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.