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.
Spring 2021 update from AIBF President, Larry Williams
As of this month of May, the Book Festival has one remaining virtual event planned as we conclude our fiscal year 2021 activities with our Annual Awards Ceremony, which was delayed this year due to the impact of COVID.
On Friday, May 14th, our 2021 Honorary Chairman David Baldacci will host a private event presentation of the Short Story Writing Contest awards virtually via Zoom followed by a question-and-answer workshop for the student authors of the winning stories. The Festival’s 2021 on-line Short Story Contest was open to Nassau County middle and high school students. Awards will include cash prize awards and certificates signed by Mr. Baldacci. The top 50 entries were chosen to be published by On-line Binding and each winner, the judges and public libraries will receive copies.
In addition, the $5,000.00 AEL Family Foundation Scholarship, offered to seniors attending Nassau County high schools, will also be awarded to one winning High School senior. While the awards event is open only to participants this year, winners of the Short Story Contest and the Scholarship will be announced on the Festival website () following the program.
Our 2022 Book Festival activities officially begin on July 1st. I am very pleased to announce that current Vice President Paige Foery will assume the responsibilities of President of the Book Festival at that time.
We look forward to a full program of Festival activities in the coming year, hopefully with the pandemic in our rear-view mirrors. The coming year activities will include our Annual Luncheon scheduled for Thursday, October 21, 2021, and our 2-day Festival including the Authors in Schools program and the Annual Gala and Live and Silent Auctions at the Ritz Carlton Amelia Island on Friday, February 18, 2022 as well as the Author’s Expo and Extravaganza on Saturday, February 19, 2022. Additional details will be available during the coming months on our website.
I want to take this opportunity to bid a fond farewell to all of the Board Members, Staff and Ambassadors who have contributed to the planning, development and success of the Book Festival during my two-year tenure as President. The 2021 cancellation of the Festival as we know it was a disappointment and challenge for all of us, but was done in the best interests of the health and safety of our Festival participants, students, sponsors, donors, volunteers, Board and staff members.
Finally, I want to give a very special Thank You to our members, donors, sponsors, and the management and staff of the Nassau County School District and School Board without whose support the Festival would not be possible.
It has been my absolute pleasure to serve this organization and to work with the talented people who have given their time and efforts to ensure its success! I look forward to continuing my support of our mission of “Connecting students, authors and books for lifelong learning”.
AIBF President, Larry Williams