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14 W. 10th St.
Kansas City, MO 64105-1702

Tel: 816/701-3400
Fax: 816/701-3401
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True Grit by Charles Portis

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True Grit
Charles Portis

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Book Group: Waldo 1

The exploits of one of literature’s oddest couples—Mattie Ross and Marshal Rooster Cogburn—will be the talk of the town this fall with The Big Read! The Library hosts several book discussion groups exploring Charles Portis’ True Grit. Times and locations for all Big Read book discussions are listed below. Admission is free and no RSVP is necessary. Simply bring a few thoughts to share about Mattie and Rooster’s journey!

Event Location: 201 E. 75th St. , Kansas City, MO 64105-1702

Date: Mon, Sep 9, 2013
Time: 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Book: True Grit

Family Event: Dial-A-Story

In the spirit of True Grit, The Kansas City Public Library’s Dial-A-Story will feature familiar tales with a Western spin. Simply call 816.701.3456 anytime between September 15 and October 30 to connect your child with a librarian lending his or her most twangy, Western accent as he or she reads one of the following books. Waynetta and the Cornstalk is a Texas-style retelling of “Jack and the Beanstalk” by Helen Ketteman and illustrated by Diane Greenseid. Desert Rose and Her Highfalutin Hog is a Western reworking of “The Old Woman and Her Pig” by Alison Jackson and illustrated by Keith Graves. The Cowboy and the Black Eyed Pea is an out on the prairie, ‘round-the-campfire cowpoke story that’s loosely based on “The Princess and the Pea” by Tony Johnston and illustrated by Warren Ludwig. Cindy Elle; A Wild Western Cinderella by Susan Lowell and illustrated by Jane Manning brings Cinderella to the American West with a pistol-toting fairy godmother and diamond-studded spurs. Dial-A-Story offers story time anytime: folktales, fairy tales, and children’s literature come alive with a phone call, any time of the day or night and all year long. Suitable for the young and formerly young, Dial-A-Story features a rotating cast of librarians and professional storytellers as well as friends and neighbors—all sharing their favorite stories.

Event Location: 14 W. 10th St., Kansas City, MO 64105-1702

Date: Sun, Sep 15, 2013 – Wed, Oct 30, 2013
Time: 12:00pm – 12:00pm

Book: True Grit

Exhibit: What True Grit (Might Have) Looked Like: The Cowboy Photographs of F.M. Steele

What True Grit (Might Have) Looked Like: The Cowboy Photographs of F.M. Steele explores the real-life cowboys who worked the open ranges of southwest Kansas, southeast Colorado, northeast New Mexico, and the panhandles of Texas and Oklahoma. This genre-crossing exhibit juxtaposes Steele’s photographs with passages from Charles Portis’ modern masterpiece True Grit in order to provide space for patrons to imagine what Mattie’s adventures with Rooster and LaBoeuf might have looked like—adventures free from the larger-than-life legends we have come to know. Admission is free.

Event Location: 14 W. 10th St., Kansas City, MO 64105-1702

Date: Fri, Sep 20, 2013 – Mon, Nov 25, 2013

Date: Mon, Nov 25, 2013 – Thu, Nov 28, 2013
Time: 12:00pm – 12:00pm

Date: Mon, Nov 25, 2013 – Sun, Dec 1, 2013
Time: 12:00pm – 12:00pm

Book: True Grit

Social Media: The Big Read Online

This fall The Big Read commandeers the Library’s Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Goodreads pages to explore all things True Grit. During the months of September and October there will be several ways to participate with members across the community who are also reading True Grit. Readers can engage with one another and with Library staff by tweeting to @KCLibrary or by using #kcbigread. Readers can also respond to discussion questions posted on the Library’s Facebook page, which is located at facebook.com/kclibrary, and with our book groups. Between the Library’s Pinterest and Goodreads pages, the Library has curated suggestions for further reading after readers finish the Big Read and are looking for fictional and nonfictional accounts of the Wild West.

