Saturday, February 16 - FREE ADMISSION & FREE PARKING

Author Expo Presenting Sponsor: FIRST FEDERAL BANK OF FLORIDA

More than100 bestselling and emerging authors. Something for people of every age. Something for every reader. Breakout sessions with celebrity authors. Coffee with local authors. Book signings. Books galore for sale. Selfies with your favorite authors. Activities for children. Arts and crafts. Make a book. Talk with your favorite authors. Food. Fun. Contests. Prizes. Passport for hourly prize drawings.


10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Fernandina Beach Middle School, 315 Citrona Drive

Breakout Session Sponsors


Keynote Author& Awards  Ceremony 


Breakout Session Sponsor 


Author Expo Supporter and on-site bookseller--THE BOOK LOFT


The 2019 Expo is open from 10 am. till 5 p.m. - Gym



 The 2019 Author Expo  opens  with more than 100 authors of every genre. Use your Literary Passport to Prize, visit your favorites, discover new ones.  Buy books. Get them signed.  Take selfies, Ask the authors to share their experiences and tell you about their book. Get a dot for every five you visit, complete your passport and drop the into the raffle box.  Enter as many times as you wish.  Entries will be drawn every hour.  No limit to how many times you can win from among a plethora of  fabulous prizes.

10:00 am-noon Jacques Pepin Book Signing - Gym


  Jacques Pepin signs his bestselling cookbooks.  Internationally renowned chef, author, restaurateur, TV personality. His accolades and accomplishments include cooking for many heads of state and co-starring in the Emmy Award-winning PBS series Julia and Jacques: Cooking at Home with Julia Child. 

12:00 pm Awards & Scholarship Presentation - Auditorium


AIBF Honorary Chairman Steve Berry  serves as Master of Ceremonies for the AIBF Awards & Scholarship Presentations.  

Presented in the Auditorium

  • AIBF Christa Powell Whalley college Scholarship Award
  • Student Short Story Contest  Awards
  • Stellar & Live Oak Awards 

Kids Zone --10:00 am until 2:00 pm


Unleashing your creativity. 

The Kidz Zone will feature life-long educator and AIBF Board member Terry Ramsay and her craft creations for ages 3 – 10. Everything from stringing bracelets and making sun-catchers to bag puppets and collages. In addition, and back by popular demand, Online Binding will turn the works of art into personal book keepsakes. As always there will be glitter galore!

Until 4:00 pm Sunshine Grindz Food Truck


 Our mission at Sunshine Grindz is complete customer satisfaction. We work hard to partner with local farms and purveyors to responsibly source, sustainable, and quality ingredients for your food. We highly value our guests and guarantee friendly and professional service. 

4:00 pm Final prize drawing - Gym


Door Prize drawings will be made in the gym throughout the day.

Breakout Sessions* get tickets below

10:00 am Ridley Pearson Breakout Session* Auditorium


 Ridley Pearson, crime novelist who grips the imagination, writes for adults and young adults. Research for his crime and young adult graphic novels has taken him to an English prison for the criminally insane, the engine room of a cruise ship and, after-hours tours of Disney World.  Imagination and reality clash in his heart-pounding adventures.

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11:00 am Kristen Ashley Breakout Session* Auditorium


 Kristen Ashley is the New York Times bestselling author of over sixty romance novels . She’s a hybrid author, publishing titles both independently and traditionally, her books have been translated in thirteen languages and she’s sold nearly three million books.

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1:00 pm Tess Gerritsen Breakout Session* Auditorium


 Tess Gerritsen, creator of TV thriller “Rizzoli & Isles”, built a second career after working first as a    medical  doctor. Harvest Gravity, The Surgeon, Play with Fire and I Know a Secret are amongst her 27 spine-tingling novels, translated into 40 languages. She knows the secrets of suspense. She gained nationwide acclaim for her first novel of medical suspense, the New York Times bestseller Harvest. 

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2:00 pm Local Independent Author Breakout Session* Media Center


The public is invited to meet local authors. Each author gives a 1 minute elevator speech, Free hand out materials  with coffee & donuts free.

No Tickets Needed.

3:00 pm Diana Gabaldon Breakout Session* (doors open 2:45 pm) Auditorium


  Diana Gabaldon, author of the bestselling Outlander series, is an extraordinary writer with a rich scientific  background. She has sold some 28 million books, translated into 23 languages. She is currently co-producer and advisor to the popular Outlander TV   series. 

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*Breakout Sessions Require Tickets



*Celebrity Author Breakout Sessions require tickets (tickets are FREE). Register in advance       

Sessions are 45 minutes long , followed by author signing in Gym. Walk-ins will be accommodated after ticket-holders are seated, if there is room.

Expo Schedule and Author Listing (pdf)


EXPO 2019 Genre Listing 01-24-019 (pdf)