Russian Book Festival
On October 1, 2003, Mrs. Bush joined Mrs. Putin for the Russian Book Festival in
Moscow. Mrs. Putin attended Mrs. Bush's 2002 National Book Festival and was
inspired to plan her own. Mrs. Bush was delighted not only to attend, but also take
along some of America's favorite authors. R.L. Stine, Marc Brown and
all traveled with Mrs. Bush to Moscow and shared stories with the Russian public.
Mr. Stine and Mr. Lerangis both have had many of their works published in Russian.
R.L. Stine's writing career began at the age of nine when he wrote stories
on an old typewriter and handed them out at school. He is now the author of more than
fifty books, including the Goosebumps series, Nightmare Hour
received a Children's Choices Award; and Dangerous Girls, his
most recent book. As an advocate of literacy for young people, he created a writing program,
The Nightmare Room Writing Program (Parachute Press and Avon
which is available free of charge to educators nationwide. He lives in New York City.
Author and illustrator Marc Brown is the creator of Arthur, the Aardvark. The concept
for the character originated during a bedtime story session with his son.
Subsequently the first Arthur book, Arthur's Nose, was published in 1976. Now, more
than 30 books and a television series later, Mr. Brown, who lives in
Massachusetts, continues to write books inspired by his childhood and the experiences
of his three children. His most recent books are Arthur's Fire Drill and Arthur's Family Treasury.
After earning a degree in biochemistry and acting in musical theater, Peter Lerangis became an author. He
wrote three series for young people: The Hardy Boys, The Three Investigators, and the Baby-Sitters Club.
Among his other works are popular teen thrillers, humorous middle-grade novels, and science fiction