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Texas Book Festival

Texans had long dreamed of a festival commemorating the state's long-standing literary tradition. In late 1995, with the backing of Laura Bush, a former librarian and an ardent advocate of reading, the dream became a reality.

Under Mrs. Bush's guidance as Honorary Chair, a task force began planning the festival. Gradually, the vision crystallized. Within a few years, the Texas Book Festival has become one of the premier literary festivals in the country.

Now in its ninth year, the Texas Book Festival is more than a celebration of books and Texas writers; it's also a celebration of the joys of reading and a benefit for the public libraries of the Lone Star State. The ninth annual Texas Book Festival will be October 30-31, 2004, at the State Capitol in Austin. Laura Bush, now First Lady of the United States, continues to serve as Honorary Chairman.

For more information about the Texas Book Festival, please visit

March 22, 2004
White House Salute to American Authors Series
October 29, 2002
White House Colloquium on Libraries, Museums, and Lifelong Learning
June 4, 2002
White House Conference on School Libraries
Laura Bush: Librarian and Teacher
National Book Festival
Texas Book Festival
Resources: Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)
Teaching Children to Use their Public Library
Laura Bush's Family Favorites

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