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News & Events
October 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
Cellar Door Bookstore is 9 years old!

What a journey it continues to be, and we couldn’t ask for better partners to walk with than our community. We do not all believe the same things, but we do believe that opening our limited experiences to books, to scholars, to histories, to science, to ideas we have not experienced allows us to better understand the world we inhabit. Change is inevitable, but progress takes work. We hope you’ll join us for the amazing events we have coming up this month and next.

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. 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. Both projects will have multiple meetings and more details will be available soon.

Finally, I want to thank our Cellar Door family: Steven, Elisa, Karen, Rachael, and Destenie and David though they are off on other adventures. All the years have presented their challenges, but these past two have significantly altered the essence of what we do at Cellar Door, and my staff has risen to each challenge with grace, brilliance and kindness. And Nya, always Nya. 😊

May next year allow us a big in-person celebration of books and community! Ojalá que sí!
Stories Heal – we all know this in the depth of our reader hearts. So this year, we are partnering with 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.
October Staff Picks
The List of Unspeakable Fears by J. Kasper Kramer: It’s 1910 and Essie O’Neill’s widowed mom has married a doctor who runs a quarantine hospital on North Brother Island, the same hospital in which the infamous Typhoid Mary is under lock and key. The unsettling island haunted by a tragedy that occurred just off its shores, its hospital filled with the sick and dying, and the creepy old house in which she must live now combine with Essie’s wild imagination to create some truly freaky moments. And as afraid as Essie is of the things on her List of Unspeakable Fears, as scary as it makes the book itself, it becomes something much more powerful. I was also a child with a lot of anxiety (that child is still in me), and this book has provided me with some shelter from my own fears about the seemingly endless COVID-19 crisis. Maybe this book is a roadmap for not letting fear get the best of us: name your fears first, accept them, and then you will be brave. -Karen
White Smoke by Tiffany D. Jackson: This is everything one could hope for in a horror novel: creepy house with a mysterious history, a main character unsure of her own reality even without a malevolent spirit that might want her dead, and of course a healthy dose of suspense. Mari and her newly blended family have just relocated to Cederville, a small midwestern town where her mom has accepted an artist-in-residence grant. Running from the ghosts of her former life in California, Mari is trying desperately to keep her head down and not get into trouble. A bit difficult when there is clearly something or someone in your house that doesn’t want you there. With her usual flourish, Jackson thrills the reader, but not without diving into deeper themes of the prison industrial complex and gentrification. Steeped in the undertones of the best urban legends born of racial trauma, Jackson creates a haunted house story that consumes the reader until the final page. -Elisa
Nothing But Blackened Teeth by Cassandra Khaw (out Oct. 19): This book takes traditional horror tropes and steeps them in Japanese folklore in a way that’s genuinely nasty and twisted with a specter that might actually give you nightmares. The visceral descriptions compliment a storyline in which we feel build-up of a very bad thing coming, even as it’s intertwined with the relationships, fall-outs, jealousies, and bitterness between the twenty-somethings all gathered together for a wedding in the Heian-era house said to have been built over the bones of a spurned bride and over a thousand years’ worth of remains of girls who were sacrificed to keep her company. As the tension and fighting mounts between the wedding party, so too does the feeling that the dead bride’s ghost will be the ultimate winner in the end. And as bad as that might sound, it’s wickedly delicious fun. This book will sink its rotting teeth into you, and it will not let go easily. -Karen
The holidays are coming!

Our publishers are very concerned about all of the shortages and shipping issues we are facing this Fall. 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!
October 2021 newsletter
Fun Holiday of the Month

We took a look in our copy of Highlights 2021 Almanac of Fun and found out that October 21st is National Reptile Awareness Day!

Whether you love snakes, turtles, tortoises, lizards, alligators, crocodiles, or any of these other scales and bumps-covered, fork-tongued creatures, this day is for you and these books are for you, too. Come in today and fulfill your reptilian needs!
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 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
October 10: Searching for Sylvie Lee
November 14: A Tale for the Time Being

Mystery Book Club
Meets the third Thurs at 6 pm
October 21: Forty Acres
November 18: Arsenic and Adobo

Sci-Fi & Fantasy Book Club
Meets the third Sat at 5 pm
October 16: Semiosis and The Four Profound Weaves
November 20: Piranesi

Historical Fiction Book Club
Meets the fourth Sat at 5 pm
October 23: Hamnet
November 27: A Thousand Ships

Agatha Christie/Classic Detectives Book Club
Meets the third Tues at 6:30 pm
October 19: Elephants Can Remember
November 16: The Mysterious Affair at Styles

Philosophical Horror
Meets the third Mon at 6 pm
October 18: We Need To Talk About Kevin
November 15: The Troop

Black Lit Book Club
Meets the fourth Fri at 6 pm
October 22: Catherine House
November 26: Leave the World Behind

Young Adult Book Club
Meets the first Friday at 7 pm
October 1: In the Dream House
November 5: There There

History Book Club
Meets the first Wed at 6 pm
October 6: The Deviant's War
November 3: The Making of Asian America

Speculative Fiction Book Club
Meets the second Sat at 4 pm
October 9: Certain Dark Things
November 13: No Gods, No Monsters

LGBTQ Book Club
Meets the fourth Thurs at 6 pm
October 28: The City and the Pillar
*December 2: Galileo

Bucket List Book Club 
Meets the third Sun at 3 pm
October 17: The Old Curiosity Shop (Ch 1-36)
November 21: The Old Curiosity Shop (Ch 37-end)

Phy-Sci Book Club
Meets the fourth Wed at 6 pm
October 27: Disordered Cosmos
November 24: Nerve

Feminist Book Club
Meets the first Tues at 6 pm
October 5: Grown-Up Pose
November 2: The Personal Librarian

Outdoor Lit 
Meets every other month, first Sun at 2 pm
November 7: Two Trees Make a Forest
January 2: Rise of Wolf 8

*NEW* Educators Book Club
Meets the first Thurs at 6 pm
*October 7 at 6:30 pm: Better Than Carrots or Sticks (Part 1)
November 4: Better Than Carrots or Sticks (Part 2)
Book Clubs for Kids & Youth

Early Readers Book Club Meets the second Sat at 1 pm
October 9: Pup Detectives: The First Case
November 13: J.D. and the Great Barber Battle

Kids' Book Club Meets the second Thurs at 6 pm
October 14: The Barren Grounds
November 11: Midnight at the Barclay Hotel
*Starred meetings are not held at their usual date and/or time
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