The Great American Read
PBS Books is proud to partner with THE GREAT AMERICAN READ, a new eight-part television competition and nationwide campaign created in partnership with the production company Nutopia, exploring the power of books and the joy of reading through the lens of America’s 100 best-loved novels, as voted on by the public.
Popular authors, celebrities and notable figures in the entertainment, sports, news and literary worlds will lend their voices and passion to THE GREAT AMERICAN READ, including Margaret Atwood, Lesley Stahl, Devon Kennard, Junot Díaz and many others who, throughout the series, share their personal stories and connections to their favorite titles.
THE GREAT AMERICAN READ launches with a two-hour special event on Tuesday, May 22, 2018, at 8 p.m. on PBS stations nationally. Over the course of 15 weeks in the summer, viewers can read and vote on favorite works of fiction; the series then returns in the fall with additional episodes exploring the nominated books through themes including “Heroes,” “Villains & Monsters,” “Who Am I?,” “What We Do for Love,” “Other Worlds,” and will conclude with an exciting finale and countdown to “America’s Best-Loved Book.”
“From exploring the nature of good and evil to discovering a world far away from our own, books have the power to transform, to inspire and to stay with you long after the final page has been turned,” said Beth Hoppe, Chief Programming Executive and General Manager, General Audience Programming, PBS. “PBS is committed to being the home for engaging, educational and inspiring content, and we hope that THE GREAT AMERICAN READ encourages a multi-generational dialogue about literacy in America through this search to identify America’s best-loved novel.”