Playlist Great American Read
Great American Read
What's America's Favorite Novel?Daniel Hautzinger
October 23, 2018
Did your favorite novel come out first in The Great American Read's search for America's best-loved book? Find the top ten books by voting here, and learn insights from the results.
What Makes People Ban Books?Daniel Hautzinger
September 25, 2018
The American Library Assocation's Office for Intellectual Freedom is currently hosting Banned Books Week. What kinds of books were most frequently challenged in 2017, and what books from The Great America Read's list of America's favorite novels have been banned?
Working Towards a Fully Literate SocietyDaniel Hautzinger
September 14, 2018
One in six adults, or 35 million people, read below a fourth-grade level in the United States. The Chicago Literacy Alliance is working to change that, by bringing together organizations with similar goals and fostering collaboration amongst them.
Even More of Chicago's Favorite Indie BookstoresDaniel Hautzinger
August 28, 2018
Discover the stories behind more of Chicago's favorite indie bookstores on the South Side, including a legendary, long-lived one that counts Barack and Michelle Obama amongst its fans.
How Volunteers Help Improve the Quality of Life for Women in Prison Through BooksDaniel Hautzinger
August 16, 2018
Last year, Illinois spent less than $300 on prison libraries, and access is often very limited. So Chicago Books to Women in Prison does exactly what its name says. “By helping women have a better quality of life while in prison, that's just better for their family and the community they'll be returning to," says a volunteer.
From the Archive: John UpdikeDaniel Hautzinger
July 12, 2018
"Nobody needs a book much, do they?" It's a surprising sentiment to hear coming from a writer, but in this 1981 interview with WTTW's John Callaway, John Updike discusses his impressively humble views on literature, his existential anxieties, and his goals as a writer.
What 'Chicago Tonight' Is Reading This SummerDaniel Hautzinger
July 5, 2018
Need some new book recommendations for the summer? Discover some of the books the Chicago Tonight is reading right now, from a sweeping family saga to a clear-eyed memoir of race to a book of chatty but opinionated essays by a Chicagoan.
What Classic Novel Character Are You?Daniel Hautzinger
June 20, 2018
Are you adventurous like Tom Sawyer? Fierce like Jo March? Just like Atticus Finch? Indomitable like Celie? Find out which classic literary character you are and get a reading list for your personality from The Great American Read's list of America's best-loved novels.
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