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Book Festival Announces Dream Team of Bestselling Authors

Fernandina Beach, FL – Mark your calendars for the “dream team” of literary superstars headed to Amelia Island, February 16 – 18, 2017, as the area celebrates the 16th Annual Amelia Island Book Festival (AIBF).

Revel in the company of world-renowned and NYT bestselling authors Steve Berry, R.L. Stine, David Baldacci, Mary Kay Andrews, Joseph Finder, Lara Adrian and others, to benefit the Festival’s acclaimed Authors in Schools Literacy Program. The program brings noted authors to every public school in the county, gives the students an opportunity to hear and meet these authors, and the experience is highlighted by presenting that author’s book to each student.

The Festival is proud to announce that Steve Berry is returning as honorary chairman for a second year. The international number-one bestselling author, known for his trademark mix of fact, fiction, history and speculation, has just published his provocative new thriller The 14th Colony, making this number eleven in the famous Cotton Malone series. Steve is author of other bestsellers such as The Patriot Threat, The Lincoln Myth, The King’s Deception, The Columbus Affair, The Jefferson Key, The Emperor’s Tomb, The Paris Vendetta, The Charlemagne Pursuit, The Venetian Betrayal, The Alexandria Link, The Templar Legacy, The Third Secret, The Romanov Prophecy and The Amber Room. His books have been translated into 40 languages with 20 million copies in 51 countries. They consistently appear in the top echelon of The New York Times, USA Today, and Indie bestseller lists. It’s no wonder that Steve has just signed a new deal with Minotaur Books for four more Cotton Malone adventures!

Book Festival Announces Dream Team of Bestselling Authors
Pictured left to right are Steve Berry, Mary Kay Andrews, Lara Adrian, David Baldacci, Joseph Finder and R.L. Stine

In addition, he and his wife, Liz, will conduct their highly sought after, Lessons from a Bestseller Writers Workshop to support Authors in Schools. This is a terrific four-hour course on the craft of writing. Writers of all stages, from beginning to published, can benefit from the session. Through their History Matters Foundation, Steve and Liz are making a huge difference in communities across America. Winner of the AIBF’s first-ever Stellar Award and numerous other accolades, Steve has been a friend of the Festival for many years.

R.L. Stine is coming to Amelia Island! No matter what your age, everyone knows of Goosebumps and its beloved author. Stine is one of the bestselling children’s authors in history, stimulating young and old alike with his jovial style. Next year marks the 25th anniversary of the release of Goosebumps. His astounding list of accomplishments is mind-boggling—he’s written more than 300 books (130 books in the Goosebumps series alone); there are 400 million copies, printed in 32 languages, a TV series, a movie, countless accolades and awards, and a teen series called Fear Street, that just won the Chicago Tribune YA Book Prize and a movie from 20th-Century Fox based on the Fear Street series is scheduled for release in 2017.

On Authors in Schools day, Mr. Stine will visit three schools across Nassau County—in Callahan, Yulee and Fernandina Beach. He’ll also present on Saturday afternoon during the Author Expo/Readers Extravaganza being held at the Fernandina Beach Middle School.

David Baldacci is the featured keynote speaker at the festival’s kickoff luncheon, Thursday, February 16. Baldacci has published 32 novels for adults—all (including his most recent, The Last Mile) have been national and international bestsellers, and several have been adapted for film and television. His novels have been translated into more than 45 languages and sold in more than 80 countries; over 110 million copies are in print worldwide. He has also published five novels for younger readers, including the #1 bestseller The Finisher, which is in development for feature film.

By popular demand, AIBF is repeating last year’s favorite and signature event the Author Face-off Dinner Gala on Friday, February 17 at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort with a new cast of top authors in the hot seats. Joining Steve Berry and R.L. Stine on stage are Mary Kay Andrews, Lara Adrian and Joseph Finder.

Mary Kay Andrews is the New York Times bestselling author of Beach Town, and many, many more. Her 24th novel, The Weekenders launched in May 2016. A former reporter for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, she also has written ten critically acclaimed mysteries, including the Callahan Garrity mystery series, under her “real” name, which is Kathy Hogan Trocheck. Her mysteries have been nominated for the Edgar, Anthony, Agatha and Macavity Awards.

