Giddings Public Library and Cultural Center

Texas Word Wrangler Book Festival Canceled for 2020

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.


Authors who submitted books for 2020

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.

2021 Festival

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.