Recently, the Fernandina Beach Rotary Club welcomed Susan Siegmund, Terri Wright and Don Parker of the Amelia Island Book Festival who spoke to the club about this year’s event taking place on April 26-27. Now in its 13th year, the festival will once again focus on promoting literacy and a love of reading in children, Siegmund said. The festival will feature its Authors in Schools program bringing writers of children’s and young adult literature to every school in Nassau County. In addition, a writer’s conference to be held at Florida State College at Jacksonville’s Nassau Campus will offer aspiring authors of high school and college age the chance to work with publishers and authors . On Saturday April 27, The festival will host the largest number of participants in the event’s history. More than 100 authors, agents and publishers will be on hand at the Readers Festival to be held at the Atlantic Avenue Rec Center, according to Siegmund. Siegmund said that special events this year include an evening with nationally acclaimed author Elizabeth Kostova at the Livres et L’art Soiree on Friday April 26 and A Garden Party with Debbie – this year’s VyStar Readers Luncheon featuring bestselling author Debbie Macomber. Siegmund noted that, except for the special events, all other festival events are free and open to the public. She closed by saying that the festival’s goal always has been and always will be to put books in the hands of as many children as possible.