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Why Read?: The Great American Read - PBS


What's the Great American Read?

The Great American Read from PBS launches with a two-hour special event on Tuesday, May 22, 2018, at 8 p.m. on PBS stations nationally and will be hosted by Meredith Vieira. It will feature Gabrielle Union, Jason Reynolds, George R.R. Martin, Wynton Marsalis, Morgan Freeman, Junot Díaz, Margaret Atwood and many more as America goes in search of its best-loved book.

The project will explore how writers create their imaginary worlds, how we as readers are deeply affected by these stories, and what 100 very different books –sourced from the American public and curated by literary professionals —  have to say about our diverse nation, the making of a modern culture, and our shared human experience. Over the course of 15 weeks in the summer, viewers can read and vote on favorite works of fiction.

Themes in the Fall

The series will return 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.” Each of the thought-provoking one-hour theme specials are designed to take a deeper dive into a range of books on The Great American Read list, connected by a common theme. At the end of each episode viewers can vote for their favorites on the The Great American Read website or on Twitter and Facebook using a hashtag for each book.

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