On-Demand: The Great American Read: Episode One

On-Demand: The Great American Read: Episode One

Pictured:The Great American Read: 100 Books, 1 Winner

Credit: Stephanie Berger


Host Meredith Vieira takes you on a journey across the country to uncover the nation’s 100 most-loved novels, the people who love them and their authors. Watch on-demand if you missed the launch! 

In case you missed the launch of the The Great American Read, a new eight-part television series you can watch it here. In The Great American Read, Meredith Vieira take viewers on a journey across the country to uncover the nation’s 100 most-loved novels, the people who love them and their authors. Did your favorite book make the list?  You can vote once per day for your favorite book through the summer and tune in September for the rest of the series and the vote to pick America's favorite novel 

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About: As host of the series, Vieira will tie together the overarching themes of our national love of literature and guide viewers on a search to discover America’s best-loved book.  Vieira is known for co-hosting NBC News’ “Today” and serving as moderator of ABC’s “The View.” Throughout her career, she has gained national recognition for her reporting on such programs as “The Meredith Vieira Show,” “60 Minutes” and CBS News.  She entertained the nation with her role as host of the popular syndicated quiz show “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” and has won 14 Emmys for her work, engaging and educating the American public with hard-hitting news stories and heart-warming programming.

Many key authors, celebrities and notable figures in the entertainment, sports, news and literary worlds will join Vieira in lending their voices and passion to The Great American Read. Margaret Atwood, Jenna and Barbara Bush, Chelsea Clinton, Junot Díaz, Morgan Freeman, Lauren Graham, John Green, Gayle King, George R. R. Martin, Shaquille O’Neal, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jason Reynolds, Gabrielle Union, Ming-Na Wen and many others will share their personal stories and connections to their favorite titles throughout the series.

Following the two-hour launch event of The Great American Read, and throughout the summer, viewers will be encouraged to read and engage in the conversation by participating in local events, and by visiting the interactive website and voting for their favorite book on the list at pbs.org/greatamericanread. The series will return in September with a recap and additional themed episodes exploring the nominated books, leading up to the reveal of “America’s Best-Loved Novel” on Tuesday, October 23.

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