Books Ahoy!

The first episode of The Great American Read, an eight-part television series focused on finding the country’s favorite book, debuts tonight on PBS. Hosted by journalist Meredith Vieira, The Great American Read will start with a list of the country’s 100 favorite novels unveiled last month in New York City, and over the course of the summer and fall, will select “America’s Best-Loved Novel” with the help of a public vote.

Following tonight’s premiere, watchers and book lovers will be encouraged to vote online for their favorite titles. The series will then resume in the fall with themed episodes, before the finale unveils the winner. A gaggle of authors, actors and other celebrities, including Morgan Freeman, Armistead Maupin, and Seth Myers will also be involved in the celebration of books.

Some independent booksellers are already getting in on the action: The Bookman in Grand Haven, Mich., is hosting a Great American Read viewing party at a local bar tonight. Customers are encouraged to stop by and watch the show live, and Bookman staff are planning to stay after the program to talk about the books.

Among the book on the top-100 list:

1984 by George Orwell

A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

A Prayer for Owen Meany byJohn Irving

A Separate Peace by John Knowles

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn      Betty Smith

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery

Another Country by James Baldwin

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

Beloved by Toni Morrison

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

Not sure who chose this list, but it certainly is a mixed bag! What books would you add?  Something to ponder as we all write on!

About karinwritesdangerously

I am a writer and this is a motivational blog designed to help both writers and aspiring writers to push to the next level. Key themes are peak performance, passion, overcoming writing roadblocks, juicing up your creativity, and the joys of writing.
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