True Grit is a 1968 novel by Charles Portis that was first published as a 1968 serial in The Saturday Evening Post. The novel is told from the perspective of a woman named Mattie Ross, who recounts the time when she was 14 and sought retribution for the murder of her father by a scoundrel named Tom Chaney. It is considered by some critics to be “one of the great American novels.”

NEA Big Read: True Grit

Coming to Carson City May/June 2018

An initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest, the NEA Big Read broadens our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. Showcasing a diverse range of contemporary titles that reflect many different voices and perspectives, the NEA Big Read aims to inspire conversation and discovery.

 

5/1 thru 7/22 True Grit’ Kick-Off Weekend Event: Story Writing/Poetry Contest for Kids Children’s Museum of Nevada

-Create a one-page story or short poem featuring a cowboy or cowgirl who shows determination and ‘true grit’. Contest is open to children ages 5 to 16. Children can submit entries to: Arts for Children of Nevada, P.O. Box 1032, Genoa, NV 89411 or drop off at: Children’s Museum of Northern Nevada, 813 North Carson St., Carson City, NV 89701. Include name, phone number and email address on your entry.

Thursday May 3

5:30-7:30 PM True Grit’ Kick-Off Weekend Event: ‘True Grit’ Art Exhibition WNC Bristlecone Art Gallery

-An exhibition challenging artists statewide to create works from a deck of canceled cards! Casino Fandango, Max Casino, The Carson Nugget, Gold Dust West serving as Jurors for the exhibition.  On display through 7/6.

-Rustically Divine creating unique 1st, 2nd, 3rd place, and Best of Show awards.

-E Clampus Vitus (Snowshoe Thompson Chapter # 1827) designing and displaying 3 western-inspired Little Libraries to be donated to Carson City!

-Western and rural photography by acclaimed Nevadan artist, Deon Reynolds.

-Come see the 20′ long Ruby the Rattlesnake Float from the 2017 Nevada Day Parade! Free ‘True Grit’ paperbacks with valid Carson City library card. While supplies last! Sign up tables available.

-Carson City Classic Cinema Club will have a sign up table for membership. Free entry to the 5/4 (True Grit, 1969) + the 6/1 (True Grit, 2010) film screenings with valid Carson City library card, otherwise $5 Adults, $3 Seniors + Students.

Mylo McCormick providing live ‘True Grit’ sounds!  Silver City’s masterful young guitarist with tasteful riffs and solos that would make Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan take notice.

-The chef from Western Nevada College will be serving up some savory hot grits!  Cold refreshments by WNC Foundation

-WNC’s Latino Cohort offering volunteer service and audience greeting.

Shoe Tree Brewing Company unveils their ‘True Grit’ beer for the reception!

Friday May 4

6:00 PM doors, 6:15 Keynote Speaker, 7:00 film True Grit’ Kick-Off Weekend Event: Free Movie Night: True Grit (1969) Brewery Arts Center

-Carson City Classic Cinema Club hosting True Grit (1969) starring John Wayne, Kim Darby, and Glen Campbell. Free entry with a valid Carson City Library Card, otherwise $5 Adults, $3 Seniors + Students.

-Free ‘True Grit’ paperback with valid Carson City library card. While supplies last! Sign up tables available.

5:30-7:30 PM True Grit’ Kick-Off Weekend Event: Buckaroo Story Time and Sing-a-long Children’s Museum of Nevada

-We’ll be coming round the mountain for a buckaroo sing-along. Come and join us at the Children’s Museum of Northern Nevada to find the musical cowboy in each of us. Don your western wear and enjoy fun activities and a campfire sing-along with special guest cowgirl Maureen Conlin from Arts for Children of Nevada. We’re looking for the Peanut Butter Posse so saddle up and bring an unopened jar of peanut butter to benefit the local food bank and receive your official sheriff’s badge. First 60 children ages 2-18 admitted free.

Saturday May 5

10:00-4:00 PM True Grit’ Kick-Off Weekend Event: Cinco de Mayo Celebration at Carson City Library Carson City Library

-International Folkloric Dancers, acclaimed latino folk dancers from Dayton Nevada, entertaining the crowd will beautiful costumes and boot-stompin’ dance!

-Enjoy delicious a lunch from La Enchilada Food truck!

-Carson City Classic Cinema Club will have a sign up table for membership.  Free entry to the 6/1 (True Grit 2010) film screening with a valid Carson City Library Card, otherwise $5 Adults, $3 Seniors + Students.

-Hear the personal stories of WNC’s Latino Cohort students having the necessary ‘True Grit’ to accompish their goals! Offering volunteer, audience greeting, translation services for th event!

-Free ‘True Grit’ paperbacks with valid Carson City library card. While supplies last! Sign up tables available.

