The Great American Read Coming to PBS

By April 22, 2018 Culture, News, Reading Habits, Television

If there’s one thing I’m sure we can all agree it’s that there aren’t enough books on the television, but all that is about to change with several bookish shows lined up this year. Just a few weeks ago we brought you the news that Zoe Ball is to front a television bookclub in the UK and now it’s announced that an eight part series ‘The Great American Read’ is to air on PBS.

The eight part series will explore and celebrate the power of reading through what has been chosen as America’s 100 best-loved novels. It looks at fictional worlds, how readers are affected by these stories and what the books have to say about the diverse nation and shared human experience in the USA.

Full of documentary segments, testimonials from authors, notable Americans and book lovers it kicks off with a two-hour launch episode where the top 100 books will be revealed. The series will then continue with hour long themed episodes looking at the books on the list with a finale in which the results of a nationwide vote to find America’s best loved book are announced.

Around 7,200 people participated in a YouGov survey to select the top 100 books, with some stipulations. Each author was only allowed one book in the list, to keep the list varied and only fiction was included.

The show premiers on 22nd May on PBS, and should you wish to read the full list of books you can do so at the Great American Read website here.

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2 Comments

  • Graceann says:

    Do we know when or if this will air in the U.K.? I’m an expat (or, “American Reader”) and I’d like to see it.

    • Kath says:

      Sadly not Grace. I’m hoping it will eventually appear on one of the streaming services as I’d like to watch it here in the UK myself.

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