National Endowment of the Arts - The Big Read

Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library


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1515 SW 10th Ave
Topeka, KS 66604-1374

Tel: 785/580-4400
Fax: 785/580-4496
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True Grit by Charles Portis

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True Grit
Charles Portis

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Tallgrass Express String Band

Kick-Off our Big Read Celebration of True Grit with the Tallgrass Express String Band, pride of the Flint Hills. Just like Mattie and her crew, Annie and her band will lead you on a wild musical chase through the Old West. Ain’t no tallgrass gonna stop ‘em!

Event Location: 1515 SW 10th Ave, Topeka, KS 66604-1374

Date: Sun, Feb 1, 2015
Time: 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Book: True Grit

Make Your Own Mustache

Join the big, hairy, kick-off celebration for the Kids Big Read selection, Fake Mustache by Tom Angleberger. It's a hilarious salute to soup strainers and snot mops that will get you ready for International Fake Mustache Day on February 3rd and send you home with a cookie duster of your very own.

Event Location: 1515 SW 10th Ave, Topeka, KS 66604-1374

Date: Mon, Feb 2, 2015
Time: 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Book: True Grit

What True Grit Might have Looked Like: Photographs by F.M.Steele

Event Location: 1515 SW 10th Ave, Topeka, KS 66604-1374

Date: Fri, Feb 6, 2015 – Fri, Mar 13, 2015

Book: True Grit

The Big Read/True Grit: First Friday Artwalk and Book Launch

Join Topekans at 4 galleries as they celebrate the First Friday Artwalk, western style. Stop by The Big Read tables at Southwind, Warehouse 414 and NOTO. Pick up True Grit materials and enter to win a copy of the book.

Event Location: NOTO Arts District, North Kansas Ave, Topeka, KS 66608

Date: Fri, Feb 6, 2015
Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Book: True Grit

Big Read film series: True Grit (2010)

Mattie Ross, a 14-year-old from Arkansas, is determined to avenge the murder of her father and hires the meanest US Marshall to track the killers. The goal of the Coen brothers with this 2010 adaptation of Charles Portis’ book was to be more faithful to the original text. 2010 | 110 min | Rated R

Event Location: 1515 SW 10th Ave, Topeka, KS 66604-1374

Date: Fri, Feb 6, 2015
Time: 6:30pm – 9:00pm

Book: True Grit

True Grit: Dutch Grit

Join Book, Book, Goose! public book club for a discussion of this year's Big Read. We provide a unique atmosphere for a lively discussion exploring the world of interesting literature, authors, fun people, good food and monthly book-themed drink specials.21 years or older.

Event Location: The Dutch Goose, Topeka, KS 66604-1374

Date: Fri, Feb 6, 2015
Time: 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Book: True Grit

Quick Draw, Cowboy

Come sit a spell with Michael Perkins, fastest draw hereabouts - fastest at drawing pictures, that is. He'll learn ya to draw a cowboy picture so purdy you'll be as happy as a calf in clover.

Event Location: 1515 SW 10th Ave, Topeka, KS 66604-1374

Date: Sat, Feb 7, 2015
Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Book: True Grit

Time and Telling in True Grit

Librarians Valerie Reif and Tanya Walsh offer a multi-media program exploring history, culture, and biography, finding a place for True Grit in both its historical and contemporary contexts.

Event Location: 1515 SW 10th Ave, Topeka, KS 66604-1374

Date: Sun, Feb 8, 2015
Time: 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Book: True Grit

Classics Made Modern

True Grit by Charles Portis is considered one of the great American novels. Originally serialized in 1968, the story introduces Mattie Ross, who recounts the time when she was 14 years old and sought retribution for the murder of her father by a scoundrel. Read the ebook or print edition.

Event Location: 1515 SW 10th Ave, Topeka, KS 66604-1374

Date: Mon, Feb 9, 2015
Time: 1:30pm – 3:00pm

Book: True Grit

True Grit Book Discussion

True Grit by Charles Portis is considered one of the great American novels. Originally serialized in 1968, the story introduces Mattie Ross, who recounts the time when she was 14 years old and sought retribution for the murder of her father by a scoundrel. Read the ebook or print edition.

