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Help choose America and the Panhandle’s favorite book

Explore the power of books and the joy of reading through a new television competition and nationwide campaign.

The Great American Read launched in May with a televised special event hosted by Meredith Vieira.

The series returns Sept. 11 with a recap episode covering all 100 books, then with episodes organized by theme that will examine them more closely.

Throughout the fall, viewers can read and vote on favorite works of fiction online at or Facebook and Instagram; by phone beginning Sept. 11; and via SMS. The process will conclude with an exciting finale and countdown to “America’s Best-Loved Book” on Oct. 23.

The full list of 100 titles is available online now.

For this region, Panhandle PBS will hold a concurrent vote to determine the Panhandle’s favorite book.

The list of 100 books has been narrowed to 64 by a panel of representatives from our partners — Amarillo Public Library, Harrington Library Consortium, Amarillo College and Panhandle PBS/FM 90 — and placed into a bracket. The seeds were revealed in a live event Aug. 4 at Ama-Con, the Amarillo Public Library’s pop culture convention held at the Amarillo Civic Center Complex.

Viewers can vote via our Facebook page, on this page and with paper ballots every two weeks beginning Aug. 6 to narrow the field to one final winner, and voters will be eligible to win prizes at every step along the way.

Other local engagement activities will include the new Check Me Out podcast series and book clubs organized through Amarillo Public Library.

The Great American Read's additional episodes will include “Heroes,” “Villains & Monsters,” “Who Am I?,” “What We Do for Love” and “Other Worlds.” 

Borger native and former Amarillo teacher Shanna Peeples, the 2015 National Teacher of the Year, is expected to appear in each of the fall episodes. She served on a 13-member panel of experts that helped finalize the list of 100 books.

All of the novels on the top 100 list were chosen by the American public in a specially commissioned, demographically representative national survey conducted by YouGov.

An advisory panel, composed of 13 literary professionals including Peeples, used their collective expertise to establish basic ground rules and minimally influence the final list to break ties and maximize the variety.

Major production funding provided by Anne Ray Foundation, A Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropy.  Engagement funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and Anne Ray Foundation, A Margaret A Cargill Philanthropy.

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