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120 S. Last Chance Gulch
Helena, MT 59601

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True Grit by Charles Portis

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True Grit
Charles Portis

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Events

Keynote Speaker Jay Jennings at Augusta School-open to the public

Jay Jennings has known Mr. Portis for 30 years. He will cover Portis’ early life in Arkansas, his time in the Marines (he served in the Korean War), and his journalism career in New York and London, before he started his career as a novelist. Jennings will explain the origins of True Grit in history, the landscape in Arkansas and Oklahoma where it takes place, and the making of both films. Finally he talks about Mr. Portis’s other novels, which are more overtly comic and are being rediscovered thanks to prominent fans like Conan O’Brien, Bill Hader and Michael Cera.

Event Location: Augusta School, 410 Broadway, Augusta, MT 59410

Date: Wed, Sep 30, 2015
Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm

Book: True Grit

Keynote Speaker Jay Jennings in Lincoln

Jay Jennings has known Mr. Portis for 30 years. He will cover Portis’ early life in Arkansas, his time in the Marines (he served in the Korean War), and his journalism career in New York and London, before he started his career as a novelist. Jennings will explain the origins of True Grit in history, the landscape in Arkansas and Oklahoma where it takes place, and the making of both films. Finally he talks about Mr. Portis’s other novels, which are more overtly comic and are being rediscovered thanks to prominent fans like Conan O’Brien, Bill Hader and Michael Cera.

Event Location: Lincoln Branch, Lewis & Clark Library, 102 9th Ave, Lincoln, MT 59639

Date: Wed, Sep 30, 2015
Time: 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Book: True Grit

Capital High Students Art Show

Enjoy art from Capital High's students that interpret the Old West and True Grit. In the Library Lobby throughout the Big Read.

Event Location: Lewis & Clark Library Lobby, 120 S. Last Chance Gulch, Helena, MT 59601

Date: Thu, Oct 1, 2015 – Sat, Oct 31, 2015

Book: True Grit

Big Read Kickoff Reception

Saddle up for a ruckus with live music, good food and free copies of True Grit. Then stay for our keynote speaker, Jay Jennings, and his stories about author Charles Portis and True Grit.

Event Location: Lewis & Clark Library, 120 S. Last Chance Gulch, Helena, MT 59601

Date: Thu, Oct 1, 2015
Time: 5:30pm – 7:00pm

Book: True Grit

Keynote Speaker Jay Jennings: True Grit and the Further Adventures of Charles Portis

Jay Jennings has known Mr. Portis for 30 years. He will cover Portis’ early life in Arkansas, his time in the Marines (he served in the Korean War), and his journalism career in New York and London, before he started his career as a novelist. Jennings will explain the origins of True Grit in history, the landscape in Arkansas and Oklahoma where it takes place, and the making of both films. Finally he talks about Mr. Portis’s other novels, which are more overtly comic and are being rediscovered thanks to prominent fans like Conan O’Brien, Bill Hader and Michael Cera.

Event Location: Lewis & Clark Library, 120 S. Last Chance Gulch, Helena, MT 59601

Date: Thu, Oct 1, 2015
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Book: True Grit

Book Discussion with the Premier Book Group

Come discuss True Grit with Lewis & Clark Library's Premier Book Group. Free and open to the public.

Event Location: Lewis & Clark Library, 120 S. Last Chance Gulch, Helena, MT 59601

Date: Thu, Oct 1, 2015
Time: 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Book: True Grit

First Friday Movie Night for Teens

This after hours event is open to kids grades 6-12. Join us for food, fun, and games! We'll show the movie Wild, Wild West. The computer lab and Wii's will be set up for gaming. Bring a friend!

Event Location: Lewis & Clark Library, 120 S. Last Chance Gulch, Helena, MT 59601

Date: Fri, Oct 2, 2015
Time: 7:00pm – 9:30pm

Book: True Grit

Lewis and Clark County History Fair

Lewis & Clark County History Fair, 10 AM-2 PM. Swing by and check out Montana’s history in living color! Join us for Story Time & Crafts (up to 8 years old) at 10:30 AM and repeated at 12:30 PM.

