The Pioneer Library System's annual PLS Big Read is taking readers to the Wild West through the words of author Charles Portis and his novel "True Grit."
The novel also inspired two notable film versions – the 1969 classic starring the legendary John Wayne, and a 2010 remake starring Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon and Josh Brolin and produced by Joel and Ethan Coen.
The Coen brothers' adaptation of the novel is coming to the big screen, free of charge, as the PLS Big Read presents a showing at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 27, at the Warren Theatre, 1000 S. Telephone Rd. in Moore. The same presentation will be made at 6:30 p.m. the following Thursday, April 3, at Cinema Centre 8, 3031 N. Harrison Ave. in Shawnee.
Preceding the movie will be the premiere of "The True 'True Grit,'" a documentary film commissioned by the Pioneer Library System and produced by the University of Oklahoma Video and Media Services Department. The film looks at Arkansas and Oklahoma settings used in the novel and contrasts the ways they were used in the Hollywood film versions of "True Grit."
Angela D. Nicholson is the executive producer of the documentary, with voice-over talent provided by Shalla Strider and Dennis Edwards, who have appeared as the characters Mattie Ross and Rooster Cogburn during numerous "True Grit" themed library events.
Admission is free for both the Moore and Shawnee events, but anyone who registers online in advance will be entered into a drawing for a piece of framed Western art. Also, each event will have a costume contest for audience members. They can come dressed either as a character from the novel for the "True Grit" category, or in their most elaborate Western wear for the Western category.
Registration for the Moore showing is full
Registration for the Shawnee showing can be completed online.