On May 22, 2018, PBS will begin airing an 8-part series called the Great American Read. The documentary series, hosted by Meredith Vieira, ” will take viewers on a journey across the country to uncover the nation’s 100 most-loved novels.” The idea behind the series is that books are the vehicle to “celebrates the power of reading.” The show will interview authors, readers, celebrities and literary experts to discuss how books have affected American culture.
The series is one facet of an outreach program designed to get Americans reading and talking about books.
Viewers will be able to vote on titles to ultimately choose America’s best-loved novel. According to the series web page,
Voting will open online and on social media with the launch of the two-hour premiere episode and continue throughout the summer, leading up to the finale in October 2018. Over the summer, viewers can vote online and through hashtag voting via Facebook and Twitter. In the fall, viewers will also be able to cast their votes by using SMS and toll-free voting.
You can read the list of 100 books here.
Surprisingly, when I spot checked, it appears that ALL of these titles are available in ebook versions.
You can follow the series on social media on Facebook and Instagram You can also follow on Twitter with the hashtag #greatreadpbs.