Event Location: Pioneer and Anchor Parks, Lewis & Clark Library, 120 S. Last Chance Gulch, Helena, MT 59601

Date: Sat, Oct 3, 2015
Time: 10:00am – 2:00pm

Book: True Grit

Saturday Story Time & Crafts

Children up to 8 years old are welcome to join us for Story Time & Crafts. In the Large Meeting Room.

Event Location: 120 S. Last Chance Gulch, Helena, MT 59601

Date: Sat, Oct 3, 2015
Time: 10:30am – 11:30am

Date: Sat, Oct 10, 2015
Time: 10:30am – 11:30am

Date: Sat, Oct 17, 2015
Time: 10:30am – 11:30am

Date: Sat, Oct 24, 2015
Time: 10:30am – 11:30am

Date: Sat, Oct 31, 2015
Time: 10:30am – 11:30am

Book: True Grit

Saturday Story Time & Crafts

Children up to 8 years old are welcome to join us for stories and a craft project. PLEASE NOTE: This is the only 12:30 PM Story Time. The rest are at 10:30 AM.

Event Location: Lewis & Clark Library, 120 S. Last Chance Gulch, Helena, MT 59601

Date: Sat, Oct 3, 2015
Time: 12:30pm – 1:30pm

Book: True Grit

Family Movies

Movies for families to enjoy together. Free and open to the public. October 4: Home on the Range (PG). October 18: An American Tail: Fievel Goes West (G). October 25: Rango (PG).

Event Location: Lewis & Clark Library's Large Meeting Room, 120 S. Last Chance Gulch, Helena, MT 59601

Date: Sun, Oct 4, 2015
Time: 1:00pm – 3:30pm

Date: Sun, Oct 18, 2015
Time: 1:00pm – 3:30pm

Date: Sun, Oct 25, 2015
Time: 1:00pm – 3:30pm

Book: True Grit

Dr. Clem C. Pellett presents: Montana Justice: A Remarkable True Story of Finding Justice and Affirmation of Family

“Before I was born,” says Pellett, “my grandfather was murdered in cold blood by a hitchhiker in 1951. Shortly after, the resulting emotional suffering splintered the Pellett family. As a consequence, I spent my life without an extended family or any real knowledge of this event. In 2009, I discovered 60-year-old newspaper clippings concerning the murder. From these, I found the murderer's name and to my astonishment, I learned he had been a fugitive on the lam for almost four decades. Through determination, persistence, hard work and a bit of serendipity, a year later I was finally vindicated. I found the longest standing absconder in Montana history."

Event Location: Lewis & Clark Library's Large Meeting Room, 120 S. Last Chance Gulch, Helena, MT 59601

Date: Tue, Oct 6, 2015
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Book: True Grit

Teen Book Group

Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to discuss True Grit and compare it to last month's book, Under the Painted Sky.

Event Location: Lewis & Clark Library, 120 S. Last Chance Gulch, Helena, MT 59601

Date: Tue, Oct 6, 2015
Time: 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Book: True Grit

Bonus Round! Trivia at Miller's Crossing Bar and Grille

Test your True Grit knowledge with the bonus round at Trivia Night! Join us for a fun evening of trivia, prizes, and friendly competition! Grab up to eight of your friends and be here early to grab a table and a bite to eat.The very last round of 10 questions will be based on the Old West and True Grit. The fun starts at 8 PM!

