Russian President's spouse to visit US

On October 12-13, the Russian President's wife, Lyudmila Putin, will visit the USA by the invitation of the US President's wife, Laura Bush. The agenda of the visit includes several events that both wives will attend together.

In particular, the First Ladies of Russia and the USA will attend the Second National Book Fair organized by the Library of Congress with the help of the White House. The tradition of the National Book Fair was founded by Laura Bush who is a librarian by education.

Lyudmila Putin met in Moscow with the representatives of the James Madison's Council of the Library of Congress in June this year. During the meeting, the sides discussed the programs of the largest Library in the United States, including the agenda for the National Book Fair in October. They agreed to open a special Russian language and literature pavilion during the Fair.

The Second National Book Fair will occupy the Western lawn of the building of the Congress and the nearby areas downtown Washington.

During the Fair, more than 70 writers will address the audience. There will be discussions and sales of books. In addition, the authors and famous American sportsmen will sign their autographs for anyone in attendance. There will be concerts of the musical bands representing the whole spectrum of the American musical tradition.

Near the Capitol building several thematic pavilions will be dedicated to different literary styles, including literature for children and teenagers.

The main goal of the Fair is to promote the importance of reading among people.