Great American Read

America's favorite novel? Here are the leaders


By Mike Hughes

As voting nears its
final days for “The Great American Read,” one thing is clear: It
helps if a book has a double appeal, to kids and grown-ups.

PBS' “Read”
asked people to choose from a list of 100 favorite novels. A week
before the voting deadline (Oct. 18 at 11:59 p.m. PT), it released a
list of the 10 leaders, in no particular order.

Yes, non-fiction still thrives in TV's fantasy, fictiony world


This story concludes the six-part season-preview package I sent to papers. If you scroll up (once I get them all posted), you'll see the other five stories.

 

By Mike Hughes

Amid a cascade of
make-believe, TV also has its non-fiction moments. Here are examples
this fall:

Favorite book ever? It's a tough choice for most ... but not for a Potterphile


PBS' "Great American Read" is an  ambitious project, complete with six specials, a finale, a book and more ... leading to an announcement of Americans' most-loved book. Here is the mainbar in a three-story package I sent to papers. Scroll down and you'll find a profile of two of the modern authors, and then a set of interesting little facts.

By Mike Hughes

Life alongside Twain and Dickens and such: Modern authors savor spotlight


Here's the mid-section of a package I sent to papers, on "The Great American Read." Scroll up and you'll find the mainbar; scroll down  and you get te details, some essential and some not.

By Mike Hughes

For modern authors,
this is big. “The Great American Read” puts them with the old
masters.