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Local Author Program

Local Authors Program

In its 50th year, the Local Author Program highlights the intellectual and creative accomplishments of writers and nurtures budding writers in the San Diego region. Special events are held for authors including book discussions, writing workshops and author talks, where writers can interact directly with their readers as they share, sell and sign their books.

Local Author Exhibit

A centerpiece of the Local Author Program is the annual Local Author Exhibit. The 2015 Local Author Exhibit produced one of the largest turnouts ever with over 350 authors and co-authors furnishing over 300 book titles including 30 titles in e-book format and 30 books by children authors ages 12 and under. All books were published in 2015 and reflect the diversity of San Diego's population and equally diverse scope of interest.

Subjects represented in the Exhibit range from biography, business, legal works, fiction, poetry, immigrant stories, cooking, self-help, military-themed titles, San Diego history, and books by children and teen authors.

The Exhibit will remain on display from February 1st through February 29th in the lobby of the San Diego Central Library @ Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common.

Little Local Authors, a special exhibit of books by children authors, is inaugurated this year in order to accommodate the increasing number of young authors who enter the Local Author Exhibit every year. Little Local Authors will take place in March 2016.

The Online Gallery, the exhibit's digital component, will last throughout the year and feature author information, book cover images, and title and publishing information.

  • What: Works of adult authors published in 2015
  • When: The entire month of February 2016
  • Works by Young Authors: The entire month of March 2016
  • Where: Physical copies of authors' books on display on the first floor of the Central Library

Call for Future Author Exhibitors

A call for submissions goes out in early fall each year, alerting all San Diego County authors who have published books in the current year to submit them. The call for submissions for the 51st Annual Local Author Exhibit for books published in 2016 will go out. For more details, please visit the Local Author home page.

For other events at the San Diego Public Library's Central Library and 35 branches, to search for materials in the Library's catalog, or to find links to additional resources and services, please visit or call the Library at 619-236-5800.

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