Tales of Daniel Boone’s wife, a hidden world and dragons are some of the books featured next week at the Heartland Book Festival.

The festival takes place over two days from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 20 and Sept. 21.

Friday’s activities are geared for students while Saturday is being promoted for the public. The festival is at the James S. Owen Building, the Science Building and Regional Postsecondary Center at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College’s main campus.

Organizers hope the inaugural festival becomes a major book festival in Ken­tucky, comparable to the Southern Ken­tucky Book Fest in Bowling Green or the Kentucky Book Festival in Lexington.

Project Leader Randy Carlton said the idea came to him after he visited other book festivals and thought the Elizabethtown area was missing out.

“Why can’t Hardin County have one of their own?” he said.

More than 70 authors will be present at the event, including student, Kentucky and out-of-state authors. Numerous genres will be represented and books will be available for purchase.

Both days feature workshop sessions, which include how to sub­mit literary works for publication, song­writing and poetry discussion. The workshops are led by authors and ECTC faculty and students.

Jacqueline Hawkins, ECTC Arts and Humanities division chair, said she hopes the festival introduces the community to novels it was unaware of.

“We want the authors to have a nice time interacting with the public. We want the community to have a fun day of getting to look at books and meeting authors and buy books,” she said.

Robert Villanueva, a local author and workshop consultant, said he hopes the festival helps encourage children to read.

“Because without young readers, what I did really wouldn’t matter,” he said.

Around 700 students from seven area schools are expected to come.

The festival is sponsored by ECTC, the Har­din County Public Library and Barnes & Noble.

Trey Crumbie can be reached at 270-505-1747 or tcrumbie@thenewsenterprise.com.

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