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2021 Festival

posted Nov 6, 2020, 3:28 PM by txword wrangler

Join us Nov. 19-20, 2020, for our biggest event of the year, the Texas Word Wrangler Book Festival. Our "word wranglers" are talented authors from all over the state of Texas who come to Giddings to share their passion for literature. Twenty-five authors are selected by the Word Wrangler Committee to headline the festival. When not speaking, authors will be available at their booths to sell their books, sign autographs, and take pictures. Various book readings and talks are scheduled throughout the day Friday. We accept a wide range of book genres including: murder-mystery, fantasy, science fiction, cookbooks, self-help books, junior fiction, and picture books. Many local schools bring students to meet the authors, learn about the writing process, and inspire them to love reading and writing.

2021 Schedule of events

Thursday, Nov. 18: Fundraiser Gala 6-8 pm

Join us for a lighthearted evening of celebration as we open the festival with the annual fundraising gala. For only $25 a ticket, you can rub shoulders with all of this year's headlining authors and our esteemed sponsors. Heavy hors d'oeuvres will be served.

Friday, Nov. 19: Festival indoors from 9-5

The Festival doors are open to the public from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Friday. There is no charge for parking or entrance to the festival. Tour our beautiful library and meet all of the authors as you walk around the festival and stop at the different author's booths. Sections of the library will be reserved for author talks and readings. A schedule of readings can be found in the library on Friday. Plan to purchase books for friends and family to support these local authors. If you're with a school or other large organization please call 979-542-2716 and ask for Taylor to arrange a field trip to the festival on Friday.

Saturday, Nov. 20: Festival indoors and outdoors from 9-3

The festival opens at 9 am Saturday for a day of family fun! There is no charge for parking or entrance to the festival.

Author submissions accepted beginning March 1, 2021

Authors interested in participating in the 2021 festival are invited to submit an application, a book, and an author bio to the Word Wrangler committee prior to Sept. 9, 2021. The committee will read each book submitted and choose authors for the festival. Author submissions may be mailed directly to the Giddings Public Library and Cultural Center.

Authors who submitted books for 2020

posted Nov 6, 2020, 3:27 PM by txword wrangler

Every year, we’re awed by the dedication of our local Texas authors. Our committee receives high-quality, engaging books that encourage our community to keep on reading! Below, you'll find a list of authors who submitted their books for consideration for the 2020 festival.

Adult authors

Texas Word Wrangler Book Festival Canceled for 2020

posted Nov 6, 2020, 3:26 PM by txword wrangler

Efforts refocused on next year's festival--date set for Nov. 19-20, 2021

Our Word Wrangler committee met in August to consider the question: “How can we ensure the health and safety of our authors and our community while also organizing a successful book festival?” After engaging in thorough discussion and seeking many perspectives, the committee voted unanimously to cancel this year’s festival. We know you’ll understand how heartbreaking this decision is, even though we also believe it’s the wisest decision we can make for this year. We’re committed to focusing our efforts on hosting a successful festival next year, so save the date: November 19-20, 2021. Please check back here for updates regarding next year’s festival.

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?

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