Giddings Public Library and Cultural Center

Book submissions for the 2024 festival are now closed.

This is the official webpage of the 

Texas Word Wrangler Book Festival 

Sept. 27-28, 2024

Join us Sept. 27-28, 2024, for our biggest event of the year, the Texas Word Wrangler Book Festival. Our annual festival focuses on authors from Texas, giving them the opportunity to connect directly with readers. Our "word wranglers" are talented authors from all over the state who come to our small town to share their passion for literature. Authors are selected by the Word Wrangler Committee to headline the festival. 

2023 WW Festival

The 2023 Texas Word Wrangler Book Festival marked the festival's 17th year. Held annually in September, the festival attracts authors from all over the state of Texas. The 2023 festival featured 26 authors with 217 different books for sale.

Annual festival supports Texas literature

Since 2006, we've celebrated Texas authors for their hard work and dedication. In addition to honoring Texas writers, the book festival gives our community an opportunity to meet word wranglers and learn about the writing craft.

During the festival, authors are available at their tables to sell their books, sign autographs, and take pictures. Authors are scheduled to read excerpts of their books and answer audience questions. 

We accept a wide range of book genres including: murder mystery, fantasy, science fiction, cookbooks, self-help books, youth fiction, and picture books. Many of our authors are independently published, and they enjoy meeting readers directly. They've also told us they greatly benefit from the camaraderie found among other authors at the annual festival. 

Local schools bring students to meet the authors and learn about the writing process. Many festival authors also visit local schools to give student presentations and to inspire the next generation to love reading and writing. 

2024 Festival

Friday, Sept. 27: Festival 9A-5P

Saturday, Sept. 28: Festival 9A-2P 

The festival is open to the public from 9A-5P Friday, and from 9A-2P Saturday. There is no charge for parking or admission to the festival. Meet all of the authors as you walk around the festival and stop at the different authors' tables. Sections of the library will be reserved for author readings. Plan to purchase books for friends and family to support these local authors.