We are pleased to support The Great American Read, a nationwide campaign created by PBS and Nutopia, which aims to explore the power of books and their ability to move and shape us as individuals and as a society. Part of the campaign is a new eight-part television series that will travel across America over the course of 15 weeks, during which time viewers will have the opportunity to learn more about America’s 100 best-loved novels, and have the chance to vote for their favorites.
Launching on May 22, 2018, participants including Margaret Atwood, Junot Diaz, Lauren Graham, John Irving, Bill T. Jones, Devon Kennard, Gayle King, Diane Lane, George R.R. Martin, and Lesley Stahl will share their personal stories and connections to their favorite titles. The Guild is proud to serve on the advisory panel for this project, which helped round out the list of books and will engage in the campaign to promote literacy and learning in communities across the country.
“From exploring the nature of good and evil to discovering a world far away from our own, books have the power to transform, to inspire and to stay with you long after the final page has been turned,” said Beth Hoppe, Chief Programming Executive and General Manager, General Audience Programming, PBS. “PBS is committed to being the home for engaging, educational and inspiring content, and we hope that The Great American Read encourages a multi-generational dialogue about literacy in America through this search to identify America’s best-loved novel.”
Learn more about The Great American Read and how you can participate in local events, share your own connections to the novels, and place your vote by visiting the PBS website.