The Great American Read

The Great American Read

Over four days in March, CBC’s annual televised battle of the books, Canada Reads, examined the merits of five books that fit this year’s theme, “One Book to Open Your Eyes.” In the end, the book Forgiveness: A Gift from My Grandparents by Jeanne Beker took home the coveted title.

It seems the United States knows a good idea when it sees one, even if it did take 16 years to pick up on it. On Sunday, May 22, PBS presents The Great American Read hosted by Meredith Vieira. According to the website, the show “celebrates the power, passion, and joy of reading through the lens of America's 100 best-loved books as chosen by the public.” The U.S. won’t settle for only five books; they are starting with 100 titles. You can check out the list here.

The eight-part show will have a long list of literary and other guest stars. While the launch is this week, the rest of the episodes will air in September and October, with the idea that viewers will be reading all summer. Viewers will vote for the winner, which will be announced during the finale on October 23.

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