AIBF Dream Team
With a “dream team” of literary superstars confirmed, the Amelia Island Book Festival announced the line-up for its 16th annual festival, scheduled for February 16 – 18 next year. Participants will enjoy the company of world-renowned and New York Times bestselling authors Steve Berry, R.L. Stine, David Baldacci, Mary Kay Andrews, Joseph Finder, Lara Adrian, and others, all benefiting the festival’s acclaimed Authors in Schools Literacy Program. The program brings noted authors to every public school in Nassau County, offering students an opportunity to hear and meet the authors. Each student also receives a book from that particular author. The festival is proud to announce that Steve Berry is returning as honorary chairman for a second year. The international number one bestselling author, known for his trademark mix of fact, fiction, history, and speculation, has just published his provocative new thriller, The 14th Colony, making this number eleven in the famous Cotton Malone series. Berry is author of other bestsellers such as The Patriot Threat, The Lincoln Myth, The King’s Deception, The Columbus Affair, and many others. His books have been translated into 40 languages with 20 million copies in 51 countries. They consistently appear in the top echelon of The New York Times, USA Today, and Indie bestseller lists. In addition, he and his wife, Liz, will conduct a workshop, “Lessons from a Bestselling Writer,” to support Authors in Schools. This is a 4-hour course on the craft of writing. No matter what your age, everyone knows the Goosebumps series and its beloved author, R. L. Stine, who is coming to the AIBF this year. Stine is one of the bestselling children’s authors in history, stimulating young and old alike with his jovial style. Next year marks the 25th anniversary of the release of Goosebumps. He has written more than 300 books, 130 books in the Goosebumps series alone. On Authors in Schools day, Mr. Stine will visit three schools across Nassau County in Callahan, Yulee, and Fernandina Beach. He’ll also be present on Saturday afternoon during the Author Expo/Readers Extravaganza being held at the Fernandina Beach Middle School. David Baldacci is the featured keynote speaker at the festival’s kickoff luncheon on Thursday, Feb. 16. Baldacci has published 32 novels for adults, and all have been national and international bestsellers. Several have been adapted for film and television. He has also published five novels for younger readers, including the #1 bestseller The Finisher, which is in development as a feature film. By popular demand, AIBF is repeating last year’s favorite signature event, the Author Face-off Dinner Gala on Friday, February 17 at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort with a new cast of top authors in the hot seats. Joining Steve Berry and R.L. Stine on stage will be Mary Kay Andrews, Lara Adrian, and Joseph Finder. Andrews is the New York Times-bestselling author of Beach Town, and many, many more. Finder is the New York Times-bestselling author of thirteen novels, most recently Guilty Minds. Adrian is the New York Times and #1 internationally best-selling author of the Midnight Breed vampire romance series, with nearly 4 million books in print and digital worldwide and translations licensed to more than 20 countries. The three-day festival culminates on Saturday, February 18, with a free, all-day line-up of guest authors. The Authors Expo/Readers Extravaganza features more than 100 noted authors, breakout sessions, activities for kids, food, fun, and family festivities, as well as some bestselling author presentations which require a reservation as space is limited. “Without the help of Steve and Liz Berry, we would not be able to attract this awesome caliber of authors to our boutique festival,” says Marie Fenn, 2017 AIBF president. “Equally as important, we have an exceptional group of board directors, who are working diligently to make this our best festival ever. This group is supplemented by a dedicated cadre of some 80 additional volunteers.” For more information, visit www.ameliaislandbookfestival.org.