Event Location: 14 W. 10th St., Kansas City, MO 64105-1702

Date: Fri, Sep 20, 2013 – Thu, Oct 31, 2013

Book: True Grit

Signature Event: Lady at the O.K. Corral: The True Story of Josephine Marcus Earp

Lady at the O.K. Corral: The True Story of Josephine Marcus Earp Ann Kirschner Tuesday, September 24 Reception: 6 p.m. | Program 6:30 p.m. Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St. RSVP: kclibrary.org | 816.701.3407 For nearly fifty years, Josephine Marcus Earp was the common-law wife of Wyatt Earp—hero of the O.K. Corral and the most famous lawman of the Old West. Yet she has nearly been erased from Western lore. In this fascinating program based on her recent biography, Ann Kirschner brings Josephine out of the shadows of history to tell her tale: a spirited and colorful story of ambition, adventure, self-invention, and devotion. Reflective of America itself, her story brings us from the years following the Civil War to World War II, and from New York to the Arizona Territory to old Hollywood. Currently, Kirschner is University Dean of Macaulay Honors College at The City University of New York. She began her career as a lecturer in Victorian literature at Princeton University, where she earned her Ph.D. A writer of wide-ranging interests, she is the author of Sala’s Gift. She lives in New York City with her family.

Event Location: 14 W. 10th St., Kansas City, MO 64105-1702

Date: Tue, Sep 24, 2013
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Book: True Grit

Family Event: Story Times with Rooster and Mattie 1

Charles Portis’ story featuring codes of honor, heroism, and cowboys and cowgirls, and outlaws also appeals to young imaginations. The Big Read features specially crafted story times that will introduce kids to Charles Portis and some of Mattie Ross’ exploits in the Wild West. The events are intended for audiences 3 to 5 years old.

Event Location: 11401 E. 23 St. , Kansas City, MO 64105-1702

Date: Wed, Sep 25, 2013
Time: 10:30am – 11:30am

Book: True Grit

Family Event: Story Times with Rooster and Mattie 2

Charles Portis’ story featuring codes of honor, heroism, and cowboys and cowgirls,and outlaws also appeals to young imaginations. The Big Read features specially crafted story times that will introduce kids to Charles Portis and some of Mattie Ross’ exploits in the Wild West. The events are intended for audiences 3 to 5 years old.

Event Location: 102 S. Sterling Ave., Kansas City, MO 64105-1702

Date: Wed, Sep 25, 2013
Time: 5:30pm – 6:30pm

Book: True Grit

Signature Event: True Grit as True Grist for Exploration of the Western Novel

True Grit as True Grist for Exploration of the Western Novel Tom Averill Wednesday, September 25 Reception: 6 p.m. | Program: 6:30 p.m. Central Library, 14 W. 10th St. RSVP: kclibrary.org | 816.701.3407 The classic Western True Grit provides true grist for an exploration of the Western as a popular American genre. One of the reasons that Westerns are so popular is that the United States is such a young country, and yet the U.S. is so interested in its history. While the Western part of our history is relatively recent and fairly short, it is a time when America came of age. Washburn University Professor Tom Averill examines how True Grit explores that time period, which moved from open frontier to closed, from territories to states, creating a settled nation. Averill is a professor of English at Washburn University, where he is writer-in-residence. He is author of three novels: rode (2011), Secrets of the Tsil Café (2001), and The Slow Air of Ewan MacPherson (2003). He has also published several short story collections, which garnered the O. Henry Award.

Event Location: 14 W. 10th St., Kansas City, MO 64105-1702

Date: Wed, Sep 25, 2013
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Book: True Grit

Book Group: Sugar Creek 1

The exploits of one of literature’s oddest couples—Mattie Ross and Marshal Rooster Cogburn—will be the talk of the town this fall with The Big Read! The Library hosts several book discussion groups exploring Charles Portis’ True Grit. Times and locations for all Big Read book discussions are listed below. Admission is free and no RSVP is necessary. Simply bring a few thoughts to share about Mattie and Rooster’s journey!

Event Location: 102 S. Sterling, Kansas City, MO 64105-1702

Date: Thu, Sep 26, 2013
Time: 1:30pm – 2:30pm

Book: True Grit

Community Kick-Off: The American Royal Parade: A Star Spangled Salute

Joining forces for the first time in Kansas City Big Read history, the Kansas City Public Library and American Royal will mark the community kick-off of this year’s celebration of Charles Portis’ True Grit at the American Royal’s 88th annual parade. Library Director Crosby Kemper III portrays True Grit’s Marshal Rooster Cogburn—complete with period western wear and eye-patch—and rides a horse up Grand Boulevard in the company of others playing additional characters from the novel. The parade, which is composed of nearly 4,000 participants, features active-duty and veteran members of the military, marching bands, vintage cars, saddle clubs, civic groups, and decked-out parade floats and pays tribute to America’s military.

Event Location: 14 W. 10th St., Kansas City, MO 64105-1702

Date: Sat, Sep 28, 2013
Time: 9:30am – 12:00pm

Book: True Grit

Book Group: Central 1

The exploits of one of literature’s oddest couples—Mattie Ross and Marshal Rooster Cogburn—will be the talk of the town this fall with The Big Read! The Library hosts several book discussion groups exploring Charles Portis’ True Grit. Times and locations for all Big Read book discussions are listed below. Admission is free and no RSVP is necessary. Simply bring a few thoughts to share about Mattie and Rooster’s journey!

