'The Great American Read' Wants Your Vote for Best Novel

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A visitor peruses books on offer at Warsaw's "Cemetery of Forgotten Books" set up by a local librarian to save unwanted books from the rubbish bin.  (Photo: Janek Skazynski/AFP/Getty Images)

What is America's favorite novel? The upcoming eight-part PBS series “The Great American Read” seeks to find out. Its producers surveyed over 7,000 people to come up with a list of 100 finalists -- ranging from works of classical literature to sci-fi to young adult romance. The show will explore what the nominated works say about the American experience and will hold a nationwide vote to choose “America’s best-loved book.” We'll discuss the books that made the top 100, and we want to hear from you: what novel changed your life?

See the Full List (PBS.org)
KQED's "The Great American Read"

Want to tell KQED Arts even more about the novel that changed your life? Fill out their survey here.


Bill Gardner, vice president, programming and development, PBS

Naomi Jelks, adult engagement coordinator, San Francisco Public Library

Kevin Hunsanger, co-owner, Green Apple Books