Event Location: Silver Lake Public Library, Topeka, KS 66604-1374

Date: Mon, Feb 9, 2015
Time: 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Book: True Grit

Crestview Chapter Chat

A neighborhood book club for those who like to chat about what they are reading. In February, read True Grit, and in March, read Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress. Use your own book or pick one up at the Crestview Community Center while supplies last. Registration required. Call 251-2963.

Event Location: 4801 Southwest Shunga Drive,, Topeka, KS 66614

Date: Wed, Feb 11, 2015
Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Book: True Grit

Books Into Movies- True Grit

Come to The Edge and watch True Grit, an exciting western about fourteen year old Mattie Ross, a girl searching for the man who killed her father. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll sit on the edge of your seat. You definitely want to win a copy of this book!

Event Location: 1515 SW 10th Ave, Topeka, KS 66604-1374

Date: Wed, Feb 11, 2015
Time: 3:30pm – 6:30pm

Book: True Grit

Big Read film series: The Searchers

After his family is violently torn apart, bitter war veteran Ethan Edwards (John Wayne) sets out on a fanatic mission to find his only surviving niece and the Comanche who kidnapped her. His deeply tainted view of the world makes him blind to all but his obsession. 1956 | 119 minutes | Not Rated

Event Location: 1515 SW 10th Ave, Topeka, KS 66604-1374

Date: Fri, Feb 13, 2015
Time: 6:30pm – 9:00pm

Book: True Grit

Cowboy Poetry Gathering

Spend an afternoon with cowboy poets! Ron Wilson and friends will read original poems and discuss the elements of authentic cowboy poetry.

Event Location: 1515 SW 10th Ave, Topeka, KS 66604-1374

Date: Sun, Feb 15, 2015
Time: 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Book: True Grit

True Grit, the Path to Success

The Duckworth Lab at the University of Pennsylvania focuses on the two traits that have been identified to predict success in life: grit and self-control. David Meketon, the Lab's School Liaison, will focus on the non-cognitive predictors of success with reference to the novel, "True Grit."

Event Location: Washburn University, Memorial Union A & B, Topeka, KS 66604-1374

Date: Tue, Feb 17, 2015
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Book: True Grit

What True Grit (Might Have) Looked Like

Step back into the time of True Grit and enjoy the photographs of F.M. Steele who photographed the last years of open range ranching and cowboys with Jim Hoy, author and director of the Center for Great Plains Studies. Visit the Sabatini Gallery to view the F.M Steele exhibit.

Event Location: 1515 SW 10th Ave, Topeka, KS 66604-1374

Date: Thu, Feb 19, 2015
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Book: True Grit

Big Read film series: Unforgiven

William Munny (Eastwood), a reformed killer and outlaw, has turned to hog farming and family, determined to put his past behind him. But the lure of a bounty has him opening the door to his past and stepping once again into the role of gunfighter. 1992 | 131 minutes | Rated R

Event Location: 1515 SW 10th Ave, Topeka, KS 66604-1374

Date: Fri, Feb 20, 2015
Time: 6:30pm – 9:00pm

Book: True Grit

Cowpoke Festival

Try on a cowboy hat, touch saddles from the old west and learn to rope. Join Joyce Their and Ann Birney as they bring the Old West alive for children of all ages.

Event Location: 1515 SW 10th Ave, Topeka, KS 66604-1374

Date: Sat, Feb 21, 2015
Time: 10:00am – 1:00pm

Book: True Grit

True Grit Living History

Mattie Ross and Calamity Jane are two examples of strong women in the old west. Participate in this comparison of history in the Old West.

Event Location: 1515 SW 10th Ave, Topeka, KS 66604-1374

Date: Sat, Feb 21, 2015
Time: 3:00pm – 4:30pm

Book: True Grit

True Grit: Keynote Thomas Fox Averill

Join Thomas Fox Averill in a discussion of the novel True Grit as true grist for the American Western. Averill will define the Western genre, speak to readers' enduring connection with the novel, and discuss what the story says about our culture. Averill authored the award-winning 2011 novel Rode.

