Story and Song Partners with Amelia Island Book Festival

Story and Song Partners with Amelia Island Book FestivalIf you know the wonderful folks behind An Evening of Story and Song, then you know their “day jobs” are in the world of books and when their friends with the Amelia Island Book Festival asked if they happened to know of any authors who also happened to be singer/songwriters, well, a partnership was fast formed!

This year, the Amelia Island Book Festival and Story and Song are pleased to welcome Danny Ellis as he returns to Amelia Island to kick off the Amelia Island Book Festival with “words and music” on Thursday, February 20th at 7:30 pm.

Danny first told the story of his growing up in one of Dublin’s most notorious institutions run by the Christian Brothers, The Artane Industrial School for Boys, in the highly acclaimed album, 800 Voices.

As a result, he was invited to tell his story in book form as well; Boy at the Gate, already a bestseller in the UK, is now available in the U.S. (please ask your local independent bookseller).

For more information or to purchase tickets for Danny’s appearance, click here.

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Rotary Learns About Patient Community Advocate Program

Rotary Learns About Patient Community Advocate ProgramAmelia Island, FL – Rotarians in the Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise were treated to a presentation by Jim Tippins, Senior Chaplin at Baptist Medical Center Nassau about the Patient Community Advocacy (PCA) Committee for the hospital. The committee is comprised of former patients, patients’ families, community volunteers, the BMCN Auxiliary, and hospital staff, all reporting to hospital president Stephen Lee, and the committee exists to create a culture of excellence based upon patient insight and they work to identify issues that impact a patient’s experience during a hospital visit or stay. Rotarians learned about ways this committee works proactively to facilitate communications between patients, staff, and the community!

The Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise meets every Friday at 7:30 a.m. at the Fernandina Beach Golf Club. For more information about the club or to attend a morning breakfast meeting, please contact president, Mark Dennis, at mark@A1Awealthmanagement.com or go to www.ameliaislandrotary.com.

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Celebrate the 2013 Amelia Island Book Festival

Debbie MacomberWho are the headliners for Celebrate Viva Books! 2013? Here are the big names coming to the Amelia Island Book Festival:

Debbie Macomber is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and one of today’s most popular writers with more than 170 million copies of her books in print worldwide. Macomber brings to life the compelling relationships that comprise family, community and enduring friendships, filling her readers with a sense of love and hope.

Elizabeth Kostova wrote The Swan Thieves and is also the author of The Historian. She graduated from Yale and holds an MFA from the University of Michigan, where she won the Hopwood Award for the Novel-in-Progress.

Michael Morris about is a fifth-generation native of Perry, Florida. He knows Southern culture and characters. They are the foundation and inspiration for the stories and novels he writes.

Over 100 authors will be selling their books, giving talks and available for personal conversations. This the largest group of national, regional and local authors this festival has ever hosted!

The date and location of the Viva Books! 2013 is Saturday, April 27, 2013, at the Atlantic Avenue Recreation Center in Fernandina Beach.

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How to Get Published in the 21st Century

How to Get Published in the 21st CenturyHow to Get Published in the 21st Century is a conference is for all writers, from novice to published. Whether you’re just starting to write, need direction on how to better market your book, or anything in between, the dedicated, knowledgeable authors and professionals will offer tips, advice and guidance on all the ins and out of writing and publishing.

Check out the session topics and presenters below and register today!

Lunch Session Keynote
Elizabeth Kostova – A Yale graduate, Kostova holds an MFA from the University of Michigan, where she won the Hopwood Award for the Novel-in-Progress. After 10 years of research and writing her first novel, Kostova sent The Historian to an agent and then to publishers. The rights of this first book were eventually auctioned and purchased for $2 million. It was the first debut novel to hit the New York Times bestseller list at #1. The Historian has been published in 44 languages, has more than 1.5 million copies in print, and there’s a Sony film in the works. Her most recent bestseller The Swan Thieves was published in 2010.

Effective Tools for Self Editing
Patricia Charpentier – Learn a variety of free/inexpensive tools to root out typos, overused words & phrases, and other oversights that dull the shine of your fabulous stories. (Author of the multi-award winning book, Eating an Elephant: Write Your Life One Bite at a Time, Charpentier teaches, writes, edits, ghostwrites and publishes personal and family history. Visit her at www.writingyourlife.org.)

