After the 2012 Amelia Island Book Festival
The Amelia Island Book Festival on February 18, 2012 was a most interesting exciting day for many. A crowded room at all times introduced four big authors to include Paula McLain, The Paris Wife; David Morrell, Creepers (and the founder of Rambo); Steve Berry, The Jefferson Key and Tatjana Soli, The Lotus Eaters.
It was a great opportunity to introduce the second printing of Sketches of Amelia Island and Fernandina Beach, The Mark of William Maurer. This beautiful hard cover coffee table book includes many years of Maurers colorful local watercolor paintings of the island. Another treat is viewing his artistic loose pencil sketches, a rare art form today. After graduating from Harvard University, he continued at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris learning the language and the culture of an artist’s life in Paris. The contents continue to include Amelia Island’s historical downtown Fernandina, the railroad, homes, and churches. Fort Clinch and the Amelia River are included among the beautiful watercolor paintings and sketches.
Amelia Island is an island whose history dates back 4,000 years to native
American inhabitants that lived on the bluff at the north end, now known as Old Town. European adventurers entered into the lives of local natives beginning with the earliest of French, Spanish, and English explorers. Jean Ribault claimed the island for France, naming it Isle de Mai. This year marks that 450th anniversary of the French claiming Amelia Island where there will be a big celebration the first weekend in May, 2012.