The event at the Montevideo Public Library will take place tonight (Thursday) with free appetizers and door prizes from 6–6:30 p.m., followed by a program from 6:30–8 p.m.

Pioneer Public Tele­vision, in collaboration with the Montevideo Public Library, will be hosting a THE GREAT AMERICAN READ event to celebrate reading, local authors and to uncover the nation’s 100 most-loved novels. The event at the Montevideo Public Library will take place tonight (Thursday) with free appetizers and door prizes from 6–6:30 p.m., followed by a program from 6:30–8 p.m. The evening will culminate with opportunities for event attendees to create video tributes to their favorite books.

The program will feature an interview and discussion with author Arthur Norby about his book The Deadly Winter. Norby is a Montevideo native, a nationally renowned sculptor and recently published his first historical novel The Deadly Winter, which draws on real events that happened in the Montevideo area in the 1930s.

The book arts will also be discussed at the event with Andy Kahman, owner of A to Z Letterpress Printing, making a presentation of his My Little Book of Life project. Tours of the letterpress studio adjacent to the library will be available throughout the evening.  

The event is part of a nationwide effort to promote the love of reading. PBS has published a list of the nation’s 100 most-loved novels to fuel the local discussions. Attendees to the event will be encouraged to visit the interactive website and vote for their favorite book on the list at

pbs.org/greatamericanread. A special nationwide PBS program revealing “America’s best-loved novel” will air in the fall.

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