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True Grit by Charles Portis

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True Grit
Charles Portis

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Events

Will James Art Exhibition

The Yellowstone Art Museum will exhibit 15 works from its collection of author-artist Will James's cowboy paintings and drawings, the largest collection of its type in the world. The February, 2014 exhibit will also include a case displaying first editions of James's novels. This exhibit will be accompanied by interpretive material about the publications in which these works originally appeared. Readings from James's most beloved novel, "Smoky," by local celebrities will occur in conjunction with the "True Grit" programming at the Billings Public Library.

Event Location: Yellowstone Art Museum, 401 North 27th Street, Billings, Montana 59101

Date: Thu, Feb 6, 2014 – Fri, Feb 28, 2014

Book: True Grit

Gordon McConnell Art Exhibit

The Yellowstone County Museum will present the work of artist Gordon McConnell. The show opens on Friday, February 7 in association with The Big Read True Grit celebration and will be on display throughout the summer. McConnell draws inspiration and images for his paintings from classic western films such as Red River, Stagecoach, Rio Grande and others. Emblematic of vitality, fearlessness, and the austere self-reliance of the western matinee hero, McConnell’s paintings are often darkly nostalgic, haunted by the legacy of popular western imagery and the savage, sometimes tragic, aspects of human nature and history it portrays.

Event Location: Yellowstone County Museum, 1950 Terminal Circle, Billings, Montana 59105

Date: Fri, Feb 7, 2014
Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Date: Sat, Feb 15, 2014
Time: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Date: Wed, Feb 19, 2014 – Sat, Mar 22, 2014
Time: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Date: Mon, Mar 24, 2014 – Sat, Mar 29, 2014
Time: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Date: Tue, Apr 1, 2014 – Sat, Apr 5, 2014
Time: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Date: Tue, Apr 8, 2014 – Sat, Apr 12, 2014
Time: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Date: Tue, Apr 15, 2014 – Sat, Apr 19, 2014
Time: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Date: Mon, Apr 21, 2014 – Wed, Apr 30, 2014
Time: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Book: True Grit

Reading: "Smoky the Cow Horse"

A reading from "Smoky, the Cow Horse," by docent Jane Indreland on Saturday, 8 February, from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. She’ll read aloud from the book in the Scott Galleries where all the Will James work is hanging. The room contains a display case of first edition of and the publisher’s galleys for "Smoky."

Event Location: Yellowstone Art Museum, 401 North 27th, Billings, MT 59101

Date: Sat, Feb 8, 2014
Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Book: True Grit

Gordon McConnell Art Exhibit Opening Reception

The Yellowstone County Museum will present the work of artist Gordon McConnell. The show opens on Friday, February 7 in association with The Big Read True Grit celebration and will be on display throughout the summer. The opening reception is February 22.

Event Location: Yellowstone County Museum, 1950 Airport Terminal Circle, Billings, MT 59105

Date: Sat, Feb 22, 2014
Time: 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Book: True Grit

Kickoff/Keynote event - Rick Bass and Stellarondo

Rick Bass and Stellarondo perform for The Big Read Kickoff/Keynote event on Saturday, February 22, 7:30pm at the Babcock Theatre. The marriage of four Rick Bass narratives to Stellarondo's acoustic accompaniments is a welcome exploration of questions: what if one of the great story technologies of the 21st century remains the human ear, the unadorned imagination, the heartbeat, and the marriage of live story-telling to live music?

