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Calling All Authors 2020

posted Jun 16, 2020, 3:09 PM by txword wrangler

Are you a published Texas author? Would you like to submit your book for consideration to the Texas Word Wrangler Book Festival?

The festival happens on Fri-Sat, November 20-21, 2020 in Giddings TX at the Library. On Thursday evening is a Gala for the authors. Submit your book:

Submission deadline in person at the library or postmarked by September 10, 2020 so that the committee will have time to review all books and make their recommendation. Any authors submitting books which are postmarked after will be placed on a waiting list.

Calling All Authors for 2020

posted Mar 5, 2020, 3:40 PM by txword wrangler

14th Annual Texas Word Wrangler Book Festival


September 11, 2020

9am to 5pm

Giddings Public Library & Cultural Center

276 North Orange

Giddings, Texas 78942





Giddings Public Library & Cultural Center and the Giddings Area Chamber of Commerce invite all published Texas authors to submit a book for consideration in our upcoming 14th Annual Texas Word Wrangler Book Festival on Friday, September 11, 2020. 


Word Wranglers use words to convey ideas, stories, portray people and places.  We want to honor our authors for their hard work and dedication to their craft.  We also want to give our community an opportunity to meet Word Wranglers and learn about the writing craft.


We are looking for authors of books on the following subjects - the art of quilting, archeology, poetry, Texas cookbooks, bird watching, science fiction, fiction, history, historical fiction, mystery, children’s books, romance, music, Texas gardening, and anything related to Texas.


The day-long festival is held at the Giddings Public Library & Cultural Center where authors sell their books and talk to library patrons. Some authors read or talk to groups of students that come into the library.


On Thursday September 10th, during the day, the authors are invited to visit the Giddings Public Schools as well as local private schools to talk to students about the writing process, ideas for stories, how a book is taken from the idea to the written page, and much more. 


Thursday evening a fundraising gala event is held to introduce the authors to the community.  Authors receive two complimentary tickets to attend the gala and will have a table available to pre-sell and sign books to the invitation-only crowd. On Friday, authors will have their same tables for the day to sell to the public. Breakfast and lunch are included for participating authors.


Contact us at the above address or at the email address or phone number below. Submission deadline in person at the library or postmarked by is July 1, 2020 so that the committee will have time to review all books and make their recommendation. Any authors submitting books which are postmarked after July 1th will be placed on a waiting list. Attendees will be notified when their book is received.


Nelson Zoch Writes True Story with Chilling Details

posted Sep 7, 2018, 12:39 PM by txword wrangler

Word Wrangler welcomes Nelson J. Zoch to the Festival!
Nelson is a veteran of three decades in the Homicide Division of the Houston Police Department, Nelson J. Zoch is well qualified to write about police procedure and murder. Working closely with the detectives who investigated the murders of Sherry and Sharon Easley, as well as the officer who worked the aborted kidnapping of Jon Easley’s college roommate, he has traced the elements of a true story that is far more fascinating than many crime novels.

His book is "All His Enemies." On June 16, 1969, a young woman named Sherry Easley was brutally murdered. Recently divorced, she was locked in a custody battle with her ex-husband, Jerry, over custody of their three-year-old son, Jon. Although Jerry was a suspect, his alibi put him in the clear. After her death Jon was raised by Jerry and Sharon, the woman responsible for breaking up Jerry’s marriage. Nelson J. Zoch has rendered a true story with chilling realism and detail, creating a compelling tale about family ties, truth, deception, and justice.

Haril Walpole, Talented Writer & Actor

posted Sep 7, 2018, 12:37 PM by txword wrangler

Word Wrangler welcomes Haril W. Walpole to the Festival!

Haril is the Chief of Police for the Giddings Police Department. He is an ordained minister with a Ph.D in theology. A creative and talented individual, he loves community theater and has appeared in productions around the area.

Welcome Carolyn Stovall, Texas Gal Cooks

posted Sep 7, 2018, 12:36 PM by txword wrangler

Word Wrangler welcomes Carolyn Stovall to the Festival!

Carolyn says: I am truly a Texan. I have lived in the same small town all of my life. I live in an old Victorian house that was built in 1882. Living here is like stepping back in time to another era. It has always been a dream of mine to write a cookbook. Cooking has always been my hobby. I have always loved cooking, and experimenting with recipes, and making my own recipes. I especially love to do decorative cooking. My specialty is baking. I live life to the fullest, and enjoy every beautiful day that is given to me.

A Texas Gal Cooks is a unique cookbook with basic recipes that go back to the 1800's. A Texas Gal Cooks was chosen by Go Texan to sell at The State Fair of Texas 2015. I live in the town where our Santa became Big Tex at the State Fair of Texas. I have written the original story. I have sections on Making Gift baskets, Gift breads, Cooking with Children, Decorative Pies, Mexican Food, Original Soda Fountain recipes plus many others. A Texas Gal Cooks has many award winning recipes, and has gotten rave reviews. This is a " Must Have Cookbook."

