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“Outlander” Origins with Author Diana Gabaldon

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Take a time-traveling, fiercely independent, brave British nurse, the Scottish highland, a handsome, courageous, redheaded Scottish warrior, passionate love, conflicted love with two husbands, incredibly exciting history and dozens of riveting characters and you have a genre-defying series encompassing historical fiction, science-fiction, romance, fantasy, and of course time-travel. Bestselling author Diana Gabaldon recently joined Roxanne to talk about her wildly popular Outlander book series which holds the #2 spot on the list of America’s best-loved works of fiction by PBS’ Great American Read.  The eight-book series has sold over 35 million copies and has been adapted into a hit TV show now in its fourth season. Diana, who spent the early part of her career earning a BS in Zoology, an MS in…

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Great American Listening: Our Country’s Top Picks

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PBS has just concluded a national survey and an eight-part series that explored and celebrated the power of reading, told through the prism of America’s 100 best-loved novels: THE GREAT AMERICAN READ. The final results just released put TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD definitively on top, with four finalists: the Outlander series, the Harry Potter series, PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, and the Lord of the Rings series. What strikes me with these favorites is that many of them offer spectacular listening. There is just one recording of MOCKINGBIRD available—a respectful straight-up narration by Sissy Spacek as Scout telling the story. However, for the #2 title, PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, we’ve reviewed five unabridged versions, and at least eight are available on Audible. Josephine Bailey’s P & P got an Earphones Award from us,…

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“Great American Read” Resumes 9/11, Offers Reading Tips

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Throughout the summer, the multi-platform PBS initiative The Great American Read has been encouraging people across America to read as many books as possible from its list of America’s 100 Favorite Novels and to vote for their favorites. The series resumes Sept. 11. But for now, The Great American Read has partnered with the Library of Congress to offer tips on how to make reading a part of a daily routine. “The Great American Read aims to provide a place for all Americans to discuss the books that they love; books that have inspired, moved and shaped them in one way or another,” said Bill Gardner, Vice President of Programming & Development for PBS. “We hope to help readers fall in love with…

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‘The Great American Read’ Premieres in PBS in May

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What book changed you the moment you read it? Maybe it’s a book like Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility, where you fell in love with her ability to create witty banter; or maybe, that book is something of a shocking, gripping tale, full of anger that draws you back in like Richard Wright’s Native Son. Either way, books play a fair part in helping us shape who we are – and, if we re lucky, they can change us for the better. Thankfully, PBS seems to get that. This spring, PBS will premiere their 8-part television and online series, The Great American Read, which explores 100 of the most beloved books in America, and how they’ve inspired and changed social life. The first show airs…

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PBS’s “Buried Alive” Unmasks the Truth About Edgar Allan Poe

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The idea of “fake news” feels like a recent phenomenon, a term made popular in the past year thanks to the controversial 2016 election. But as it turns out, “fake news” has been happening for far longer than that, with victims of false reporting sprinkled throughout our history. One of those historical victims? The grandfather of horror himself, Edgar Allan Poe. Famous for his dark writing and haunting plots, Poe has become synonymous with gothic horror. But his private life is considered just as notorious as his work, with rumors about the author pervading our literary culture. Some say that he was just as mad as his characters, while others mention his sexual perversions and opioid addictions. Even his death…

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Your Next TV Obsession: PBS’ ‘The Great American Read’

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BookTrib is partnering with Early Bird Books to bring you more great content, including this article on the latest and greatest television series on PBS: “The Great American Read.” In an announcement that set our bookish hearts a-flutter, PBS revealed the latest addition to their television line-up: “The Great American Read.” Slated to air throughout the summer of 2018, the show will explore our beloved literary treasures (as chosen, in part, by a committee of literary professionals) as it leads a nationwide search for America’s favorite read. In other words: it’s the bookworm’s answer to the Super Bowl. Kicking things off is a two-hour premiere that will feature notable figures—from famous literati and Hollywood stars to newscasters and sports icons—as they champion the titles that…

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Teen Millennials Meet (and Adore) Queen Victoria 170 Years after Her Reign

