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The Great American Read

Designed to spark a national conversation about reading, literacy, and the books that have inspired, moved, and shaped us, The Great American Read is an eight-part PBS series and nationwide competition that explores the joy of books and the power of reading through the lens of America’s 100 best-loved books, as voted on by the public.  There are two ways to vote for America's favorite book. You can visit the official voting website and choose your favorite book, or you can select your favorite book's hashtag and post it on Facebook or tweet it on Twitter.  Check out America's 100 best-loved books at the Jacksonville Public Library today! 

Get a sneak preview of the PBS series and hear from local scholars about some of the books on the list. The first 30 attendees at each program receive a free gift. All programs are free and open to the public. Reservations are not required.

Programming for The Great American Read is offered as part of a grant from the American Library Association and PBS.

SELF-DISCOVERY

Sunday, Aug. 5, 3 – 5 p.m. 

Main Library, 303 Laura St. N.

Featured scholar: Dr. Clark Lunberry, Associate Professor of English, UNF

OTHER WORLDS

Tuesday, Aug. 14, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. 

WJCT Studios, 100 Festival Park Ave.

Featured scholar: Dr. Michael Wiley, Professor of English, UNF

WHAT WE DO FOR LOVE

Sunday, Aug. 19, 3 – 5 p.m. 

Main Library, 303 Laura St. N.

Featured scholar:  Dr. Tru Leverette, Associate Professor of English, UNF

HEROES

Tuesday, Aug. 28, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. 

WJCT Studios, 100 Festival Park Ave.

Featured scholar:  Marcus Pactor, MFA, Instructor, UNF

VILLAINS AND MONSTERS

Sunday, Sept. 9, 3 – 5 p.m. 

Main Library, 303 Laura St. N.

Featured scholar:  Dr. Jenni Lieberman, Associate Professor of English, UNF

 

 

1984 - The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime

 

The Da Vinci Code - The Hunt for Red October

 

The Intuitionist - The Outsiders

 

The Picture of Dorian Gray - Wuthering Heights

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