‘The Great American Read’ Returns to NET This Fall: There’s Still Time to Vote!

News Release Date: 
August 28, 2018

For Immediate Release

‘The Great American Read’ Returns to NET This Fall: There’s Still Time to Vote!

LINCOLN, Neb. (Aug. 28, 2018) – Book lovers, rejoice! “The Great American Read” returns to NET, Nebraska’s PBS & NPR Stations, at 7 p.m. CT, Tuesday, Sept. 11.

Hosted by television personality and journalist Meredith Vieira, “The Great American Read” is an eight-part series and multi-platform reading initiative that highlights the importance of reading. 

Throughout the end of summer and until Oct. 18, viewers are encouraged to read as many books on the list of America’s favorite novels as possible, vote on their favorite works of fiction and share their thoughts and opinions on social media. “The Great American Read” is the most expansive national celebration of books and reading aimed at engaging multi-generational readers across multiple platforms ever created. Viewers can learn more and are currently able to vote for their favorite titles at pbs.org/greatamericanread.

Voting opened with the launch of the two-hour premiere episode May 22. The grand finale Oct. 23 will reveal America’s best-loved novel.


“The Great American Read” will air on the following Tuesday nights this fall:

“Fall Kick Off”

Tuesday, Sept. 11, 7 p.m. CT

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, Sept. 18, 7 p.m. CT

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.


Tuesday, Sept. 25, 7 p.m. CT

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

“Villains and Monsters”

Tuesday, Oct. 2, 7 p.m. CT

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, Oct. 9, 7 p.m. CT

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, Oct. 16, 7 p.m. CT

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, Oct. 23, 7 p.m. CT

America’s best-loved novel is revealed.

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CONTACT: Sandi Karstens, 402-470-6578, skarstens@netNebraska.org

NET, Nebraska’s PBS & NPR Stations, is the statewide public media service dedicated to creating opportunities for Nebraskans to engage with critical issues, compelling stories and quality entertainment. NET serves each of Nebraska’s 93 counties with 52,560 hours of programming each year on four television and two radio channels, plus online and mobile content. In addition to providing free, high-quality educational programming for children, NET provides programming in the arts, award-winning news and current affairs information and emergency alert services. For more information about NET, visit netNebraska.org.