If you are interested in participating in our Heartland Book Festival in 2022, review the guidelines and apply now before the deadline of June 30, 2022.



Save the date!

Friday, September 30, 2022


Saturday, October 1, 2022


From vendors to volunteers and sponsors, we need a team of people to make the Heartland Book Festival possible.  Additional information will be provided at a later date.


2019 Inaugural Festival

Elizabethtown Community and Technical College partnered with Barnes & Noble and the Hardin County Library to bring the region its first major book festival on September 20 and 21, 2019.  The Heartland Book Festival attracted more than 70 authors from Kentucky and other states like Alabama, Indiana, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Connecticut, Tennessee, and even Canada.

Held on the ECTC campus, the first day of the book festival focused on providing fun and educational experiences for more than 670 student from six elementary, middle school, and high schools. Break-out sessions allowed students to interact with authors, purchase books, get autographs, and learn more about writing and literature.

On Saturday, Sept. 21, in addition to the authors and books, sessions were open to adults to discuss how to write various genres of books, how to submit writing for publication, and much more.


The Heartland Book Festival is a business and community partnership in Hardin County, Kentucky to conduct an outstanding book fair for schools, the general public, and authors, promoting reading, writing, and literacy.

The Heartland Book Festival will take place in September 2021 with authors and events for all ages.  Join us at Elizabethtown Community & Technical College main campus at the James S. Owen building.  This festival is free and open to the public.  


600 College Street Road, 

Elizabethtown, KY 42701

Tel: (270) 300-1294

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