Library of Congress

National Book Festival

Laura Bush has always been passionate about reading. An Honorary Ambassador for the U.N. Literary Decade, she hosted the first-ever White House Conference on Global Literacy in 2006 to encourage international cooperation and build free societies through literacy. In 2001 she joined with the Library of Congress to launch the first National Book Festival in Washington. As first lady of Texas, Mrs. Bush founded the statewide Texas Book Festival in 1995. She has taught in the Dallas, Houston and Austin public schools. She is the co-author with her daughter Jenna of "Read All About It!" Her current book is "Spoken from the Heart" (Simon & Schuster).

Previous National Book Festival Appearances

Laura Bush

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