The First Lady Builds a Literary Room of Her Own

Jen Young sent over This NYTimes Story on three White House events showcasing American literature, all of them open to the press but largely ignored except for reruns on C-Span. Many participants are convinced that publicity is not Mrs. Bush's primary motive and that the events are rooted in the identity she established before she married into what became an American political dynasty.

"There's nothing political about American literature," Mrs. Bush said in a telephone interview Saturday, acknowledging that some of her guests were not sympathetic to her husband. "Everyone can like American literature, no matter what your party."

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