Event Location: 14 W. 10th St., Kansas City, MO 64105-1702

Date: Sat, Sep 28, 2013
Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm

Book: True Grit

True Grit Screening: True Grit (2010) @ Ruiz

True Grit (2010/110 minutes; PG-13) Saturday, September 28 ? 2 p.m. | I.H. Ruiz Library, 2017 W. Pennway

Event Location: 2014 W. Pennway, Kansas City, MO 64105-1702

Date: Sat, Sep 28, 2013
Time: 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Book: True Grit

Signature Event: True Life, True Grit--Part One

True Life, True Grit—Part One Bambi Nancy Shen Sunday, September 29 Program: 2 p.m. Central Library, 14 W. 10th St. RSVP: kclibrary.org | 816.701.3407 True grit does not simply exist only in the Old American West. Possession of true grit transcends time and place and is located in those individuals exhibiting resilience and perseverance in the contemporary world. Bambi Nancy Shen, author of The Uncrushable Rose: A Memoir from Concentration Camp to Becoming a Free Woman, is one of those people. Shen’s is a life of survival at the crossroads of world events: WWII, the Chinese Civil War, and the Vietnam War, among other notable events. Shen is a local businesswoman, who received her B.A. from Catholic Siena College in Memphis and an M.A. in French language and literature from the University of Missouri, Kansas City.

Event Location: 14 W. 10th St., Kansas City, MO 64105-1702

Date: Sun, Sep 29, 2013
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Book: True Grit

Family Event: Story Times with Rooster and Mattie 3

Charles Portis’ story featuring codes of honor, heroism, and cowboys and cowgirls,and outlaws also appeals to young imaginations. The Big Read features specially crafted story times that will introduce kids to Charles Portis and some of Mattie Ross’ exploits in the Wild West. The events are intended for audiences 3 to 5 years old.

Event Location: 118 Westport Rd. , Kansas City, MO 64105-1702

Date: Tue, Oct 1, 2013
Time: 10:00am – 11:00am

Book: True Grit

True Grit Screening: True Grit (2010) @ Central

True Grit (2010/110 minutes; PG-13) Tuesday, October 1 6:30 p.m. | Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

Event Location: 14 W. 10th St., Kansas City, MO 64105-1702

Date: Tue, Oct 1, 2013
Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Book: True Grit

Family Event: Story Time with Rooster and Mattie

Charles Portis’ story featuring codes of honor, heroism, and cowboys (and cowgirls) and outlaws also appeals to young imaginations. The Big Read features specially crafted story times that will introduce kids to Charles Portis and some of Mattie Ross’ exploits in the Wild West. The events are intended for audiences 3 to 5 years old.

Event Location: 201 E. 75th St. , Kansas City, MO 64105-1702

Date: Wed, Oct 2, 2013
Time: 10:30am – 11:30am

Book: True Grit

Signature Event: The Sound of True Grit: Music From and Inspired by the Novel

The Sound of True Grit: Music From and Inspired by the Novel Jeff Harshbarger and The Revisionists Wednesday, October 2 Reception: 6 p.m. | Program: 6:30 p.m. Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St. RSVP: kclibrary.org | 816.701.3407 Over the years television and movie audiences have grown familiar with the cattle-driving, staccatoed, and triumphant theme music present at the beginning of nearly every Western film or program. And yet, the Coen brothers’ 2010 reinterpretation of True Grit features somber and contemplative bluegrass and folk-inspired music, with Irish DeMent singing the melancholic final song, “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms.” Navigating the breach between the pomp and circumstance of earlier Westerns and the new subdued style of the Coen brothers, Jeff Harshbarger has composed original works that fit with the time period in which the events of True Grit occur. He will also discuss and perform historical and familiar pieces from that time period. In addition to an impressive career as musician, composer, and bandleader, Harshbarger was voted Person of the Year by Plasticsax.com and Best Bassist by Pitch Magazine. He is co-founder of Tzigane Music, an artist-run collective and record label. Harshbarger curates the concert series Jeff Harshbarger Presents: An Alternative Jazz Series, which promotes improvised music in Kansas City.

