Former first lady Laura Bush appears at the 2010 National Book Festival. Speaker Biography: 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 the governor's wife, Mrs. Bush founded the statewide Texas Book Festival in 1995. The former first lady 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).
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