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News & Events
June 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
Celebrate LGBTQIA+ Pride Month

It's Pride Month! No matter what genre you're interested in, no matter what age group, we can recommend titles that provide an LGBTQIA+ perspective. Because regardless of the time of year, these books are important.

From a picture book about defying gender constructs to a graphic novel about a mother and son using fairy tales to express their love and understanding when language isn't enough; a novel about finding the strength to love in the face of the brutality of slavery to an epic journey that leads someone to discover their true identity; there are plenty of books to choose from.

Take a quiz to find out what LGBTQIA+ book you should read for Pride Month HERE.
June Staff Picks
Plain Bad Heroines by emily m. danforth: Welcome, reader, into a brilliant world where horror and humor are intricately bound into a commentary on sapphic love, humanity, the power of story, the patriarchy, Hollywood, and East Coast private school privilege. This is a mischievous celebration of the indomitable spirit of women, their love for each other, and their endless desire for simple agency. Well, and perhaps it is best mentioned here, the sometimes rather horrific means they will go to achieve that agency. Brilliantly written, terrifying, and hilarious, I finished it wanting to simply start again. I suspect Plain Bad Heroine societies will be popping up because of this book, quietly humming. Xe Sands narrates on Libro.fm and the performance is perfection. - Linda
A Universe of Wishes edited by Dhonielle Clayton: Fantasy, science fiction, and speculative fiction lovers explore worlds found, for now, in the minds of the creative artists who reveal them, but for too long these worlds have been limited by the narratives of the dominant culture. This book opens worlds where people of color, people with non-traditional gender identities roam. There are tales of love that expand possibility and intent, a cautionary tale about truth and love, a tale of prisoners a world apart but locked in the same injustice, fairy tales that question the traditions previously assumed to be true. This is a book of possibilities and beauty, a book that reveals our world through the fantastic, the magical. Savor each story and recognize the worlds that speak truth to our own.
Too Bright to See by Kyle Lukoff: A ghost story, a coming-of-age story, a story celebrating the immensity of the power of family love. Bug is heading into middle school after summer, and Bug’s best friend, Mo, is looking to middle school as a big change: make-up, BOYS, asking to be called Moira, all those changes that confuse and define puberty. But Bug is grieving the death of Uncle Roderick and his ghost is desperately trying to communicate with Bug. There are other ghosts in the house, always have been, but none have such a desperate mission. It’s difficult to explain why you should read this book, but you should. Traci Sorell says, “’Be yourself” – the simplest of phrases and yet the most profound, as Bug experiences firsthand during a summer of loss, change, ghosts and, ultimately, connection. -Linda
Happy Father's Day
Happy Father's Day to the people in our lives who have given us guidance, warmth, and a helping hand, especially during this difficult year. It's more important than ever to let them know how grateful we are to have them in our lives. And there's no better way to say "I love you" than with books!
Fun Holiday of the Month
We were looking at our Highlights 2021 Almanac of Fun book and we found out that June 23rd is National Pink Flamingo Day!

Celebrate with Stonewall Book Award winning The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta, which explores the layers of identity that make us who we are, and allow us to shine.
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
June 13: Deacon King Kong
July 11: The Electric Hotel

Mystery Book Club
Meets the third Thurs at 6 pm
June 17: Iced in Paradise
July 15: Beijing Payback

Sci-Fi & Fantasy Book Club
Meets the third Sat at 5 pm
June 19: The Best of R.A. Lafferty
July 24 at 3:30pm*: The Unbroken

Historical Fiction Book Club
Meets the fourth Sat at 5 pm
June 26: Out of Darkness, Shining Light
July 24: Fifty Words for Rain

Agatha Christie Book Club
Meets the third Tues at 6:30 pm
June 15: The Greatest Detective in the World (p. 1-225)
July 20: The Greatest Detective in the World (p. 226-end)

Philosophical Horror
Meets the third Mon at 6 pm
June 21: Wonderland
July 19: Tender is the Flesh

Black Lit Book Club
Meets the fourth Fri at 6 pm
June 25: The Prophets
July 23: While Justice Sleeps

Young Adult Book Club
Meets the first Friday at 7 pm
Friday, June 4: Tender is the Flesh
Friday, July 2: The Corpse Exhibition
History Book Club
Meets the first Wed at 6 pm
June 2: The Story of the Jews, Volume 1
August 4: The Story of the Jews, Volume 2

Speculative Fiction Book Club
Meets the second Sat at 4 pm
June 12: Fireheart Tiger
July 10: The Vanished Birds

LGBTQ Book Club
Meets the fourth Thurs at 6 pm
June 24: Less
July 22: Fiebre Tropical

Bucket List Book Club 
Meets the third Sun at 3 pm
June 20: The Sympathizer
July 18: The Hunchback of Notre-Dame (books I-VI)

Phy-Sci Book Club
Meets the fourth Wed at 6 pm
June 23: The Book of Eels
July 28: The End of Everything

Feminist Book Club
Meets the first Tues at 6 pm
June 1: Invisible Women
July 6: Feminists Don't Wear Pink

Outdoor Lit 
Meets every other month, first Sun at 2 pm
July 11 at 4pm*: Vesper Flights
September 5: The Unlikely Thru-Hiker
Book Clubs for Kids & Youth

Early Readers Book Club Meets the second Sat at 1 pm
June 12: Mr. Summerling's Secret Code
July 10: Jo Jo Makoons

Kids' Book Club Meets the second Thurs at 6 pm
June 10: When You Trap a Tiger
June 8: The Pathfinders Society: Mystery of the Moon Tower
*Starred meetings are not held at their usual date and/or time
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