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THE GREAT AMERICAN READ is an eight-part television and online series designed to spark a national conversation about reading and the books that have inspired, moved, and shaped us. The series will engage audiences with a list of 100 diverse books. Audiences are encouraged to read the books, vote from the list of 100, and share their personal connections to the titles.

Check out the launch special of THE GREAT AMERICAN READ below. In the fall, seven new episodes of the series will air as the quest to find America’s most beloved book moves into high gear. Episodes from the series will feature appearances by celebrities, athletes, experts, authors, and everyday Americans advocating for their favorite book.

The nation will vote, and ultimately a winner will be declared, finding THE GREAT AMERICAN READ.

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Click here to download the full list of 100 Greatest American Reads

With 100 fictional titles spanning different themes like - love, heroes, villains, other worlds, and what it means to be an American, this booklist has something for everyone!

Find all these books and more!

Are you adventurous like Tom Sawyer or fierce like Jo March? Maybe even a bit crazy like Michael Corleone?

Find out in this booklist personality quiz! Based on your personality, the quiz will determine your best Great American Read booklist!

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Vote for Your Favorite Book on the List!

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We want to hear about your favorite read! Submit a video telling us your favorite read and why, or candidate photo, or even just write a short narrative. By sharing your story with GPB, you give GPB permission to share your story publicly on and on state and national social media platforms. You may even be featured in The Great American Read series along with celebrities, and famous authors!

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Great American Read Events

August 2018

What: An Exploration of Southern Literature
When: August 22, 2018 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
| Atlanta History Center

Book fans all over the country are celebrating their favorites through The Great American Read, an eight-part television and online series designed to spark a national conversation about reading and the books that inspired, moved and shaped us. With such a rich literary history, it's hard not to find books and authors with a southern connection on The Great American Reads list. With classics like Gone with the Wind and modern favorites like The Help, it's easy to see why southern tales, culture, and history have inspired so many great reads.

Join us for a discussion unpacking some of the themes found in southern literature, the unique characters and landscapes that shape us, that make us laugh and make us cry.

Panelists Regina Bradley (Kennesaw State University) Andy Crank (The University of Alabama) and  Erich Nunn (Auburn University) will be moderated in conversation by GPB’s Bill Nigut

What: GPB Kids: Dinosaur Train Screening Party
When: August 24, 2018 -
10:00am to 11:00am
| Georgia Public Broadcasting

Join us for a special screening of Dinosaur Train at GPB headquarters! 

Attendees will enjoy an episode of the PBS KIDS hit, along with a snack and fun science-themed activity. 

What: Harper Lee: From Mockingbird to Watchman
When: August 28, 2018 -
6:30pm to 8:30pm
| Sewell Mill Library & Cultural Center

To everyone's surprise, fifty-five years after the publication of To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee published another novel. Go Set a Watchman was written before Lee's beloved masterpiece, as director Mary McDonagh Murphy explains in this update of her 2011 documentary Hey, Boo: Harper Lee & To Kill a Mockingbird.

Murphy's new film, Harper Lee: From Mockingbird to Watchman, sifts through the facts and speculation surrounding Lee and both her novels, and includes interviews with Lee's older sister, close friends, and admirers including Oprah Winfrey, Scott Turow, Anna Quindlen, Tom Brokaw, Wally Lamb and more. 

Join us for this free exclusive screening and stick around immediately following for optional book club-style discussion about one of America's great reads! 

September 2018

What: The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin
When: September 1, 2018 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
| Decatur Library

The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin examines the life and work of one of the world's most beloved storytellers, following his evolution from a conservative son of the Old South into a gay rights pioneer whose novels have inspired millions to claim their own truth. Jennifer Kroot's documentary about the creator of Tales of the City also gets by with some help from the author's friends - including Neil Gaiman, Laura Linney, Olympia Dukakis, Sir Ian McKellen and Amy Tan - along with Maupin himself to offer a disarmingly frank look at the journey that took him from the jungles of Vietnam to the batthouses of '70s San Francisco to the frontlines of America's ongoing culture war. 

Out on Film's Craig Hardesty will be joined in conversation by Armistead Maupin following the film. 

Out on Film, AJC Decatur Book Festival and Georgia Public Broadcasting are pleased to partner for this free event. 

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Major production funding provided by Anne Ray Foundation, A Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropy. Engagement funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and Anne Ray Foundation, A Margaret A Cargill Philanthropy.

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