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.

Amelia Island Book Festival Responds to COVID 19 Challenges 

A Letter from Board President, Larry Williams

December 2020

As the COVID 19 pandemic continues to challenge all aspects of our lives, the Amelia Island Book Festival is planning virtual programs hosted by renowned authors as an alternative to our 2021 Book Festival, which we unfortunately had to cancel in the best interests of the health and safety of our authors, students, teachers and volunteers as well as our donors, sponsors and participants.  We hope to offer our first virtual program in February, with more virtual programs planned in the future.    

In addition, we will initiate in January both our annual Short Story Writing Contest for all Nassau County Middle and High School students as well as the AEL Foundation $5,000.00 Scholarship Award program, which will recognize one Nassau County High School senior for her/his literary commitment to a college education as an emerging author/aspiring writer.

An Awards Program to recognize winners of the Short Story Writing Contest and Scholarship awards is expected to be held in April.  

Although our program offerings have been limited by the pandemic, we want to recognize our sponsors and donors that continue to support the Book Festival.   Our website will soon include an updated list of this year’s sponsors and donors.  Most recently, I am very pleased to announce that Rayonier, which has been an ongoing corporate sponsor of the Book Festival, presented us with a $1,000.00 contribution in support of our current year programs.  Rayonier’s generous and long-term support has been crucial to our mission of connecting students, authors and books for lifelong learning.

I encourage you to stay in touch with us through our website where we also invite you to become a member of the Book Festival and/or donate in support of our mission.  Also, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and sign up for our email list.

Also, follow our blog  for updates  and stories!

Thank you for your interest and support of the Book Festival! Read more  updates and stories on our Blog.

The Amelia Island Book Festival is a Florida registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

Celebrating 20 Years:  Enriching Lives with Literacy

Stories and remembrances of past events, and our hopes for the future.

In celebration of our 20thAnniversary, some of AIBF's founding board members are sharing remembrances in a series of writings, starting with a story of how AIBF began, penned by one of the original founders, Don Parker, from his book 88 is Great.


We hope you’ll enjoy these stories, and watch for others under this heading over the next few months. 

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