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The Great American Read Kickoff Party

Salt Lake City Public Library
Event organized by Salt Lake City Public Library

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Join KUED and the Salt Lake City Public Library as we kickoff The Great American Read PBS! There will be booksellers, interactive activities, program announcements, and opportunities for you to share a story about the book that changed your life with KUED viewers. This event is free and open to the public. Bring the whole family!

The Great American Read is an eight-part television and online series designed to spark a national conversation about reading and the books that have inspired, moved, and shaped us. The series will engage audiences with a list of 100 diverse books. Audiences are encouraged to read the books, vote from the list of 100, and share their personal connections to the titles.

The Great American Read premieres Tuesday, May 22 at 8/7c on PBS stations with a launch special, kicking off a summer of reading and voting. Then in the fall, seven new episodes of the series will air as the quest to find America’s most beloved book moves into high gear. Episodes from the series will feature appearances by celebrities, athletes, experts, authors, and everyday Americans advocating for their favorite book.

The stories are fiction, but the excitement is real! Learn more and check out the trailer at pbs.org/greatamericanread