Writer's Block Bookstore is partnering with our local PBS affiliate WUCF as part of a summer-long program called THE GREAT AMERICAN READ.
“America’s love affair with books is the perfect jumping off point for this innovative series celebrating the power of reading,” said Jane Root, Founder and CEO, Nutopia. “We are most excited to see how this series will inspire new conversations celebrating American diversity through a literary lens.”
“PBS is committed to be the home for engaging, educational and inspiring content, and hopes that THE GREAT AMERICAN READ encourages a multi-generational dialogue about literacy in America through this search to identify America’s best-loved novel.”
Over the course of the summer, THE GREAT AMERICAN READ will roll out an unprecedented campaign across PBS digital and social platforms, inviting viewers to share the works of fiction that have touched them most and to disclose their personal connections to the stories they love. After the premiere episode of the series, the audience will have an opportunity to dive deep and engage with PBS and fellow viewers.
To complement THE GREAT AMERICAN READ, PBS KIDS will host PBS KIDS READ as part of an annual summer learning initiative for children ages 2-8 and their families. PBS KIDS READ will encourage reading and related activities through a variety of resources for kids and parents, including social media engagement, digital games and tools, and downloadable activities. PBS member stations across the country will host literacy and learning events in local communities throughout the summer months.
As WUCF airs the eight episode series, we'll feature books in store and on our online platforms, investigating how and why writers create their fictional worlds, how we as readers are affected by these stories, and what these books have to say about our diverse nation and our shared human experience. Follow us on Facebook for book discussions, polls, and episode teasers! Scroll down to the bottom of the page to download the entire list from PBS.