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2014 Amelia Island Book Festival

2014 Amelia Island Book FestivalEach year more authors and programs are added to the annual Amelia Island Book Festival, slated for Friday, February 21 and Saturday, February 22, in Fernandina Beach. Festival attendees have the opportunity to meet and mingle with nearly 100 authors representing many genres – from suspense thrillers, mysteries, poetry, fiction, nonfiction, young adult and children’s books. Most of the Saturday festival events are free to the public and will be held at the Atlantic Avenue Recreation Center from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm.

New York Times Bestseller David Baldacci will headline the Friday Writers Workshop.

There are, however, three ticketed events:
-In partnership with the Nassau County campus of Florida State College in Yulee, the Friday Writers Workshop will include sessions on editing, revisions, publishing options, characterization, plots, seeking an agent, and other subjects of interest to both the new and mature writer. The full day cost is $65 for festival members, $75 for non-members.

-To attend only the 2:30 pm session “David Baldacci on David Baldacci,” the cost is $25 for members, $35 for non members.

-Acclaimed author Cassandra King is the keynote speaker for the Saturday VyStar’s Readers’ Luncheon, following in the footsteps of past speakers, which include Debbie Macomber, Paula McLain, Rick Bragg and Jeff Shaara. This event is always a sellout and is particularly popular with the local and regional book clubs. Corporate partner VyStar Credit Union has been the long time sponsor of the festival’s luncheon. It will be held on Saturday, February 22, at the Fernandina Beach Woman’s Club, 11:30 to 1pm, at a member cost of $25, non-member cost $35.

READERS FESTIVAL
The Readers Festival will be all day Saturday, February 22, from 9:00 am to 4:00 PM at the Atlantic Avenue Recreation Center; this is a FREE EVENT.

Books, Books and More Books! The Amelia Island Book Festival has a wonderful tradition of bringing award winning, bestselling, and memorable authors to our quaint island to celebrate reading. This year’s festival is proud to have a great line up of bestselling, award winning and local talent.

All Up Close entertainment, Break Out Sessions, TEEN FEST and Kidz Fun Zone activities are open to the public and free. With seating available on a first-come, first-serve basis you want to be early.

TEEN FEST
Teen Fest is the Newest Addition to the 2014 Amelia Island Book Festival
Calling all teens! The Amelia island Book Festival would like to welcome a new addition to the festival. The Teen Fest is for young adults who are interested in meeting young adult authors and graphic novelists. The teens will have the opportunity to talk with authors and ask them any questions they might have. There will also be food and refreshments FREE of charge. So come on down to the Atlantic Recreation Center on Saturday February 22nd from 12-3.

ON STAGE ENTERTAINMENT
-Guess Who Came!
Join in the fun and try to guess the author the local celebrities are portraying!
Starring: Stan Fishburn, Larry Myers, Johnny Miller & Buffy Wells

-Look Who’s Here!
Chris Twiggs emcees entertaining excerpts from this year’s featured authors.
Kim Boykin, Brian Eames, Danny Ellis, LuAnn McLane & Laura Morrigan

-Guess Who’s Coming, Maybe!
Join in the fun and try to guess the author the local celebrities are portraying!
Starring: Dawn Bostwick, Arlene Filkoff, Bill Flynn & Billy Powell

BREAK OUT SESSIONS
-Southern Comedy with Sue Chamblin Frederick & Kim Boykin
-Poetry Hour with Nola Perez, Stephanie Andrews & Danielle Swisher
-Not Your Usual Memoir with Don Landy, Jeanne Selander Miller & Kenneth Overman
-Flights of Fantasy with Dianna Dann & Gary Zeigler
-Stories of Intrigue with Dr. Berta Isabel Arias, Heather Ashby & Kathryn Bain
-Celebrating History Through Tales with Nancy Blanton & Dee Phelps
-Ancestral Stories with Doug Alderson & William Rawlings

Go to ameliaislandbookfestival.com for details and reservations.

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