Event Location: Miller's Crossing, 52 S Park Ave, Helena, MT 59601

Date: Tue, Oct 6, 2015
Time: 8:00pm – 10:00pm

Date: Tue, Oct 13, 2015
Time: 8:00pm – 10:00pm

Date: Tue, Oct 20, 2015
Time: 8:00pm – 10:00pm

Date: Tue, Oct 27, 2015
Time: 8:00pm – 10:00pm

Book: True Grit

Wednesday Westerns

Watch a favorite Western at your Library. October 7: True Grit (1969. Rated G) October 14: Unforgiven (1992. Rated R) October 21: Tombstone (1993. Rated R) October 28: True Grit (2010. Rated PG-13)

Event Location: Lewis & Clark Library's Large Meeting Room, 120 S. Last Chance Gulch, Helena, MT 59601

Date: Wed, Oct 7, 2015
Time: 6:30pm – 9:00pm

Date: Wed, Oct 14, 2015
Time: 6:30pm – 9:00pm

Date: Wed, Oct 21, 2015
Time: 6:30pm – 9:00pm

Date: Wed, Oct 28, 2015
Time: 6:30pm – 9:00pm

Book: True Grit

Book Discussion in Lincoln

Snacks provided.

Event Location: Lincoln Branch, Lewis & Clark Library, 102 9th Ave, Lincoln, MT 59639

Date: Wed, Oct 7, 2015
Time: 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Book: True Grit

Book Discussion: How to Lead a Book Group

Using True Grit as a platform come learn tips and tricks on how to lead a book discussion group.

Event Location: HUB Coffee, 314 N Last Chance Gulch, Helena, MT 59601

Date: Thu, Oct 8, 2015
Time: 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Book: True Grit

Book Discussion: Exploring Characters in True Grit

Who was your favorite character? Why? What made them do what they did? Was the narrator reliable? Come discuss True Grit's characters with your friends and neighbors at the Library. Snacks provided.

Event Location: Lewis & Clark Library's Small Meeting Room, 120 S. Last Chance Gulch, Helena, MT 59601

Date: Sat, Oct 10, 2015
Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Book: True Grit

Movies at the Lincoln Library

Enjoy a free showing of Rango (PG).

Event Location: Lincoln Branch, Lewis & Clark Library, 102 9th Ave, Lincoln, MT 59639

Date: Sun, Oct 11, 2015
Time: 1:30pm – 3:00pm

Book: True Grit

Book Discussion: Setting and Landscape in True Grit

How did the setting affect the story of True Grit? Could it have taken place at any other time in history? How did the landscape affect the characters? The plot? Explore True Grit through its landscape at the Staggering Ox/Red Atlas' room in the back.

Event Location: Staggering Ox/Red Atlas room in the back, 400 Euclid Ave, Helena, MT 59601

Date: Tue, Oct 13, 2015
Time: 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Book: True Grit

Ride and Learn with Girls Thrive!

Program Directors, Christine Thennis and Blair Haseman, will talk about Girls Thrive! A Lifetime Sports Program, how the program fits in with one of the great American novels, True Grit, and end with a short mountain bike ride. Girls of all ages are welcome to attend with a parent and/or parental permission. For those planning to join in on the ride, please bring a bike, helmet, water, closed toe shoes, and weather appropriate clothing.

Event Location: Lewis & Clark Library, 120 S. Last Chance Gulch, Helena, MT 59601

Date: Thu, Oct 15, 2015
Time: 5:30pm – 7:00pm

Book: True Grit

Book Discussion at the East Helena Branch Library

Join the East Helena Branch Library's Reading Circle to talk about True Grit. Free and open to the public.

Event Location: East Helena Branch, Lewis & Clark Library, 16 E Main Street, East Helena, MT 59635

Date: Fri, Oct 16, 2015
Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Book: True Grit

Murder Mystery Dinner for Teens

For teens grades 6-12. Details TBA. Stayed tuned!

Event Location: Lewis & Clark Library, 120 S. Last Chance Gulch, Helena, MT 59601

Date: Fri, Oct 16, 2015

Book: True Grit

Movie in Augusta Branch Library

Watch the 2010 version of True Grit (PG-13) with Jeff Bridges for free.