Unlocking Your Creative Voice
Sarah Jean Davidson – Learn how to get your thoughts down on paper so they can be polished. (Davidson is author of: Your Mouth To God’s Ear,in which she combines her experiences in Manifesting with scientific discoveries. She is also a portrait and mural artist and a “Seer” with the gift of Clairvoyance.)

How to Market your Book on a Shoestring Budget
Ron P. Whittington – Learn how to implement an effective PR campaign without a publicist. (Author of Second Strike and Doppelganged, Whittington also freelance writes for Texas Monthly, Jacksonville Magazine, and the Florida Times Union. He has worked for more than 20 years in public relations and marketing, starting his career as a journalist with CNN Radio and the Dallas Business Journal.)

Creative Nonfiction
Jeff Kunerth – Learn how the strengths of truth along with the techniques of fiction are the future of nonfiction writing. (An award-winning journalist with the Orlando Sentinel, Kunerth is the author of Trout: A True Story of Murder, Teens and the Death Penalty. As a teacher of writing and reporting, Kunerth was named adjunct of the year in 2010 by the University of Central Florida’s Nicholson School of Communication. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University and his Master’s in Creative Nonfiction from Goucher College.)

How to Get Published Panel
June Hall McCash
Mary Ann Miller – Miller is an art educator, professional artist and author who has for many years traveled to various parts of Europe following in the footsteps of artists such as Van Gogh, Monet and Matisse. Sketchbooks from these trips have been combined in the “Blue Vase” series of books.
Drew Sappington – Sappington works at a variety of odd jobs, at least odd to him, including storyteller, clinical psychologist and college professor. He has one textbook, forty professional journals articles, a few short pieces in publications that people actually read, and a book of humorous history stories.
Kevin Shipp

Effective Marketing
Donna Paz Kaufman – Learn what retailers need printed on the book cover, the terms bookstores require, managing consignment sales, strategies for prominent display space, and bookstore approach techniques.

Pit to Pinnacle: the Path to Publication
Sharman Burson Ramsey – Once the book is written, the challenge begins. Learn strategies in improving and surviving the process.

Thinking Outside the Box: Learn New Venues for Marketing
Mary Ann Bator-Gray – Bator-Gray’s book, Ethereal Desire was the 2011 First Place Winner of the FWA’s Royal Palm Award for an unpublished romance. She’s also written several children/cat-lover books.

Finale
Soup to Nuts: Putting It All Together – Panel Discussion
Cynn Chadwick – Chadwick is the author of That’s Karma, Baby plus many more. Her books have been nominated for the Lambda, Golden Crown, and Stonewall Literary Awards. She holds an MFA and teaches in the Creative Writing Program at UNC-Asheville.
A. Dragonblood – A. Dragonblood has been a ghost writer for over 20 years. His stories are a collection of truths, embellished by his own fantastical imagination. Now working on the 5th book in his Children of the Others Collection, he shows the ordinary can be extraordinary in this magical world we live.
Patricia Charpentier
Sharman Burson Ramsey
Jeff Kunerth

Register Now!
The conference is Friday, April 26, at the FSCJ Betty P. Cook Nassau Campus, from 9:00am – 4:00pm.

Costs:
$65 AIBF Member
$75 Nonmember

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Environmental Writer to Discuss Salt Marshes

Environmental Writer to Discuss Salt MarshesHaving grown up on a barrier island in South Carolina, Georgia author Charles Seabrook has long been fascinated with the life and beauty of the vast salt marshes that line our southeast Atlantic coast.

In his fascinating new book, The World of the Salt Marsh, Seabrook explores the natural history, people, historic and ecological significance of these marshes, which are sometimes called “mother nature’s nursery” because 70 percent of the region’s fishes, shellfish, and crustaceans get their start there.

Seabrook will discuss his research and findings at a special luncheon planned by the Friends of the Library and the Amelia Island Book Festival at noon on Friday, April 26 at Café Karibo located at 27 N. 3rd Street, in Fernandina Beach.

Seabrook has been a columnist and environmental writer for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution for many years and has written several books including the locally popular Cumberland Island: Strong Women, Wild Horses.

The Friends of the Library is a not-for-profit, volunteer organization that promotes literacy and lifelong learning in our community and raises funds to strengthen the Fernandina Beach Library.

For more information or to become a member, visit nassaureads.com on click on Friends of the Library, call 904-277-7365 or e-mail fernandinalibfriends@gmail.com.