Joseph Finder is the New York Times bestselling author of thirteen novels, most recently Guilty Minds. His books have won numerous awards, including the Strand Critics Award for Best Novel for Buried Secrets (2011), the International Thriller Writers Award for Best Novel for Killer Instinct (2006) and the Barry Award for Best Thriller for Company Man (2005). The Boston Globe has called him the “master of the modern thriller.” Two of his novels have been made into major motion pictures, including High Crimes, which was adapted into the hit 2002 movie starring Ashley Judd and Morgan Freeman; and Paranoia, the basis for the 2013 film starring Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman, and Liam Hemsworth.

Lara Adrian is the New York Times and #1 internationally best-selling author of the Midnight Breed vampire romance series, with nearly 4 million books in print and digital worldwide and translations licensed to more than 20 countries. Her books regularly appear in the top spots of all the major bestseller lists including the New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, Indiebound, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, etc. And, they have won several awards. Shee also writes as TINA ST. JOHN and her seven historical romances have won numerous awards including the National Readers Choice; Romantic Times Magazine Reviewer’s Choice; Booksellers Best and many others.

All the AIBF fundraising events: The kick-off Luncheon, Writers Workshop, the Author Face-Off Dinner Gala and the pre-festival events such as the Murder Mystery Dinner, (set for Friday, October 28, 2016) “Hit the Pin for Literacy” charity golf tourney (set for Friday, November 11, 2016) contribute to the goal of buying books for the students in Nassau County Schools.

The three-day festival culminates on Saturday, February 18, with a free-all day line-up of guest authors. The Authors Expo/Readers Extravaganza features more than 100 noted authors, breakout sessions, activities for kids, food, fun and family festivities as well as some bestselling author presentations which require a reservation as space is limited.

“Without the help of Steve and Liz Berry, we would not be able to attract this awesome caliber of authors to our boutique festival,” says Marie Fenn, 2017 AIBF president. “Equally as important, we have an exceptional group of Board directors who are working diligently to make this our best Festival ever. This group is supplemented by a dedicated cadre of some 80 additional volunteers. You’ll be hearing soon from some of these folks regarding sponsorship opportunities and tickets to our fundraising events. This is a county-wide effort dedicated to helping students succeed.”

It all adds up to helping kids in our community get even more excited about reading. Be part of it and help us raise money as we aim this year to exceed our 2016 achievement and provide 8,000 books,” says Jim Weinsier, AIBF vice president.

The 2016-2017 AIBF Volunteer Board Officers and Directors are: Raffaela “Marie” Fenn, president; James Weinsier, vice president; Anne Read, secretary; Fran Shea, treasurer; and Wendee Ashmore, Barbara Heggenstaller, Lauree Hemke, Mary Jane Johnson, Bob Langert, Elsa Mitschele, Foy Maloy, Mandy Purvis, Terry Ramsay and Jamie Thompson. For continual updates to events, breakout sessions, author signups, tickets and sponsorship and donor opportunities, visit www.ameliaislandbookfestival.org. The Amelia Island Book Festival is a not for profit 501(c)3 Corporation seeking to open up the world through books. Our mission is to promote life-long learning and an appreciation for books by providing quality events featuring local area and world-renowned authors.

Amelia Island Book Festival Brings R.L. Stine to Amelia Island

Fernandina Beach, FL – Mark your calendars for the “dream team” of literary superstars headed to Amelia Island, February 16 – 18, 2017 as the area celebrates the 16th Annual Amelia Island Book Festival (AIBF). Revel in the company of world-renowned and NYT bestselling authors Steve Berry, R.L. Stine, David Baldacci, Mary Kay Andrews, Joseph Finder, Lara Adrian and others, to benefit the Festival’s acclaimed Authors in Schools Literacy Program. The program brings noted authors to every public school in the county, gives the students an opportunity to hear and meet these authors, and the experience is highlighted by presenting that author’s book to each student.

The Festival is proud to announce that Steve Berry is returning as honorary chairman for a second year. The international number-one bestselling author, known for his trademark mix of fact, fiction, history and speculation, has just published his provocative new thriller The 14th Colony, making this number eleven in the famous Cotton Malone series. His books have been translated into 40 languages with 20 million copies in 51 countries. In addition, he and his wife, Liz, will conduct their highly sought after, Lessons from a Bestseller Writers Workshop to support Authors in Schools.

