PBS Kicks Off Great American Read
Explore the power, passion, and joy of reading, as gauged through the lens of America’s 100 best-loved novels chosen by the public. The Great American Read airs Tuesday nights from September 11 to October 23 at 7:00 p.m.
Powerful themes in the 100 novels are examined in the one-hour episodes, including Who Am I, Heroes, Villains and Monsters, What We Do for Love, and Other Worlds.
Hosted by Meredith Vieira, the series features reflections from everyday Americans as well as notables. Margaret Atwood, Lauren Graham, John Irving, Bill T. Jones, Devon Kennard, Gayle King, Lesley Stahl, George R.R. Martin, and many others reflect on their favorite book.
The series culminates with the results of the first-ever national vote for “America’s Best-Loved Novel.”
Viewers can vote for their favorite novel at kued.org/greatamericanread.
To complement The Great American Read, KUED’s online series, Verve, is all about books this season featuring authors, poets, illustrators, book binders, letterpress setters, comic artists, zine creators, readers, and more. Visit kued.org/verve to watch the videos.
PBS is scheduling a variety of other programs related to the books and authors on the list of America’s 100 best-loved novels during September.
The second part of Mark Twain, Ken Burns’ illuminating portrait of one of America’s greatest writers, airs Tuesday, September 4 at 7:00 p.m. Twain was considered the funniest man on Earth, but he also was an unflinching critic of human nature, using humor to attack hypocrisy, greed, and racism.
American Masters: Margaret Mitchell: American Rebel airing Tuesday, September 11 at 8:00 p.m., tells the story of the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Gone With the Wind, one of the worlds’ best-selling novels adapted into one of the most popular films of all time. Mitchell was a charismatic force who challenged the stifling Southern social order and struggled with the changing role of women and the liberation of African Americans.
American Masters: Harper Lee on Tuesday, September 18 at 8:00 p.m. explores the mysterious life of the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of To Kill a Mockingbird. The documentary examines social changes the novel inspired, while interviewees reflect on the book’s power, influence, and popularity.