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Book Festival Conflicts with Shrimp Festival Parade

Book Festival Conflicts with Shrimp Festival ParadeNow that the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival Parade is being held on April 27, 2013, it is in direct conflict with the Amelia Island Book Festival, also being held April 27th. (Fernandina Beach High School seniors also depart for their “Senior Field Trip” that afternoon, too.)

There will be over 100 authors at the Atlantic Recreation Center Complex featuring free parking, a free photo booth, a free Kidz Fun Zone and free author sessions.

Kidz Fun Zone
Be a Book Worm
Story time
Arts and Crafts
Book about me!
Author activities.

Photo Booth
Enjoy an instant printout from your photo booth session.

#1 New York Times Bestseller
Debbie Macomber will be the guest at ,em>A Garden Party with Debbie, sponsored by VyStary. This luncheon will be held from 11:30 to 1:30. This is a ticketed event.

For more information visit AmeliaIslandBookFestival.com.

The Shrimp Festival parade will begin at 11:00 AM, in downtown, historic Fernandina Beach, Florida.

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Black Cake and Sherry with Emily Dickinson

Black Cake and Sherry with Emily DickinsonJoin Emily Dickinson for Black Cake and Sherry at the Book Loft on Centre Street in Fernandina Beach, on Wednesday, March 27th, at 4:00 PM.

In the upstairs parlor of the Book Loft, enjoy scrumptious black cake and sherry as Emily Dickinson shares her innermost thoughts and secrets.

In this intimate setting you are encouraged to ask Emily the questions you’ve always wanted to ask but were afraid to. This is a preview of the one woman show “The Belle of Amherst” presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC. starring Sinda Nichols at the Fernandina Little Theatre in April.

Come dwell in possibility!

Tickets are $20 and $30.00. This is a unique literary event supporting the Amelia Island Book Festival, Viva Books! 2013.

Visit: belleofamherst.org or ameliaislandbookfestival.com for more information.

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Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers Performs February 16th in Fernandina

Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers Performs February 16th in FernandinaJeffrey Pepper Rodgers is not only an exceptional musician and songwriter (winner of the John Lennon Songwriting Competition), but the founding editor of Acoustic Guitar magazine, a contributor to NPR’s All Things Considered, and author of Rock Troubadours (featuring his interviews with such artists as Jerry Garcia, Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, and Dave Matthews) and other books on music.

An Evening of Story & Song is pleased to partner with the Amelia Island Book Festival to present JPR in concert in Burns Hall at St. Peter’s Episcopal Parish.

Rodgers plays dynamic original songs shaped by roots music and rock, and delivered with extraordinary instrumental range: from the luminous love song Humming My Way Back Home, performed on the oddball three-stringed instrument known as a Strumstick; to the story song Sycamore Tree, spoken and sung over a joyous percussion groove; to blazing bluegrass guitar on his John Lennon Songwriting Contest winner Fly. At turns wryly funny and piercingly personal, Rodgers uses his writer’s eye for detail to tell emotionally moving tales of modern life.

“Folk music with a serrated edge… a magical blend of storytelling and driving flattop guitar.” –Andy Ellis (Guitar Player, Frets)

“Songs that fill the senses.” –Mark Bialczak, The Post-Standard

“Beautiful original songs… Humming My Way Back Home is an album to listen to when you want to contemplate the everyday things of life.” –Rootstime (Belgium)

Reservations only by advance donation. Seating is limited. Hosted by Mark and Donna Paz Kaufman.

$25 advance donation – VIP reservation includes: 6:30 pm pre-concert meet and greet with the artist, hors d’ oeuvres, and preferred seating.
$15 advance donation – Reserved Seating: Doors open 7:15 pm
$20 donation at the door – General Seating

All proceeds benefit the Amelia Island Book Festival.

For more about the songwriter/author, visit www.JeffreyPepperRodgers.com.

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Amelia Island Book Festival Update

With more than 40 authors, novelists and poets physically attending, the Amelia Island Book Festival went of to a great start with workshops at the college in Yulee today. The Reader’s Festival, Café and Marketplace with the opportunities to meet and greet the authors tomorrow, Saturday between 9:00 and 4:30pm, is what really should be fun.

With names like Steve Berry, David Morrell, Paula McLain, Tatjana Soli and David-Matthew Barnes the Book Festival returns to Fernandina’s Historic District primarily set up at the First Presbyterian Church campus. Author chats, panels, and presentations will be offered at various locations on the campus. The Café and Marketplace, where the headliners and featured authors meet and greet the public, will be in Jim Thomas Hall. 