Event Location: 14 W. 10th St., Kansas City, MO 64105-1702

Date: Wed, Oct 2, 2013
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Book: True Grit

Book Group: Waldo 2

The exploits of one of literature’s oddest couples—Mattie Ross and Marshal Rooster Cogburn—will be the talk of the town this fall with The Big Read! The Library hosts several book discussion groups exploring Charles Portis’ True Grit. Times and locations for all Big Read book discussions are listed below. Admission is free and no RSVP is necessary. Simply bring a few thoughts to share about Mattie and Rooster’s journey!

Event Location: 201 E. 75th St. , Kansas City, MO 64105-1702

Date: Thu, Oct 3, 2013
Time: 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Book: True Grit

Book Group: Westport 1

The exploits of one of literature’s oddest couples—Mattie Ross and Marshal Rooster Cogburn—will be the talk of the town this fall with The Big Read! The Library hosts several book discussion groups exploring Charles Portis’ True Grit. Times and locations for all Big Read book discussions are listed below. Admission is free and no RSVP is necessary. Simply bring a few thoughts to share about Mattie and Rooster’s journey!

Event Location: 118 Westport Rd. , Kansas City, MO 64105-1702

Date: Fri, Oct 4, 2013
Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Book: True Grit

True Grit Screening: True Grit (1969) @ Waldo

True Grit (1969/128 minutes; M) Friday, October 4 2 p.m. | Waldo Library, E. 75th St.

Event Location: E. 75th St., Kansas City, MO 64105-1702

Date: Fri, Oct 4, 2013
Time: 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Book: True Grit

Signature Event: True Grit and Black Women of the West: The Story of “Stagecoach” Mary Fields

True Grit and Black Women of the West: The Story of “Stagecoach” Mary Fields Michael Searles Friday, October 4 Reception: 6 p.m. | Program: 6:30 p.m. Central Library, 14 W. 10th St. RSVP: kclibrary.org | 816.701.3407 True Grits’ fictional heroine Mattie Ross had real life counterparts – and not all of them were white. Women of color also played their part in the history of the American West, and because of the unique challenges they faced as blacks and as females, many had no choice but to lead lives that were characterized by an exceptional amount of true grit. Mary Fields was one such African American woman in the West. She gained fame as “Stage Coach Mary” and broke the mold for female behavior by wearing a six shooter on her hip, smoking cigars, and was even given official permission to drink at the local tavern in Cascade, Montana. Stage Coach Mary’s legend outlived her. Searles is an emeritus professor of history at Augusta State University in Augusta, Georgia. He has contributed to several anthologies including Black Cowboys of Texas and The African American Experience in Texas: An Anthology and co-edited Buffalo Soldiers in the West: A Black Soldiers Anthology. Searles, also known as “Cowboy Mike,” has made of over 500 public presentations on African American history and the Black West.

Event Location: 14 W. 10th St., Kansas City, MO 64105-1702

Date: Fri, Oct 4, 2013
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Book: True Grit

Family Event: Saddle Up with Bluford: Tales from the Trail

Saddle Up at Bluford: Tales from the Trail Saturday, October 5 Program: 2 p.m. Bluford Branch, 3050 Prospect Ave. RSVP: kclibrary.org | 816.701.3407 The Down to Earth Riders, an African-American Saddle Club, presents an afternoon of all things cowboy and cowgirl. The group was founded in 2007 with the mission of encouraging and empowering underprivileged youth to become productive members of society through the use of horses. Youth and adult members of the Down to Earth Riders discuss the gear and additional equestrian tack. Additionally, young members talk about the impact that riding horses has made in their lives. Contributing to this family event, Brother John Anderson shares stories about Black Cowboys after which there is a craft time.

Event Location: 3050 Prospect Ave. , Kansas City, MO 64105-1702

Date: Sat, Oct 5, 2013
Time: 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Book: True Grit

Book Group: Bluford 1

The exploits of one of literature’s oddest couples—Mattie Ross and Marshal Rooster Cogburn—will be the talk of the town this fall with The Big Read! The Library hosts several book discussion groups exploring Charles Portis’ True Grit. Times and locations for all Big Read book discussions are listed below. Admission is free and no RSVP is necessary. Simply bring a few thoughts to share about Mattie and Rooster’s journey!

Event Location: 3050 Prospect Ave. , Kansas City, MO 64105-1702

Date: Sat, Oct 5, 2013
Time: 2:30pm – 3:30pm

Book: True Grit

Film Series: Westward the Women (1951)

To complement the Big Read effort and shed more light on the theme of women in the Old West, the Library throughout October is offering Western Women, a free film series in the Stanley H. Durwood Film Vault at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St. Westward the Women (1951/118 minutes; NR) Monday, October 7 at 6:30 p.m. Veteran director William Wellman delivers this rousing prairie epic, with Robert Taylor as the lone male leading a wagon train of mail-order wives on a dangerous trek from Chicago to their husbands-to-be in recently-settled California.

