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FEBRUARY’S QUOTE FROM A WRITER’S QUILL
In a rough way
the short story writer is to the novelist as a cabinetmaker is
to a house carpenter. – Annie Proulx
Amelia Island Book Festival is celebrating
Stuff (and links) from hither and yon
* Book of Hate: The Bold Attempt to Demystify
Hitler's 'Mein Kampf'
Friends in Fernandina Find Funds for the Library
FWA news from Vic DiGenti
Writers Born This Month
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By DICKIE ANDERSON
Amelia Island is known as the island of eight
flags. The island could also be known as the island of amazing
festivals. This coming weekend is the 15th annual Amelia
Island Book festival, Feb. 18-20, a festival that has grown and
changed as the times demand.
Steve Berry has been a supporter of and
participant in the festival from its very earliest days and the
early days of his successful writing career. As honorary
chairperson, Berry has coordinated this year's focus - An Amelia
Island Encounter-Action, Thrills and Mystery. All proceeds go
toward the Festival's long-standing commitment of promoting
literacy to the students of our Nassau County Public Schools.
For the three days of the festival, a
collection of New York Times, USA Today and Internationally
bestselling authors will share their talent and ideas as well as
signing books. Authors include Steve Berry, Greg Iles, Andrew
Gross, Janice Gable Bashman, Brenda Jackson as well as regional
and local writers.
It all starts with the Kick-off Luncheon
featuring a keynote address by NYT bestselling thriller writer,
Andrew Gross, set for Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016, noon to 2 p.m. at
the Ocean Clubhouse on the Amelia Island Plantation.
Teens Scenes are free events happening on
Thursday evening, Feb. 18, 2016, from 6 to 8 p.m. Middle and high
school students can choose from among four offerings designed
especially for young people and presented by noted authors.
On Friday, Feb. 19, at FSCJ-Nassau Campus in
Yulee, Steve and Elizabeth Berry are conducting their highly
sought after, Lessons from a Best-seller Writers Workshop.
The Festival's signature fundraising
event, the Author Face-off Gala will be held Friday at6
the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort ballrooms. Ticket holders will
be in for a memorable evening when some of the most celebrated
thriller authors in America-Steve Berry, Greg Iles, Andrew
Gross, and Janice Gable Bashman meet face-to-face in an engaging
and scintillating exchange.
The climax of the Festival's events is the
Author Expo/Readers Extravaganza. It offers
a scintillating day for all ages with more than 100 noted
authors of all genres. With FREE admission and free parking, the
Expo runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20,
at the Fernandina Beach Middle School Campus.
on the links below to read each article.
is a very rare 20th Century Jewish
Another article on Wouk, this one by Adam Kirsch, asks: “Why
is it. . .that the American Jewish writers who were most
successful, whom we now regard as classics, did not make success
their theme? On the contrary, they generally wrote about
failure, alienation, neurosis, and guilt—to the point that these
subjects came to seem stereotypically Jewish in American
culture. If the American Jewish story is, on balance, a very
happy one, why are our books so miserable?”
Book of Hate:
The Bold Attempt to Demystify Hitler's 'Mein Kampf'
Doerry and Klaus Wiegrefe explore the controversy caused by an
“academic” edition of Adolf Hitler’s “Mein Kampf.” The new
edition, from the Institute of Contemporary
History (IfZ), annotates the lies and distortions
that Hitler used to come to power, but the mere publication of
the book has enraged many opponents of anti-Semitism. A
copyright expires 70 years after the death of an author, so the
world is likely to see more editions of the book.
National Jewish Book Awards Winners
Zalman writes that Shulem Deen, Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, and
Laura Amy Schlitz are among the winners of the 2015 National
Jewish Book Awards.
$10,000 Fellowship Contest for First-time Fiction Novelists:
Entries Close 15
FRIENDS IN FERNANDINA FIND
FUNDS FOR THE LIBRARY
Friends of the Fernandina Beach Library (FOL)
was awarded grants from the Florida Humanities Council (FHC)
that will fund two free public programs at the library's new
Community Room this spring.
Saturday, March 5 (10:00 am - noon):
"Tell Your Own Story" by Caren Neile, PhD.
Discover your own personal narrative skills
with an award-winning storyteller/professor as your guide.
Many will remember Dr. Neile as the talented MC of the FOL's
first "Storytelling Slam" held in the fall of 2014. She
will be back to lead a dynamic, interactive workshop that
provides insights and tips on great storytelling - as well as
entertaining and instructive stories. Everyone has a story
and telling it effectively is a skill useful to all occupations
Thursday, April 28 (6:00 - 7:00 pm):
"Florida Cattle Ranching: Five Centuries of
Tradition" by Bob Stone.
