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50th Annual Local Author Program  

The Local Author Program highlights the intellectual and creative accomplishments of writers and nurtures budding writers in the San Diego region. Special programs for authors are held throughout the year.
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About the Local Author Program

The Local Author Exhibit highlights the intellectual and creative accomplishments of writers in the San Diego region. In its 50th year, the aim of the program 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 early September alerting San Diego County authors who have published a book in the current year to submit them.  The deadline for registering and submitting a book for the 2015 Local Author Exhibit is MONDAY, November 16, 2015. 

The Exhibit runs throughout the entire month of February 2016 in the Dickinson Popular Library at the San Diego Central Library @Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common.  Participants are invited to attend a special preview and reception prior to the public unveiling.  Submitted publications are also exhibited in an online gallery that lasts throughout the year and features author information, book cover images, title and publishing information. 

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 Exhibit is presented for reading interest as well as the opportunity to highlight the diverse and abundant talent we have locally.  For more Local Author information please contact 

Learn about other events at the San Diego Public Library’s Central Library and 35 branches, find links to numerous additional resources, or search for materials in the Library’s online catalog.




NEW EVENT! Writers to Watch NEW EVENT!

Sunday - September 18, 2016

1:00pm - 2:30 PM

Shadab Zeest Hashmi

Will be sharing her award winning career in the

Jafee Mountain View Reading Room

on the 5th floor of the

San Diego Publc Central Liibrary.


Shadab Zeest Hashmi is the W2W speaker for September 18,2016. She is the author of Kohl and Chalk and Baker of Tarifa. and the recipient of the San Diego Book Award, the Nazim Hikmet Prize, and multiple Pushcart nominations. She has been published in Prairie Schooner, The Cortland Review, Poetry International, The Adirondack Review, Vallum, Atlanta Review, POEM and other journals worldwide, and has presented her work in the UK, Spain, Turkey, Pakistan and Mexico. She is a columnist for 3 Quarks Daily.




50th Anniversary of the Local Author Exhibition

Online Local Author Exhibit 2015

The Local Author Program, now celebrating its golden anniversary, brings exposure to local talent, nurtures the pursuit of the writing arts in San Diego and gives local authors a place to exhibit their books. Over 300 books by San Diego County authors will be on display during the month of February in the Central Library @ Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common's Dickinson Popular Library.


Online Local Author Exhibit 2014

Online Author Exhibit

Local author exhibit image

Visit Local Authors Published in 2014 through here.

Below are the local authors who published in 2014 and submitted a photo and cover of their book.

Local Authors, A-B Local Authors, G-H Local Authors, M-N Local Authors, S-T
Local Authors, C-D Local Authors, I-J Local Authors, O-P Local Authors, U-Z
Local Authors, E-F Local Authors, K-L Local Authors, Q-R

Note to Local Authors
: If you sent in photos and don't see them here, please e-mail the editor at


2014 Published Local Authors Brochure


Little Local Authors

New this year!

To accommodate the increasing number of young authors who enter the exhibit every year, the library will inaugurate a special Little Local Author Exhibit for writers ages 12 and under.  This special exhibit and kick-off event will take place in early March 2016. Take a look at the Online Exhibit


Frequently Asked Questions

Q.  What is the Local Author Exhibit?

A.  It is an annual program open to present San Diego County residents who published a book in the current year. Qualified participants must currently reside within zip codes 91901 - 92199. 

Q. What is the Little Local Authors?

A. New this year as well as to accommodate the increasing number of children authors who enter the Local Author Exhibit every year, there will be a separate exhibit and kick-off event for children authors ages 12 and under. 

Q.  What is the goal of the Local Author Exhibit?

A.  The San Diego Public Library sponsors the Local Author Exhibit to nurture and foster local writing and talent in the Greater San Diego area.

Q.  When and where is the Exhibit held?

A.  The Exhibit will be on display in the Dickinson Popular Library of the San Diego Central Library @ Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common for the entire month of February 2016. A private preview reception is held to honor participating authors. Authors may bring one (1) guest to the reception. Dress code is business casual.  This special Little Local Authors exhibit and kick-off event will take place in March 2016.

Q.  How do I participate in the Exhibit?

A.  The general call to authors for submission goes out in September every year. All correspondence is done electronically. 

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

A.  Please submit only one (1) book per author.  We need only one copy.

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

Except for poetry chapbooks, only books with proper bookbinding and format may be submitted.  Books must look like books.  No pamphlets, brochures or stapled material can be accepted.

Q.  I just heard about the Exhibit but my book was published before 2015.

A.  We’ll accept books published the year before (in 2014) that missed the call for submissions deadline.  Books published before 2014 do not qualify.

Q.  What is the Online Exhibit?

A.  The Online Exhibit showcases authors and their information throughout the year including books, photos, publishers and bios. It opens at the same time as the live Exhibit in February, and closes in December.

Q.  Can I submit an ebook?

A. eBooks are accepted as long as they were published in the current year. For display purposes, please upload an image of the cover of your book on the online registration form.  Your submission is complete. You don’t need to do anything else.

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

A.  Please register and submit only the print edition.

Q.  What is the deadline to enter the Local Author Exhibit?

A.  Registration must be completed and books received by Monday, November 16, 2015.

Q.  Can self-published materials be submitted?

 A.  Yes. The Program reflects the diversity of the publishing world.

Q.  What happens to the books submitted for the Exhibit?

A.  All items submitted to the San Diego Public Library for the Local Author Exhibit are unconditional gifts which will not be returned.  Gift materials may be added to the collection in compliance with the Library's collection guidelines.   eBooks cannot be added unless they are available through the library’s digital format vendor.



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