-Join Debbie & Rachael Lambin of ‘My Thousand Words’ book sculptures as they teach you to create your own ‘True Grit’ inspired book sculpture! This mother daughter team of artists will help you to create a fun literary sculpture that gets its inspiration from the titles and stories contained in the book that it inhabits.    All materials needed for this project will be provided.  All we need is you and your desire to learn this really neat art form!

Sunday May 6

1:00-3:00 PM Saddle Up with True Grit Children’s Museum of Nevada

-Saddle up and show your ‘True Grit’ as you enjoy face painting, balloon artistry, and a cowboy sock puppet workshop and sing along at the Children’s Museum of Northern Nevada with Arts for Children of Nevada. Children will participate in a song-writing workshop with their puppets to create musical songs based on the movie ‘True Grit’. First 10 children ages 2-18 admitted free.

Monday May 7

Nevada State Employee Week thru 5/11 State Library Front Desk

-Celebrate Nevada State Employee Week thru 5/11! Stop by the State Library Front desk for your free ‘True Grit’ paperback and eyepatch with valid State ID card. While supplies last.

Tuesday May 8

10:55-11:30 AM High School Reader Group Carson High School

Thursday May 10

5:30 PM True Grit Workshops Rustically Divine

-Rustically Divine’s ‘True Grit’ Creative Classes. Pre-register at rusticallydivine.com. Use the discount code TRUEGRIT to get 15% off ‘True Grit’ classes.

Friday May 11

1:30-2:30 PM Senior Center Reader Group Carson City Senior Center

-Carson City Senior Center ‘True Grit’ Book Discussion
Registration required for each session. Go to www.carsoncitylibrary.org, click on calendar, click on event to register.

5:00-7:00 PM Official unveiling part of Carson City’s newest public artwork Alatte Coffee and Wine Barrel Room

Walking tour of the new public artwork by acclaimed Nevadan artist Deon Reynolds.  Happy hour drink specials, reception, and live electric guitar performance by Mylo McCormick! Open to the public.  Stay for Carson Comedy Club Doors at 7:15 pm.  $15 adults.

Saturday May 12

10:30-11:30 AM True Grit Day at Nevada State Museum

-The Nevada State Museum providing guided tours of the Firearms Gallery and History Gallery with an emphasis on the time period of ‘True Grit’. Free to first 20 people who rsvp. NSMEducation@nevadaculture.org 775 687 4810 ext 237. $8 adults, free for children 17 and under and museum members.

10:00-1:00 PM Nevada State Museum

-The Nevada State Museum providing Western culture hands-on activities for kids. FREE with paid admission to the museum

2:00-3:00 PM Nevada State Museum Concourse

-Carson City Library ‘True Grit’ Reader Group. Registration required for Reader Group Book Discussion, www.carsoncitylibrary.org, click on calendar, click on event to register.

Sunday May 13

1:00-3:00 PM Quick Draw and Quilting Children’s Museum of Nevada

-Quick Draw and Quilting at the Children’s Museum of Northern Nevada with Arts for Children of Nevada. Have your pencil ready as you sketch and compete to be the fastest draw in the west. Quick draw art along with quilt squares designed by the cowboys and cowgirls will be displayed around town to celebrate ‘True Grit’. First 10 children ages 2-18 admitted free.

Tuesday May 15

10:55-11:30 AM High School Reader Group Carson High School

Wednesday May 16

10:00-11:30 AM True Grit Day at Nevada State Museum Marjorie Russell Clothing and Textile Center

-Curator Jan Loverin providing a behind-the-scenes tour of the Marjorie Russell Clothing and Textile Research Center with an emphasis on 19th century garments as featured in ‘True Grit’. Free to first 15 people who rsvp. JLoverin@nevadaculture.org 775 687 6173. $8 adults, free for children 17 and under and museum members.

Thursday May 17

5:30 PM True Grit Workshops Rustically Divine

-Rustically Divine’s ‘True Grit’ Creative Classes. Pre-register at rusticallydivine.com. Use the discount code TRUEGRIT to get 15% off ‘True Grit’ classes.

Friday May 18

2:00-4:00 PM True Grit Day at the Stewart Indian School Stewart Indian School Building #3

-The Stewart Indian School hosting a Carson City Library ‘True Grit’ Reader Group plus a bonus tour of the school grounds immediately following. Registration required at www.carsoncitylibrary.org, click on calendar, click on event to register.

12:00-1:00 PM Wacky Weeds of the West Workshop Carson City Library

-Bring a brown bag lunch and join Carson City Nevada Cooperative Extension’s discussion of the horticulture in the wild west.  Got a pesky paint

-UNR Cooperative Extension’s Horticulture Program.

Saturday May 19

10:30-11:30 AM True Grit Day at Nevada State Museum

-The Nevada State Museum providing guided tours of the Firearms Gallery and History Gallery with an emphasis on the time period of ‘True Grit’. Free to first 20 people who rsvp. NSMEducation@nevadaculture.org 775 687 4810 ext 237. $8 adults, free for children 17 and under and museum members.

