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Once Upon a Book Fair 2023

Welcome to our annual author event where you’ll find a book for everyone!
Go on a treasure hunt and raid the dragon’s lair!
Our first 75 guests who solve the riddle will get a free book!
(Many of these books are meant for adults, so parents please use your own discretion.)

Saturday, June 3rd, 2023
California Center for the Arts, Escondido (Directions/Map/Free Parking)
Art & Education Studios
340 N. Escondido Blvd, Escondido, CA 92025

🐲 10 a.m. to 4 p.m 🐲

Click here for a schedule and author location map!

Author Readings and Spotlight Interviews all Day Long!

11am: T. Jefferson Parker, San Diego Thrillers

1:15pm: Linda Thomas-Sundstrom, Paranormal Romance

2:20pm: Matt Coyle, San Diego Thrillers

No tickets necessary! FREE fun for the whole family!
(Take a look at last year’s fun!)

Books set your imagination on 🔥

Hosted by authors Jolie Tunnell and Tanya Ross

Once Upon a Book Fair…

…encourages literacy
…showcases multiple genres, something for everyone
…inspires youth
…shines a spotlight on local writers
…provides a rare meet and greet with published authors
…draws people together and celebrates diversity
…acclaims Escondido as a significant Center for the Arts
…validates San Diego’s public library programs
…creates a unique cultural community event
…supports small business
…education, inspiration, imagination

Participating Local Authors

(Can’t make it? Discover all of their books and shop now!)



Spotlight on the Community” podcast interview with Drew Schlosberg

Authors on the Porch” podcast interview and advert with CJ Ives

KPBS Shout

San Diego Reader, coming soon


Mad appreciation for our sponsors and marketing partners!
🐉 We couldn’t do this without you!

Once Upon a Book Fair is a free event made possible by our location sponsor, California Center for the Arts, Escondido, the art & soul of our community, featuring concerts & performances, museum exhibits, education programs & special event venues.



Our marketing partner, the San Diego Writers Festival, offers free classes from world-class instructors as well as children’s programs, podcast, book club, contests, author events, and more.


We have an amazing team of volunteers, support staff, and advisors donating time and talent all year to make this event possible. A heartfelt thank you to each and every one.