Event Location: Augusta Branch, Lewis & Clark Library, 205 Main St, Augusta, MT 59410

Date: Fri, Oct 16, 2015
Time: 7:00pm – 8:45pm

Book: True Grit

Western Round Up at Kids Fall Fest

Celebrate autumn with fun and games in Pioneer Park and in the Library!

Event Location: 120 S. Last Chance Gulch, Helena, MT 59601

Date: Sat, Oct 17, 2015
Time: 10:00am – 2:00pm

Book: True Grit

Book Discussion & Tour at the Original Governor's Mansion

Is Rooster Cogburn a criminal? The law? Neither? Both? What about Mattie's thirst for revenge? Enjoy a hearty discussion on the themes of criminality and justice in True Grit. Bring your own lunch and enjoy a tour of the Mansion for free after the discussion.

Event Location: Original Governors Mansion, 304 N Ewing St, Helena, MT 59601

Date: Tue, Oct 20, 2015
Time: 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Book: True Grit

Movies at East Helena Branch Library

Enjoy a free showing of the 1969 version of True Grit with John Wayne.

Event Location: East Helena Branch, Lewis & Clark Library, 16 E Main St, East Helena, MT 59635

Date: Tue, Oct 20, 2015
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Book: True Grit

E. C. "Teddy Blue" Abbott: The Texas Trail and the Open Range

E. C. “Teddy Blue” Abbott came to Montana with a Texas trail herd in 1883 and lived in Montana until his death in 1939. He was an eloquent witness to a way of life that is no more and was a friend of Charlie Russell. Vic Reiman will talk about Abbott and the cowboy life he described in his book We Pointed Them North. There was no truer grit than that of the old-time cowboys.

Event Location: Helena College Auditorium, 1015 N Roberts, Helena, MT 59601

Date: Wed, Oct 21, 2015
Time: 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Book: True Grit

Movie Night at the Lincoln Branch Library

Watch a free showing of True Grit. Snacks provided!

Event Location: Lincoln Branch, Lewis & Clark Library, 102 9th Ave, Lincoln, MT 59639

Date: Wed, Oct 21, 2015
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Book: True Grit

Mike Logan's Cowboy Poetry

Enjoy an evening of delightful rustic poetry recited and read by the author. A high school teacher for 25 years, Mike retired in 1991. A passion for trout fishing led him to a new career as a wildlife photographer; a companion career writing cowboy poetry evolved soon after. Author of numerous books and recognized in 2006 as the Will Rogers Male Cowboy Poet of the Year, Mike appears on TV and travels the country sharing his enthusiasm and creative interpretations of life in the West.

Event Location: Lewis & Clark Library's Large Meeting Room, 120 S. Last Chance Gulch, Helena, MT 59601

Date: Thu, Oct 22, 2015
Time: 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Book: True Grit

Teddy Bear Campout in Augusta

Drop off your teddy bear or one of your favorite stuffed animals for a campout! Pick up on Saturday and hear all about their adventures! For more information, call 406-562-3348.

Event Location: Augusta Branch, Lewis & Clark Library, 205 Main , Augusta, MT 59410

Date: Fri, Oct 23, 2015 – Sat, Oct 24, 2015

Book: True Grit

Teddy Bear Campout in Helena

For kids up to age 8. Drop off your teddy bear or one of your favorite stuffed animals for a campout! Bring your stuffed animals in any time after 3 PM. At 3:30 PM there will be a craft session in the Large Meeting Room. Kids can design a “stage setting” for their stuffed animals adventure over night at the library. On Saturday, October 24 it's time for Teddy Bear Pick Up at Story Time & Crafts at 10:30 AM.

Event Location: Lewis & Clark Library, 120 S. Last Chance Gulch, Helena, MT 59601

Date: Fri, Oct 23, 2015
Time: 3:00pm – 6:00pm

Book: True Grit

Teddy Bear Campout Pick Up at Story Time & Crafts

Teddy Bear Pick Up from last night's campout at Story Time & Crafts (up to 8 years old), 10:30 AM.

