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The "True" True Grit Documentary

The Pioneer Library System and The University of Oklahoma teamed up to produce an informative documentary about The West featured in Charles Portis' "True Grit."

This Year's Big Read

"People do not give credence that a fourteen-year-old girl could leave home and go off in the wintertime to avenge her father's blood but it did not seem so strange then, although I will say it did not happen every day."

Join us in reading the 2014 Big Read pick, True Grit by Charles Portis. Take an adventure with 14 year old Mattie Ross and one-eyed Rooster Cogburn, the meanest U.S. Marshal, as they travel through 19th century Indian Territory (including modern day Oklahoma) to track down Tom Chaney and avenge her father's death.

The True Grit Big Read will have a different structure and feel than the seven previous Big Reads. This one will be longer lived, slower paced, and less controlled.  Some of the traditional elements, like the bombastic kick-off and the frenetic onslaught of programs, will be gone. Other elements, like the movie nights and the book discussions, will remain.

Read more: This Year's Big Read

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."

Read more: PLS bringing the Wild West to Norman on April 12th

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