When DeKalb Library chose Charles Portis’s True Grit as their 2013 Big Read, the librarians knew that it was unlikely that Charles Portis would ever appear in person. But this didn’t stop DeKalb from choosing True Grit, a book that felt right for their community. The staff filled the month of October with western-styled events, and on October 1, invited One Came Home author, Amy Timberlake, to kick off the festivities. Illinois State Representative Bob Pritchard of the 70th district personally introduced True Grit and Timberlake at the reading.
This month, the community will read, discuss, and experience True Grit at over 70 events—including a picnic that ends with a melodrama, an evening with a U.S. Marshall, and canning and roping demonstrations.
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