The Great American Read

Designed to spark a national conversation about reading and the books that have inspired, moved and shaped us, THE GREAT AMERICAN READ encompasses an eight-part PBS series, community reading programs and special events, and a wide range of digital and social media initiatives. Featuring testimonials from notable figures from the entertainment, sports, news and literary worlds, the series culminates in the first-ever national vote to choose “America’s Best-Loved Book.”  

Upcoming The Great American Read Programming

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 - 6:00am
How many books have you read from The Great American Read List?
Tuesday, May 22, 2018 - 6:00am
Join the Book ClubGet ready to read and discuss the novels, go to Facebook to join The Great American Read Book Club?
Tuesday, May 22, 2018 - 6:00am
What do you know about the books on the list? Click each book cover to learn something about each!  Connect here!
Wednesday, May 30, 2018 - 8:14am
Vote for your favorite novel from nation’s 100 most-loved novels in The Great American Read. Read, Vote, Share
Tuesday, September 11, 2018 - 8:00pm
Book lovers rejoice! PBS’ The Great American Read returns with host Meredith Vieira. 
Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 8:00pm
The Great American Read explores the ways that America's best-loved novels answer the age-old question, "Who am I?"
Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - 8:00pm
Take a journey with some literary heroes to examine what makes them complex and relatable.
Tuesday, October 2, 2018 - 8:00pm
Revisit the evil deeds of some of literature's favorite and most notorious villains.

On-Demand The Great American Read Programming

Host Meredith Vieira takes you on a journey across the country to uncover the nation’s 100 most-loved novels, the people who love them and their authors. Watch on-demand if you missed the launch! 


Upcoming Events

Sat, 09/01/2018 - 6:00am
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The Great American Read

Local support for The Great American Read is provided by: 

Cobblestone Capital Advisors 
Fidelis Care

National support for The Great American Read is provided by: 

Major production funding provided by Anne Ray Foundation, A Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropy. Engagement funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and Anne Ray Foundation, A Margaret A Cargill Philanthropy.