“The Great American Read” is an eight-part PBS 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.
The series began in September and creators have chosen about 20 of the 100 books chosen to feature on the series and one of them chose was “Lonesome Dove”. The book was written by Larry McMurtry and made into the popular miniseries starring Robert Duval and Tommy Lee Jones.
Last week’s episode was titled “Other Worlds” and Austin County attorney and rancher John Elick will talk about the life and world of the American cowboy and the importance of the cowboy in shaping America. Viewers are encouraged to vote for their favorite book online and the results will be revealed at the end of the series. More than 2 million votes have been cast so far in the series.