R.L. Stine is coming to Amelia Island! No matter what your age, everyone knows of Goosebumps and its beloved author. Stine is one of the bestselling children’s authors in history, stimulating young and old alike with his jovial style. Next year marks the 25th anniversary of the release of Goosebumps. His astounding list of accomplishments is mind-boggling—he’s written more than 300 books (130 books in the Goosebumps series alone); there are 400 million copies, printed in 32 languages, a TV series, a movie, countless accolades and awards, and a teen series called Fear Street, that just won the Chicago Tribune YA Book Prize and a movie from 20th-Century Fox based on the Fear Street series is scheduled for release in 2017.

David Baldacci is the featured keynote speaker at the festival’s kickoff luncheon, Thursday, Feb. 16. Baldacci has published 32 novels for adults—all (including his most recent, The Last Mile) have been national and international bestsellers, and several have been adapted for film and television. His novels have been translated into more than 45 languages and sold in more than 80 countries; over 110 million copies are in print worldwide. He has also published five novels for younger readers, including the #1 bestseller The Finisher, which is in development for feature film.

By popular demand, AIBF is repeating last year’s favorite and signature event the Author Face-off Dinner Gala on Friday, February 17 at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort with a new cast of top authors in the hot seats. Joining Steve Berry and R.L. Stine on stage are Mary Kay Andrews, Lara Adrian and Joseph Finder.

Mary Kay Andrews is the New York Times bestselling author of Beach Town, and many, many more. Her 24th novel, The Weekenders launched in May 2016. Edgar, Anthony, Agatha and Macavity Awards.

Joseph Finder is the New York Times bestselling author of thirteen novels, most recently Guilty Minds. His books have won numerous awards, including the Strand Critics Award for Best Novel for Buried Secrets (2011), the International Thriller Writers Award for Best Novel for Killer Instinct (2006) and the Barry Award for Best Thriller for Company Man (2005). The Boston Globe has called him the “master of the modern thriller.” Two of his novels have been made into major motion pictures, including High Crimes, which was adapted into the hit 2002 movie starring Ashley Judd and Morgan Freeman; and Paranoia, the basis for the 2013 film starring Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman, and Liam Hemsworth.

Lara Adrian is the New York Times and #1 internationally best-selling author of the Midnight Breed vampire romance series, with nearly 4 million books in print and digital worldwide and translations licensed to more than 20 countries. Her books regularly appear in the top spots of all the major bestseller lists including the New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, Indiebound, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, etc. And, they have won several awards. She also writes as TINA ST. JOHN and her seven historical romances have won numerous awards including the National Readers Choice; Romantic Times Magazine Reviewer’s Choice; Booksellers Best and many others.

All the AIBF fundraising events:
The kick-off Luncheon, Writers Workshop, the Author Face Off Dinner Gala and the pre-festival events such as the Murder Mystery Dinner, (set for Friday, October Amelia Island Book Festival “Hit the Pin for Literacy” charity golf tourney (set for Friday, November 11, 2016) contribute to the goal of buying books for the students in Nassau County Schools.

The three-day festival culminates on Saturday, February 18, with a free-all day line-up of guest authors. The Authors Expo/Readers Extravaganza features more than 100 noted authors, breakout sessions, activities for kids, food, fun and family festivities as well as some bestselling author presentations which require a reservation as space is limited.

For more information: www.ameliaislandbookfestival.org

Hit the Pin for Literacy

Hit the Pin for LiteracyFernandina Beach, FL – The Amelia Island Book Festival (AIBF) proudly announces its Inaugural “Hit the Pin for Literacy” Charity Golf Tournament supporting the Authors in Schools Literacy Program. The setting is the beautiful, award winning, Golf Club of Amelia Island, (the Ritz-Carlton/Summer Beach Course), Friday, December 11, 2015. Check-in starts at 11:00 am with the Shotgun start, Scramble format starting at noon.

“There will be loads of fun, food and fabulous prizes, but the joy of knowing you have helped a child in our Nassau County Public Schools own a book presented by its author is the real prize,” says John Carr, AIBF immediate-past president and tournament team leader.

“Participants in the tournament can make a huge difference. This event helps to raise the funds to buy a book for every student in our Nassau County Public School System. Golfers are playing for a good cause, and having a great time in the process,” says Jim Weinsier, author, board director and tournament team member.