Event Location: Lewis & Clark Library's Large Meeting Room, 120 S. Last Chance Gulch, Helena, MT 59601

Date: Sat, Oct 24, 2015
Time: 10:30am – 11:30am

Book: True Grit

Book Discussion at the Augusta Branch Library

Join your friends and neighbors in talking about True Grit by Charles Portis.

Event Location: Augusta Branch, Lewis & Clark Library, 205 Main Street, Augusta, MT 59410

Date: Tue, Oct 27, 2015
Time: 5:00pm – 6:00pm

Book: True Grit

Book Discussion: Revenge! (in books)

Discuss The Count of Monte Cristo and Edgar Allan Poe and compare them to True Grit's plot of revenge.

Event Location: Lewis & Clark Library's Small Meeting Room, 120 S. Last Chance Gulch, Helena, MT 59601

Date: Tue, Oct 27, 2015
Time: 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Book: True Grit

Graphix

Teens grade 6-12 are invited to discuss the graphic novel True Grit: Mean Business at the October Graphix meeting. Pick up your copy at the Information Desk.

Event Location: Lewis & Clark Library, 120 S. Last Chance Gulch, Helena, MT 59601

Date: Tue, Oct 27, 2015
Time: 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Book: True Grit

Movie Night at the Lincoln Branch Library

Enjoy a free showing of 3:10 to Yuma at the Lincoln Branch Library. Snacks provided.

Event Location: Lincoln Branch, Lewis & Clark Library, 102 9th Ave, Lincoln, MT 59639

Date: Wed, Oct 28, 2015
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Book: True Grit

Book Discussion at Montana Historical Society

Who is a strong female mentor in your life? What do you think of Mattie's strengths and weaknesses in True Grit? How does she compare to the girls and women of today? Come explore these questions and more at 5 PM at the Historical Society, right before Mary Jane Bradbury's talk about one of Montana's strongest women, Nancy Cooper Russell.

Event Location: Montana Historical Society, 225 N Roberts, Helena, MT 59601

Date: Thu, Oct 29, 2015
Time: 5:00pm – 6:00pm

Book: True Grit

Kid Gloves and Brass Knuckles: The Life of Nancy Cooper Russell

Viewed against the backdrop of the early decades of the twentieth century, Nancy Cooper Russell was a woman ahead of her time. A self-taught businesswoman with an innate ability to take charge, she helped turn a rambunctious cowboy into one of America’s most highly acclaimed western artists. Today, scholars consistently identify Nancy as the entrepreneurial force behind the extraordinary number of Russell paintings and sculptures that now grace public galleries and private collections. In a performance that brings Nancy to life, Bradbury will share the story of how the couple met, describe the world of art into which Nancy propelled them, and tell tales about the artists and celebrities the Russells befriended as they traveled from Montana to New York City, and eventually to a growing California suburb called Hollywood.

Event Location: Montana Historical Society, 225 North Roberts, Helena, MT 59620-1201

Date: Thu, Oct 29, 2015
Time: 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Book: True Grit

Book Discussion: Last Chances

It's your last chance to discuss True Grit! Characters, setting, revenge...put it all together here. Snacks provided.

Event Location: Lewis & Clark Library's Small Meeting Room, 120 S. Last Chance Gulch, Helena, MT 59601

Date: Fri, Oct 30, 2015
Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Book: True Grit

Little Tykes Trick or Treat

Trek to the Old West for your Halloween treats at your Lewis & Clark Library and visit the Bookmobile too!

Event Location: 120 S. Last Chance Gulch, Helena, MT 59601

Date: Sat, Oct 31, 2015
Time: 11:00am – 3:00pm

Book: True Grit

Noon Matinee at East Helena Branch Library

Enjoy An American Tail: Fievel Goes West (G) with treats for Halloween. Prizes for best western costume!

Event Location: East Helena Branch, Lewis & Clark Library, 16 E Main St, East Helena, MT 59635

Date: Sat, Oct 31, 2015
Time: 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Book: True Grit

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