The Great American Read is an eight-part PBS series and competition that explores the joy of books and the power of reading through the lens of America’s 100 best-loved books, as voted on by the public.
The project explores how writers create their imaginary worlds, how we as readers are deeply affected by these stories and what these 100 very different books have to say about our diverse nation, the making of a modern culture and our shared human experience.
The series began with a two-hour launch episode May 23. If you missed it, don’t worry, you have another chance to watch it with a re-screening Thursday, August 9 at Main Library. Enjoy the star-studded episode, hosted by Meredith Vieira, which introduces viewers to America’s favorite books, and then join in on a discussion led by UNC-Charlotte English professors.
You can also still cast your vote to help choose America’s best-loved book through September, when episodes resume on PBS Charlotte. Check out any of the 100 books at your local library location, and then vote (as many times as you’d like) for your favorite.
Then join the Library for a lunchtime series at Main Library to watch the weekly installments over lunch. Taking place Thursdays from 12-2 p.m., September 13-October 25, attendees can enjoy the shows and lively conversations. Bring a bag lunch, or place an order with one of these restaurants to be delivered to Main Library. Order prior to 11 a.m. for delivery to Main Library, and mention “Great American Read.”
- Brixx Pizza: order online or via 704-347-2749
- Cantina 1511: order online or via 980-201-9977
- Crunch Bistro: order online or via 980-498-5774
- Fuel Pizza: order online or via 704-350-1680
- Soho Bistro: order online or via 704-333-5189
We hope you’ll join us in the search for America’s best-loved book. And don’t forget to share your thoughts and your favorite titles using #GreatReadPBS.