Event Location: 14 W. 10th St., Kansas City, MO 64105-1702

Date: Sat, Oct 5, 2013
Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Book: True Grit

True Grit Screening: True Grit (1969) @ Bluford

Sunday, October 6 2 p.m. | L. H. Bluford Library, 3050 Prospect

Event Location: 3050 Prospect, Kansas City, MO 64105-1702

Date: Sun, Oct 6, 2013
Time: 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Book: True Grit

Book Group: North-East 1

The exploits of one of literature’s oddest couples—Mattie Ross and Marshal Rooster Cogburn—will be the talk of the town this fall with The Big Read! The Library hosts several book discussion groups exploring Charles Portis’ True Grit. Times and locations for all Big Read book discussions are listed below. Admission is free and no RSVP is necessary. Simply bring a few thoughts to share about Mattie and Rooster’s journey!

Event Location: 6000 Wilson Rd., Kansas City, MO 64105-1702

Date: Sun, Oct 6, 2013
Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Book: True Grit

Signature Event: The Life and Times of the Real Rooster Cogburn: Meet the Real Rooster Cogburn

The Life and Times of the Real Rooster Cogburn: Meet the Real Rooster Cogburn Brett Cogburn Sunday, October 6 Program: 2 p.m. Central Library, 14 W. 10th St. RSVP: kclibrary.org | 816.701.3407 The central male character of the novel True Grit is Rooster Cogburn, who was immortalized on film by John Wayne’s Academy Award-winning performance in 1969, which was then reinterpreted successfully two generations later by Jeff Bridges. But what if the one-eyed, overweight, blustery, larger-than-life lawman was inspired by a flesh-and-blood individual? That would be fascinating in itself, but what if Charles Portis’ flawed male protagonist was actually named— John Franklin “Rooster” Cogburn! Brett Cogburn, his biographer and direct descendant, illuminates the life of the man who inspired the fictional character. Cogburn, an emerging Western author, is the author of Rooster: The Life and Times of the Real Rooster Cogburn, the Man Who Inspired True Grit, Panhandle¬, The Texans, and The Devil’s Hoofprints: Tales of the American West. He lives with his family in Oklahoma.

Event Location: 14 W. 10th St., Kansas City, MO 64105-1702

Date: Sun, Oct 6, 2013
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Book: True Grit

True Grit Screening: True Grit (2010) @ Southeast

Monday, October 7 4:30 p.m. | Southeast Branch, 6242 Swope Pkwy.

Event Location: 6242 Swope Pkwy. , Kansas City, MO 64105-1702

Date: Mon, Oct 7, 2013
Time: 4:30pm – 6:30pm

Book: True Grit

Signature Event: True Life, True Grit--Part Two

True Life, True Grit—Part 2 Ike Skelton Reception: 6 p.m. | Program: 6:30 p.m. RSVP: kclibrary.org | 816.701.3407 Former Congressman Ike Skelton joins Library Director Crosby Kemper III for a public conversation about his forthcoming book Achieve the Honorable: A Missouri Congressman’s Journey from Warm Springs to Washington, which details surviving polio and his political career, provides glimpses into the lives of political titans like Harry Truman, Richard Nixon, and Bill Clinton, and treats readers with Skelton’s engaging humor and shrewd political insight. Skelton served as U.S. Representative for Missouri’s fourth congressional district from 1977—2011 and as chairman of the House Armed Services Committee from 2006—2010. He represented Lafayette County in the Missouri Senate from 1971—1977.

Event Location: 14 W. 10th St., Kansas City, MO 64105-1702

Date: Tue, Oct 8, 2013
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Book: True Grit

Book Group: Central 2

The exploits of one of literature’s oddest couples—Mattie Ross and Marshal Rooster Cogburn—will be the talk of the town this fall with The Big Read! The Library hosts several book discussion groups exploring Charles Portis’ True Grit. Times and locations for all Big Read book discussions are listed below. Admission is free and no RSVP is necessary. Simply bring a few thoughts to share about Mattie and Rooster’s journey!

Event Location: 14 W. 10th St., Kansas City, MO 64105-1702

Date: Tue, Oct 8, 2013
Time: 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Book: True Grit

Book Group: Sugar Creek 2

The exploits of one of literature’s oddest couples—Mattie Ross and Marshal Rooster Cogburn—will be the talk of the town this fall with The Big Read! The Library hosts several book discussion groups exploring Charles Portis’ True Grit. Times and locations for all Big Read book discussions are listed below. Admission is free and no RSVP is necessary. Simply bring a few thoughts to share about Mattie and Rooster’s journey!

