Big Read events continue this week; contest deadline nears

11/03/2013 12:00 AM

08/08/2014 10:19 AM

The Big Read Wichita 2013 continues this week with several events. They are:

“Theological Themes in True Grit” at 9:30 a.m. Sunday at First Presbyterian Church, 525 N. Broadway. Rev. Amy Baumgartner will facilitate the discussion.

“‘True Grit’: the 1969 Movie,” 3 to 5:15 p.m. Monday at the Lionel Alford Regional Library, 3447 S. Meridian. A showing of the 1969 movie starring John Wayne as Rooster Cogburn, followed by a discussion of whether the movie’s story is the same as the book’s. Participants who wear a Stetson cowboy hat and cowboy boots, or other character regalia, may win a movie poster.

“True Grit: The Genre-Bending Western,” 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Central Library, 223 S. Main. How can a Western not be a Western? When the heroine is a 14-year-old spitfire who is bound and determined to avenge her father’s death. A discussion will focus on the elements of Westerns and how this book follows and deviates from that trail.

“The True Grit Experience: Interactive Museum Presentation of the True History of True Grit Times,” 7 to 8:30 p.m., Goddard High School, 2500 S. 199th St. West, Goddard. Discover the history behind the people, places and events associated with the novel “True Grit.” Honors American Literature students will present interactive museum exhibits on topics such as Quantrill’s Raid, the Texas Rangers, Guns of the Old West, Women’s Rights of the 1870s and more. Appropriate for all ages. Open to the general public. Refreshments will be served.


This year’s Big Read – the novel “True Grit” by Charles Portis – features two protagonists: 14-year-old Mattie Ross and craggy, one-eyed U.S. Marshal Rooster Cogburn. Tell us which character you think has more true grit and why. Send your entries in 500 words or fewer to Big Read Contest, 825 E. Douglas, Wichita, KS 67202, or e-mail them to Deadline is end of the business day Wednesday.

There will be two categories: students up to 17 years old, and adults, 18 and older. Winners in each group will receive a $50 gift card. Winners must agree to be interviewed and photographed by The Eagle.

Eagle employees and their family members are not eligible to enter the contest.

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