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News & Events
August 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
August Staff Picks
Clark and Division by Naomi Hirahara (out Aug 3): Aki Ito is just like any other gal in 1944 Chicago, or at least that’s what she wishes. The war rages on in both Europe and the Pacific, young men are drafted, and rations are tight, but Aki is also Nisei, first generation Japanese-American. Her family was recently released from Manzanar and relocated to Chicago where her sister, Rose, had been sent months before. The day before Aki and her parents arrive in Chicago, Rose is killed by a subway train. The police say she committed suicide, but Aki doesn’t believe it and vows to find out just what happened to Rose Ito. A beautifully rendered snapshot of a tragic time in American history, a heartbreaking crime that speaks volumes to today, and a gutsy heroine who fights for truth, from herself and the world that has turned so topsy-turvy.

**Mark your calendars for our event with Naomi Hirahara on November 5!**
Once There Were Wolves by Charlotte McConaghy (out Aug 3): In the remote Scottish Highlands, Inti Flynn and her team of wolf biologists have reintroduced wolves into the landscape in a rewilding effort. Amidst conflict with local farmers who fear the wolves’ return, Inti must confront the bleak and seemingly endless mess that is the present, while being haunted by the ghosts of her past and her own fears over facing her future. Inti yearns to stay in the wild with her wolves even as she consistently has to deal with humans, butting heads with the closed-minded, frightened locals and sparring with the enigmatic police chief after a resident’s disappearance is blamed on the wolves. The way McConaghy writes packs a multitude of intense punches that you won’t soon forget. Her language brings Scotland’s frozen forests to life around you in this poignant story that’s both a love letter to wildness and to deep character exploration. It will leave you stunned.
Displacement by Kiku Hughes: Sixteen-year-old Kiku has never given much thought to her Japanese heritage. But when she takes a trip to San Francisco to visit her grandmother’s old house, she is sent back to the 1940s to a Japanese internment camp. Without warning, Kiku becomes stuck in the past and lives through the injustices of racism and xenophobia. She learns about the conflict between the generations of Japanese Americans, those who immigrated to America, and those born here. She faces the confusing and hard choices the Nikkei had to make – to fight for freedom or fall in line to see another day. Along with Kiku’s journey comes a lesson about memory and how important it is to connect to the tragedies of the past so that we don’t repeat them again. This is a story of finding hope where hopelessness lies in every corner, beautifully illustrated with images that tug on the reader’s senses to capture Kiku’s dark but enlightening experience. -Rachael
Parable of the Sower: Queering God, Certainty, and Possibility
Friday, September 17 at 7 pm PT / 10 pm ET
If you attended Black Lit Book Club's discussion of Octavia Butler's Parable of the Sower, you met Vorris Nunley, Associate Professor of English at UCR. Now join us for an in-depth virtual discussion graciously led by Professor Nunley, where we'll explore and examine how Parable of the Sower argues for ways to embody what it means to do, think, and be otherwise - making for a better now and a different future - utilizing Queer theory, psychology, and theology.

Please register below! You can also purchase a copy of Parable of the Sower to be added to the guest list.
August 2021 newsletter
Fun Holiday of the Month

According to our copy of the Highlights 2021 Almanac of Fun, August 17th is Black Cat Appreciation Day!

Find your inner black cat and get in touch with your sassy side. There's a reason why black cats inspired an entire subgenre of cozy mysteries. Meow catch these picture books, early reader chapter books, and mysteries about these enigmatic creatures.
Book Club Schedule
Book clubs will continue on Zoom; 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
August 8: The Beekeeper of Aleppo
September 12: Apeirogon

Mystery Book Club
Meets the third Thurs at 6 pm
August 19: This Tender Land
September 16: The Aosawa Murders

Sci-Fi & Fantasy Book Club
Meets the third Sat at 5 pm
August 21: The Unbroken (Part 3)
September 18: Semiosis

Historical Fiction Book Club
Meets the fourth Sat at 5 pm
August 28: The Pull of the Stars
September 25: She Who Became the Sun

Agatha Christie Book Club
Meets the third Tues at 6:30 pm
August 17: Nemesis
September 21: Curtain

Philosophical Horror
Meets the third Mon at 6 pm
August 16: The Vegetarian
September 20: Red Dragon

Black Lit Book Club
Meets the fourth Fri at 6 pm
August 27: The House of Deep Water
September 24: Red Island House

Young Adult Book Club
Meets the first Friday at 7 pm
August 6: The Water Dancer
September 3: In the Dream House
History Book Club
Meets the first Wed at 6 pm
August 4: The Story of the Jews, Volume 2
September 1: Empress Dowager Cixi: The Concubine Who Launched Modern China

Speculative Fiction Book Club
Meets the second Sat at 4 pm
August 14: Sorrowland
September 11: A Universe of Wishes

LGBTQ Book Club
Meets the fourth Thurs at 6 pm
August 26: Lies With Man
September 23: Great Believers

Bucket List Book Club 
Meets the third Sun at 3 pm
August 15: The Hunchback of Notre-Dame (books VII - End)
September 19: Rain of Gold

Phy-Sci Book Club
Meets the fourth Wed at 6 pm
August 25: I Contain Multitudes
September 22: Race After Technology

Feminist Book Club
Meets the first Tues at 6 pm
August 3: The Dictionary of Lost Words
September 7: Lakewood

Outdoor Lit 
Meets every other month, first Sun at 2 pm
September 5: The Unlikely Thru-Hiker
November 7: Two Trees Make a Forest
Book Clubs for Kids & Youth

Early Readers Book Club Meets the second Sat at 1 pm
August 14: Ms. Frogbottom's Field Trips: I Want My Mummy
September 11: Mellybean and the Giant Monster

Kids' Book Club Meets the second Thurs at 6 pm
August 12: Amari and the Night Brothers
September 9: City of Ghosts
*Starred meetings are not held at their usual date and/or time
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