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Once Upon a Book Fair 2024

Welcome to our annual author event where you’ll find a book for everyone!

It’s never too early to plan a party! Bookmark this page and check back often to watch it progress and grow as the event draws closer, and feel free to share with others.

Once Upon a Book Fair is tentatively scheduled for:

Saturday, June 1, 2024

10am to 3pm

Venue tbd, but in San Diego North County

If you are interested in volunteering, sponsoring a portion of the event, or an author interested in participating, please let us know any time by using the contact form here. The initial emailed invitation will go out in January of 2024.

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

    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
    …validates San Diego’s public library programs
    …creates a unique cultural community event
    …supports small business
    …has education, inspiration, and imagination all in one fabulous place!


    Once Upon a Book Fair 2024 is a literary celebration that immerses authors and readers in the adventures found at the turn of every page. Meet new authors, discover new books, get autographs, and vote on your favorite table.


    We appreciate our sponsors and marketing partners!
    We couldn’t do this without you!



    Our ongoing 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.

    The San Diego Writers Festival was formed in 2019 in order to provide a free opportunity for authors and those who want to become published authors to take part in presentations and workshops without the expense of attending a writers’ conference. At present, Writers Festival is not a membership organization, but is associated closely with the International Memoir Writers Association (formerly San Diego Writers Association) and relies heavily on IMWA’s members and others to make their events a success. In addition to their annual Writers Festival, SDWF sponsors a bimonthly book club where participants get to meet and discuss the book with the author. Many Guild members are also members of IMWA and volunteer with SDWF.

    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.