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WSRE and West Florida Public Libraries to host preview screening of “The Great American Read” on Tuesday, Sept. 4

Posted by Mary Riker on

PENSACOLA, Fla., August 22, 2018 ― WSRE and West Florida Public Libraries invite book lovers to gather for an advance screening of PBS’ fall television series, “The Great American Read,” at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4 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.” There will be door prizes and conversation about the books featured on the film, all of which are in the running to be voted “America’s Best-Loved Novel.”

“The Great American Read” is an eight-part television and online series designed to spark a national conversation about reading and the books that have inspired and shaped us. Hosted by Meredith Vieira, the series will air Tuesdays at 7 p.m. from Sept. 11 to Oct. 23 on WSRE.

In the TV series, Vieira will 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. Throughout the summer, Americans have been reading the books and engaging in the national conversation by participating in local events, visiting an interactive website ( and voting for their favorite books from the list of 100.

The list comes from a national survey of ordinary Americans. Voting began with the campaign launch on May 22, and will conclude with the series finale on Oct. 23 when “America’s Best-Loved Novel” is revealed.


Below is the full list of America’s 100 favorite novels, in alphabetical order by title:



A Confederacy of Dunces

Heart of Darkness

A Game of Thrones

The Help

A Prayer for Owen Meany

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

A Separate Peace

The Hunger Games

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

The Hunt for Red October

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

The Intuitionist

The Alchemist

Invisible Man

Alex Cross Mysteries**

Jane Eyre

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

The Joy Luck Club


Jurassic Park

And Then There Were None

Left Behind

Anne of Green Gables

The Little Prince

Another Country

Little Women

Atlas Shrugged

Lonesome Dove


Looking for Alaska

Bless Me, Ultima 

The Lord of the Rings**

The Book Thief

The Lovely Bones

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

The Martian

The Call of the Wild

Memoirs of a Geisha


Mind Invaders

The Catcher in the Rye

Moby Dick

Charlotte’s Web

The Notebook

The Chronicles of Narnia** 

One Hundred Years of Solitude

The Clan of the Cave Bear


The Coldest Winter Ever

The Outsiders

The Color Purple

The Picture of Dorian Gray

The Count of Monte Cristo

The Pilgrim’s Progress

Crime and Punishment

The Pillars of the Earth

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Pride and Prejudice

The Da Vinci Code

Ready Player One

Don Quixote


Doña Barbara

The Shack



Fifty Shades of Grey

The Sirens of Titan

Flowers in the Attic

The Stand


The Sun Also Rises


Swan Song


Tales of the City


Their Eyes Were Watching God

The Giver

Things Fall Apart

The Godfather

This Present Darkness

Gone Girl

To Kill a Mockingbird

Gone with the Wind


The Grapes of Wrath

War and Peace

Great Expectations


The Great Gatsby

The Wheel of Time**

Gulliver’s Travels

Where the Red Fern Grows

The Handmaid’s Tale

White Teeth

Harry Potter **

Wuthering Heights

**Denotes a series title

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 across the country to create local content and host screenings and forums to encourage reading and participation in the initiative.

To learn more, visit or call 850-484-1200.

Media Contact:
Mary Riker