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100 Books, 1 Winner. Join The Great American Read Today!

Let's get the country reading! PBS and WGBH present The Great American Read, a journey through America that introduces our list of the 100 best-loved books and explores the many ways in which these novels affect, reflect and connect us all. View the WGBH conversations supporting The Great American Read held at our Boston Public Library studio held over the summer.

Check out all eight episodes, including the grand finale unveiling of America's favorite novel, at The Great American Read show page. Check here for complete results of the PBS online poll in search of the nation's most beloved book.

  • Making Media Accessible to All

    Audio books have made novels almost universally accessible, but what about the extended experience of loving books? The Carl and Ruth Shapiro Family National Center for Accessible Media (NCAM) and Media Access Group (MAG) at WGBH have many examples of making movies based on books accessible, but they've also made things like fan websites and amusement park rides accessible, too. Bryan Gould, Director of Accessible Learning & Assessment Technologies at NCAM, and Renee Rethel, Post Production Supervisor at MAG, demonstrated how their teams have made the experience of reading accessible to people of all abilities.

  • Is Love Timeless? Modern Romance vs. The Classics

    How have romance novels and the literary expression of love changed over the last 200 years? In this Facebook Live, Susan Weaver Schopf, Professor of Literature at Harvard University, and Jackie Horne, President of the New England Chapter of Romance Writers of America, join host Callie Crossley, of WGBH's "Under the Radar with Callie Crossley," in examining how modern romance novels like Americanah, The Notebook and Twilight, compare to classic romance novels like Jane Eyre, Pride and Prejudice, and Wuthering Heights. Join us live at WGBH Studio at the Boston Public Library or follow along on Facebook @WGBHBoston.

  • Turning Novels Into Films

    WGBH's Jared Bowen sat down with Executive Producer of Masterpiece, Rebecca Eaton, to discuss the process of translating a novel into a film or television series. While reflecting on current books that have turned into films and TV shows, this Facebook Live explores questions such as; what kind of novels lend themselves to being reinvented for the small screen? Which of the newer books on The Great American Read favorites list might have potential? What does Rebecca Eaton look for in a novel when looking to turn it into a film or TV show?