The Big Read 2014: True Grit by Charles Portis
Pick up a copy of the book and join in!
Fishtrap is pleased to announce the return of its NEA-sponsored program, The Big Read. This year, we celebrate with 7 weeks of events surrounding the classic Western novel, True Grit by Charles Portis. The program kicks off Thursday, January 9th at the Josephy Center for the Arts with a display of local Western gear and presentation by Jay Jennings. Other activities include special guest lectures, book discussions, screenings of both the 1969 True Grit movie and the 2010 Cohen Bros. film. Plus, a big finale on February 16th with Western storyteller, Rick Steber, a Dutch oven cooking contest and great local music. We think this will be the best year yet for The Big Read in Wallowa County. Find a copy of the book and join in!
Thursday, January 16 Molly Gloss: Patience and Pluck: Women’s Roles in the Literature of the American West
Location: Tomas Conference Room, Enterprise – Time: 7pm FREE
Sunday, January 19 Camp Food & Drink
Location: Josephy Center & Stein Distillery, Joseph – Time: 1-3pm FREE
Thursday, January 23 Paul VanDevelder: Portayal of Indians in True Grit and other Western Literature
Location: Wallowa Band Nez Perce Trail Interpretive Center/Wallowa County Community Connections (Senior Center), Wallowa
Time: 6pm Interpretive Center/7pm Presentation at Senior Center FREE
Thursday, January 30 True Grit Movie Screening & Discussion: 1969 John Wayne Film
3 Locations: Enterprise at Lear’s, Joseph at Josephy Center, Wallowa at Wallowa City Hall – Time: 7pm FREE
Tuesday, February 4 Rooster Cogburn & the Civil War Brownbag Discussion
Location: The Josephy Center, Joseph – Time: Noon FREE
Thursday, February 6 True Grit Movie Screening & Discussion: 2010 Coen Brothers Film
3 Locations: Enterprise at Lear’s/Joseph at Josephy Center/Wallowa at City Hall – Time: 7pm FREE
Sunday, February 9 Battle of the Books
Location: Enterprise HS multi-purpose room -Time: 3pm FREE
Sunday, February 16 Finale with Western storyteller Rick Steber, Pot Luck, Dutch Oven Cooking Contest and Music
Location: Hurricane Creek Grange Hall – Time: 5:30pm $5 students $10 adults $25 family.
True Grit Reader’s Guides and Audio
Go to The Big Read’s True Grit site to download free reader’s guides, teacher’s guides and listen to a True Grit audio tour featuring Roy Blount Jr., James Lee Burke, Carter Burwell, Amanda Coplin, Tope Folarin, Jay Jennings, Katherine A. Powers, and readings from the novel by Donna Tartt. CLICK HERE
Book clubs throughout Wallowa County will read and discuss True Grit this winter including:
Thursday Jan 23 at 2pm
True Grit Book Discussion at Wallowa Library
Thursday, Feb., 13 at 6pm
True Grit Book Discussion at Mutiny Brewing
Tue, Feb 11, 2014 5:30pm – 7:30pm
True Grit Book Discussion at The Book Loft
Monday, Feb 17, 2014 at 10am
True Grit Book Discussion at Fishtrap
* more book club discussion listings coming soon.
Did you like True Grit? Take a look at our “Supplemental Reading List.” Here you’ll find other books by Charles Portis and our guest presenters, Molly Gloss, Paul VanDevelder, Rick Steber and Jay Jennings. We also included additional information on our companion book, The Ballad of Lucy Whipple and much. much more.
Thank you to the many individual donors and local sponsors who helped make The Big Read possible including:
The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts, designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture and to encourage citizens to read for pleasure and enlightenment. Fishtrap is one of 77 not-for-profit organizations to receive a grant to host a Big Read project between September 2013 and June 2014. The NEA presents The Big Read in partnership with Arts Midwest.
Want to get involved? Contact Fishtrap Program Manager, Mike Midlo. firstname.lastname@example.org