National Endowment of the Arts - The Big Read

Wichita Public Library


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223 South Main
Wichita, KS 67202

Tel: 316/261-8500
Fax: 316/262-4540
http://www.bigreadwichita.org

True Grit by Charles Portis

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True Grit
Charles Portis

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Age of the Gunfighter

Celebrate the myth and reality of the gunfighter image. Gunfights and skits, kids target shooting and other activities, musical and dance performances. Catch a glimpse of the historical context that the gunfighter myth flourished and the era that True Grit depicts. Regular admission prices.

Event Location: Old Cowtown Museum, 1865 W Museum Blvd, Wichita, KS 67203

Date: Sun, Sep 1, 2013
Time: 12:00pm – 5:00pm

Book: True Grit

The Big Read Exhibition (Senior Wednesday at the Wichita Art Museum)

Take a look at the Museum's unique paintings of the Old West. Doors open at 10:00 a.m. Program begins at 10:30 a.m. $2 admission.

Event Location: Wichita Art Museum, 1400 W Museum Blvd, Wichita, KS 67203

Date: Wed, Sep 4, 2013
Time: 10:00am – 10:00am

Book: True Grit

How to Lead a Book Club: True Grit

Sarah Bagby, Jedd Beaudoin and Shirley Wells, Watermark Books, will provide tips and strategies for leading a book discussion on Charles Portis's True Grit. As part of the training, they will actually lead a discussion on another work by Portis, Norwood.(Copies available for purchase through Watermark.)

Event Location: Watermark Books and Cafe, 4701 E Douglas, Wichita, KS 67207

Date: Sat, Sep 14, 2013
Time: 10:00am – 10:00am

Book: True Grit

Judy Coder - Songcatcher

Singer/songwriter Judy Coder is Kansas' native songcatcher, a vocalist who brings songs and stories of the American West to life. Recognized in the field of western music, her programs reflect her exlectiv tastes and usually include a healthy dose of her award-winning yodeling.

Event Location: Rockwell Branch Library, 5939 E 9th St, Wichita, KS 67208

Date: Thu, Sep 19, 2013
Time: 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Book: True Grit

Big Read Wichita 2013 Kickoff: True Grit

Start the Big Read off right with book giveaways, music from the frontier by Jeff Davidson, reader’s theatre, trivia, refreshments and more, while children are invited to make their own Western vest.

Event Location: Wichita Art Museum, 1400 W Museum Blvd, Wichita, KS 67203

Date: Sat, Sep 21, 2013
Time: 2:00pm – 3:30pm

Book: True Grit

True Grit at LifeVentures

Learn more about The Big Read and get an introduction to "True Grit."

Event Location: LifeVentures, 4700 E Douglas, Wichita, KS 67218

Date: Tue, Sep 24, 2013
Time: 10:00am – 11:30am

Book: True Grit

Bronco Bustin' Showmen of the Indian Territory: Tom Mix, Will Rogers and Pawnee Bill (Senior Wednesday at the Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum)

Jane Rhoads will discuss western entertainment from the dime novels of Ned Buntline through Buffalo Bill Cody to the western shows organized in northern Oklahoma or the Indian Territory. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. Admission is $2.00 for Senior Wednesday participants; members are always free. This program is supported by Larksfield Place.

Event Location: Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum, 204 S Main, Wichita, KS 67202

Date: Wed, Sep 25, 2013
Time: 10:00am – 10:00am

Book: True Grit

Art Start - The Big Read: Cowboys (Children's Event)

Art Start is an educational program for preschoolers ages 3-5. During October children will explore a cowboy theme related to the making and meaning of works of art in the Museum's collection. A multi-faceted curriculum engages preschoolers in the looking, listening and creating activities of the visual arts that emphasize the State of Kansas early learning skills standards. Reservations are required. Admission is free for children ages 3-5 and their parent/guardian; regular admission is charged for children ages 6 and older. To reserve your spot, call 268-4929.

