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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!

Take The Booklist Personality Quiz

Vote for Your Favorite Book on the List!

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Share Your Favorite Read!

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!

Share Your Favorite Read

Great American Read Events

October 2018

What: The Great American Read LIVE Finale Event
When: October 23, 2018 -
7:00pm to 9:30pm
| Macon Museum of Arts & Sciences

Join Georgia Public Broadcasting, Middle Georgia Regional Library, and GPLS for the live finale of the Great American Read as America chooses its favorite novel.

Along with PBS stations around the country, we’ll stream the live broadcast on the big screen with snacks, drinks and commentary from local luminaries. Hobnob with other bookworms and make the case for which of the 100 novels you think deserves to be crowned as America’s favorite novel (or which was unceremoniously left off the list!)

We’ll have a special drawing for PRIZES, plus everyone will walk away with The Great American Read swag!

Don’t forget to cast your vote for your favorite novel on The Great American Read website. Click here to vote!



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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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