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 Local Author Showcase. In its 54th 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 September inviting San Diego County authors who published books in the current year to register for the program and submit their book. The annual deadline for submitting books is typically in late November.
The Showcase runs throughout the entire month of February when qualified books are displayed in the Dickinson Popular Library at the San Diego Central Library @ Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common. Participants are invited to attend a special preview of the Showcase prior to the public unveiling. Submitted publications are also showcased in an Online Gallery that lasts throughout the year and features author information, book cover images, and title and publishing information. In addition, the books will be available for public to check-out for the remainder of the year.
The Library features a special Little Local Author Showcase for writers ages 11 and under, conceived to accommodate the increasing number of children authors who enter the program. Likewise, San Diego Public Library is proud to include the publications of our burgeoning population of teen authors between 12 and 18 years old. Their books are honored at the annual Teen Local Author Showcase.
The San Diego Public Library has long hosted special events for authors including book discussions, writing workshops and author talks. We encourage writers to interact directly with their peers and readers by offering opportunities where they can share, collaborate, sell, and sign their books. The Local Author Program is presented for reading interest as well as the opportunity to highlight the diverse and abundant talent we have locally.
San Diego Public Library is grateful to the Friends of the San Diego Central Library for their generous support and sponsorship of the Local Author Showcase.