PBS Great American Read: Overview


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Voting opened on the PBS website on May 22! Vote (readers can vote multiple times for the same or different titles) all throughout the summer!


Film Screenings &
Book Discussions

Dune - PG-13
Saturday, August 18
Book Discussion: 10:30 a.m.
Film: 1:30 p.m.
Special Collections Library

Fellowship of the Ring - PG-13
Saturday, August 18
Film: 1:00 p.m.
Main Library

The Godfather - R
Saturday, September 15
Film: 1:00 p.m.
Main Library

The Joy Luck Club
Saturday, September 22
Book Discussion: 2:00 p.m.
Includes a tour of The Chinese American Experience in Albuquerque
Albuquerque Museum

The Hunger Games - PG-13
Monday, September 24
Film: 5:15 p.m.
Central & Unser Library

The Joy Luck Club - R
Thursday, September 27
Film: 5:00 p.m.
Special Collections

Jurassic Park - PG13
Monday, October 1
Film: 5:15 p.m.
Central & Unser Library

Wednesday, October 17
7:00 - 9:00  p.m. - South Broadway Cultural Center Heroes and Villains from the PBS series will be re-played with fun activities around this theme NMPBS, Bookworks and Library staff will be on hand at this event – more details soon.

The Handmaid’s Tale - R
Saturday, October 20
Book Discussion & Film: 2:00 p.m.
Juan Tabo Library

Artwork for TGAR


The Great American Read is an eight-part series that explores and celebrates the power of reading, told through the prism of America’s 100 best-loved novels (as chosen in a national survey). It investigates how and why writers create their fictional worlds, how we as readers are affected by these stories, and what these 100 different books have to say about our diverse nation and our shared human experience.

The television series features entertaining and informative documentary segments, with compelling testimonials from celebrities, authors, notable Americans and book lovers across the country. It is comprised of a two-hour launch episode in which the list of 100 books is revealed, five one-hour theme episodes that examine concepts common to groups of books on the list, and a finale, in which the results are announced of a nationwide vote to choose America’s best-loved book.

The series is the centerpiece of an ambitious multi-platform digital, educational and community outreach campaign, designed to get the country reading and passionately talking about books. Watch the premiere episode to catch up with Meredith Vieira as she introduces each book selected.

GAR BookList


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