Giddings Public Library and Cultural Center
Texas Word Wrangler Book Festival
Nov. 19-20, 2021
Nov. 19-20, 2021, was 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. 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 Featured authors
2021 Public schedule of events
The 2021 festival was partially funded by a grant from the Ladd and Katherine Hancher Library Foundation.
Author submission deadline: Sept. 1, 2021
Sept. 2, 2021: Submissions are closed. We appreciate all the authors who submitted. Selected authors were notified.
March 1, 2021: Authors interested in participating in the 2021 festival are invited to submit one book and an application to the Word Wrangler committee prior to Sept. 1, 2021. The committee will read and review books, and select authors for the festival. Applications should be submitted online, and each author should mail one book for consideration to: Giddings Public Library; Word Wrangler Submission; 276 N. Orange St.; Giddings, TX 78942.
2021 Author schedule of events
Thursday, Nov. 18: School visits 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (optional)
Authors are scheduled to visit local schools to discuss the writing process with students.
Authors receive two complimentary tickets to attend the gala and will have a table to sell and sign books for the invitation-only crowd. Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served.
Friday, Nov. 19: Festival indoors 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Breakfast and lunch are included for participating authors. Authors will have a table inside the library for book sales.
Saturday, Nov. 20: Festival indoors and outdoors 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (optional)
A light breakfast is included. Authors who choose to stay for the Saturday event will have a table inside the library for book sales.