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The PBS Books Readers Club is a monthly digital-first series that brings its members into conversations behind the stories of your favorite books & shows. You can watch the series on Facebook, YouTube, and the PBS App, with extended interviews available for PBS members on PBS Passport. 

Readers and viewers can join in the conversation with its more than 98 thousand members on the PBS Books Readers Club Facebook Group to discuss your favorite books, find that next great read, or just enjoy the company of other book fanatics! You can even submit your questions to featured authors, and they may be asked and answered in the series!

Coming up in May

RC Ep 05

Rachel Khong – Weds., May 29 at 8 p.m. EDT

Join the PBS Books Readers Club as we sit down with author of Real Americans, Rachel Khong. Real Americans begins on the precipice of Y2K in New York City, when twenty-two-year-old Lily Chen, an unpaid intern at a slick media company, meets Matthew. Matthew is everything Lily is not: easygoing and effortlessly attractive, a native East Coaster, and, most notably, heir to a vast pharmaceutical empire. Lily couldn’t be more different: flat-broke, raised in Tampa, the only child of scientists who fled Mao’s Cultural Revolution. Despite all this, Lily and Matthew fall in love.

Upcoming Episodes

  • Episode 6, Mrs. Quinn’s Rise to Fame with Olivia Ford

  • Episode 7, James with Percival Everett

  • Episode 7, The Hunter with Tana French

  • Episode 9, September 25, 2024

  • Episode 10, October 30, 2024

  • Episode 11, November 27, 2024

  • Episode 12, December 18, 2024

Upcoming Episodes

  • Episode 6, Mrs. Quinn’s Rise to Fame with Olivia Ford

  • Episode 7, James with Percival Everett

  • Episode 7, The Hunter with Tana French

  • Episode 9, September 25, 2024

  • Episode 10, October 30, 2024

  • Episode 11, November 27, 2024

  • Episode 12, December 18, 2024

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Click the button below the book you’re interested in, make an ongoing $10 per month donation, and then receive a special code to download one of our featured e-books from our shelf on Glose.com and a set of PBS Books stickers to show off your love for reading and PBS!

You’ll also enjoy access to PBS Passport – the members-only section of the free PBS app – where you can watch extended interviews with our featured authors and full seasons of your favorite PBS shows.

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Real Americans by Rachel Khong ebook

Real Americans by Rachel Khong

Memory Piece by Lisa Ko ebook

Memory Piece by Lisa Ko

A Man of Two Faces by Viet Thanh Nguyen ebook

A Man of Two Faces by Viet Thanh Nguyen

The Hunter by Tara French

The Searcher by Tara French

The Other Valley by Scott Alexander Howard

The Other Valley by Scott Alexander Howard

A Goodreads Most Anticipated Fantasy, Science Fiction, and Horror Book of 2024

For fans of Never Let Me Go and The Giver, an elegant and exhilarating literary speculative novel about an isolated town neighbored by its own past and future, and a young girl who spots two elderly visitors from across the border: the grieving parents of the boy she loves.

You Are Here by Ada Limon

You Are Here by Ada Limón

Published in association with the Library of Congress and edited by the twenty-fourth Poet Laureate of the United States, a singular collection of fifty poems reflecting on our relationship to the natural world by our most celebrated contemporary writers.

You Are Here features fifty previously unpublished poems from some of the nation’s most accomplished poets, including Joy Harjo, Diane Seuss, Rigoberto González, Jericho Brown, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Paul Tran, and more. Each poem engages with its author’s local landscape—be it the breathtaking variety of flora in a national park, or a lone tree flowering persistently by a bus stop—offering an intimate model of how we relate to the world around us and a beautifully diverse range of voices from across the United States.

The Underground Library by Jennifer Ryan

When the Blitz imperils the heart of a London neighborhood, three young women must use their fighting spirit to save the community’s beloved library in this novel based on true events from the author of The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir.

When the new deputy librarian, Juliet Lansdown, finds that Bethnal Green Library isn’t the bustling hub she is expecting, she becomes determined to breathe life back into it. But can she show the men in charge that a woman is up to the task of running the library, especially when a confrontation with her past threatens to derail her?

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