Twenty-eight authors from Northeast Texas and beyond will explore a wide variety of topics at the second annual Ben Wheeler Book Fair on Nov. 30, where they will talk about and sell their books.

“This is a close-to-home opportunity to explore America and beyond — real and imagined — in so many different ways,” book fair organizer Tom Geddie said.

The authors’ works span genres including children’s books, Christian humor, fantasy, literary fiction, historical fiction, horror, mystery, poetry, romance and young adult fiction.

Nonfiction authors include biography, children’s advocacy, memoir, music and culture, photography and self help. A representative of Black Beauty Ranch also will be present to talk about and sell books about the nation’s largest animal sanctuary.

“The book fair is a big deal for people in Van Zandt County and the whole region who are curious about the world around them, and who have a sense of between-the-pages adventure in life’s realities and possibilities,” Geddie said. “We’re pleased that we can bring all of these independent voices together without having a penny to spend on it. This is entrepreneurism at its best, or at least close to its best. It’s also a good opportunity to do some Christmas shopping for our families, friends, and, yes, ourselves.”

All of the authors will talk with visitors at their own tables, and several will make half-hour presentations.

“We don’t charge the authors we accept, and we have no money, so we make do,” he said. “It’s a labor of love. The authors keep every penny from their sales. Ben Wheeler Development Company provides the space and helps with the setup. County Line Magazine provides some valuable editorial and ad space.”

The book fair will be in the restored Elwood Schoolhouse, 5475 Farm to Market 858 in downtown Ben Wheeler, sharing space with the Ben Wheeler Children’s Library.

It’s the same days as the 279 Artisans Trail, which supports local artists. Organizers expect a good walk-in crowd to enjoy the restaurants, music venues, galleries and retail shops along with special events in both Ben Wheeler and Edom. For more information, go to the book fair’s Facebook page, “Ben Wheeler Book Fair,” and check out


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