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The Great American Read Kickoff Tonight

Mashiara Sedai

As announced last month, PBS will be hosting a new series called “The Great American Read.”  Through a national survey, they identified the best 100 books.  PBS states:



THE GREAT AMERICAN READ is an eight-part series that explores and celebrates the power of reading, told through the prism of America’s 100 best-loved novels (as chosen in a national survey).  It investigates how and why writers create their fictional worlds, how we as readers are affected by these stories, and what these 100 different books have to say about our diverse nation and our shared human experience.



This is exciting for us as booklovers, but it’s also exciting for us as Wheel of Time lovers.  The Wheel of Time (the complete series) is one of the 100 nominated.


The two-hour pilot airs tonight (Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018) at 8/7c.  Check your local PBS station for exact time.


Now here’s where devoted fans of Robert Jordan and The Wheel of Time come into play.  When the pilot airs, voting for the best book begins.  From May 22nd until October 18th, viewers can vote DAILY!  On top of that, there are two ways to vote each day.


1. Use the voting app on The Great American Read website.  You’ll need to register first, using an email address or a Facebook login.


2. Post an original post on Facebook or Twitter and include the official hashtag of the book you choose.  The hashtag for The Wheel of Time can be found on its page once voting has opened.


Starting September 11, 2018, there will be two additional ways to vote—bringing the total to four!  More on that when it’s closer.


The Wheel of Time has a great advantage in a show of this format.  We are vast in numbers, and our community is very close-knit.  If we all band together, we can share our beloved series with the rest of the country!

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