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As a historian, juggling the challenge of being the consultant on a TV historical drama series where the original story often has had to be tailored to the need for dramatic effect, my bottom line is this: does it arouse the viewers’ interest in the real story? It became apparent very early on during the UK transmission of ITV’s (PBS in the U.S.) Victoria, which premiered in the U.S. in January 2017 starring Jenna Coleman, that this series, of the many historical dramas we have had and enjoyed — from The Tudors to Downton Abbey to Wolf Hall — had really struck a nerve. What was striking, however, was that it had done so, not so much with the mature and better read…

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Jonesin’ For a Fix: Books for TV Addicts — Poldark Edition

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I have a problem. I’m obsessed with sexy historical shows and I just can’t quit. It started with Outlander, ramped up through Vikings, and crested along with Black Sails. It shows no signs of stopping, and honestly? I kind of don’t want it to. Especially when I get to watch shows as sexy and romantic as BBC One’s Poldark. If you’ve ever had an obsession with history, great makeout sessions and class differences overcome by love, then Poldark is the show for you. Based on a series of novels first published by Winston Graham in 1945, the show follows Ross Poldark, a British officer during the American Revolution, who returns home to find his father dead and his fiancée about…

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VIDEO: Watch Greg O’Brien in NOVA PBS’ ‘Can Alzheimer’s Be Stopped?’

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Watch as “investigators untangle the cause of Alzheimer’s and race to develop a cure.” Alzheimer’s disease strikes at the core of what makes us human: our capacity to think, to love and to remember. The cause of Alzheimer’s ­ and whether it can be stopped ­ is one of the greatest medical mysteries of our time. Alzheimer’s ravages the minds of over 40 million victims worldwide, stripping them of their memories and often their dignity on a poignant march that can lead to death. Join investigators as they gather clues and attempt to reconstruct the molecular chain of events that ultimately leads to dementia, and follow key researchers in the field who have helped to develop the leading theories of the…

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Cook Like Nonna with Lidia Bastianich’s Latest Cookbook

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Let’s face it—nobody can cook like Nonna. If you have ever attempted to dazzle family and friends by recreating authentic Italian recipes and you don’t have an Italian grandmother handy, you need to go to the source. It doesn’t get more authentic than Lidia Bastianich, the Emmy-winning host of WGBH’s Lidia’s Kitchen. Bastianich’s newest book, Lidia’s Mastering the Art of Italian Cuisine: Everything You Need to Know to Be a Great Italian Cook (Knopf, October 28 2015), is a comprehensive guided tour through the world of real Italian ingredients, recipes and techniques. In the introduction to the cookbook, Lidia Bastianich writes about growing up in Northern Italy and cooking with her grandparents under the Communist Yugoslavian regime. According to her,…

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American Masters’ Filmmaker Discusses Harper Lee Documentary on PBS

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If you want to take part in the unprecedented literary celebration that is the release of Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman (Harper, July 14), the “parent” novel of her classic To Kill a Mockingbird, you don’t even have to leave your home—it’s coming to a television and computer near you. As part of the Watchman festivities, THIRTEEN, New York’s flagship public television station, is presenting “THIRTEEN Days of Harper Lee,” an on-air and online collection of programming celebrating the author and her work. One of THIRTEEN’s special programs will be an airing of an updated version of Harper Lee: Hey, Boo, a documentary by Emmy award-winning filmmaker Mary McDonagh Murphy. The airing will take place on THIRTEEN’s American Masters…

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BBC hit Poldark returns to capture American hearts

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Can a sexy British rogue who fought on the wrong side of the Revolutionary War recapture the hearts and minds of American viewers? Forty years after a television adaptation was first broadcast, a new version of the historical saga Poldark has arrived on PBS’s Masterpiece Theater. The remake aired in the UK in April–May and regularly attracted 5-7 million viewers, making it a hit on par with Downton Abbey and the 1995 miniseries Pride and Prejudice. Poldark is based on a series of 12 novels by Winston Graham written between 1945 and 2002. Set on the stunningly beautiful coast of Cornwall, the story opens in 1783 as Captain Ross Poldark returns from fighting against the rebels in the Revolutionary War.…

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