Special thanks to Robert Villanueva and Becca Owsley, who helped promote the book fair held this past weekend in Elizabethtown, KY. The following is a story done on the book fair in the News Enterprise Newspaper on June 17th.
THE BOOKFAIR WAS A SUCCESS!!!
By ROBERT VILLANUEVA
Authors with Hardin County connections will be among the dozens expected to participate in the Almost Famous Authors’ Faire, an event free to the public Saturday at Towne Mall in Elizabethtown.
The event, which wiis from noon to 7 p.m., is an opportunity to meet authors from Kentucky and neighboring states who will be available to autograph their books.
Fort Knox author Nelda Shattles Copas is scheduled to participate in the fair. Her book, “Twisted Desire,” is a murder mystery set in Bowling Green, and she was a workshop presenter at the International Mystery Writer’s Festival in Owensboro this year.
Retired from the U.S. Army, Copas earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology/criminology and a master’s degree in mental health counseling.
She later worked in a variety of roles including victim advocate, drug and alcohol treatment counselor, therapist and social worker. From these occupations she gained experience working with law enforcement personnel.
Though Kentucky author Pamela Whinnery is from Paducah, her book “Favorite Recipes of Kentucky Celebrities” includes entries by Hardin Countians Amy Dudgeon and Becca Owsley.
Among actress Dudgeon’s credits are appearances on TV’s “House,” “Las Vegas,” “ER” and “Desperate Housewives.”
Owsley is a features writer for The News-Enterprise.
Dudgeon’s recipe is Baked Brie while Owsley’s is Spinach, Almond and Strawberry Salad.
Whinnery’s cookbook has been used for fundraising efforts by numerous organizations. Proceeds from the sale of the cookbook on Saturday will be donated to a team from Springfield for The American Cancer Society Relay for Life.
AFAF was formed to promote authors at fairs by bringing them together with readers. Authors pay AFAF for table space at the fair and keep all profits from their sales.
For more information about AFAF, contact chairman Gary D. Drechsel at
or Almost Famous Authors' Faire, P.O. Box 16539, Louisville, KY 40256.
Robert Villanueva can be reached at (270) 505-1743.