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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.

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What's Your Favorite Book?

What's Your Favorite Book?

Share yours now and vote for America's Favorite Book this Fall with The Great American Read!

You're Invited to WMHT's Great American Read Finale

You're Invited to WMHT's Great American Read Finale

Tuesday, October 23 from 7pm - 9pm at WMHT Public Media. Also screening Inside the Writers Institute at 7:30pm.

THE GREAT AMERICAN READ, a new eight-part television competition and nationwide campaign created in partnership with the production company Nutopia, explores the power of books and the joy of reading through the lens of America’s 100 best-loved novels, as voted on by the public.


Fall Kick Off | Tuesday, September 11 at 8pm

Join host Meredith Vieira in the search for America’s best-loved novel. The voting is underway, and the competition is heating up — any book could win.


Who Am I? | Tuesday, September 18 at 8pm

Explore the ways that America's best-loved novels answer the age-old question, "Who am I?" From life lessons to spiritual journeys, these books help us understand our own identities and find our place in the world.


Heroes | Tuesday, September 25 at 8pm

Follow the trials and tribulations of some of literature’s favorite protagonists. From Katniss Everdeen to Don Quixote, examine how these everyday heroes and anti-heroes find their inner strength, overcome challenges and rise to the occasion.


Villains & Monsters | Tuesday, October 2 at 8pm

Learn why literature's most notorious villains began behaving badly. Many weren't born evil, but became that way when faced with some of the same choices we make every day. See what these villains can teach us about our own dark impulses.


What We Do For Love | Tuesday, October 9 at 8pm

Fall in love with some of literature's most beautiful romances and explore the many forms of love, from family to passion to the unrequited type. Learn how America's best-loved novels reflect the things we do for love.


Other Worlds | Tuesday, October 16 at 8pm

Take a magical journey to another world through some of America's best-loved novels. From Middle Earth to Lilliput, the trials and tribulations of these alternate universes help us to better understand our own world.


Grand Finale | Tuesday, October 23 at 8pm

And the winner is... after millions of votes, find out which of the 100 nominated books is crowned America's best-loved novel.