“For more than a decade our Authors in Schools Literacy Program has been contributing to the educational process. The program is all about the Festival’s goal to promote literacy and life-long learning, as it touches every student throughout the county’s public schools in the process,” says Raffaela Marie Fenn, this year’s AIBF Board president. “We have some fabulous children and young adult authors coming to present, entertain, and excite the kids about learning through books on Festival Friday, February 19, 2016 at their schools. Where else can a golfer spend a relaxing day out in the fresh air-in friendly competition, while affording a local student a unique life-long learning experience?”

The tournament format is a “scramble” with lots of interesting twists. There will be a putting contest, gifts, prizes, raffles and much more. Registration includes greens fees, carts, range balls, cart baggie, buffet & awards. Prizes will be awarded to the Top Three Teams. Buy tickets on line or by mail. Registration for a foursome is $500, which buys books for one classroom; an individual player’s cost is $150, which contributes to the purchase of books for ten students. A portion of the registration fee is tax-deductible.

To learn more about the Golf Tournament, visit www.ameliaislandbookfestival.org

Led by Honorary Chairman and NYT and Number One International Bestselling Author, Steve Berry, the 15th Annual Amelia Island Book Festival promises new venues and formats designed to delight book fans and readers of all ages.

The Amelia Island Book Festival is a not for profit 501(c)3 Corporation seeking to open up the world for people of all ages by promoting and celebrating literacy through books. With a mission to promote life-long learning through fostering an appreciation for books, we provide quality events featuring authors in engaging venues.

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First Annual Murder Mystery Dinner to Support Authors in Schools

First Annual Murder Mystery Dinner to Support Authors in Schools

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Fernandina Beach, FL – Murder, mystery and mayhem will be the order of the evening, October 24, 2015, starting at 6:15 pm at the First Annual Murder Mystery Dinner sponsored by the Amelia Island Book Festival (AIBF) to support its literacy program, Authors in Schools (AIS).

At the beautiful Golf Club of Amelia Island, the cast of the Fernandina Little Theatre (FLT) will entertain, regale and engage attendees with an evening of laughter, fun, familiar and obscure literary references. Coupled with a sit-down, gourmet dinner, replete with a mystery drink and dessert, it is sure to be a hit.

“It’s all to support our Authors in Schools literacy program that touches every student throughout the County,” says Marie Fenn, AIBF Board president. Now in its 11th year, Authors in Schools is a unique and highly effective program. “Kicking off our fundraising efforts at the start of the Halloween season is in keeping with our spirit of camaraderie and partnership. We are immensely grateful to FLT for lending us their professional talents to support the literary arts among kids. The Amelia Book Festival Board of Directors invites the community to join us in a scintillating evening that supports literacy throughout Nassau County,” adds Fenn.

For tickets to the Murder Mystery Dinner and to learn more about details of the February 18 – 20, 2016 Amelia Island Book Festival, visit us at www.ameliaislandbookfestival.org.

Led by Honorary Chairman and NYT and Number One International Bestselling Author, Steve Berry, the 15th Annual Amelia Island Book Festival promises new venues and formats designed to delight book fans and readers of all ages.

The Amelia Island Book Festival is a not for profit 501(c)3 Corporation seeking to open up the world for people of all ages by promoting and celebrating literacy through books. With a mission to promote life-long learning though fostering an appreciation for books, we provide quality events featuring authors in engaging venues.

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Amelia Island Book Festival Announces Steve Berry as 2016 Honorary Chairman

Amelia Island Book Festival Announces Steve Berry as 2016 Honorary ChairmanAmelia Island, FL – With a new format and new venues, there are exciting changes in store for attendees at the upcoming 15th Annual Amelia Island Book Festival, biggest of which is Steve Berry as honorary festival chairman. With more than 15 international best sellers, Berry’s books have been translated into 40 languages with 19 million copies in 51 countries. They consistently appear in the top echelon of The New York Times, USA Today, and Indie bestseller lists.

“I’ve been coming to Amelia Island and its many book festivals for a long time. This year I’m honored to serve in an advisory role and work with the board to make this the best event in the history of the festival,” said Berry.

Berry is no stranger to Nassau County. In 2005, he was awarded the Stellar Award for his outstanding contributions to literacy by the Amelia Island Book Festival.

History lies at the heart of every Steve Berry novel. It’s his passion, one he shares with his wife, Elizabeth, which led them to create History Matters, a foundation dedicated to historic preservation. Berry will appear in Nassau County at several events throughout the three-day Festival slated for Thursday, February 18 through Saturday, February 20, 2016, along with several other New York Times best-selling headliners.

