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Celebrating 20 Years
A Love Story
Former AIBF Board Member, Jimmy Weinsier writes about lasting memories of the Festival.
The Personal Touch
In those early days of the Amelia Island Book Festival, it was the personal touch that made things happen. Being able to talk “up close...
The AIBF Luncheon Tradition
As the Amelia Island Book Festival celebrates its 20th anniversary, some of our readers may remember those early celebrations of literacy...
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...
Reflections on a 20-year Milestone of Literacy - A book for every student of the Author they meet.
By Raffaela Marie Rizzo Fenn Quotes about books abound in every culture. My two favorites are: "Books are a uniquely portable magic." ~...
Grateful for AIBF and the Authors In Schools Program
I feel grateful for the gift of books, the place they have in our lives, and the Authors in Schools program of the AIBF.
"Mr. Grisham, is Camino Island about The Book Loft?"
by Sue Nelson & Kayla Quirk A customer walks by The Book Loft, stops, turns to his wife, “Is that, I mean, is that the bookstore in...
Anniversary Stories: Decade Remembrance of the Amelia Book Island Festival - Terri Wright
From the title, which is not a misprint, it is clearly apparent that the book festival has undergone numerous changes. The founders, Don...
Why I Chose To Be Involved in The Amelia Island Book Festival - Bill Amos
My parents were avid readers and passed that habit on to me. It is one of the best of the many positive habits they taught me. The book...
Anniversary Stories: Lois Lowry and the Case of the Zippered Jacket - Joani Selement
Young Adult author Lois Lowry stood in the auditorium of Fernandina Beach Middle School in 2004. What motivated her to stride onto the stage
IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN ABOUT STORIES - Evelyne Holingue
It all started with campfires. And then cave paintings, some of the most legendary located in the heart of my native France. Egyptian...
Anniversary Stories: Total Support for Reading - Foy Maloy Shares a Book Festival Memory
I was blessed to have known Don Parker and Don Shaw, both amazing people, and consider them both friends. One day 21 years ago, out of...
Short Story Contest: Alive and Well in 2021! - By Joelle Crahay,
For many years, the Amelia Island Book Festival Association has organized a Short Story Writing Contest for all middle and high school...
Anniversary Stories: The Book Island Festival - Donald Parker
Andrea and I hadn’t moved to Fernandina Beach totally until 1997. We had vacationed at the Surf and Racquet Club from January to March...
Anniversary Stories: Celebrating 20 Years: Enriching Lives with Literacy
Today we begin a series of writings on our blog, starting with a story of how AIBF began, penned by one of the original founders, Don Parker
A Passion for AIBF - Barbara Heggenstaller
Imagine an elementary auditorium or library in any of Nassau County’s public schools... Now bring to mind dozens of five and six year...
2021 Amelia Island Book Festival Adjusts to COVID -19
For 19 years the Amelia Island Book Festival has connected students, authors and books for lifelong learning. We continue to commit to...
An Author's legacy: Just think of all those stories...
I never thought I would write a book…until one day I did.
Teen/Tween Memories from AIBF
By Eileen Meyer, Children’s Book Author Just a few months ago I gathered with middle school students at the Amelia Island Book Festival’s...
A Valentine for Young Writers
Author Andrea Patten shares her experience as a presenter in the AIBF Authors In Schools Literacy Program. Valentine’s Day was a little...