Event Location: Wichita Art Museum, 1400 W Museum Blvd, Wichita, KS 67203

Date: Tue, Oct 1, 2013
Time: 10:00am – 10:00am

Date: Tue, Oct 1, 2013
Time: 1:30pm – 1:30pm

Date: Tue, Oct 8, 2013
Time: 10:00am – 10:00am

Date: Tue, Oct 8, 2013
Time: 1:30pm – 1:30pm

Date: Tue, Oct 15, 2013
Time: 10:00am – 10:00am

Date: Tue, Oct 15, 2013
Time: 1:30pm – 1:30pm

Date: Tue, Oct 22, 2013
Time: 10:00am – 10:00am

Date: Tue, Oct 22, 2013
Time: 1:30pm – 1:30pm

Date: Tue, Oct 29, 2013
Time: 10:00am – 10:00am

Date: Tue, Oct 29, 2013
Time: 1:30pm – 1:30pm

Book: True Grit

Wichita Art Museum

Art display of western themed art and sculpture in conjunction with the 2013 Big Read title, "True Grit" by Charles Portis. Art will be on display through mid-November.

Event Location: 1400 W Museum Blvd, Wichita, KS 67203

Date: Tue, Oct 1, 2013
Time: 12:00pm – 12:00pm

Book: True Grit

Evergreen First Thursdays Book Club

Event Location: Evergreen Branch Library, 2601 N Arkansas, Wichita, KS 67204

Date: Thu, Oct 3, 2013
Time: 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Book: True Grit

True Grit Today (Children's Event)

Girl Scout Troop 726 will show how things were done during the time of True Grit and how things have changed since then. Drop in anytime during the program hours to visit the various learning stations.

Event Location: Westlink Branch Library, 8515 Bekemeyer, Wichita, KS 67212

Date: Sat, Oct 5, 2013
Time: 10:00am – 2:00pm

Book: True Grit

True Grit Double Feature

Watch John Wayne’s 1969 film adaptation of “True Grit,” followed by the 2010 Jeff Bridges version, with brief commentary on the films and their differences. Ballet Wichita will open the event with a Western-themed dance. Door prize drawings will be conducted during intermission.

Event Location: Century II, Mary Jane Teall Theatre, 225 W Douglas, Wichita, KS 67202

Date: Sat, Oct 5, 2013
Time: 12:00pm – 5:30pm

Book: True Grit

Big Read Preschool Storytime

Featuring companion title Tornado Slim and the Magic Cowboy Hat by Bryan Langdo.

Event Location: 223 South Main, Wichita, KS 67202

Date: Tue, Oct 8, 2013
Time: 10:30am – 11:00am

Book: True Grit

Big Read Preschool Storytime

Featuring companion title Tornado Slim and the Magic Cowboy Hat by Bryan Langdo.

Event Location: Westlink Branch Library, Wichita, KS 67205

Date: Tue, Oct 8, 2013
Time: 10:30am – 11:00am

Book: True Grit

True Grit: the 2010 Movie

In 2010, the Coen brothers produced a film version of True Grit that won both critical and popular acclaim. Join us for a screening of this newest version of True Grit, a story of a gritty young girl who hires crusty Rooster Cogburn to help her find her father's killer. Wear your Stetson and cowboy boots or other character regalia for a chance to win a True Grit movie poster. (110 minutes; rated PG-13)

Event Location: Maya Angelou Northeast Branch Library, 3051 E 21st St N, Wichita, KS 67214

Date: Tue, Oct 8, 2013
Time: 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Book: True Grit

Big Read Preschool Storytime

Featuring companion title Tornado Slim and the Magic Cowboy Hat by Bryan Langdo.

Event Location: Evergreen, Wichita, KS 67203

Date: Wed, Oct 9, 2013
Time: 10:30am – 11:00am

Date: Wed, Oct 16, 2013
Time: 10:30am – 11:00am

Book: True Grit

Big Read Nursery Rhyme Time

Featuring companion title "The Brave Cowboy" by Joan Walsh Anglund.

Event Location: 223 South Main, Wichita, KS 67202

Date: Wed, Oct 9, 2013
Time: 10:30am – 11:00am

Book: True Grit

Mattie Ross and Other Women of Grit: The Exception or the Rule in Literature of the American Frontier? (Senior Wednesday at the Wichita Public Library)

Explore the presence of strong female characters like Mattie Ross in True Grit. How common were such representations? Did they match up to the real experience of women or did they ignore the material conditions of real women's lives? Newman University English professor Dr. Marguerite Regan will explore the presence of strong female characters in the western genre and will show how the meaning of "the West" has changed in literature over time.