“His guidance in crafting our offerings and helping to entice other well-known authors to appear at our Festival has been invaluable,” said 2015-2016 Festival Chairperson Raffaela Marie Fenn. “He and Elizabeth have graciously offered to run their Master Writers Workshop to help us raise money for our literacy program, Authors in Schools. Replacing our usual Writers’ Workshop this year, the intense four-hour offering has been a huge boon to other communities. We are so very grateful for their generosity.”

With this year’s captivating theme, An Amelia Island Encounter—Action, Thrills and Mystery, the Festival takes on an exciting new format. Residents and visitors alike will have plenty of new attractions and new venues to revel in.

All proceeds from ticketed events go to support the Authors in Schools program, which for more than 11 years has been bringing an author to each school in the county, and buying those authors’ books for the students to create a memorable, engaging, full-circle experience highlighting the importance of the written word.

“We invite everyone to be a part of this endeavor, to support the Authors in Schools Program, as well as all the opportunities for the entire community and our visitors to celebrate life-long learning through books,” says 2015-2016 Festival Vice Chair Shiela Fountain.

Mark your calendars, check out the website www.ameliaislandbookfestival.org, and stay tuned for more exciting news and improvements.

The Amelia Island Book Festival is a not for profit 501(c)3 Corporation seeking to open up the world for people of all ages by promoting and celebrating literacy through books. With a mission to promote life-long learning though fostering an appreciation for books, we provide quality events featuring authors in engaging venues.

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NYT Best Selling Author Mary Alice Monroe Luncheon

NYT Best Selling Author Mary Alice Monroe LuncheonThe Amelia Island Book Festival is presenting a Book Festival Luncheon, in partnership with the Book Loft, featuring New York Times best-selling Author Mary Alice Monroe on Tuesday, June 2, from 11:30 to 1:30.

The luncheon takes place at the Amelia Island Plantation’s Ocean Club where Mary Alice Monroe will unveil her new book, The Summer’s End, part three in her Low-country Summer Trilogy.

Ticket holders will enjoy a delicious meal in a beautiful setting, have an opportunity to hear and visit with this hugely popular author, and receive an autographed copy of her new book, all for price of $42.95 per person.

The bestselling author of nearly two dozen novels, several non-fiction titles, and children’s books, Monroe’s body of work reflects her commitment to the natural world through literature. She is a featured speaker at both literary and conservation events. Her books, which are sold worldwide, have achieved several bestseller lists, including the New York Times, SIBA, and USA Today. Monroe was awarded the South Carolina Center Book Award for Fiction and the International Book Award for Green Fiction. In May 2014, she was awarded the Career Achievement Award for mainstream fiction by RT Book Reviews, Southwest Florida’s Distinguished Author Award, and the South Carolina Book Festival Literary Excellence Award.

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2015 Book Festival Features Readers Extravaganza

2015 Book Festival Features Readers ExtravaganzaThe Amelia Island Book Festival features a Reader’s Extravaganza on Saturday, February 21, 2015, at the Atlantic Recreation Center in Fernandina Beach, from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm.

FREE ADMISSION
The year’s lineup of award winning, bestselling and memorable authors, both local and from far off places is dazzling! Whether you enjoy biographies, fiction, non-fiction, mysteries, sci-fi, a wide assortment of genre is all here for you to explore, enjoy and buy.

The Festival offers FREE events all day Saturday. All EXTRAVAGANZA authors’ breakout sessions, TEEN FEST and KIDZ FUN ZONE activities are open to the public and free.

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VYSTAR READERS LUNCHEON
Vystar’s Readers Luncheon with Keynote Speaker Carolyn Curry will also be held Saturday at the Woman’s Club, located directly behind the Atlantic Recreation Center, from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm.

Tickets are $25.00 for members and $35.00 for non-members.

Book lovers will not want to miss Curry’s moving talk on faith, hope and courage. Curry is the author of Suffer and Grow Strong, the Life of Ella Gertrude Clanton Thomas ( 1834-1907). Her husband Bill Curry will introduce Carolyn.

This is an intimate story of devastating loss and ultimate triumph. Carolyn Curry brings to life the perseverance and metamorphosis of a real life Scarlett O’Hara in the story of Ella “Gertrude” Clanton Thomas. This intelligent, spirited woman was born in 1834 to one of the wealthiest families in Georgia. Thomas began keeping a diary at age 14 and her accounts of life before, during, and after the Civil War filled 13 volumes with 450,000 words. The war and its aftermath changed her life forever. She experienced poverty, illness, and devastating family strife. She saw four of her 10 children die. She grew to question the “peculiar institution” upon which the antebellum South was built. Through it all, Thomas poured her thoughts into her diary and persevered. In her later years, she became a human rights activist.

