Best Unexpected Literary Arts Support

Texas First Lady Laura Bush, Texas Book Festival

Laura Bush is a former elementary school librarian who is passionate about the subject of literacy. She enlisted an army of smart volunteers to fashion a festival based on successful models in other states and solicit total corporate underwriting so the proceeds could benefit Texas libraries. The big party weekend last November featured a black-tie gala with big-name Texas authors and two fun-filled days of readings, performances, booksignings, and parties celebrating Texas literary arts and artists. More than one author was heard to remark that it was the best time they'd ever had in the company of so many Republicans. We wish we had a book out so we could play, too.

P.O Box 12428, Office of the Governor, 463-2000

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