Event Location: 223 South Main, Wichita, KS 67202

Date: Wed, Oct 9, 2013
Time: 1:30pm – 2:30pm

Book: True Grit

Wild West Wednesday @ the Texas Roadhouse

Drop into the Texas Roadhouse for great food and to learn more about the Big Read Wichita.

Event Location: Texas Roadhouse, 6707 W Kellogg Drive, Wichita, KS 67209

Date: Wed, Oct 9, 2013
Time: 3:00pm – 10:00pm

Book: True Grit

Family Storytime: Prairie Livin'

Experience life on the prairie through stories, crafts and other activities.

Event Location: Westlink Branch Library, Wichita, KS 67202

Date: Wed, Oct 9, 2013
Time: 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Book: True Grit

True Grit at Adventures in Learning

Learn more about The Big Read and get an introduction to "True Grit." Call 721-2208 or email scwestwichita@sbcglobal.net for registration information.

Event Location: Shepherd's Center of West Wichita, 745 N Westlink, Wichita, KS 67212

Date: Thu, Oct 10, 2013
Time: 12:30pm – 1:00pm

Book: True Grit

Big Read Baby's First Storytime

Featuring companion title Tornado Slim and the Magic Cowboy Hat by Bryan Langdo.

Event Location: 223 South Main, Wichita, KS 67202

Date: Thu, Oct 10, 2013
Time: 1:00pm – 1:30pm

Book: True Grit

Ed LeValley, Western Musician

Ed LeValley performs a mix of original western music and traditional western songs. Much of his music relates to the Chisholm Trail which is an important part of Western history. Raised in northern Oklahoma, Mr. LeValley now makes his home in Wellington, Kansas. He will be joined by harmonicist Ron Hutchinson.

Event Location: Evergreen Branch Library, 2601 N Arkansas, Wichita, KS 67204

Date: Thu, Oct 10, 2013
Time: 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Book: True Grit

Big Read Nursery Rhyme Time

Featuring companion title "The Brave Cowboy" by Joan Walsh Anglund.

Event Location: 223 South Main, Wichita, KS 67202

Date: Fri, Oct 11, 2013
Time: 1:00pm – 1:30pm

Book: True Grit

Tornado Jim and the Magic Cowboy Hat Storytime (Children's Event)

Wear your ten-gallon hat and cowboy boots and join us as we read Tornado Jim and the Magic Cowboy Hat by Bryan Landgo and other fun cowboy tales. We'll do a creative, cowboy craft and snack on some tasty vittles. For kids ages 2-6. (30 minutes)

Event Location: Barnes & Noble at Bradley Fair, 1920 N Rock Road, Wichita, KS 67206

Date: Sat, Oct 12, 2013
Time: 11:00am – 11:30am

Book: True Grit

The Photographs of F.M. Steele and the Age of True Grit

F.M. Steele, a photographer during the end of the open-range period in Western history, captured cowboys at work in Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. His scenes illustrate the clothing and equipment used during the True Grit time period. Steele's photographs are housed at the Center for Great Plains Studies at Emporia State University. Join us as Dr. Jim Hoy, a professor of English and the Director of ESU's Center for Great Plains Studies takes us on a journey through the works of this landmark Western photographer.

Event Location: Westlink Branch Library, 8515 Bekemeyer, Wichita, KS 67212

Date: Sat, Oct 12, 2013
Time: 2:30pm – 3:30pm

Book: True Grit

True Grit Out Loud

Join us as facilitator Brad Purkey reads excepts from True Grit and leads a passionate book discussion. Refreshments will be provided.

Event Location: Barnes & Noble at Bradley Fair, 1920 N Rock Road, Wichita, KS 67206

Date: Sat, Oct 12, 2013
Time: 3:00pm – 3:00pm

Book: True Grit

True Grit and the Western as a Literary Genre

The classic Western True Grit provides true grist for an exploration of the Western as a genre. The popularity of this novel speaks to the appeal of the West. Western U.S. history is relatively recent, usually marked from post-Civil War to about 1890. That's when we "came of age" as a settled nation, moving from open frontier to closed, from territory to states. Tom Averill, a writer-in-residence and professor of English at Washburn University, will show how True Grit addresses many issues that started on the frontier and carry through today: diversity, racism, violence, and respect for justice. Books will be available for sale and signing following the presentation.

