The Big Read - Wichita: October 1 - November 15, 2013
"True Grit" by Charles Portis
The Big Read

The Big Read - Wichita

The Big Read returns to south-central Kansas in 2013 with book discussions and special events  in celebration of "True Grit" by Charles Portis. Wichita is one of the nation's longest-running Big Read programs and joins only 77 communities that will host a Big Read in 2013-2014. Community partners from across the region make this effort possible.                                      

Read, celebrate and discuss “True Grit," considered by some critics to be one of the great American novels. First published as a serial in the Saturday Evening Post, the story is told from the perspective of a young woman named Mattie Ross as she recounts the story of her effort to seek retribution for her father's murder.

Do you think "True Grit" has earned its place on many "best books" lists? What elements make the work a classic western? Discuss these and many other questions at numerous book discussions.

Titles for young readers wishing to participate are also available.

The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts managed by Arts Midwest and designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture and bring the transformative power of literature into the lives of citizens. The Big Read brings together partners across the country to encourage citizens to read for pleasure and enlightenment.

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