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Warren Theatre, Cinema Centre 8 host movie nights for PLS Big Read

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.

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Get Ready for Some "Bold Talk" in PLS Big Read Discussion

The Pioneer Library System is ready to offer some “Bold Talk” as part of this year’s commemoration of the PLS Big Read.

The scholar panel discussion “Bold Talk at the FJJMA” will focus on the Charles Portis classic True Grit, the selection for this year’s eighth edition of the PLS Big Read, and begins at 7 p.m. Friday, March 14, at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, 555 Elm Ave., on the University of Oklahoma campus.

Panelists for the discussion are University of Central Oklahoma English professor Steve Garrison, an expert on the work of Portis; Pioneer Library System Local History and Genealogy Library Kathryn Ramsay; and Oklahoma Poet Laureate Nathan Brown. The moderator is attorney and musician Bob French, who has worked with the library on past Big Read programming.

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PLS bringing the Wild West to Norman on April 12th

The Pioneer Library System is bringing a dose of "True Grit" to Norman this spring.

And the central point will be a day of Wild West festivities on Saturday, April 12, beginning with Norman's annual '89er Day Parade and finishing with hours of family activities featuring Pawnee Bill's Original Wild West Show at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds.

The events are the culmination of the PLS Big Read, an annual celebration of literature that is centered on a single book. That book this year is Charles Portis' classic "True Grit," the 1968 Western bestseller that takes place in southeastern Oklahoma. The book is being read throughout Oklahoma in several promotions.

"There is so much about "True Grit" that makes it a good choice for Oklahoma readers," said Pioneer Library System Public Information Officer Gary Kramer. "We are delighted to coordinate our PLS Big Read with other "True Grit" promotions that include an NEA funded The Big Read with the Southeastern Public Library System of Oklahoma, and the "Let's Talk About It Oklahoma!" discussion series of the Oklahoma Humanities Council."

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Big Read Entertainment

This year's PLS Big Read will bring that same sort of entertainment and education to readers in Cleveland, McClain and Pottawatomie counties. It will feature scholar-led book discussions in all 10 communities with hometown libraries, as well as such events as children's story times on western themed books, craft programs, a special quilting series at the Blanchard Public Library and more.

And "True Grit" lovers from all across the state are invited to attend the following events of broad interest, each offered free of charge:

The library presents a Bold Talk scholar panel discussion at 7 p.m., Friday, March 14, at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art at the University of Oklahoma. The book discussion of "True Grit" features UCO English professor Steve Garrison, PLS Local History and Genealogy Library Kathryn Ramsay, and Oklahoma Poet Laureate Nathan Brown.

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Big Read Book Groups and Discussions

True Grit book coverThe Big Read is upon us, and there are quite a few opportunities to get involved in various book groups and discussions about True Grit by Charles Portis, this year's Big Read book selection. Take a look at the following list of discussion events for March and April and, if you're interested at all in book discussions, pick up a copy of the book to read and choose the event that works the best for you! Hope to see you there!

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Forever Young Book Club - Newcastle - March 8th at 10 am

The Forever Young Book Club will participate in the "Big Read" by discussing the book True Grit by Charles Portis. The club will have refreshments relating to the book. Join us for a lively conversation. See the Newcastle Staff for a copy of the book.

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