THE GREAT AMERICAN READ is an eight-part series presented by PBS.org that explores and celebrates the power of reading, told through the prism of 100 of America’s best-loved novels (as chosen in a national survey). It investigates how and why writers create their fictional worlds, how readers are affected by these stories, and what these 100 different books have to say about our diverse nation and our shared human experience.
The television series features entertaining and informative documentary segments, with compelling testimonials from celebrities, authors, notable Americans and book lovers across the country. It is comprised of a two-hour launch episode in which the list of 100 books is revealed, five one-hour theme episodes that examine concepts common to groups of books on the list, and a finale, in which the results are announced of a nationwide vote to choose America’s best-loved book.
The series is the centerpiece of an ambitious multi-platform digital, educational and community outreach campaign, designed to get the country reading and passionately talking about books.
- LEARN MORE about the list of 100 books and how you can participate in The Great American Read..
- Watch for posts from HCLS on Facebook to see which books on the list are staff favorites.
- Inspired to read some of the books on the list? REMEMBER to log them as part of our #100KBooks challenge.