Event Location: 1515 SW 10th Ave, Topeka, KS 66604-1374

Date: Sun, Feb 22, 2015
Time: 2:00pm – 3:30pm

Book: True Grit

So Many Books: True Grit

Discuss True Grit by Charles Portis. Join in the Big Read festivities by discussing this classic western about the quest of 14 year old Mattie Ross to avenge the murder of her father. Register by calling 580-4540.

Event Location: 1515 SW 10th Ave, Topeka, KS 66604-1374

Date: Sun, Feb 22, 2015
Time: 3:00pm – 4:30pm

Book: True Grit

Bean There, Read That

Join this book group for young intellectuals in their 20s and 30s who like to talk lit. For the month of February we will read True Grit by Charles Portis. Provide your own copy or pick one up at the Reference Desk, first come, first-served. Questions? Email beanthere@tscpl.org.

Event Location: Classic Bean, 2125 SW Fairlawn Rd, Topeka, KS 66604-1374

Date: Tue, Feb 24, 2015
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Book: True Grit

True Grit Book Discussion

True Grit by Charles Portis is considered one of the great American novels. Originally serialized in 1968, the story introduces Mattie Ross, who recounts the time when she was 14 years old and sought retribution for the murder of her father by a scoundrel. Read the ebook or print edition.

Event Location: Rossville Public Library, 407 N Main St, Rossville, KS 66533, Rossville, KS 66533

Date: Tue, Feb 24, 2015
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Book: True Grit

Squirt Gun Shooting Gallery

Lenny Flem, Jr and Jodie O'Rodeo save their world with sheer grit - and carnival capers. The Kids Big Read Finale has capers of its own. Try your aim at the squirt gun mustache shoot. Dig for, well, maybe its gold. Vaporize the villain. Ride off into the sunset, a hero indeed.

Event Location: 1515 SW 10th Ave, Topeka, KS 66604-1374

Date: Wed, Feb 25, 2015
Time: 3:00pm – 5:00pm

Book: True Grit

The Big Read Finale: Don Williams

Don Williams will sing The Big Read home with his warm hickory baritone. Williams is an American country singer, songwriter and a 2010 inductee to the Country Music Hall of Fame. His hits include "Good Ole Boys Like Me," "I Believe In You," "Love Is On A Roll," "Amanda" and "Tulsa Time."

Event Location: Topeka Performing Arts Center, 214 SE 8th Ave., Topeka, KS 66604-1374

Date: Thu, Feb 26, 2015
Time: 7:30pm – 9:00pm

Book: True Grit

Young Guns & Gallant Geezers: Age & Heroism in True Grit (Topeka Magazine)

Hear presentations about the role of age in the narrative of True Grit and enjoy the folk music group “Jeff and Deb with Bill” as they present 5 period-authentic songs based on the heroes and villains of True Grit.

Event Location: Shepherd's Center, 3033 SW MacVicar, Topeka, KS 66611

Date: Fri, Feb 27, 2015
Time: 10:30am – 12:00pm

Book: True Grit

Big Read film series: True Grit (1969)

Garnering John Wayne his only Oscar for Best Actor, the role of U.S. Marshall Rooster Cogburn is a one-eyed, unwashed, fat old man who just maybe has a heart of gold. Mattie Ross convinces him to take on her father’s killer and bring him to justice. 1969 | 128 minutes | Rated G

Event Location: 1515 SW 10th Ave, Topeka, KS 66604-1374

Date: Fri, Feb 27, 2015
Time: 6:30pm – 9:00pm

Book: True Grit

Big Read at Helping Hands Humane Society

TSCPL and Helping Hands are partnering at the shelter in a western-themed adoption event.

Event Location: 1515 SW 10th Ave, Topeka, KS 66604-1374

Date: Sat, Feb 28, 2015
Time: 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Book: True Grit

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