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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 solved the riddle got a free book!

Was 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 🐲

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 🔥



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
…has education, inspiration, imagination in one fabulous place!

Missed it? Discover all of our 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      San Diego Reader


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.


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.