Event Location: 102 S. Sterling, Kansas City, MO 64105-1702

Date: Wed, Oct 9, 2013
Time: 12:00pm – 1:30pm

Book: True Grit

Book Group: Sugar Creek 3

The exploits of one of literature’s oddest couples—Mattie Ross and Marshal Rooster Cogburn—will be the talk of the town this fall with The Big Read! The Library hosts several book discussion groups exploring Charles Portis’ True Grit. Times and locations for all Big Read book discussions are listed below. Admission is free and no RSVP is necessary. Simply bring a few thoughts to share about Mattie and Rooster’s journey!

Event Location: 102 S. Sterling, Kansas City, MO 64105-1702

Date: Thu, Oct 10, 2013
Time: 1:30pm – 2:30pm

Book: True Grit

Meet the Past with Crosby Kemper III: A Conversation with Tom Bass

Reception: 6 p.m. | Program: 6:30 p.m. RSVP: kclibrary.org | 816.701.3407 At the turn of the twentieth century, Tom Bass had gained international recognition as one of the premier horse trainers in the world. Bass—portrayed by Kansas City actor Walter Coppage—returns to Kansas City, where he began the annual horseshow at the American Royal, for a conversation with Library Director Crosby Kemper III as part of the Library’s popular Meet the Past series. Bass exemplified true grit as he refused to allow his race—or anyone else’s—to hinder his success at time when separate-but-equal and Jim Crowe where the laws of the land. Coppage has a notable acting career and has performed several major roles in the theatres of Kansas City. In addition to his local and national acting, he has also serves as spokesperson for Children International. Previously, Coppage played Charlie “Yardbird” Parker for an earlier edition of the Library’s Meet the Past with Crosby Kemper III.

Event Location: 14 W. 10th St., Kansas City, MO 64105-1702

Date: Thu, Oct 10, 2013
Time: 6:00pm – 8:30pm

Book: True Grit

Film Series: Heartland (1979)

To complement the Big Read effort and shed more light on the theme of women in the Old West, the Library throughout October is offering Western Women, a free film series in the Stanley H. Durwood Film Vault at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St. Heartland (1979/96 minutes; PG) Monday, October 28 at 6:30 p.m. A widow (Conchata Ferrell) travels to Wyoming to become housekeeper for a crusty bachelor rancher (Rip Torn). Hers is a life of isolation and backbreaking labor, but somehow love blossoms with her taciturn employer. Based on the well-known frontier letters of Elinore Randall Stewart.

Event Location: 14 W. 10th St., Kansas City, MO 64105-1702

Date: Sat, Oct 12, 2013
Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Book: True Grit

Signature Event: What True Grit (Might Have) Looked Like: The Cowboy Photographs of F.M. Steele

The cowboy photographs of F.M. Steele, taken toward the end of the open-range period in Western history, feature cowboys at work in Indian Territory (now Oklahoma), Kansas, and the Texas Panhandle. Scenes of rounding up, roping, and branding range cattle are common among his images, as are cowboys gathered around chuck wagons eating breakfast and supper. These photographs reveal interesting details about the clothing and gear used during this time period, a period that corresponds with that of True Grit. Hoy is a professor of English and Director of the Center for Great Plains Studies at Emporia State University, where he specializes in Medieval English literature and literature of the American West. He has authored or co-authored thirteen books, including Flint Hills Cowboys: Tales of the Tallgrass Prairie (2006), Vaqueros, Cowboys, and Buckaroos (2001), and Cowboys and Kansas: Stories of the Tallgrass Prairie (1995). RSVP: kclibrary.org | 816.701.3407

Event Location: 14 W. 10th St., Kansas City, MO 64105-1702

Date: Sun, Oct 13, 2013
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Book: True Grit

True Grit Screening: True Grit (2010) @ Sugar Creek

Wednesday, October 16 7 p.m. | Sugar Creek Library, 102 S. Sterling

Event Location: 102 S. Sterling, Kansas City, MO 64105-1702

Date: Wed, Oct 16, 2013
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Book: True Grit

Family Event: Story Times with Rooster and Mattie 4

Charles Portis’ story featuring codes of honor, heroism, and cowboys and cowgirls,and outlaws also appeals to young imaginations. The Big Read features specially crafted story times that will introduce kids to Charles Portis and some of Mattie Ross’ exploits in the Wild West. The events are intended for audiences 3 to 5 years old.

