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True Grit: Special Events Inspired by the Classic Novel


The movie True Grit is in American western that came out in 1969 starring John Wayne as U.S. Marshal Rooster Cogburn. Wayne won both a Golden Globe and an Oscar for Best Actor for his work. The movie is the story of a young girl who hires the marshal to kill the man who murdered her father and stole all their money. She refuses to be left behind and follows along as Cogburn tracks down the killer. The movie is based on the classic western novel True Grit by Charles Portis.

The Library and the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art have teamed up as part of the National Endowments for the Arts Big Read initiative to offer several Spring events celebrating this classic story. Activities include saloon drink tastings, poetry readings, cooking classes, music performances, and book discussions. Grab a friend and choose one of these entertaining events!

  • Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art: Join us for a community experience involving the classic Western novel True Grit by Charles Portis, including family programs, special events, book discussions, film screenings, and more. Schedule of Events
  • True Grit Book Discussions: Participate in an expert-led discussion of the classic Western novel at several Library locations and other venues. Book discussion schedule this month and next month

Would you like to get started reading True Grit right now? You can read the e-book or listen to the movie soundtrack free with your Library card!

More to check out:

Western Audio Books

Load up one of these audio books for your daily commute, and ride awhile with Cole and Hitch as they match wits - and cold iron - with some of the Old West's deadliest desperadoes. (These title are available in multiple formats, including audio CD and downloadable digital audio.) #indypladult


Parker, Robert B.

Available as an ebook or downloadable audiobook through Overdrive and Libby, the first book in the series introduces Parker's iconic Western gun-hands as they are hired to bring law and order to a frontier town. Also available on CD.


Parker, Robert B.

Hitch takes a job providing security at a raucous saloon in Resolution, and finds himself drawn into a range war between local ranchers and a mining outfit run by a shady character. The odds change in Hitch's favor when old friend Virgil Cole rides into town.


Parker, Robert B.

Cole and HItch on the trail of gunmen - and Cole's itinerant girlfriend, Allie.