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THE GREAT AMERICAN READ

Vote for your favorite novel!

 

Our favorite books occupy a special place in our hearts. They help us to exercise our imagination, shift our perspective and open our minds.

 

THE GREAT AMERICAN READ

 

THE GREAT AMERICAN READ

 

This summer, PBS puts a spotlight on the power of reading with The Great American Read, hosted by Meredith Vieira. This eight-part PBS series and community engagement campaign is designed to spark a national conversation about reading, and the books that have inspired, moved and shaped us. The project also explores the ways that our favorite books have shaped our collective imagination – asking what they have to say about our diverse nation, and how these stories affect us as readers.

 

Launching with a two-hour special on May 22 at 8:00 pm, the series hopes to encourage a multi-generational, multi-platform dialogue about literacy in America.

 

 

Just prior to the May 22 launch episode, PBS will reveal the list of 100 novels the public will be voting on throughout the summer. The online voting campaign is the first-ever national vote to choose “America’s Best-Loved Books.” The novels on the top 100 list were chosen by the American public in a specially commissioned, demographically representative national survey conducted by market research firm YouGov.

 

Prominent authors and celebrities such as Margaret Atwood, Juno Díaz, Lauren Graham, John Irving, George R.R. Martin, Devon Kennard and more will lend their voices and share their personal stories and connections to their favorite titles.

 

The series returns in the fall with five one-hour specials designed to take a deeper dive into the books on the list, grouped by theme. Leading literary experts will help us understand how these books and themes relate to our history, culture, psychology and the human condition – and what they mean to us today.

 

By Emilie Howlett


The Great American Read

THE GREAT AMERICAN READ

 

Our favorite books occupy a special place in our hearts. They help us to exercise our imagination, shift our perspective and open our minds.

 

THE GREAT AMERICAN READ

 

 

THE DURRELLS IN CORFU SEASON 2 ON MASTERPIECE
Part 6 of 6

 

Louisa Durrell (Keeley Hawes) and her four willful children return in the further adventures of an eccentric English family living on a Greek isle in the 1930s.

 

Part 6 of 6
With two women in labor plus a stabbing victim, Dr. Petrides has his hands full. Louisa, Leslie and Spiro come to the rescue. Gerry’s otter is also giving birth.

 

THE DURRELLS IN CORFU SEASON 2 ON MASTERPIECE
Part 5 of 6

 

Louisa Durrell (Keeley Hawes) and her four willful children return in the further adventures of an eccentric English family living on a Greek isle in the 1930s.

 

Part 5 of 6
Spiro and Hugh organize a “friendly” cricket match between the Greeks and the English.

 

THE DURRELLS IN CORFU SEASON 2 ON MASTERPIECE
Part 4 of 6

 

Louisa Durrell (Keeley Hawes) and her four willful children return in the further adventures of an eccentric English family living on a Greek isle in the 1930s.

 

Part 4 of 6
Larry is back home recovering from the mumps. Aunt Hermione arrives with a spiritualist friend who promises to get in touch with Louisa’s dead husband.

 

THE DURRELLS IN CORFU SEASON 2 ON MASTERPIECE
Part 3 of 6

 

Louisa Durrell (Keeley Hawes) and her four willful children return in the further adventures of an eccentric English family living on a Greek isle in the 1930s.

 

Part 3 of 6
A birthday party for Louisa leaves her brooding about her age. Leslie takes up fashion photography. Gerry wears out another tutor. Vasilia offers Louisa a diabolical deal.

 

 

THE DURRELLS IN CORFU SEASON 2 ON MASTERPIECE
Part 1 of 6

 

Keeley Hawes stars as an intrepid widow who decamps from dreary 1930s England to the bucolic Greek island of Corfu with her four recalcitrant children, ages 11 to 21. A six-part adaptation of Gerald Durrell’s My Family and Other Animals and its two sequels.

 

Part 1 of 6
After Louisa meets a handsome fellow Brit named Hugh, her landlady suddenly turns hostile. Louisa’s effort to get Greeks to pay for English cooking falls flat. Gerry and Theo trap an otter.

 

THE DURRELLS IN CORFU SEASON 2 ON MASTERPIECE
Part 2 of 6

 

Louisa Durrell (Keeley Hawes) and her four willful children return in the further adventures of an eccentric English family living on a Greek isle in the 1930s.

 

Part 2 of 6
Louisa has an idea to boost Larry’s writing career. It doesn’t go well. Leslie starts a distillery. Pavlos tries to inspire Margo’s spiritual side. Gerry tries out tutors.

 

AMERICAN MASTERS
Ricky Jay: Deceptive Practice

 

For the first time, the American Masters series profiles a magician: the inimitable Ricky Jay, considered one of the world’s greatest conjurers, capable of creating a profound sense of wonder and disbelief in even the most jaded of audiences. He is also a best-selling author, historian, actor and a leading collector of antiquarian books and artifacts.

 

Narrated by Dick Cavett, the film weaves together new interviews with Jay, his friends and collaborators, including writer/director David Mamet, and performance footage from his one-man shows and TV appearances, among them a hilarious turn with Steve Martin on Dinah Shore’s 1970s program.

 

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