Saturday, February 6, 2010

Don't miss the ...Ameilia Island Book Festival

Book Festival Announces 2010 Keynote Speakers

The Amelia Island Book Festival announces the keynote speakers for its ninth annual event-filled weekend scheduled for Feb. 11-13, 2010.

Southern writers and best-selling authors Rick Bragg and Sonny Brewer are keynote speakers at the Writers’ Workshop, Friday, Feb. 12, while M J Rose and Jeff Shaara share the podium at the festival’s annual luncheon at the Atlantic Recreation Center on Saturday, Feb. 13.

In addition to Rose and Shaara, luncheon attendees will have the opportunity to share a table with other featured authors such as Janis Owens, who once again returns as a featured festival favorite.

Bragg, author of the best-selling novel All Over but the Shoutin’, won a Pulitzer Prize for feature writing while working for the New York Times. Bragg says he learned to tell stories by listening to the masters, the people of the foothills of the Appalachians. His Prince of Frogtown was named the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) 2009 non-fiction book of the year.

Bragg received more than 50 writing awards during the past 20 years, including the prestigious American Society of Newspaper Editors Distinguished Writing Award twice. In 1992, he was awarded a Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University. (pictured here...Rick Bragg)
Brewer is a writer and editor and founder of the Over the Transom Bookstore in Fairhope, AL. His novels include The Poet of Tolstoy Park, A Sound Like Thunder, Cormac - The Tale of a Dog Gone Missing, and The Widow and the Tree.

MJ Rose is the international best-selling author of 10 novels, of which the latest is The Memorist. She is a founding member and board member of the International Thrillers Writers and the founder of the first marketing company for authors: Her novels include Lip Service, In Fidelity, Flesh Tones and The Reincarnationist.

Shaara, son of author Michael Shaara, was born in Brunswick, NJ and grew up in Tallahassee, FL. He wrote Gods and Generals and The Last Full Measure, the prequel and sequel to his father’s award-winning novel, The Killer Angels. Upon his father’s death, Shaara followed his in his footsteps by writing historical fiction and documenting the American wars. (pictured here... Michael Shaara)

Festival favorite Janis Owens wrote three novels set in West Florida: My Brother Michael, Myra Sims and The Schooling of Claybird Cats. Her latest writing endeavor is A Cracker Kitchen, a Cookbook in Celebration of Cornbread-fed, Down-home Family Stories and Cuisine, a memoir published by Scribner.

The festival is a nonprofit 501 (c) 3 organization that promotes literacy among children and adults by showing that reading is fun and worthwhile and inspiring the appreciation of books. For information about the festival, refer to the web site at, or call Dickie Anderson at 904.556.6455.

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