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There’s nothing more exciting than sharing your story with readers.
I just returned from the Amelia Island Book Festival, a three-day event designed to bring the people who create books together with the people who love to read them.

More than 100 authors and publishers attended, to sell and promote books, distribute related information and – particularly in the children’s author area – even offer merchandise such as tee shirts and toys. Celebrity chef Jacques Pepin winked at me as I walked past a long line of fans waiting for his autograph in their cookbooks.

I was happy to see lots of little ones (some in strollers) with their parents, who roamed the Author Expo while instilling a love of lifelong learning. Ticketed events supported the award-winning “Authors in Schools Literacy program,” which brings authors into schools and buys a book for each student of the author they meet.

I can’t think of a nobler cause, can you?

Renee Garrison is the author of an award-winning young adult book, The Anchor Clankers.

Amelia Island

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