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Local Indie Bookstores Offering Book Signing Events

2 Feb 2023 4:44 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

San Diego’s Independent Bookstores that Offer Signing Events

Bay Books, Coronado The store specializes in new titles, indie favorites, military history, young adult and children's books. It provides book reviews on their website: | 1007 Orange Ave | Coronado CA 92118 |

619.435.0070. | They only order books from Ingram Sparks.

The Book Catapult An independent bookstore in South Park; they carry exclusively debut books, and though small they do events. 3010-B Juniper Street | San Diego, CA 92104 | (619) 795-3780 | || They only order books from Ingram Sparks.

Book Star, Barnes and Noble in Loma Theatre. | 3150 Rosecrans Place | San Diego, CA 92110 | (619) 225-0465. Also Barnes and Noble at Hazard Center | 7610 Hazard Center Drive #315 | San Diego, CA 92108 | 619) 220-0175. They have author virtual events for all genres. Each Barnes & Noble store will negotiate with a self-published author if they believe your book will sell at their store location.

Libelula Books focuses on Chicano and indigenous peoples in San Diego. They have in- and outdoor events and rent equipment for events. | | 950 S 26th St | San Diego, CA 92113| 619.775.4040 | Accepts self-published authors.

Meet Cute Romance Bookstore is a feminist bookshop focusing on romance books in North Park. They feature signing and bookpod events for romance genre books. Accepts self-published authors. | 4048 30th Street | San Diego, CA 92104| 619-228-9548

Mysterious Galaxy specializes in fantasy, science fiction, young adult, mystery and horror. They have signing events, many are virtual. Go to and fill out their form. They also have a writers’ group on the 2nd and 4th Sundays 4:30-6:30 PM. Newcomers are welcome. | 3555 Rosecrans St #107 | San Diego, CA 92110 | 619-539-7137. Accepts self-published authors.

Verbatim Bookstore carries over 200 local authors. Located in North Park at 3793 30th Street | San Diego, CA 92104 | 619-701-7466. Accepts self-published authors.

Events: Things to know before contacting Verbatim Bookstore about hosting your event:

As a primarily used bookstore, they rarely host traveling authors that they do not already sell in the store. Please do not contact them with sales pitches or attempts to get them to purchase new titles, they will not be able to respond to these messages.

They never buy books via Ingram or Amazon.

Since they don’t want to “play favorites,” they rarely host events for individual authors. If you would like to put together a lineup of authors/poets/etc. (as opposed to just one person) they will be much more likely to want to host that event!

They don’t really do the traditional “book signings” and prefer to do events that are engaging and experiential. They are looking for events that bring their patrons readings, discussions, multiple perspectives, etc.

Their events are always free to the public.

Warwicks Bookstore Located in the Village of La Jolla, Warwick’s is the country’s oldest continuously family-owned and operated bookstore. Beyond books, Warwick’s proudly hosts regular events. (858) 454-0347 | 7812 Girard Avenue | La Jolla, CA 92037. Self-published are covered in their “Weekend with Local Authors.” Learn more at:

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