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Media Alert: "The Great American Read" Preview Screening Moved to Thursday at Pensacola Library

Last Updated by Mary Riker on

PENSACOLA, Fla., September 4, 2018 ― Due to Tropical Storm Gordon, WSRE and West Florida Public Libraries have moved “The Great American Read” preview screening event from tonight, as originally scheduled, to 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6 at the Pensacola Library located at 239 N. Spring St. The screening is a free event and offers library patrons the opportunity to be interviewed on camera for an upcoming WSRE program, “What Makes a Great Book.”

“The Great American Read” is an eight-part PBS series and community engagement campaign which has sparked a national conversation about reading and will culminate in a vote for “America’s Best-Loved Novel.” Throughout the summer, Americans have been reading and voting for books from a list of 100 titles selected by a national survey.

Online voting began at on May 22 and will conclude with the series finale when “America’s Best-Loved Novel” is revealed. Hosted by Meredith Vieira, the TV series will air Tuesdays at 7 p.m. from Sept. 11 to Oct. 23 on WSRE. A one-hour sneak peek will be shown at the library for local book lovers.

Funding for “The Great American Read” is provided by The Anne Ray Foundation and PBS. In addition, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting has provided grants, in partnership with PBS, to public media stations like WSRE to create local content and host screenings and forums to encourage reading and participation in the initiative.

Media Contact:
Mary Riker