Event Location: 4801 Main St. , Kansas City, MO 64105-1702

Date: Thu, Oct 17, 2013
Time: 10:30am – 11:30am

Book: True Grit

Family Event: Story Times with Rooster and Mattie 5

Charles Portis’ story featuring codes of honor, heroism, and cowboys and cowgirls,and outlaws also appeals to young imaginations. The Big Read features specially crafted story times that will introduce kids to Charles Portis and some of Mattie Ross’ exploits in the Wild West. The events are intended for audiences 3 to 5 years old.

Event Location: 6000 Wilson Rd. , Kansas City, MO 64105-1702

Date: Fri, Oct 18, 2013
Time: 10:30am – 11:30am

Book: True Grit

Family Event: Story Times with Rooster and Mattie 6

Charles Portis’ story featuring codes of honor, heroism, and cowboys and cowgirls,and outlaws also appeals to young imaginations. The Big Read features specially crafted story times that will introduce kids to Charles Portis and some of Mattie Ross’ exploits in the Wild West. The events are intended for audiences 3 to 5 years old.

Event Location: 4801 Main St. , Kansas City, MO 64105-1702

Date: Fri, Oct 18, 2013
Time: 10:30am – 11:30am

Book: True Grit

Book Group: Trails West 1

The exploits of one of literature’s oddest couples—Mattie Ross and Marshal Rooster Cogburn—will be the talk of the town this fall with The Big Read! The Library hosts several book discussion groups exploring Charles Portis’ True Grit. Times and locations for all Big Read book discussions are listed below. Admission is free and no RSVP is necessary. Simply bring a few thoughts to share about Mattie and Rooster’s journey!

Event Location: 11401 E. 23rd St. , Kansas City, MO 64105-1702

Date: Sat, Oct 19, 2013
Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Book: True Grit

Film Series: Cat Ballou (1965)

To complement the Big Read effort and shed more light on the theme of women in the Old West, the Library throughout October is offering Western Women, a free film series in the Stanley H. Durwood Film Vault. Cat Ballou (1965/91 minutes; NR) Seeking revenge for her murdered father, a girl (Jane Fonda) turns outlaw and hires a drunken has-been gunslinger (Lee Marvin) to take on the baddies. In this comedy Marvin shines both as the boozy sharpshooter and his twin brother, a psychopath with a steel nose. Don’t ask.

Event Location: 14 W. 10th St., Kansas City, MO 64105-1702

Date: Sat, Oct 19, 2013
Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Book: True Grit

Book Group: Sugar Creek 4

The exploits of one of literature’s oddest couples—Mattie Ross and Marshal Rooster Cogburn—will be the talk of the town this fall with The Big Read! The Library hosts several book discussion groups exploring Charles Portis’ True Grit. Times and locations for all Big Read book discussions are listed below. Admission is free and no RSVP is necessary. Simply bring a few thoughts to share about Mattie and Rooster’s journey!

Event Location: 102 S. Sterling, Kansas City, MO 64105-1702

Date: Wed, Oct 23, 2013
Time: 12:00pm – 1:30pm

Book: True Grit

The Kansas City Star's FYI Book Club: True Grit

The Kansas City Star sponsors this book club collaboration with the Kansas City Public Library, featuring discussions of contemporary classic literature. All book club selections are chosen by literature experts from both The Star and the Library. Look for the FYI Book Club introduction to True Grit in The Star on Saturday, September 21, 2013. A summary of this FYI Book Club discussion of Charles Portis’ True Grit will be published in the FYI section of The Star, along with the name of every FYI Book Club participant. Those interested in joining this book discussion should register with Kaite Stover via e-mail sent to kaitestover@kclibrary.org. The FYI Book Club is a semi-monthly book discussion group presented by the Kansas City Public Library in partnership with The Kansas City Star. For more information, please visit kclibrary.org/book-clubs/fyi or kansascity.com/entertainment for the latest FYI Book Club announcements.

Event Location: 4801 Main St., Kansas City, MO 64105-1702

Date: Wed, Oct 23, 2013
Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Book: True Grit

Book Group: Plaza 1

The exploits of one of literature’s oddest couples—Mattie Ross and Marshal Rooster Cogburn—will be the talk of the town this fall with The Big Read! The Library hosts several book discussion groups exploring Charles Portis’ True Grit. Times and locations for all Big Read book discussions are listed below. Admission is free and no RSVP is necessary. Simply bring a few thoughts to share about Mattie and Rooster’s journey!

Event Location: 4801 Main St. , Kansas City, MO 64105-1702

Date: Wed, Oct 23, 2013
Time: 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Book: True Grit

Signature Event: Mattie Ross—A Portrait of Feminist Heroism or Traditional Masculinity?

