The Great American Read

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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.

The television series features entertaining and informative documentary segments, with compelling testimonials from celebrities, authors, notable Americans and book lovers across the country. It is comprised of a two-hour launch episode in which the list of 100 books is revealed, five one-hour theme episodes that examine concepts common to groups of books on the list, and a finale, in which the results are announced of a nationwide vote to choose America’s best-loved book.

The series is the centerpiece of an ambitious multi-platform digital, educational and community outreach campaign, designed to get the country reading and passionately talking about books.

WJCT will be partnering with the Jacksonville Public library to bring you events related to this PBS series throughout the summer and into the fall right here in our own First Coast community. Be sure to check back for upcoming events!

  • THE GREAT AMERICAN READ PREMIERE – Tuesday, May 22 at 8pm to 10pm (two hour premiere special)
  • PUBLIC VOTING – May through September
  • PROGRAM RECAP – Tuesday, September 11 at 8pm
  • THEMED EPISODES – Tuesdays, September 18 through October 16 at 8pm
  • TOP 10 PROGRAM – Tuesday, October 23 at 8pm



To find out more about The Great American Read, CLICK HERE!

Read the 100 List   Print A Checklist of the Books

In partnership with Jacksonville Public Library.


Tuesday, May 22, 2018 - Tuesday, October 23, 2018
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm