Great American Read

The very first episode of the Great American Read, an eight-part PBS series, premiered Tuesday, May 22 at 7:00 PM, and kicked off a summer of great reading. Throughout the summer, viewers will vote for their favorites from the 100 Great American Reads list in order to determine America's best-loved novel. Seven new episodes will air in September and will feature appearances by celebrities, athletes, experts, authors, and everyday Americans advocating for her or his favorite book.

Weller Book Works was honored to participate in the launch celebration organized by KUED Chanel 7 on Saturday, May 12 at the Salt Lake City Public Library. Our addition to the festivities was a prize wheel with book-related trivia - but our participation in this joyous celebration of American reading doesn't end there. All summer, we'll have a special selection of new and gently used books from the PBS series list for you to browse, along with a checklist (how many have you read?), free bookmarks, and "I Voted" pins. You can also purchase any of the books on the list here, on this very website. Simply use the search function titled "Browse Books" located in the sidebar or click into the subject sorted lists below.

PBS has a checklist of the books on the list, and a FAQ about how the books were chosen.

Something called the Great American Read wouldn't be that without broad participation from all of us. So don't be shy, step up and vote for your favorite on the PBS website, or by posting on Facebook or Twitter with a hashtag for each book. In the meantime, here's a little quiz to whet your whistle.