About Amelia Island Book Festival


 We are dedicated to improving literacy skills in children and adults throughout Nassau County, FL.


To enhance overall life skills, we will elevate an appreciation in Nassau County children and adults for reading, for writing and for authors; thereby generating increased appreciation for books and a lifelong love of reading.



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, awards programs and workshops. Held annually in February, these events attract thousands of people for learning, entertainment, and the excitement of seeing and meeting some of the most remarkable authors of the times.

In 2001, the late Don Parker and his wife Andrea, and Joe and Joani Selement, had a genius idea. Why not combine the lure of books with our spectacular location? As the idea caught on, they gathered supporters and founded a nonprofit organization to launch the first Amelia Book Island Festival. Leveraging partnerships and community support through fundraising events, the festival continues to promote and celebrate the wonder of books while promoting literacy throughout the region and especially through the popular Authors in Schools program in Nassau County.​


The Amelia Island Book Festival is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization supported by the community through membership and donations. 


The Festival does not have full time employees, however, it does, from time to time, contract out services such as accounting and website management.

The 2020-2021 AIBF Directors are all local residents, and several are authors as well.

Also, several long-time AIBF supporters who are dedicated to AIBF’s mission of promoting literacy have been named to the newly formed Board of Ambassadors. 

Honorary Chairman


David Baldacci


Board Officers

President: Larry Williams


Vice President: Paige Foery


Treasurer: Crawford Ward


Secretary: Janet Hild


Member-at-Large: Dr. Bill Amos

Board Directors

Paul Andrews

Joelle Crahay

Mary Elwell

Barbara Heggenstaller

Brant Kelch

Lisa Marciano

Kate Vollmers

Board Ambassadors

Marie Fenn

Mark Fenn

Pam Park

Terry Ramsay

Kim Sartor

Fran Shea

Kristi Simpkins

Jim Weinsier

About Amelia Island

Located in Nassau County, Florida, Amelia is the southernmost of the Sea Islands, a chain of barrier islands stretching along the East Coast from South Carolina. The island is 13 miles long and about 4 miles across at its widest point. The communities of Fernandina Beach, Amelia City, and American Beach are located on the island.


Named for Princess Amelia, daughter of George II of Great Britain, the island is sometimes known as “the isle of eight flags.” for those that have flown over it through history, including French, Spanish, British, Florida/Patriot, Green Cross, Mexican, Confederate, and United States.


The Amelia Island Trail is a part of the East Coast Greenway, a 3,000 mile-long system of trails connecting Maine to Florida.


Amelia Island Book Festival
PO Box 15286
Fernandina Beach, FL 32035

​Tel: 904.624.1665 

Email:​ info@ameliaislandbookfestival.org