The Great American Read

The hunt for America's best-loved novel returns Tuesday, September 11th

Project details

THE GREAT AMERICAN READ is an ambitious 9-hour PBS documentary series and public service campaign that explores and celebrates the power of reading, told through the prism of America’s 100 best-loved novels (as chosen in a nationally-representative survey).


It investigates how and why fiction writers create their imaginary 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 series features entertaining, inventive and informative documentary segments, plus compelling testimonials from celebrities, authors, notable Americans and everyday book-lovers across the country.  It is paired with a vast multi-platform digital, educational and community outreach campaign, designed to get the country reading and passionately talking about their favorite works of fiction.  And it all culminates in a nationwide vote to choose America’s Best-Loved Book.

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The team are operating primarily from our New York production office. Please send any inquiries to [email protected]

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