Event Location: Babcock Theatre, Billings, Montana 59101

Date: Sat, Feb 22, 2014
Time: 7:30pm – 9:00pm

Book: True Grit

Mattie Ross meets Mattie Moss: A Chatauqua

True Grit in Billings, Montana: Mattie Ross meets Mattie (Martha) Moss. Mattie Ross, sparky teen heroine from Charles Portis’ 1968 novel True Grit, visits Mattie Moss, real-life well-heeled daughter of 1890’s Billings bank president Preston Moss, at the Moss Mansion in two presentations Friday, Feb. 28 and Friday, March 4 at 6:30pm. What would these two Mattie’s have in common should they chance to meet? Do they have ANYTHING they could talk about? “You bet ‘ya!”, Rooster Cogburn from the novel, True Grit, might have said if he were asked this question. Come and find out what these women have to say about the West when it still was pretty “Wild”. They will express views on being a woman growing up in the West, their losses, sorrows, how they dealt with both the Good and the Bad in their lives, and throw in a little Ugliness… almost as if Clint Eastwood might have had a hand in the story! Don’t miss the fun! There will be two presentations, 6:30pm, Friday, February 28, 2014 and 6:30pm, Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at the Moss Mansion. Meet the Mattie’s and have an informal tour following each presentation. Call the Moss Mansion for further details at 256-5100.

Event Location: Moss Mansion, Billings, MT 59101

Date: Fri, Feb 28, 2014
Time: 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Date: Tue, Mar 4, 2014
Time: 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Book: True Grit

"True Grit" Book Discussion

"True Grit" book discussion with Terra Beth Jochems, moderator.

Event Location: Castle Rock Middle School Library, 1441 Governors Boulevard, Billings, MT 59105

Date: Mon, Mar 3, 2014
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Book: True Grit

"True Grit" Book Discussion

"True Grit" book discussion with Bernie Quetchenbach, moderator

Event Location: Billings Public Library, 510 North Broadway, Billings, MT 59101

Date: Mon, Mar 3, 2014
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Book: True Grit

"True Grit" Book Discussion

"True Grit" book discussion with Bernard Rose, moderator.

Event Location: Rocky Mountain College Library, 1511 Poly Drive, Billings, MT 59102

Date: Tue, Mar 4, 2014
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Book: True Grit

"True Grit" Book Discussion

"True Grit" book discussion with Corby Skinner, moderator.

Event Location: YMCA, 402 North 32nd Street, Billings, MT 59101

Date: Wed, Mar 5, 2014
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Book: True Grit

"True Grit" Book Discussion

"True Grit" book discussion with Kris Keup, moderator.

Event Location: Billings Public Library, 510 North Broadway, Billings, MT 59101

Date: Wed, Mar 5, 2014
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Book: True Grit

John Wayne Film Festival: How the West Was Won

March 15 How the West Was Won (1962) Three generations of the adventurous Prescott family risk their lives to carve out a new existence on the American frontier. The film epic demanded the talents of three directors, including the master of Westerns, John Ford. The stellar cast includes John Wayne, Karl Malden, James Stewart, Debbie Reynolds, Gregory Peck and George Peppard. The Big Read True Grit: John Wayne Film Festival will be held at 1:00pm every Saturday in March! Films will run weekly, free of charge at the new Billings Public Library Community Room with a discussion to follow. March 1, "Red River"; March 8, "The Searchers"; March 15, "How the West Was Won"; March 22, "The Cowboys"; March 29, "Rooster Cogburn"

Event Location: Billings Public Library, 510 North Broadway, Billings, MT 59101

Date: Sat, Mar 15, 2014
Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Book: True Grit

John Wayne Film Festival: Rooster Cogburn

Rooster Cogburn (1975) John Wayne returns as the irascible Rooster Cogburn in this entertaining sequel to the True Grit. This time, Wayne gets saddled with prim Eula Goodnight (Katharine Hepburn), a minister's daughter who's more than a match for the cranky U.S. Marshal. The Big Read True Grit: John Wayne Film Festival will be held at 1:00pm every Saturday in March! Films will run weekly, free of charge at the new Billings Public Library Community Room with a discussion to follow. March 1, "Red River"; March 8, "The Searchers"; March 15, "How the West Was Won"; March 22, "The Cowboys"; March 29, "Rooster Cogburn"

Event Location: Billings Public Library, 510 North Broadway, Billings, MT 59101

Date: Sat, Mar 29, 2014
Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Book: True Grit

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