Kevin-emerson-amelia-islandTEEN FEST
Another Saturday event, held from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, in the Teen Lounge at the Atlantic Recreation Center is Teen Fest… and Teen Fest offers FREE ADMISSION and PIZZA!

Authors will enlighten and entertain throughout the day and the winner of the TEEN FEST writing contest will be announced. This year’s expanded offerings include Kevin Emerson, musician, songwriter, educator, and author, has been writing since he was in elementary school, designing his own unique endings to movies and books. Today he is widely known by young readers as the author of Carlos Gonna Get It, The Atlanteans Trilogy, The Fellowship for Alien Detections, the Lost Code Series, and the Oliver Nocturne Series. He currently works for a nonprofit organization in Seattle, which empowers students to excel academically and write extensively.

Lead singer for the band, Central Services’ Board of Education, his songs are widely heard on college radio stations. He has recently released an album with the same name as his band. He has been interviewed on National Public Radio, has appeared in many schools across the country, and is a much sought after inspiration for young writers and readers.

Charles-bonoit-amelia-islandCharles Benoit, a saxophone player and award-winning author, has published three youth thrillers: You, Fall from Grace and his latest, Cold Call. In his new book he explores the importance of keeping your secrets safe and how anyone can be bullied or be a bully. The fast-paced story is a riveting tale about three teens from different high schools dealing with real life issues.

Benoit, who works as a senior copywriter and producer for a marketing, advertising, and public relations firm, also frequently teaches creative writing workshops around the country. Benoit has taught high school social studies in the Rochester City School District, where he and his wife, currently live, and at international schools in Kuwait, Trinidad and Tobago. His music, writing and engaging presentation talents are sure to regale.

Terry-dean-amelia-islandTerri Dean, Ph.D., is a dynamic speaker, and well-known local clinical psychologist. Her new book, Traveling Stories, Lessons from the Journey of Life, is drawn from personal adventures with people, travels, and work. Her engaging writing style will inspire young authors to use their own lives as meaningful springboards for writing.

Be inspired, entertained and enriched. Attend TEEN FEST!

KIDZ FUN ZONE
Saturday, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, also brings the Kidz Fun Zone to the Rec Center. Again, there in no admission fee to enter this special place full of fun activities for children of all ages and is designed to encourage the love of reading and celebrating books. Collaborating with the Festival is The Friends of the Library, offering crafts, author readings, storytelling and other special projects through the day.

UP-CLOSE AND PERSONAL WITH BILL CURRY
Saturday evening, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, at the Fernandina Beach Golf Course Club is Up-close and Personal with Bill Curry.

This is a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with Bill Curry, NFL player, coach, and author of the highly acclaimed Ten Men You Meet in the Huddle: Lessons from a Football Life. Bill Curry has spent his entire adult life as a communicator and leader.

Bill-curry-amelia-islandHis NFL career included two Super Bowl titles, and he served as head football coach for Georgia Tech (’80-’86), the University of Alabama (’87-’89), and the University of Kentucky (’90-’96). In 1989, he received the Bobby Dodd National Coach of the Year Award. With awards too numerous to mention, Curry now helps motivate businesses, sports and organizations with his inspiring style.

The two-time Super Bowl winner, turned Georgia Tech and Alabama Coach, turned ESPN announcer turned motivational speaker and author will awe and inspire you.

“Bill Curry’s life is more than a football life. In reality, Curry is a humanitarian, scribe, ESPN analyst, an inspirational speaker on the dais and an engaging man about town who at the age of 65 has decided to build a first-ever football program at Georgia State University. He is the epitome of the Southern gentleman who just happened to enjoy knocking heads on the football field,” wrote one reviewer.

Curry also will be at the VyStar Readers Luncheon to introduce his author wife, Carolyn. She, in turn will be on hand at the early evening reception at the Fernandina Beach Golf Course Club to introduce him.

At this special reception you will not only get to mix and mingle with this fascinating man, but you will be among those few to share as he delivers some of the motivational presentations he gives to organizations.

Hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be served. Tickets are $60.00 for members, and $70.00 for non-members.

