The Great American Read

The Great American Read

The Great American Read series explores and celebrates the diversity of thought, perspective and experiences of America through the lens of our most treasured literary classics and contemporary titles.

Television personality and journalist Meredith Vieira hosts the series. "The power of reading is extraordinary — it allows us to escape to new worlds, introduces us to a diverse range of people, opens our minds to different ideas, and allows us to keep learning no matter our age or background," says Vieira.

One hundred books were selected by the American public, chosen from a demographically representative national survey and an advisory panel of literary professionals. Download the book checklist here.

Beginning with the two-hour kick-off in May, the eight-part series will feature appearances by notable figures from the entertainment, sports, news and literary worlds and everyday Americans passionately advocating for and explaining their personal connections to their favorite books.

As summer turns to fall, voting will close and America's top 10 books will be revealed, counting down to America's best-loved in the final episode of the series. We can't wait to see what you choose!

Broadcast Schedule

  • Launch: Tuesday, May 22, at 7:00 p.m. on Nine PBS. Repeats Friday, May 25 at 1:00 a.m., Sunday, May 27 at 2:00 p.m. & Tuesday, May 29 at 1:00 a.m.
  • Recap and five 1-hour themed episodes: Tuesdays, September 11 – October 16, at 7:00 p.m.
  • Finale/best-loved book revealed: Tuesday, October 23, at 7:00 p.m.

Help Choose America's Best-Loved Book

Read and vote for your favorite book below starting May 22.

The Great American Read

Launch Special

Aired: 2018-05-11 1:51:35 Expires: 2028-05-23 Rating: TV-PG

America’s 100 best-loved books are revealed, launching the campaign & the nationwide vote.

Vote for Your Favorite Book!