The Great American Read


JMRL is thrilled to partner with WVPT PBS / WHTJ PBS to offer a screening and book discussion series based on PBS’s The Great American Read.

The Great American Read “explores and celebrates the power of reading, told through the prism of America’s 100 best-loved novels[…] 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.”

Find out about upcoming events below.


SEPTEMBER 9 | 2:00-4:00 PM at the Central Library, 201 E. Market St, Charlottesville, VA • REGISTER HERE

Celebrate the return of WVPT/WHTJ PBS’s The Great American Read with a screening of the “Fall Kick Off” episode, book giveaways, a guest speaker, and refreshments. The event will also include information about upcoming WVPT/WHTJ PBS programming you won’t want to miss and an opportunity to vote for your favorite book from The Great American Read.

Discussion Series

Join local authors, songwriters, and book lovers in fun venues throughout the community as they explore weekly themes from PBS series, The Great American Read. Events will also include information about upcoming PBS programming you won’t want to miss and an opportunity to vote for your favorite book from The Great American Read.

This Discussion Series is FREE. Registration Required | Additional Information: 434-979-7151, Opt. 4

SEPTEMBER 19 | 6:00-8:00 PM at C-ville Coffee, 1301 Harris St, Charlottesville, VA • REGISTER HERE
“Who Am I” discussion featuring guest author M.K. England. Beverages and food will be available for purchase.

SEPTEMBER 26 | 6:00-8:00 PM at Fontaine Fire Station, 2420 Fontaine Ave, Charlottesville, VA • REGISTER HERE
“Heros” discussion featuring a station tour and guest author Khizr Khan. Light refreshments will be provided.

OCTOBER 3 | 6:00-8:30 PM at Swannanoa Palace, 497 Swannanoa Lane, Afton, VA • REGISTER HERE
“Villains & Monsters” discussion featuring a tour and book discussion led by JMRL Director, David Plunkett. Light refreshments will be provided.

OCTOBER 10 | 5:30-8:00 PM at Batesville Market, 6624 Plank Rd, Batesville, VA • REGISTER HERE
“What We Do For Love” discussion featuring singer-songwriter Terri Allard and friends performing love songs. Lovingston Winery will offer a wine tasting. Love-themed food and beverages will be available for purchase.

OCTOBER 17 | 6:00-8:00 PM – at Beer Run, 156 Carlton Rd Ste 203, Charlottesville, VA • REGISTER HERE
“Other Worlds” discussion featuring guest author Jeb Livingood. Beer from around the world and food will be available for purchase.


Vote for Your Favorite Books


It’s time to vote for your favorite books! And right now you can vote with the Library of Virginia and PBS.

In 1997, the Library of Virginia established its annual Literary Awards program to honor Virginia writers and acknowledge their literary contributions to our state.

Finalists for the People’s Choice Awards are selected from the books nominated for the annual Library of Virginia Literary Awards. The People’s Choice winners are chosen by readers through a secure online voting portal on the Library’s website (vote here). Voting started June 1 and ends July 15. If you don’t want to vote online, you can also find paper ballots at your local library branch.

The 2017 winners for the People’s Choice Awards were The Stargazer’s Sister by Carrie Brown for the fiction category and Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly for the nonfiction category.

Your second opportunity to vote is with the Great American Read by PBS (vote here or at your local library branch).

The Great American Read is an eight-part television series that examines and celebrates the power of reading, as told through America’s 100 best-loved novels. These novels were chosen in a national survey. The books range from classics to contemporary fiction and include children’s, young adult, and adult titles. Only fiction books were included in the survey to choose the 100 books, and each author was limited to one title on the list.

The television series will feature entertaining and interesting documentary segments, including testimonials from celebrities, authors, notable Americans, and book lovers from across the country. The full series of the Great American Read launches on September 11, 2018 and you can vote until October 18, 2018. You’re also allowed to vote once a day!