Amelia Island Book Festival

Connecting students, authors and books for lifelong learning 


Our History -  It was just 18 years ago that 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 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 

Leadership

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 web management.

The 2018-19 Board of Directors includes  Dr. Bill Amos,  Joelle Crahay, Liz Dunn, Mary Elwell,  Marie Fenn,  Betsy Odom,   Dr. John Ruis,Terry Ramsay, Kim Sartor, Fran Shea, Kristi Simpkins and Larry Williams.

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Don Shaw, Director Emeritus

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Co-Founders

Joe and Joani Selement, 

 and the late Don and Andrea Parker,.

Thank you for helping to improve literacy!

Tax info.

  •  Your gift is eligible for a tax deduction to the extent allowed by law.   
  • The Book Island Festival,  Inc. d.b.a the Amelia Island Book Festival, inc.,  is a 501 (c)3 not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting literacy.       
  • A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the department of agriculture and consumer services by calling toll-free (800) 435-7352 within the state. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval, or recommendation by the state of Florida. Florida department of agriculture & consumer services registration A #CH23576.
  • AIBF is registered with the State of Florida and is in good standing with regard to its Solicitation of Contributions registration (#SC-12662).
  • “A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE STATE OF FLORIDA DIVISION OF AGRICULTURE CONSUMER ASSISTANCE CENTER BY CALLING TOLL-FREE 1-800-435-7352. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE. CH4494” 

Contact information

 

Contact us at:

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

​Tel: 904.624.1665 

for general information, email us at:

info@ameliaislandbookfestival.org

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