This all day Festival is free and open to the public. Here is the day’s program.

Searchamelia is planning some video interviews with several of the authors, in particular David Matthew Barnes (Swimming Chicago), who is residing with us at the Amelia Oceanfront Bed and Breakfast this weekend.

Free Reader’s Festival and Kidz Zone

Free Reader's Festival and Kidz ZoneThe free Reader’s Festival and Kidz Zone will be held Saturday, February 18, 2012 at the First Presbyterian Church on N. 6th Street in Fernandina Beach.

This Festival, Cafe and Marketplace gives you the opportunity to meet the authors, shop for books, hear award-winning authors talk about writing and researching books, have lunch or a snack and get to know some new friends who share your love of books.

The Kidz Zone
La Tierra Prometida, (formerly the First Baptist Church), located on N. 5th Street will have lots of fun activities for all ages. The Friends of the Library will give children a chance to write their own books. There will be crafts, magic carpet story time, and a chance to meet and talk with authors about reading and writing.

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Two Cool Book Island Festival Events

Two Cool Book Island Festival EventsTickets are still available for two cool Book Island Festival events.

Friday, February 17

Writers’ Workshop will be held at FSCJ’s Betty P. Cook Nassau Campus on Friday from 9:00am to 5:00pm. This is a full day of intensive workshops providing innovative sessions for all genres and levels of writers. Tickets are only $65.00 each.

Included is a working luncheon with award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of First Blood, Creepers, and The Successful Novelist, David Morrell. David is the author of more than 35 books as well as a professor of literature and writing teacher.

Once Upon a Book Island Festival Gala will be held at the Omni Amelia Island from 6:00 to 9:30pm.

Enjoy dinner by Horizons as the island sounds of Pili Pili delight you in a beautiful setting on the marsh with festival authors as well as old and new friends who share your love of books. Featuring Nassau County and Amelia Island favorite Steve Berry along with David Morrell. Tickets are $75.00 each or $700.00 for table of 10.

For more information on these and other upcoming events, visit www.ameliaislandbookfestival.com or call (904) 624-1665.

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Exploring Florida’s Literary Heritage

Exploring Florida's Literary HeritageMouth of Amelia invites you to Exploring Florida’s Literary Heritage presented by Amelia Island Book Festival, Amelia Island Museum of History and the Florida Humanities Council, Sunday, February 19, 2012 from 2:00 to 3:30 PM, at the Amelia Island Museum of History, 233 S. Third Street, in Fernandina Beach, Florida.

This event will feature a panel discussion of Florida authors, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings and Zora Neale Hurston.

Rawlings and Hurston first met in St. Augustine, FL in the early 1940s. Both were powerful female writers, one white, one black, decidedly different backgrounds, but, nevertheless, they developed a deep and lasting friendship based on their respect for each other and shared literary professions.

Rawlings’s Pulitzer Prize winning book The Yearling had made her very famous at that time, and allowed her to purchase beach property near St. Augustine. This was not far from the 72 acre orange grove at Cross Creek she acquired in 1928, where she had written her other iconic novel Cross Creek in that wilderness retreat.

Hurston was Alabama born but Florida raised, calling Eatonville home, though she spent some time in Jacksonville in her early school days. She was the only black student at Barnard College, graduated with a BA in Anthropology, and spent two years at Columbia University in the same field. In the 1930s she established a school of dramatic arts at then Bethune-Cookman College in Daytona Beach. By the time these two fascinating women met, Hurston had published and received critical acclaim for Their Eyes Were Watching God.

The panelists are:

Dr. Anna Lillios, the Executive Director of the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Society and author of Crossing the Creek, a book that details the relationship between Rawlings and Hurston.

Marsha Dean Phelts, the author of An American Beach for African Americans, the only complete history of Florida’s first exclusive beach resort for African Americans.

Dr. Kathryn Seidel, Professor of English at the University of Central Florida, and published in the areas of women writers and literature of the American South.

Virginia Lynn Moylan, author, educator and co-founder of Zora Fest in Ft. Pierce, FL, and author of Zora Neale Hurston’s Final Decade.

The moderator will be Fernandina Beach attorney Teresa J. Sopp, JD, who is also a Trustee of the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Society.

The program is free and open to the public. However, due to space limitations, reservations are required. Please call 904-624-1665 to reserve a seat or for further information.

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