100 books. 1 winner. Are you ready to help us choose America’s favorite book?

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. 

Join PBS and WETA TV 26 for an exclusive advance screening and discussion of "Who Am I," the first themed episode leading up to the grand finale of The Great American Read. The one hour documentary explores the question: How do the books we love answer the question, “Who Am I?” We will explore first-person narratives and other ways authors tell stories of characters on personal journeys and how these novels can help us find ourselves at any age.

The Great American Read premieres September 11 on WETA TV 26 and on PBS stations nationwide.

Light refreshments will be served.

The Great American Read is made possible by Anne Ray Foundation and public television viewers. Engagement funding for The Great American Read is made possible by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and Anne Ray Foundation.

Presented in partnership with PBS and WETA TV 26.

Thursday, August 30, 2018
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Barbara M. Donnellan Auditorium
Central Library
Events for All Ages
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