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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. Join WGBH via Facebook Live throughout the summer from our Boston Public Library studio for lively discussions on a variety of reading topics. Bookmark this page and follow us on Facebook as more events are announced.

Is your favorite book on the list? Check out the list below and visit the official website to vote!

WGBH TALKS GREAT AMERICAN READ

  • Making Media Accessible to All
    Coming up on August 23 at 2pm

    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) at WGBH has many examples of making movies based on books accessible, but they've also made things like fan websites and amusement park rides accessible, too. Donna Danielewski, Director of NCAM, demonstrates how NCAM has made the experience of reading accessible to people of all abilities. Join us live at WGBH Studio at the Boston Public Library or follow along on Facebook @WGBHBoston.

  • Donna Danielewski NCAM
    The Carl and Ruth Shapiro Family National Center for Accessible Media at WGBH (NCAM) launches CADET (Caption and Description Editing Tool) at the Boston Public Library, 5/11/17
    Meredith Nierman

  • 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?

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