By Marcia Buompensiero
Over three hundred local authors and guests attended as San Diego’s Central Library hosted its 53rd Annual Local Authors Exhibit on Friday, January 25. Attendees assembled in the main auditorium to hear keynote speaker, Jean Guerrero, award winning investigative journalist, former foreign correspondent, and author of Crux: A Cross-Border Memoir, which won the PEN/FUSION Emerging Writers Award.
Guerrero hosts the Emmy-award winning KPBS series America’s Wall, and is the Vice President of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists for San Diego and Tijuana. Guerrero spoke on the consequences of upholding the “truth” in journalism, and its connection to the sacred trust shared by all writers to be true to their craft, whether their works are fiction or non-fiction.
SDWEG members were on hand to be recognized for their works published in 2017/2018. Included in the festivities were: Marcia Buompensiero for Fatal Little Lies (published under the pseudonym, Loren Zahn), Wanjiru Warama for Years of Shame, FGM Survivor & Other True Stories, and this year’s 2018 SDWEG anthology, The Guilded Pen – Seventh Edition. Books were on display in the authors showcase. This is the fourth year that the SDWEG anthology was part of the exhibit. On hand to celebrate was SDWEG member and anthology contributor Dora Klinova. She was joined by Cy Roseman and Rita Sweeting.
Submitted publications are also showcased in an Online Gallery that lasts throughout the year and features author information, cover images, and title and publishing information. In addition, the books will be available for the public to check-out for the remainder of the year. Go to https://www.sandiego.gov/public-library/news-events/localauthors to view the authors showcase. Note: 2018/19 books will be posted to the website in February 2019.We appreciate the work the library staff dedicated to this event to recognize and honor local authors and to promote the writing arts in San Diego. Our local authors were treated to a memorable evening.