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Kickoff Luncheon

Featuring Keynote Speaker NYT Best-Seller Lisa Scottoline

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Thursday, February 13

Noon – 2:00 pm

Walker's Landing at the Omni Plantation and Resort

11 Beach Lagoon Road, Fernandina Beach

Gourmet lunch provided

 Luncheon doors will open for ticketed patrons at 11 am


Platinum Sponsor 

Rod & Betsy Odom


Gold  Sponsor

Dr. Darryl Field, Amelia Periodontics;


Silver Sponsors

 Debonair- Geri & Steve Sell;

Barb & Bruce Heggenstaller

Giro di Mondo – Mark & Marie Fenn

Marie Billings. 

Keynote Speaker

Lisa Scottoline
Introduced by Honorary Chair David Baldacci

It's the festival’s exciting Kickoff Luncheon on Thursday, February 13. The #1 best-selling and Edgar Award-winning author of 32 novels, Lisa Scottoline will be our keynote speaker.

A former attorney, Lisa—who pronounces her surname "Scott o lee nee, like fettuccine"—writes legal thrillers, stand-alone novels and humor. Her latest is Someone Knows, a story of how a single decision can undo a family, how our past can derail our present, and how not guilty doesn't always mean innocent.

Lisa’s novels are known for their emotionality and their warm and down-to-earth characters, which resonate with readers and reviewers long after they have finished the books. She also writes a weekly column titled 'Chick Wit' with her daughter Francesca Serritella. It's a witty and fun take on life from a woman’s perspective, published in the Philadelphia Inquirer.

At the luncheon, she’ll be introduced by the festival's honorary chair, David Baldacci, author of 38 best-selling novels, several of which have been adapted for film and television. His latest books include One Good Deed, and A Minute to Midnight (coming in November 2019). You’ll see him at events throughout the festival.

The picturesque Walkers Landing will be our venue again for this annual favorite. Chef Michael of Kitchen 251 will cater the the gourmet plated hot meal.

As in the past, the 2020 festival’s Kickoff Luncheon is sure to be a sellout. Mark your calendar and don't miss out!