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WTTW launches dedicated website as part of a national PBS literacy initiative to choose America’s favorite book and promote a summer of reading features extensive local content and exclusive features

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Chicago, IL - August 20, 2018

WTTW public media has created a dedicated microsite, at, for the PBS literacy initiative THE GREAT AMERICAN READ, which kicked off in May with a curated list of America’s 100 most-loved books; the list will eventually be narrowed down to one by audiences. The new site is continually updated with fresh content; currently, in addition to the book list and a place to watch the series, site visitors will find:

WTTW will also host a free event with Chicago authors in connection with THE GREAT AMERICAN READ on Saturday, October 20 at 2:00 pm at the Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theatre, 78 E. Washington Street.

THE GREAT AMERICAN READ, which launched nationwide in May, returns to WTTW11 on Tuesdays at 8:00 pm beginning September 11. The eight-part series, hosted by Meredith Vieira, explores the power of books and the joy of reading through the lens of America’s 100 best-loved novels. The winning book from this list, selected in an online poll, including on, will be revealed on October 23.

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WTTW is the PBS member station in Chicago, committed to creating and presenting unique media content across distinct television and digital channels – WTTW11, WTTW Prime, WTTW Create/WTTW World, WTTW PBS Kids 24/7, and the PBS/WTTW video app. Recognized for award-winning journalism and local productions such as Chicago Tonight, Chicago River Tour, Check, Please!, digital-first series Urban Nature and Foodphiles and national productions 10 That Changed America, Soundstage, and Nature Cat, WTTW presents the very best in public affairs, arts and culture, nature and science, history and documentary, and children’s public media content. Connect with WTTW on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.