PBS Books to Cover Miami Book Fair and Support Library Engagement Across America

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PBS Books to Build on the Momentum of “The Great American Read” with Coverage of Miami Book Fair and Library Engagement Across America

Live interviews with acclaimed authors and a unique partnership with the Knight Foundation seeks to keep the nation reading


To Kill a Mockingbird voted America’s best-loved book.  The Great American Read and PBS Books connects the public television, libraries authors and readers.

With book lovers still excited about – and debating -- the results of “The Great American Read,” PBS Books has ambitious plans to leverage its success and stoke a passion for reading. It has announced it will offer 8 hours of live coverage of the Miami Book Fair, the largest book festival of its kind, on Nov. 17-18.

It will also launch innovative engagement programs, funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, including a customized outreach plan for PBS stations and libraries across the U.S., providing a broader partnership with key reading communities, and opportunities to seize on the live book talk generated by The Great American Read.

"We're thrilled with the massive digital and community engagement with readers that The Great American Read has inspired,” said Jim Dunford, PBS Vice President of Programming and Operations.  “PBS Books is perfectly positioned to carry on this effort, beginning with the Miami Book Fair and continuing on with exciting opportunities for PBS stations and libraries to connect with readers throughout the year."

PBS Books’ next stop is the Miami Book Fair, which attracts more than 200,000 attendees each year.  Its coverage will tentatively feature former Senator and Secretary of State John Kerry, bestseller John Grisham, young adult novelist Kwame Alexander, novelist Sandra Cisneros, historian Michael Beschloss, poet Billy Collins, commentator Rebecca Traister and debut novelist R.O. Kwon, plus major literary names like Michael OndaatjeJacqueline Woodson, Curtis Sittenfeld, and Peter Sagal of “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me” fame.

In addition, more than 25 National Book Award 2018 winners, finalists and nominees will be in Miami to celebrate the announcement of this year’s recipients, which occurs during the week leading up to the weekend street fair in Miami. PBS Books coverage will feature many of these National Book Award honorees, celebrating the most important book honor in America.

PBS Books hosts will include PBS NewsHour Chief Arts Correspondent Jeffrey Brown, writer/speaker/podcast host Ashley Ford and PBS Books executive producer Rich Fahle.

The literary world will be watching the PBS Books live coverage of the Miami Book Fair, Saturday, Nov. 17, and Sunday, Nov. 18 from 1-5 p.m. ET at PBSBooks.org and on PBS Book Facebook page.

In addition, PBS Books will provide a live feed of the coverage free of charge to all libraries to host on their websites or Facebook pages, along with a social media toolkit to help them reach out to their readers. PBS Books will also offer the live-stream to media outlets and the book industry.

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PBS Books coverage of the Miami Book Fair will be available on-demand at the PBS Books YouTube site, which contains hundreds of individual author videos, and at PBSBooks.org and on the PBS Book Facebook page.

The latest schedule of author interviews, as well as book news, tips and developments, can be found on PBS Books Facebook,Twitter and Instagram

About PBS Books

PBS Books is a multi-platform initiative celebrating the love of reading. Through social and digital engagement and live coverage of important literary events across the country, PBS Books celebrates books and writers and works to foster a passion for reading among public media viewers and listeners.

About the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

Knight Foundation is a national foundation with strong local roots. It invests in journalism, in the arts, and in the success of cities where brothers John S. and James L. Knight once published newspapers. Its goal is to foster informed and engaged communities, which it believes are essential for a healthy democracy.




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