Category: San Diego Happenings

San Diego Book Awards regrets to announce the cancellation of this year’s published book competition. Unfortunately, we did not receive enough entries to have a meaningful competition.

The unpublished segment of the competition will go on as planned.

We have contacted our published authors, and most have opted to leave their entries with us. They will be automatically entered in next year’s competition. We are considering making this a two-year competition moving forward.

What do you think?

Although the competition has been modified for 2018, we still have a number of activities planned for the coming months, and there are many ways to get involved and volunteer to help us continue our mission of encouraging and supporting local authors.

San Diego Book Awards Association

To celebrate the end of 2017, we at SDBA are honored to now have stickers available for those who have entered and become finalists. As a special thank you for those who have submitted so bravely in previous years, this is our way of letting you know your hard work and support have not gone unnoticed.

Stickers are available for purchase in the SDBA store!

San Diego Book Awards

Susan Vreeland Memorial — Celebration of Life

The event will be Thursday, September 21, 12:30 PM at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park, San Diego. 

After the 12:30 Public Event in Balboa Park there will be a private reception at another location. 

Feel free to pass this information along. 

Kip Gray (Susan’s husband)

Susan Vreeland, San Diego Author

The San Diego Book Awards extends their condolences to the family, friends, and the San Diego writing community for the loss of Susan Vreeland who passed away on August 23.

“Nobody brought art and artists to life like she did,” said Julie Slavinsky from Warwick’s bookstore in John Wilken’s obituary of Vreeland in the August 2 San Diego Union-Tribune.

In a 2014 interview in the Union-Tribune, Ms. Vreeland gave wonderful advice to authors, “Writers have to be observant. Every nuance, every inflection in a voice, the quality of air even–they all get mixed up in this soup of the story developing in our minds. We can’t ignore these little intuitions, because sometimes that’s where you find treasures.”

And, as Susan McBeth of Adventures by the Book said in Vreeland’s obituary, “We’ve lost a literary treasure.”