Amelia Island Book Festival engages adults and young people in the joy of reading and writing through a series of public events featuring New York Times best-selling authors, independent publishers and authors, awards programs and workshops.
Book Festival Seeking Executive Director
The Amelia Island Book Festival is seeking an Executive Director to manage the operations and programs of the organization. The ideal candidate would possess a BA and preferably an MA with experience in non-profit organization management, events management, fundraising, public relations, marketing and grant management. Exceptional interpersonal skills, the ability to work in a team-oriented environment and ability to work closely with Board Members and Volunteers are essential skills. The position will report directly to the Board of Directors.
The Amelia Island Book Festival is a Florida registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
For two decades, our community has come together to connect students, authors, and books for lifelong learning. Our 2020 Festival was a great success, and with your help, we distributed over 13,000 books to the students of Nassau County through our Authors in Schools program.
When you become an AIBF member, you are supporting our mission to promote literacy in Nassau County. The proceeds generated are used to fund our Authors in Schools program which distributes books to students, but also places the author in front of the student.
2021 Virtual Events Are Underway
An update from AIBF President, Larry Williams
In recent months we have shared both reflections of past year’s memories and events, as well as our intention to continue pursuing our mission amid the challenges of this most unusual year. With the commitment and efforts of our Board, schools, authors, and the community and the use of technology, we’ve hosted 2 successful virtual events to date and have plans for more to come.
On February 24, AIBF partnered with Jayne Rose-Vallee and Literacy for Kids Director Heather Mertz for a virtual author event at Callahan and Wildlight Elementary Schools. In addition to distributing 400 signed books, Rose-Vallee read the book to the students in a virtual presentation, complete with a Question and Answer session. She also showed them the process by which she crafts her books and stated that she is currently working on a book about Florida waters. More about this experience can be found on our website.
“The virtual author visit was the window into the creative mind of the author. Students enjoyed listening to the story and hearing how the story was created from a little child just like them. Thank you for this amazing opportunity.”
~ Callahan Elementary Principal Melissa Johnson
On March 4, American Beach resident and local author, Marsha Dean Phelts, presented a well -attended live cooking demonstration via Zoom, sharing recipes and history of American Beach, based on her book, The American Beach Cookbook published in 2008. She was joined by Chef, Kathryn Kelly. You are welcome to watch the replay of the event on our website.
The American Beach Cookbook is available locally at The Book Loft.
We look forward to more upcoming virtual events this year. Here is a sneak peak of what’s coming up so you can Save the Dates:
May 14 - AIBF Honorary Chair, author David Baldacci
May 14 - AIBF Short Story Contest and the AEL Family Foundation Scholarship awards ceremonies.
~ AIBF President, Larry Williams