Nearly everyone has a favorite book, but what about an entire nation ? Beginning next week, PBS ( our public broadcasting network ) is embarking on a quest to discover what is America’s favorite read. The eight-part television series about beloved books and reading kicks-off with a two-hour special event.
The search will begin with the reveal of a list of 100 of America’s best-loved novels. Getting to a list of just 100 books was not a simple task. PBS first surveyed the public in a “demographically representative study.” The an advisory panel composed of 13 literary professionals applied their collective wisdom and experience to establish guideline for the competition and to maximize variety in the list.
You can see the entire favorite book list here and follow the quest online and on the air throughout the fall. The program will also be traveling across the United States to uncover more about the novels. PBS promises to interview some of our favorite authors, as well. Expect to see the great Margaret Atwood, George R.R. Martin, John Irving, and many more literary luminaries.