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The Great American Read

The Great American Read is an eight-part series that explores and celebrates the power of reading, told through the prism of America’s 100 best-loved novels

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The Great American Read, presented by PBS, will explore and celebrate the power of reading. In eight episodes beginning May 22 and ending in October, Americans will vote for #1 book from a list of 100 of our most-loved novels. Fairfax County Public Library is proud to be a participating library in this national celebration of reading. Reston Regional Library is one of 50 libraries nationwide to receive a grant from the American Library Association (ALA) and PBS to host programs around the television series. The Reston branch is proud to have the support of our local PBS station, WETA TV 26. The "Fall Kick Off" episode premieres Tuesday, September 11, 2018, at 8:00PM on WETA TV 26. 

From PBS:

The Great American Read is an eight-part series that explores and celebrates the power of reading, told through the prism of America’s 100 best-loved novels (as chosen in a national survey). It investigates how and why writers create their fictional worlds, how we as readers are affected by these stories, and what these 100 different books have to say about our diverse nation and our shared human experience.

The television series features entertaining and informative documentary segments, with compelling testimonials from celebrities, authors, notable Americans and book lovers across the country. It is comprised of a two-hour launch episode in which the list of 100 books is revealed, five one-hour theme episodes that examine concepts common to groups of books on the list, and a finale, in which the results are announced of a nationwide vote to choose America’s best-loved book.

For more information, visit the official website of The Great American Read.

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