The second annual Ben Wheeler Book Fair on Nov. 30 brings 28 Texas authors – most of them from the Upper East Side of Texas – together to talk about and sell their books during the semi-annual 279 Artisans Trail celebration in Ben Wheeler and Edom. One of the featured authors will be J.L. "Doc" Pendland from Bonham.

The second annual Ben Wheeler Book Fair on Nov. 30 brings 28 Texas authors – most of them from the Upper East Side of Texas – together to talk about and sell their books during the semi-annual 279 Artisans Trail celebration in Ben Wheeler and Edom. One of the featured authors will be J.L. "Doc" Pendland from Bonham.


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


"The book fair is a showcase for independent voices who might get lost in something like the recent Texas Book Festival in Austin, which attracted 230 authors and 40,000 visitors," said organizer Tom Geddie. "Our smaller event is the perfect venue for readers and aspiring writers to talk face to face with our authors. When I first began putting this together, I was pleasantly surprised with both the number and the quality of writers in the region. Last year’s fair was satisfying and fun, and I expect even more this year."


The 28 authors come from 21 cities: Ben Wheeler (4), Bonham, Bryan, Bullard, Dallas, Edgewood, Frisco, Garden Ridge, Gilmer, Jacksonville, Lindale (2), Longview, Mineola, Mount Pleasant, Murchison, San Antonio, Texarkana, Troup, Tyler (3), Wills Point, and one Texan coming all the way home from Diessenhofen, Switzerland. Their works span genres including children’s books, Christian fiction, fantasy, literary fiction, historical fiction, horror, humor, 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 will also be present to talk about and sell books about the nation’s largest animal sanctuary.


Pendland Bonham will bring two historical fictions to the event. "Warner Law" is a fast-moving novel that follows the journey of one family after the Civil War. It’s loaded with humor, mixed with their quest for love, gold and justice. "The Wagons of Perro Loco" is a collection of nine stories set on the American frontier during the 19th century. The stories are filled with watermelon races, a long ride on the famous Butterfield Stage Line, and the faithful great danes named "Boy" and "Girl." Much of the humor is readily supplied by friends and relatives from their ancestors’ experiences.


For more information or to set up interviews with any of the authors, call 903-963-3788 or email geddiependrift@aol.com.