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in a new documentary
a writer travels to 50 states, reads 50 books, and interviews 50 authors ... all in 50 days
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Participating Authors

The Story

The filmmaker
Mason Engel is an author and filmmaker. His sci-fi novel, 2084, has earned bestseller status on Amazon, and his bookish documentaries, The Bookstour and Story Road, have appeared on public television and in major literary festivals. 
The real-life "Great American Novel"
After 10 years of trying to make it as a writer in LA, Mason gives up. It's time to move home to Indiana. But not yet. Since he can't write a Great American Novel, he decides to live one. He travels to 50 states, reads 50 books, and interviews 50 authors, all in 50 days. Books Across America is his story ... and the story of readers everywhere.
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What about book bans?

The last few years have seen a dramatic increase in banned books. In this rough sample of the film, Mason speaks with the United States Librarian of Congress, Dr. Carla Hayden, about:
  • the rise of book bans
  • ​the accessibility of books and knowledge
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Why do we tell stories?
Why do we read?
and, for Mason:
Is the road trip a search for answers or something more?
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a film for the book lover

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