Amelia Island Book Festival is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization registered with the State of Florida dedicated to promoting literacy. Donations are tax deductible. Our mission is to support literacy throughout the community and to organize, manage, and produce annual book festival events for all citizens of Nassau County.

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2015 Book Festival’s Writer’s Workshop is February 20, 2015

2015 Book Festival's Writer's Workshop is February 20, 2015Writer’s Workshop

The 2015 Amelia Island Book Festival’s Writer’s Workshop will be held this Friday, February 20th, from 9:00 am to 3:15 pm, at the FSCJ Betty P. Cook Nassau Center The Lewis “Red” Bean Technical Center. Check-in is at 8:30. The cost is $65.00 for members and $75.00 for non-members. Registration includes a box lunch and refreshments.

The Writers Workshop is a scintillating day of sessions that brings together a cadre of stellar authors and presenters who will share their knowledge and skills. Immerse yourself in breakout sessions and panel discussions covering a range of topics about writing, editing, publishing and marketing. Whether you are looking for inspiration, are a published author, are seeking help in marketing your book, or have that manuscript nearly ready to go and want guidance on publishing and more, this year’s Writers Workshop has it all to help you get to that next step.

Workshop sessions address characterization, plot development, dialogue, editing, getting your work into print, working with agents and publishers, book design, book signing, branding, and tips and tricks to get booksellers to carry your work and on-line shoppers to buy it.

Some major highlights of the day from award-winning authors include lunch with Wendy Tyson, a lawyer turned mystery and thriller writer and whose novels have earned extensive accolades. Local author Chuck Barrett, whose work has been compared to Vince Flynn’s the international spy thriller novelist, will present a step-by-step workshop outlining the nuts and bolts of self-publishing, and, Nancy Blanton, author of historical fiction, will present a workshop on crucial aspects of historical fiction writing.

For a detailed schedule of workshop session and presenters go to www.ameliaislandbookfestival.org.

Authors in Schools
Also, Friday, February 20, 2015, the Festival presents its proudest offering. The Authors in Schools Program brings noted authors to visit thousands of students at Nassau County’s 15 public schools. Through this long-standing Festival tradition, students from kindergarten through high school will participate in lively talks, readings and programs all aimed at kindling young people’s interest in reading and fostering an enjoyment of books. Through Author-Link, a dynamic of private and corporate donations and grants, the Festival strives to purchase each visiting author’s book and provide them as gifts to the students to create a full-circle experience for them.

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Book Festival’s John Carr Comes to Rotary Sunrise

Book Festival's John Carr Comes to Rotary SunriseIsland Rotarians got an update on the upcoming Amelia Island Book Festival from guest speaker and festival Director, John Carr, at the club’s weekly meeting.

Carr shared the activities schedule and slate of authors at this year’s festival. The Amelia Island Book Festival organization is on a mission to improve the literacy of the children of Nassau County and the successful festival makes a big difference to the young readers!

This year there will be 80 authors on hand at the festival, showcasing many genres.

For more information on the book festival, scheduled for February 19 – 21, 2015, go to the organization’s website at www.ameliaislandbookfestival.org.

Pictured here is Amelia Island Book Festival Director, John Carr with Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise president, Mark Cutshaw.

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Wine and Cheese Reception with Trudy Griswold

Wine and Cheese Reception with Trudy GriswoldThere will be a Wine and Cheese Reception featuring Trudy Griswold on Friday August 1st at the Amelia Island Plantation presented by the Amelia Island Book Festival.

Trudy Griswold is the author of Angelspeake and has been featured on Good Morning America, CBS-TV and PBS.

The topic of the reception is: How to receive messages from your angels?

The Angelspeake.com website says:
“The Angelspeake books and classes will teach you not only how to receive messages, but also spiritual healing through the power of divine love. It is my privilege to be of service, as my own angels have said, ‘You work for God now.’ Just know that I am here to help you along your spiritual path towards even greater enlightenment and personal peace. With the loving presence of angels, our way is made clearer and easier to live more in peace, love, and joy! All we need do is learn how to ask, believe in the possibility, let it happen, and then say thank you. It is easier than you think. Learn how through the Angelspeake workshops, spiritual life counseling, upcoming events, and more.”

The reception will be held at a private home on Sea Marsh Road, so get your tickets early.

Tickets are only $35.00. For ticket access and more information call (906) 499-0796.

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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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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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