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True Grit

True Grit

The Big Read invites all ages to reconnect with the Charles Portis best-seller, True Grit, and join a roundup of Western-themed fun and entertainment including author John Erickson, storyteller Marideth Sisco, artist Andy Thomas and Charles Portis scholar Jay Jennings.

"True Grit," set in the late 19th century, is the tale of Mattie Ross, who at age 14 leaves home during a harsh winter in search of her father's murderer. She seeks out a man with a quality she calls "true grit," and finds him in an unlikely federal marshal, Rooster Cogburn. Also tracking the murderer is LaBoeuf, a Texas Ranger who has an uneasy partnership with the pair.


Flash Fiction Contest

WINNERS Announced

Flash Fiction winners and runners-up have been announced. Read their entries.


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Exhibits of Western Art

'Contentment' by Darlene Prater
"Contentment"
by Darlene Prater, mixed media.

Studio 55 Fine Arts Guild Shows Its True Grit

Daily, February 22—May 16, at Sky Gallery at the Springfield-Branson National Airport, reception Wednesday, April 13, 3 p.m. open to the public. More

True Grit Juried Art Show
Juried Art Show
Works inspired by "True Grit"

"True Grit" Waverly House Art Reception

Daily, April 1—May 21 at the Waverly House, reception Friday, April 1, 5 p.m. The winner of the show will be announced at the reception.

'Danger on the Santa Fe Trail' by Andy Thomas
"Danger on the Santa Fe Trail"
by Andy Thomas.

First Friday Art Walk with Artist Andy Thomas

Friday, April 1, 6-9 p.m. at the Park Central Branch Library with painter Andy Thomas, and a new exhibit, Horse and Western Art by Jennifer Leeper. More