Help choose America and the Panhandle’s favorite book
America’s favorite book and the Panhandle’s, as well, will be announced in late October.
The Great American Read launched in May with a televised special event hosted by Meredith Vieira.
Voting continues nationally online at pbs.org/the-great-american-read or Facebook and Instagram; by phone; and via SMS until an exciting finale and countdown to “America’s Best-Loved Book,” airing at 7 p.m. Oct. 23 on Panhandle PBS.
For this region, Panhandle PBS is holding a concurrent vote to determine The Great Panhandle Read. The winning book will be announced Oct. 25.
The list of 100 books was 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 Panhandle PBS’s Facebook page, online and with paper ballots every two weeks to narrow the field to one final winner, and voters will be eligible to win prizes at every step along the way.
The full list of 100 titles is available online now.
Borger native and former Amarillo teacher Shanna Peeples, the 2015 National Teacher of the Year, has appeared in each of the fall episodes and is expected to appear in the Oct. 23 finale. 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.