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Have you voted yet?

By Natalyn Klump

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The Great American Read is searching the country for the best-loved novel, and you can help choose the winner. Based on a nationwide survey of thousands of Americans, an advisory panel chose 100 novels. The voting began last spring when the top 100 were announced.

The Fall Kickoff, hosted by Meredith Vieira, investigates how writers create their fictional worlds, how we are affected by their stories and what these books say about our shared human experience.

The series continues with five themed episodes and a Grand Finale.

  • Who am I? explores the ways novels attempt to answer this age-old question. From life lessons to spiritual journeys, these books help us understand our own identities.
  • Heroes examines the trials and tribulations of our favorite literary heroes – how they find inner strength and overcome challenges.
  • Villains & Monsters delves into the way fictional characters become evil and what these villains can tell us about our own dark impulses.
  • What We Do for Love reflects on the many types of love and how we search for it.
  • Other Worlds takes us on a magical journey to the fictional worlds in some of these novels.
  • Grand Finale reveals America’s best-loved novel.

Start reading…voting…watching The Great American Read! 

The Great American Read Fall Kickoff  airs Tuesday, September 11 at 8 p.m. on SCETV.

Join us for a sneak peek! 

Join the ETV Endowment as we host preview screening events across our state. We will also introduce you to By the River, a new SCETV produced interview style series highlighting South Carolina’s great authors and poets from around the Lowcountry. We hope you join us! 

 Visit our events page for more information and to register for a screening near you.