Amelia Island Book Festival

Connecting students, authors and books for lifelong learning 

Our History -  It was just 17 years ago that the late Don Parker and his wife Andrea and Bob 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 in 2001. Leveraging partnerships and community support through fundraising events, the Festival continues to deliver on its promise to promote and celebrate literacy through books. Photo Credit: Amelia Island Book Festival 

About Amelia Island

Amelia Island, in Nassau County, Florida, is the southernmost of the Sea Islands, a chain of barrier islands stretching along the east coast of the United States from South Carolina to Florida. It is 13 miles long and approximately 4 miles wide at its widest point. The communities of Fernandina Beach, Amelia City, and American Beach are located on the island. The island was named for Princess Amelia, daughter of George II of Great Britain, and changed hands between colonial powers a number of times. It is claimed that eight flags have flown over Amelia Island: French, Spanish, British, Floridian/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. Photo Credit: Amelia Island Visitor Center 


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

The 2018-19 Board of Directors includes Mary Grace Herrington, President; Betsy Odom, Vice President; Fran Shea, Treasurer; Marie Fenn, Secretary and John Ruis, Immediate Past President; and Directors Bill Amos, Joelle Crahay, Liz Dunn, Mary Elwell, Barb Heggenstaller, Terry Ramsay, Kim Sartor, Kristi Simpkins and Larry Williams.

Don Parker, Director Emeritus

Don Shaw, Director Emeritus

Bob and Joani Selement, Co-Founders

Don and Andrea Parker, Co-Founders