Event Location: Wichita Public Library - Central Library, 223 South Main, Wichita, KS 67202

Date: Sun, Oct 13, 2013
Time: 2:30pm – 3:30pm

Book: True Grit

Justice with a Side of True Grit

"An eye for an eye," says Mattie when discussing her plans for her father's murderer. Join us for a discussion of True Grit justice and the broader concept of justice in a democracy.

Event Location: 223 South Main, Wichita, KS 67202

Date: Mon, Oct 14, 2013
Time: 10:30am – 11:30am

Book: True Grit

Big Read Preschool Storytime

Featuring companion title "Tornado Slim and the Magic Cowboy Hat" by Bryan Langdo.

Event Location: Alford Branch Library, Wichita, KS 67213

Date: Mon, Oct 14, 2013
Time: 1:00pm – 1:30pm

Book: True Grit

Book Talk & Chili Feed

Students, employees and the public will listen to Library staff members perform Book Talks throughout the day. Chili or snacks will be served to all at lunchtime.

Event Location: Wichita Area Technical College Southside Campus, 4501 E 47th St S, Wichita, KS 67210

Date: Tue, Oct 15, 2013
Time: 12:00pm – 12:00pm

Book: True Grit

Westlink Third Tuesdays Book Club

Event Location: Westlink Branch Library, 8515 Bekemeyer, Wichita, KS 67212

Date: Tue, Oct 15, 2013
Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Book: True Grit

Wichita Wagon Masters Chili Cook-Off

Promote the 2013 Big Read with book and bookmark give-a-ways and chili.

Event Location: 100 South Market, Wichita, KS 67202

Date: Sat, Oct 19, 2013
Time: 10:00am – 3:00pm

Book: True Grit

Pretty Prairie Rodeo

Have you been to Kansas' largest night rodeo? Join Jean Graber, Executive Secretary of the Pretty Prairie Rodeo, as she talks about the rodeo from World War II to the present. With personal ties to the rodeo's founders, Ms. Graber will share the background story of the rodeo and how it supports and enriches the Pretty Prairie community. You'll hear about this exciting annual "true grit" experience -- from Bullmania to Mutton Bustin' for the younger set!

Event Location: Lionel Alford Regional Library, 3447 S Meridian, Wichita, KS 67217

Date: Mon, Oct 21, 2013
Time: 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Book: True Grit

Book Talk & Chili Feed

Students, employees and the public will listen to Library staff members perform Book Talks throughout the day. Chili or snacks will be served to all at lunchtime.

Event Location: Wichita Area Technical College NCAT Campus, 4004 N Webb Rd, Wichita, KS 67226

Date: Tue, Oct 22, 2013
Time: 12:00pm – 12:00pm

Book: True Grit

Haysville Friends of the Library Annual Mystery Dinner Theatre

Enjoy a western themed interactive, improvisational play with prized, dinner, raffle and music. $20 per person, $30 per couple, $10 for children under age 12. Reservations and pre-purchase of tickets strongly required. Contact the Haysville Community Library for more information.

Event Location: Haysville Community Library, 210 S Hays, Haysville, KS 67060

Date: Fri, Oct 25, 2013 – Sat, Oct 26, 2013
Time: 6:30pm – 6:30pm

Book: True Grit

True Grit at Old Cowtown Museum

Saddle up and join us for a real wild West adventure at Old Cowtown Museum. Free admission to the museum will include a Circuit Court re-enactment, Ron Wilson’s cowboy poetry, Western music by Paul Oberg and Dan Fitzgerald, gunfights, wagon rides, and more. Stetsons and cowboy attire are welcome!

Event Location: Old Cowtown Museum, 1865 Museum Blvd, Wichita, KS 67203

Date: Sun, Oct 27, 2013
Time: 2:00pm – 5:00pm

Book: True Grit

"True Grit" Book Review for Devoreauz de Livres Book Club

Book review by Julie Linneman

Event Location: Rockwell Branch Library, Wichita, KS 67208

Date: Mon, Oct 28, 2013
Time: 7:30pm – 8:30pm

Book: True Grit

Book Talk & Chili Feed

Students, employees and the public will listen to Library staff members perform Book Talks throughout the day. Chili or snacks will be served to all at lunchtime.