Is True Grit’s Mattie Ross a feminist hero or merely a woman who embodies traditional masculinity? This panel investigates the different incarnations of Mattie Ross, from the 1968 novel by Charles Portis, to the 1969 film starring John Wayne, and finally, the Coen Brothers’ 2010 version. Led by Jane Wood with panelists Brenda Bethman, Olivia Dorsey, and Patti Phillips, this lively conversation discusses the concept of the female hero and how this image has evolved over time. The conversation delves into questions of the media portrayal of women (especially in the Western genre), diversity in female depiction of heroism, and current activism to empower women and girls in the Kansas City area. Wood currently serves as Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College at Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA. Bethman currently serves as Director of the UMKC Women’s Center and as affiliated faculty in the UMCK German Department. Dorsey is the Community Affairs Director for KMBC-TV. Dorsey was appointed to the Library Board in 1993. Phillips is Chief Executive Officer for the National Association of Collegiate Athletic Administrators. RSVP: kclibrary.org | 816.701.3407

Event Location: 4801 Main St, Kansas City, MO 64112

Date: Thu, Oct 24, 2013
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Book: True Grit

Family Event: Palling Around with Rooster and Mattie

Members of the Out Loud Teen Readers’ Theatre—made up of local teens interested in reading, performing and sharing stories—bring to life the compelling and complex characters of True Grit. The young actors spent six weeks rehearsing, playing games, and hanging out. Their efforts culminate on this interpretation of Portis’ classic Western. Youth ages 11-18 interested in joining Out Loud should send an e-mail to Meghann Henry at meghannhenry@kclibrary.org.

Event Location: 4801 Main St. , Kansas City, MO 64112

Date: Fri, Oct 25, 2013
Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Book: True Grit

Film Series: The Ballad of Little Jo (1993)

To complement the Big Read effort and shed more light on the theme of women in the Old West, the Library throughout October is offering Western Women, a free film series in the Stanley H. Durwood Film Vault. The Ballad of Little Jo (1993/121 minutes; R) Suzy Amis plays Josephine Monaghan, disowned by her parents and adrift in the West. For protection she disguises herself as a man … and ends up spending the rest of her life as the rancher Little Jo. With Ian McKellen and Bo Hopkins.

Event Location: 14 W. 10th St., Kansas City, MO 64105-1702

Date: Sat, Oct 26, 2013
Time: 1:30pm – 3:30pm

Book: True Grit

True Grit Screening: True Grit (2010) @ Trails West

Event Location: 1141 E. 23rd St. , Kansas City, MO 64052

Date: Sat, Oct 26, 2013
Time: 2:00pm – 3:30pm

Book: True Grit

Read It/Watch It: True Grit (2010)

You have read and perhaps even re-read the Charles Portis modern masterpiece—now watch this compelling film adaptation—Paramount Pictures’ tenacious True Grit (2010), starring Jeff Bridges, Hailee Steinfeld, and Matt Damon and filmed in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Join Big Read discussion facilitator Kaite Stover for a lively conversation comparing the written word to its cinematic interpretation. Participants are encouraged (but not required) to read Portis’ novel prior to attending the film screening. RSVP: kclibrary.org | 816.701.3407

Event Location: 6000 Wilson Rd. , Kansas City, MO 64123

Date: Sun, Oct 27, 2013
Time: 1:30pm – 4:00pm

Book: True Grit

Signature Event: The U.S. Marshals: A Popular History of the Nation’s Oldest Law Enforcement Agency

In Charles Portis’ True Grit, readers witness Mattie Ross, Marshal Cogburn, and Texas Ranger LaBoeuf form a posse to hunt down the murderer Tom Chaney. Interestingly, forming such a posse was legal for U.S. Marshals in the Wild West. In a presentation spanning over 200 years of professional history, Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal Anthony Gasaway discusses the nation’s oldest law enforcement agency and the true grit this job demands of its men and women today. The U.S. Marshals Services has also found itself at the cross roads of history: retrieving runaway slaves under the Fugitive Slave Act and escorting University of Mississippi James Meredith—an African American college student—during the early days of the Civil Rights Movement. Chief Deputy Gasaway is a 30 year veteran of the U.S. Marshals Service and has served in a variety of operational positions across the country. RSVP: kclibrary.org | 816.701.3407

Event Location: 14 W. 10th St., Kansas City, MO 64105-1702

Date: Wed, Oct 30, 2013
Time: 6:00pm – 8:30pm

Book: True Grit

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