Explore and celebrate the history and culture
of the nation's oldest cattle ranching state from the colonial
period to the 21st century. Stone, a
folklorist and media-producer based in Gainesville, is the
recipient of the 2011 Florida Folk Heritage Award. He is
co-curator of the award-winning travelling exhibition "Florida
Cattle Ranching" and author of the catalog book, published under
the auspices of the Florida Cattlemen's Foundation. This
fascinating multi-media presentation will explore the unique
foodways, crafts, occupational folklore, cowboy poetry and rodeo
culture of Florida's cowboys.
Both programs are free and open to the public.
Reserve your space at the Fernandina Beach Library, 25 N. 4th Street,
or call 277-7365.
FOL, with a membership of over 400, is a
non-profit group established to assist and promote the
Fernandina Beach Library through fund-raising and public
programming. FHC is the state affiliate of the National
Endowment for the Humanities which funds and coordinates
statewide public humanities programs and publications that
explore the people, places, and ideas that shape our state.
THE CLEAN HOUSE By
A staged reading Directed by Sinda Nichols Sunday
28th at 6 pm
Cast: Catherine West Holly Gutshall Cynthia
Riegler Jo-Ann Leimberg Dave Gowan And Ron Kurtz
Live Ink Theatre Ensemble:
Our Voices, Your Imagination Presents a Staged
Reading of The
Clean House, by Sarah Ruhl (MacArthur Fellowship)
The Clean House was
nominated for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. This whimsical,
romantic comedy is full of oddball humor, fantasy and soap opera
craziness. Neurotic sisters, a Brazilian housekeeper on a quest
for the perfect joke, and a most unlikely couple head over heels
in love, keep this play springing surprise after surprise on the
audience. The Clean House won the 2004 Susan Smith Blackburn
Prize, and was chosen by Entertainment Weekly as one of the top
10 theatrical productions of 2006. This staged reading will be
followed by a lively talkback with the cast.
Live Ink Theatre Ensemble performing
staged readings of lively and thought provoking plays. Our
Voices, Your Imagination For more information please contact:
Sinda Nichols at email@example.com or follow us at FB
Live Ink Theatre
At Amelia Musical Playhouse
1930 Woodrow Drive
By VIC DIGENTI
rolls on, so don’t miss out on the three big meetings and the
“Write Stuff” Mini-Conference coming up this month.
Saturday, Feb. 13 – Ponte Vedra Writers met
to hear from writing instructor and author Daniel Powell on a
hot topic, “Building the Killer Hook: How to Get—and Keep—Your
Audience’s Attention.” 10:30 a.m. at the Ponte Vedra
Wednesday, Feb. 17 – Clay
County Writers heard from Ron Whittington on “How to
Improve Book Sales Using Social Media.” Meetings start at 6:15 p.m. at the Orange Park
Thursday, Feb. 18 – Writers
by the Sea meets at the Amelia Island Museum of
History in Fernandina Beach and group leader Nadine Vaughan
Williams will lead an exploration of the Hero’s Journey as used
by George Lucas when he wrote Star Wars. 6:00
Florida plays host to the first FWA mini-conference of 2016, and
it’s mini in name only. The day is packed with
eight outstanding workshops, two full-day and four half-day
full-day workshops cover a comprehensive overview of the
publishing process by newly-elected FWA President Cheyenne
Leech leads the other full-day session on characterization.
Larry will show us how to create three-dimensional characters
your readers will love.
conference also presents two half-day sessions in the morning
and two different ones after lunch. Bestselling romance writer
Shannon Bell covers the hows and whys of romance writing, one of
the most popular genres in the publishing world. If you’re
looking to expand your earnings as a freelance writer, the other
morning workshop should appeal to you. It features journalist
Sharon Ward Keeble explaining how to write outstanding magazine
articles and what it takes to be a successful freelance
lunch you can select from either of these workshops: “The
Intuitive Writer” or “Writing Fiction for Young Adults.” My
workshop, “The Intuitive Writer,” is aimed at writers looking
for an edge to boost their writing skills and eliminate common
mistakes. Serena Schreiber provides an inside look at writing
for the young adult market in the other afternoon session.
Feb. 27. Check-in at 8:30
Where: Ringhaver Student Center at Flagler College
Registration Fee: $89 for FWA members, $109 for
non-members. Note: members may bring a non-member guest for
includes a continental breakfast, boxed lunch and snacks, as
well as workshop handouts.
Don’t miss out on this great conference.
Online registration closes on Feb. 25, but you may
register at the door.
check out the names of writers who were born this month, go to
list includes novelists, poets, playwrights, nonfiction authors,
writers for the small and silver screen, and others.
for your favorite writer? Hit “find” at the website and type in
your favorite’s name. Keep scrolling to find writers born in
you see that we have omitted a writer, give us his or her name
(and preferably a way to verify the belly-button day).
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