Dino Buddies Returning to Word Wrangler!

posted Sep 7, 2018, 12:35 PM by txword wrangler

Word Wrangler welcomes Sprout and Aunt Eeebs to the Festival!
Sprout says: These are pseudonyms for a sister and brother team that has written and illustrated Dino-Buddies books since 1988. My sister was 'dubbed' as 'Eeebs' by my two children when they were quite young. Playing a big part on the creative side, Aunt Eeebs makes the larger ideas become refined. When she and I are 'in tune and clicking', the cute rhymes and alliterations seem to just appear in our laps. Aunt Eeebs enjoys the author signing events and especially loves reading and interacting with the little ones!

My nickname, 'Sprout' was given to me during my high school years. I was quite thin, looked much younger than my friends, and was way too shy. Always being interested in art and creative projects, I started from a young age developing products. Generally working behind the scenes, the large majority of art, layouts, coordination and marketing falls under my 'To-Do' list.

In their book, "But It's the Truth" It is a rainy day in Onid Valley, and the Dino-Buddies can’t go outside to play. After they decide on an indoor game, they spot a Dino-BuLLy who has taken shelter on the porch. Watchfully, they invite the visitor inside to play, and a mystery unfolds as to “whodunnit” when a lamp breaks. When the responsibility appears to point to one dinosaur, the Dino-Buddies become eager to focus on the facts and learn the truth.

Author P.G. Shriver Finds Inspiration Everywhere!

posted Aug 16, 2018, 12:39 PM by txword wrangler

Word Wrangler welcomes P.G. Shriver to the Festival!
P.G. says of herself: ​
Hi! I'm P. G. Shriver, the award winning author of the middle grade short story, Cool Penny. I write fiction books for ages five and up.

Inspiration comes from everywhere for me. Even signs I see while driving down the road. I love traveling to book festivals and schools to interact with my young fans. I love to write and illustrate more than anything. This past year, I was in a bad car accident that kept me from doing both for a while and it made me realize how important it is for me to never take my time for granted. Now, I try to write and draw a little each day.
I've been a published author for forty-nine years, twenty of which I've also taught writing. To date, I've written fourteen books.

Her book is "Sally The Travelin' Artist"
Sally, Red and a grumpy new friend roll into a new festival adventure. This time they help a young artist with a masterpiece. Will her art piece place in the festival? And why is Sally's new friend so grumpy?

Kathleen J. Shields, Both a Writer and Artist

posted Aug 16, 2018, 12:38 PM by txword wrangler

Word Wrangler welcomes Kathleen J. Shields to the Festival!

Author Kathleen J. Shields is fast at work releasing fun and exciting books of all genres, for all ages and plans to keep putting out books and fun stories as long as God allows. While running a website and graphic design business and every task as her own publishing company, she keeps up with weekly blog posts and writing new adventures

Kathleen never tires of finding ways to be creative. She enjoys learning new things, teaching herself new programs and writing about anything she can dream of. Being self-taught, she does it all on her own; following the model, if you want it done right…

Of her book "Ghost Dogs"
As a toddler, Jamie’s pulled from the clutches of death by his loving dog Sal. His awakening gives him the ability to see ghost dogs.
Growing up with this gift has its ups and downs. Among those are harsh conversations, difficult choices, and a unique responsibility to do something good.

Author Linda Maria Salerno wonders "Where are All the Houston Toads?"

posted Aug 16, 2018, 12:36 PM by txword wrangler

Word Wrangler welcomes Linda Maria Salerno to the Festival!

Linda Maria Salerno was born in Queens New York and moved at age five to Smithtown Long Island New York. Here she became an animal rights activist since fourth grade joining The American Horse Protection Association, gave up eating flesh at the age of fourteen, then worked on her art and writing. Fairness to the environment has always been a very important subject to her along with reading on the sciences and psychological aspects of how to make a better world. She did extensive travel in the states having several businesses but that was not enough for her goals in life. She needed to see the world, and the world was there just waiting for her to explore.

Linda's first book, "Where are all the Houston Toads?" is about a local endangered species. She is working on the illustrations for her second book, an autobiography in a comic book.

Gary Roe Reaches out to Teen with Book "Teen Grief"

posted Aug 16, 2018, 12:34 PM by txword wrangler

Word Wrangler welcomes Gary Roe to the Festival!

Gary is an author, speaker, and grief specialist with eight books and over 500 articles in print. A former missionary and pastor, he now serves as a hospice chaplain and grief counselor for Hospice Brazos Valley in central Texas.

His book, "Teen Grief", was written to help teen navigate loss. While trying to make sense of an increasingly confusing and troubled world, teens get hit, again and again, with moves, separations, divorces, rejections, substance abuse, domestic violence, sexual abuse, illness, disability, and death. They wonder "Why me?" "Is it my fault?" and "Am I going to make it?"

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