Event Location: Wichita Area Technical College Grove Campus, 301 S Grove, Wichita, KS 67211

Date: Tue, Oct 29, 2013
Time: 12:00pm – 12:00pm

Book: True Grit

Orin Friesen and the Wild West! (Senior Wednesday at the Great Plains Nature Center)

Songs of the Old West with one of the region's most popular western music performers. Admission is free for all Seniors.

Event Location: Great Plains Nature Center, 6232 E 29th St N, Wichita, KS 67220

Date: Wed, Oct 30, 2013
Time: 10:00am – 11:00am

Book: True Grit

True Grit Movie Night in Newton

Watch the 2010 Jeff Bridges film verion of True Grit at the Newton Public Library. The film starts at 6:00 p.m. Bring a snack to share.

Event Location: Newton Public Library, 720 N Oak St, Newton, KS 67114

Date: Wed, Oct 30, 2013
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Book: True Grit

Orchard Park Branch Library First Fridays Book Club

Event Location: Orchard Park Branch Library, 4808 W 9th, Wichita, KS 67212

Date: Fri, Nov 1, 2013
Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Book: True Grit

Ghost Town at Sundown (Children's Event)

Stop in for a read-along activity full of mystery and fun, based on the Magic Tree House book by Mary Pope Osborne. Participants will receive a copy of this Big Read Wichita companion book, sponsored by Watermark Books.

Event Location: Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum, 204 S Main, Wichita, KS 67202

Date: Sat, Nov 2, 2013
Time: 3:00pm – 3:00pm

Book: True Grit

True Grit: the 1969 Movie

What would a True Grit celebration be without John Wayne? Enjoy the original 1969 film about a manhunt for outlaw Lucky Ned Pepper led by Rooster Cogburn and Texas Ranger La Boeuf stubbornly accompanied by 14-year-old Mattie Ross. Is the movie story the same as the book? Find out! Wear your Stetson and cowboy boots or other character regalia for a chance to win a movie poster. (128 minutes; rated G)

Event Location: Lionel Alford Regional Library, 3447 S Meridian, Wichita, KS 67217

Date: Mon, Nov 4, 2013
Time: 3:00pm – 5:30pm

Book: True Grit

Evergreen First Tuesdays Book Club

Event Location: Evergreen Branch Library, 2601 N Arkansas, Wichita, KS 67204

Date: Tue, Nov 5, 2013
Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Book: True Grit

True Grit: The Genre-Bending Western

How can a Western not be a Western? When the heroine is a fourteen-year-old spitfire who is bound and determined to avenge her father's death. We will discuss the elements of Westerns and how this book follows and deviates from that trail.

Event Location: 223 South Main, Wichita, KS 67202

Date: Wed, Nov 6, 2013
Time: 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Book: True Grit

Family Storytime: Prairie Livin' (Children's Event)

Join us for some good ole Western fun. Experience life on the prairie through stories, crafts and other activities. For children ages 3 and up with a parent or caregiver.

Event Location: Rockwell Branch Library, 5939 E 9th, Wichita, KS 67208

Date: Thu, Nov 7, 2013
Time: 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Book: True Grit

True Grit True History: An Interactive Museum Presentation

Students will present an interactive museum covering the life and times of Rooster Cogburn and Mattie Ross

Event Location: 2500 S 199th St West, Goddard, KS 67052

Date: Thu, Nov 7, 2013
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Book: True Grit

Cowboy Blues: Early Black Music in the West (Senior Wednesday at the Wichita Public Library)

Music historian Pat O'Connor will discuss the contributions of black cowboys to the blues genre and the stylistic details that make their music unique.

Event Location: 223 South Main, Wichita, KS 67202

Date: Wed, Nov 13, 2013
Time: 1:30pm – 2:30pm

Book: True Grit

True Grit from a Legal and Historical Perspective

The Honorable Richard Walker, Chief Judge of the 9th Judicial District, Harvey County District Court, and Adjunct Instructor of History at Bethel College, will lead a book discussion of True Grit, approaching the topic from the perspective of an attorney and historian.

Event Location: Newton Public Library, 720 N Oak St, Newton, KS 67114

Date: Wed, Nov 13, 2013
Time: 7:00pm – 7:00pm

Book: True Grit

First Presbyterian Church

Book club will discuss "True Grit".

Event Location: 2513 Green Meadow, Wichita, KS 67205

Date: Sun, Nov 17, 2013
Time: 2:00pm – 3:30pm

Book: True Grit

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