The Great American Read

Whether it’s rediscovering an old favorite or engaging with a new title, ideastream encourages YOU to read some, many, or all of the 100 best-loved American novels (as chosen in a national survey) as PBS celebrates the joy of reading and the books we love!

  • Watch the series opening episode on WVIZ/PBS—Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at 8 p.m. The 8-part series will resume in the fall with several themed episodes, including an exciting finale, culminating in the first-ever national vote to choose “America’s Best Loved Novel.”
  • While viewing, enjoy as Meredith Vieira interviews with celebrities, authors, superfans, and everyday Americans discussing the way particular books have influenced them and their significance in American popular culture.
  • Take a quiz to find out how many of the 100 books you have already read
  • Share the GREAT AMERICAN READ book list with fellow bibliophiles, book worms, book clubs, or students.  Why not pick a few titles to read and discuss during June, July, August, and September?
  • Plan viewing parties with your book club or reading friends and family to enjoy the reading frenzy!
  • Use #GreatReadPBS to post pictures of you with your favorite book—on vacation, in your favorite reading spot—the choice is yours!

Check back! More details to come!


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