Library of Congress

National Book Festival

At the 2017 National Book Festival


  • Children's Purple Stage
    Saturday, September 2
    1:35 pm - 2:00 pm

Book Signing

  • Saturday, September 2
    2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Rachel Renee Russell is an attorney who likes writing teen books more than legal briefs, especially because bunny slippers aren’t allowed in court. She is the author of the best-selling Dork Diaries series, which chronicles the life of Nikki Maxwell and is inspired by the middle school experiences of Russell’s two daughters. Her Dork Diaries series has sold over 15 million copies worldwide and has been translated into 32 languages. Her most recent children’s book, with daughter Nikki Russell, is “The Misadventures of Max Crumbly 2: Middle School Mayhem” (Aladdin). In her free time, she enjoys growing purple flowers and attempting useless crafts, such as building microwave ovens from Popsicle sticks.

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Rachel Renee Russell

Photo by Suna Lee