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 Featured authors

2021 Public schedule of events

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

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 9A-5P

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 9A-3P

Meet this year's talented authors and purchase their books inside the library. Outside, you’ll find free activities for the entire family, including crafts, games, and face painting. DJ Country Boy will bring live entertainment, and concessions are available. Prize drawings will be held all day. There is no charge for parking or entrance to the festival.


Gold Star Sponsors

Carmine State Bank

Jack and Sue Placke

Best Western Inn & Suites

Maass Butane Gas

Silver Spur Sponsors

Dime Box Animal Clinic

Ronnie's Tire & Automotive Center

Coratel Inn & Suites

Central Texas Recognition

Bronze Lasso Sponsors

Citizen's National Bank

Lee County Peanut Company

First National Bank, Giddings

Giddings Breakfast Lions Club

Round Top State Bank

Urban Inn

Rainbow House Bed & Breakfast

DJ Country Boy

Giddings Noon Lions Club

Precision Electric

Lee County Historical Commission

Melanie Chrismer

Rejuvenation, Inc.

Lee County Warehousing

Giddings New Horizons Lions Club

Heritage Oaks Ranch

Brenda Moore

Zoch's Laundry & Washateria

Giddings Evening Lions Club

Deidre Harry

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.

Thursday, Nov. 18: Fundraiser gala 6-8 p.m.

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.

Submission FAQ

How many books can I send for consideration? Each author may submit a single book for festival consideration. The selection committee reads and reviews many books during each festival cycle; to make the review process manageable, please submit only one book. Additional books sent to the library will be considered a donation. Library donations are evaluated according to the library's collection-development policy.

I don't have a "new" book. Can I still apply to be a festival author? Books for festival consideration must be new to the festival (not submitted for consideration in the past).

How are books reviewed by the selection committee? Reviewers utilize a rubric when reviewing books. Reviewers give a numerical score based on eight criteria. After all books have been reviewed by the committee, an average score for each book is calculated. Authors who receive the highest average scores are invited to the festival.

What are the eight criteria in the book-review rubric? For each of the below categories, reviewers answer "strongly agree" (5 points); "agree" (4 points); "disagree" (3 points); or "strongly disagree" (2 points). The highest score for a single review (5 in all categories) is 40. The lowest score for a single review (2 in all categories) is 16.

  1. Book is free of typos, errors, and editorial mistakes

  2. Book is appropriate for its stated audience

  3. Book is well written

  4. Book has a professional layout and design

  5. Book inspires thoughtful reflection or examination of the topic presented

  6. I would read other books written by this same author

  7. I would recommend this book to others

  8. Fiction--Plot makes sense and is easy to follow; or Non-fiction--Book is organized and easy to understand

When will I find out if I'm selected to participate? The selection committee will review books until Sept. 17. Then we'll calculate total scores and notify authors of acceptance in early October.

How much does it cost to attend the festival? The festival does not charge authors to participate, nor do we keep a portion of your book sales. You're responsible for your own transportation and lodging. We provide Thursday evening hors d’oeuvres, Friday breakfast and lunch, and a light breakfast Saturday.