUHS)– formerly Riverside County Regional Medical Clinic–to get new books in both Spanish and English to kids 0-18. The number of kids varies, but somewhere between 200-400 children in a month is not unusual. We’d like to give books to children and their families to take home as well as create a library in the pediatric playroom, so we have work to do. We invite you to join us. Click the button below to see how you can participate.
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Fun Holiday of the Month

According to our copy of Highlights 2021 Almanac of Fun, December 8th is Pretend to Be A Time Traveler Day!

We know you have that time machine still stashed in your garage underneath all those boxes of books you've bought from us. Dust it off and power it up, because adventure awaits. And in the meantime, check out these awesome books about time travel!
Get your holiday gifts today!

Our publishers are very concerned about all of the shortages and shipping issues we are facing. We are being warned that some books have already been postponed due to these issues and that we will run out of stock early in the season with limited ability to reorder. Cellar Door sees two options. 1) Get your holiday gifts early, and 2) If we don’t have what you’re looking for, please ask our amazing booksellers to give you some suggestions that might be as good as if not better than the books you were looking for. Thank you and be well!
Cellar Door Bookstore Staff Favorites of 2021
Nya: Stray Dogs written by Tony Fleecs with art by Trish Forstner
Linda: The Prophets by Robert Jones Jr., The Bad Muslim Discount by Syed M. Masood
Ophie's Ghosts by Justina Ireland, Too Bright to See by Kyle Lukoff
Firekeeper's Daughter by Angeline Boulley and Skin of the Sea by Natasha Bowen
Steven: Poppy War by R. F. Kuang (Book 3 in the series is now out in paperback!)
Karen: Once There Were Wolves by Charlotte McConaghy
Deep Beyond, Vol. 1 by Mirka Andolfo, David Goy, art by Andrea Broccardo
Rachael: Ace of Spades by Faridah Abike-Iyimide
Lore Olympus, Vol. 1 by Rachel Smythe
Sabrina: Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones
Andrea: Arsenic and Adobo by Mia P. Manansala
Toby: The Topeka School by Ben Lerner
Elisa: Dear Senthuran by Akwaeke Emezi
Book Club Favorites of 2021
What were the favorite books of the year for each of our book clubs?
Cellar Door Book Club: A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
Mystery Book Club: Flowers Over the Inferno by Ilaria Tuti
Sci-Fi & Fantasy Book Club: Semiosis by Sue Burke
Historical Fiction Book Club: Fifty Words for Rain by Asha Lemmie
Classic Detectives Book Club: Curtain by Agatha Christie
Philosophical Horror Book Club: Ring Shout by P. Djeli Clark and Tender is the Flesh by Agustina Bazterric
Black Lit Book Club: Red Island House by Andrea Lee
History Book Club: Say Nothing by Patrick Radden Keefe
Speculative Fiction Book Club: Sorrowland by Rivers Solomon
LGBTQ Book Club: Carved in Bone by Michael Nava
Bucket List Book Club: Rain of Gold by Victor Villasenor 
Phy-Sci Book Club: Second Kind of Impossible by Paul Steinhardt
Feminist Book Club: The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict
Outdoor Lit Book Club: The Unlikely Thru-Hiker by Derick Lugo
Early Readers Book Club: The Riot Brothers: Snarf Attack, Underfoodle and the Secret of Life by Mary Amaro and Ethan Long
Kids' Book Club: Amari and the Night Brothers by B.B. Alston
Book Club Schedule
Most Book clubs will continue on Zoom; but a few are starting to meet in person. Contact us if you don't know whether yours will be in person, on Zoom, or a hybrid. If you are coming to an in person book club, you will be required to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test within 48 hours prior to the meeting. 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 purchase 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
*No December Meeting*
January 9: The Great Believers
February 13: Homeland Elegies

Mystery Book Club
Meets the third Thurs at 6 pm
*No December Meeting*
January 20: Winter Counts
February 17: Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line

Sci-Fi & Fantasy Book Club
Meets the third Sat at 5 pm
*No December Meeting*
January 15: Once and Future Witches
February 19: Master of Poisons

Historical Fiction Book Club
Meets the fourth Sat at 5 pm
*No December Meeting*
January 22: Rebel Nun
February 26: Displacement

Classic Detectives Book Club
Meets the third Tues at 6:30 pm
December 21: The Conjure Man Dies
January 18: The Case of the Borrowed Brunette

Philosophical Horror Book Club
Meets the third Mon at 6 pm
December 20: Nothing But Blackened Teeth
January 17: Harvest Home

Black Lit Book Club
Meets the fourth Fri at 6 pm
*No December Meeting*
January 28: Harlem Shuffle
February 25: Trouble the Saints

History Book Club
Meets the first Wed at 6 pm
*No December Meeting*
January 5: Villa and Zapata
February 2: How the Word is Passed
Speculative Fiction Book Club
Meets the second Sat at 4 pm
*No December Meeting*
January 8: No Gods, No Monsters
February 12: The Low, Low, Woods

LGBTQ Book Club
Meets the fourth Thurs at 6 pm
*December 2: Galileo
January 27: Like This Afternoon Forever

Bucket List Book Club 
Meets the third Sun at 3 pm
*No December Meeting*
January 16: East of Eden
February 20: The Left Hand of Darkness

Phy-Sci Book Club
Meets the fourth Tues at 6 pm
*No December Meeting*
January 25: The Best American Science & Nature Writing 2021
February 22: Who We Are and How We Got Here

Feminist Book Club
Meets the first Tues at 6 pm
December 7: The End of Men
January 4: Wendy, Darling

Outdoor Lit Book Club
Meets every other month, first Sun at 2 pm
January 2: Rise of Wolf 8
March 6: Fuzz

*NEW* Educators Book Club
Meets the first Thurs at 6 pm
*No December Meeting*
January 6: Powerful Partnerships
February 3: We Want to Do More Than Survive
Book Clubs for Kids & Youth

Early Readers Book Club Meets the second Sat at 1 pm
December 11: Midnight Visitor
January 8: Because of Winn Dixie

Kids' Book Club Meets the second Thurs at 6 pm
**Thursday December 9: Efren Divided
January 13: Ruby in the Sky
February 10: Silver Meadows Summer
*Starred meetings are not held at their usual date and/or time
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