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Local Author Program

51st Annual Local Author Showcase

51st Annual Local Author Showcase

The 51st Annual Local Author Showcase for books published by San Diego County writers in 2016 is now on display (February 1-28) in the Popular Library of the San Diego Central Library @ Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common.
Special Kickoff & Showcase Opening with Authors
Saturday, January 28th, 2:00 p.m. –  4:00 p.m.
Popular Library, San Diego Central Library @ Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common
The Little Local Authors Showcase will open on Saturday, March 4th with a special program honoring authors ages 11 and under, and continue throughout the month. Teen Local Authors, for young adults ages 12 to 18, will remain on display throughout both February and March 2017.
The Online Gallery, the online component of the Showcase, will continue throughout 2017.

About the Program

The Local Author Program highlights the intellectual and creative accomplishments of writers in the San Diego region. A centerpiece of the Local Author Program is the annual Local Author Showcase. In its 51st year, the aim of the Showcase is to bring exposure to local talent and nurture the pursuit of the writing arts in San Diego.

A call for submissions goes out in mid-September alerting all San Diego county authors who published books in the current year to submit them. The annual deadline for submitting books is in mid-November.

The Showcase runs throughout the entire month of February in the lobby of the San Diego Central Library @ Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common. Qualified participants will be invited to a special Local Author event to kick off the showcase. Submitted publications are also exhibited in an Online Gallery that lasts throughout the year and features author information, book cover images, and title and publishing information.

In 2015, the Library inaugurated a special Little Local Authors exhibit for writers ages 11 and under, conceived in order to accommodate the increasing number of young authors who enter the Local Author Showcase every year. Little Local Authors takes place in March following the adult exhibit in February. In 2016, Teen Local Authors will be highlighted and featured as well for teen writers between 12 and 18 years of age.

The San Diego Public Library has long hosted special events for authors including book discussions, writing workshops and author talks, where writers are able to interact directly with their readers as they share, sell and sign their books. The Local Author Showcase is presented for reading interest as well as the opportunity to highlight the diverse and abundant talent we have locally.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Local Author Showcase?

What is the Little Local Authors?

What is Teen Local Authors?

What is the goal of the Local Author Showcase?

How do I participate in the Showcase?

How many books am I allowed to submit? How many copies do you need?

May chapbooks, pamphlets and individual chapters by local authors be submitted?

What if I just heard about the Showcase this year or my book was published before 2016?

What is the Online Gallery?

Can I submit an ebook?

My book is in both print and ebook format. Which do you prefer?

What is the deadline to enter the Local Author Showcase?

Can self-published materials be submitted?

What happens to the books submitted for the Showcase?

For more information about the Local Author Program contact us at [email protected]. For other events at the San Diego Public Library's Central Library and 35 branches, or to search for materials in the Library's catalog or to find links to numerous additional resources, please visit www.SanDiegoLibrary.org or call the San Diego Public Library at (619) 236-5800.