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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
Learn how to screen the film
Interested in a virtual or in-person screening of the film? Fill out the form below and we'll send you more details on the screening process later this year 🙂.

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Participating Authors

The Story

The filmmaker
Mason Engel is an author and filmmaker. After releasing his sci-fi novel, 2084, he began working on 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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A Sample of the Film

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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Wanna host a screening?

Beginning in the fall of 2024, Books Across America will screen at libraries, bookstores, and art centers nationwide. Screenings will include:
  • a 90-minute documentary on the state of reading in America
  • a live/virtual Q&A with the director

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A registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, E2AC connects award-winning content creators, mission-based organizations, and passionate funders who want to share their impact through the power of story.


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