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EAST TEXAS (TYLER MORNING TELEGRAPH) - Ben Wheeler will host its first book festival this weekend in conjunction with Edom's.

The festival will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Elwood School House, 5475 Farm-to-Market 858, in downtown Ben Wheeler.

The event will feature 25 regional and local authors who will gather to sell and talk about their books, according to a press release.

Visitors can find general fiction, historical fiction, Christian mystery and fiction, mystery, suspense, western, romantic mystery, humor, inspirational/self help, poetry, short fiction, music criticism, essays, romance, detective, children's fiction and poetry, photography and more, the release states.

Almost all of the authors expected to attend live in the upper east side of Texas, the release states.

"When I started putting this book fair together, I hoped I would find enough authors in this region to make the event worthy of the historic and beautifully restored old schoolhouse that will host it," Tom Geddie, event organizer, said in the release. "I am most pleased with the group that's come together and hope that our presence will also honor the Ben Wheeler Children's Library which shares the same building."

The book fair is scheduled in conjunction with the Second Saturday 279 Art Jam that spreads along Texas Highway 279 from Ben Wheeler to Edom, the release states. Galleries, shops and restaurants in both towns will be open and Ben Wheeler also will host wine tastings, a special Christmas celebration at Harmony Chapel, and live music at Moore's Store from 8 to 11 p.m. and at The Forge from 3 to 6 p.m. and from 7 to 10 p.m.

Book fair sponsors are the Ben Wheeler Arts & Historic District Foundation, County Line Magazine and Half Price Books.

For more information about the book fair, call 903-963-3788.

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