The Great American Read Announces Featured Celebrities and Books for Fall Episodes

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    Starting in September, The Great American Read will continue with new episodes airing on Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m. ET. PBS’ eight-part TV series designed to spark a national conversation on reading launched on May 22.

    Below is a list of the upcoming episodes, including the episode run date and theme, details about celebrity appearances for each episode, and titles to be discussed (note: this list does not include other thematically related books that are displayed but not discussed in the episode).

    September 11: Fall Kick Off

    Talent:

    • George R.R. Martin
    • Sarah Jessica Parker
    • Baratunde Thurston
    • Gayle King
    • John Green
    • Neil deGrasse Tyson
    • Nicholas Sparks
    • Wil Wheaton
    • Devon Kennard
    • Venus Williams
    • Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
    • Carla Hayden
    • Jenna Bush Hager
    • Lesley Stahl
    • Chris Kluwe
    • David Baldacci
    • Chelsea Clinton
    • Gabrielle Union
    • Diane Lane
    • Ming-Na Wen
    • Shaquille O’Neal
    • Shanna Peeples
    • Jason Reynolds
    • Gillian Flynn
    • Diana Gabaldon
    • Bill T. Jones
    • Leland Melvin
    • Walter Isaacson
    • George Lopez
    • Aline Brosh McKenna
    • Lauren Graham
    • Armistead Maupin
    • Cynthia Nixon
    • Barbara Pierce Bush
    • James Patterson
    • Christopher Bollen
    • Parul Sehgal
    • Allison Williams

    September 18: Who Am I?

    Talent:

    • George Lopez
    • Joanna Rakoff
    • Kevin Young
    • Jason Reynolds
    • Barbara Heritage
    • Lauren Graham
    • John Green
    • Shanna Peeples
    • Armistead Maupin
    • Yahdon Israel
    • Diane Lane
    • Devon Kennard
    • Joshua Rothman
    • Lisa Lucas
    • Jonathan Gilmore
    • Barbara Bush
    • Jenna Bush Hager
    • Aline Brosh McKenna
    • Parul Seghal
    • Kevin Young
    • Leland Melvin
    • John Irving
    • S.E. Hinton

    Titles:

    • A Prayer for Owen Meany
    • A Separate Peace
    • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
    • The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
    • The Book Thief
    • The Catcher in the Rye
    • Ghost
    • Jane Eyre
    • The Outsiders
    • Siddhartha
    • Tales of the City
    • To Kill a Mockingbird

    September 25: Heroes

    Talent:

    • Seth Meyers
    • Sarah Jessica Parker
    • Venus Williams
    • Wynton Marsalis
    • George Lopez
    • Ari Kohen
    • Joshua Rothman
    • Yahdon Israel
    • Kevin Young
    • Walter Isaacson
    • James Patterson
    • Shaquille O’Neal
    • Baratunde Thurston
    • Parul Seghal
    • Shanna Peeples
    • Carla Hayden
    • Jason Reynolds

    Titles:

    • 1984
    • A Confederacy of Dunces
    • Alex Cross Series
    • Catch 22
    • Charlotte’s Web
    • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
    • Don Quixote
    • The Help
    • The Giver
    • The Hunger Games
    • The Hunt for Red October
    • Invisible Man

    October 2: Villains & Monsters

    Talent:

    • Gillian Flynn
    • Parul Sehgal
    • Lara Rutherford-Morrison
    • Margaret Atwood
    • Kevin Young
    • Yahdon Israel
    • George R.R. Martin
    • Allison Williams
    • Neil deGrasse Tyson
    • Shanna Peeples
    • Margee Kerr
    • Dean Koontz
    • Joshua Rothman
    • Cynthia Nixon
    • Barbara Heritage
    • Barbara Pierce Bush
    • Jenna Bush Hager
    • Chelsea Clinton

    Titles:

    • A Game of Thrones
    • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
    • And Then There Were None
    • Beloved
    • Gone Girl
    • Frankenstein
    • The Handmaid’s Tale
    • Harry Potter
    • Moby-Dick
    • The Picture of Dorian Gray
    • Rebecca
    • Watchers
    • The Stand

    October 9: What We Do for Love

    Talent:

    • Lisa Lucas
    • Gayle King
    • Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
    • George R.R. Martin
    • Parul Sehgal
    • Ming-Na Wen
    • John Green
    • Maya Rodale
    • Lauren Graham
    • Baratunde Thurston
    • Chelsea Clinton
    • Barbara Pierce Bush
    • Joshua Rothman
    • Allison Williams
    • Nicholas Sparks
    • Gabrielle Union
    • Jenna Bush Hager
    • Marie Arana
    • Rob Casper
    • Yahdon Israel
    • Shanna Peeples
    • Margaret Atwood

    Titles:

    • Americanah
    • Anne of Green Gables
    • The Call of the Wild
    • Gilead
    • The Godfather
    • Gone With the Wind
    • The Great Gatsby
    • The Joy Luck Club
    • Little Women
    • Looking for Alaska
    • The Notebook
    • Pride & Prejudice

    October 16: Other Worlds

    Talent:

    • Neil deGrasse Tyson
    • Lesley Stahl
    • Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
    • Baratunde Thurston
    • Shanna Peeples
    • Lisa Lucas
    • Diana Gabaldon
    • Wil Wheaton
    • Diane Lane
    • Leland Melvin
    • Marie Arana
    • George R.R. Martin
    • Kevin Young
    • Venus Williams
    • Chris Kluwe
    • Jonathan Gilmore

    Titles:

    • Atlas Shrugged
    • Dune
    • The Chronicles of Narnia
    • Foundation
    • Gulliver’s Travels
    • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
    • The Lord of the Rings
    • Lonesome Dove
    • The Martian
    • One Hundred Years of Solitude
    • Outlander
    • Ready Player One
    • The Shack

    October 23: Grand Finale


    Read more about The Great American Read in Bookselling This Week and visit PBS’ website for downloadable assets to promote the program in stores and on social media.