1:00PM Brew Demo Just Brew It

-Just Brew It providing an outdoor beer making demo. Buy a ‘True Grit’ Brew Kit and get a free paperback and eyepatch while supplies last.

5:00-6:00 PM Books & Brew Book Club Allate Coffee and Wine Barrel Room

-Are you a coffee-drinking, book lover? Looking for a way to make new friends? Then join Carson City Library for a book discussion over food and drinks! Check the calendar for book selection.
Contact Ashely McGuire, amcguire@carson.org for additional information and if you would like to reserve a copy of the book.

5:30 PM True Grit Workshops Rustically Divine

-Rustically Divine’s ‘True Grit’ Creative Classes. Pre-register at rusticallydivine.com. Use the discount code TRUEGRIT to get 15% off ‘True Grit’ classes.

Tuesday May 22

10:55-11:30 AM High School Reader Group Carson City High School

Wednesday May 23

10:00-11:30 AM True Grit Day at Nevada State Museum Marjorie Russell Clothing and Textile Center

-Curator Jan Loverin providing a behind-the-scenes tour of the Marjorie Russell Clothing and Textile Research Center with an emphasis on 19th century garments as featured in ‘True Grit’. Free to first 15 people who rsvp. JLoverin@nevadaculture.org 775 687 6173. $8 adults, free for children 17 and under and museum members.

Thursday May 24

6:00 PM Nevada Rattlesnake Identification Class Carson City Library

-Join the Nevada Department of Wildlife for a free class on identifying Nevada snakes. Class includes snake facts, tips for deciphering venomous and non-venomous species, and safety guidelines for the outdoors. Sounds awesome!

Friday May 25

1:30-2:30 PM Senior Center Reader Group Carson City Senior Center

-Carson City Senior Center ‘True Grit’ Book Discussion
Registration required for each session. Go to www.carsoncitylibrary.org, click on calendar, click on event to register.

Saturday May 26

10:30-11:30 AM True Grit Day at Nevada State Museum Nevada State Museum

-The Nevada State Museum providing guided tours of the Firearms Gallery and History Gallery with an emphasis on the time period of ‘True Grit’. Free to first 20 people who rsvp. NSMEducation@nevadaculture.org 775 687 4810 ext 237. $8 adults, free for children 17 and under and museum members.

11:00-12:00 PM Carson City Library

-Carson City Library ‘True Grit’ Reader Group. Registration required for Reader Group Book Discussion, www.carsoncitylibrary.org, click on calendar, click on event to register.

Sunday May 27

2:00-3:00 PM Children’s Cowboy Concert Children’s Museum of Nevada

-Enjoy children’s cowboy music artist, Purly Gates from Texas in her highly interactive musical experience. Celebrate ‘True Grit’ through cowboy songs and musical activities. Become an official member of the Peanut Butter Posse by donating a jar of peanut butter for the local food bank. Concert is Located at the main stage of the Children’s Museum of Northern Nevada in conjunction with Arts for Children of Nevada. First 10 children ages 2-18 admitted free.

9:00-5:30 PM Capitol City Gun Club Memorial Shoot Capitol City Gun Club

-Capitol City Gun Club celebrating its Annual Memorial Day Shoot! Bring your ‘True Grit’ paperback and get free round of skeet or trap from 9-5:30 PM.

Tuesday May 29

10:55-11:30 AM High School Reader Group Carson High School

Friday June 1

3:00 PM Meet the Marshal! Boys & Girls Club of Western Nevada

-Youth meet and greet with U.S. Marshal Christopher Hoye (Las Vegas, NV). Participants must attend Boys & Girls Club of Western Nevada.

6:00 PM doors, 6:30 Keynote Speaker, 7:15 film Boldrick Screening of True Grit (2010) Bob Boldrick Theater

-Carson City Classic Cinema Club hosting True Grit (2010) starring Jeff Bridges, Hailee Steinfeld, and Matt Damon. Free entry with a valid Carson City Library Card, otherwise $5 Adults/Seniors + Students $3.

-Meet the Marshal! Keynote presentation by U.S. Marshal Christopher Hoye (Las Vegas, NV) comparing and contrasting today’s law enforcement duties to Marshal Reuben J. “Rooster” Cogburn in ‘True Grit’.

Saturday June 2

10:30-11:30 AM True Grit Day at Nevada State Museum Nevada State Museum

-The Nevada State Museum providing guided tours of our Firearms Gallery and History Gallery with an emphasis on the time period of True Grit. Free to first 20 people who rsvp. NSMEducation@nevadaculture.org 775 687 4810 ext 237. $8 adults, free for children 17 and under and museum members.

Tuesday June 5

6:00 PM doors, 6:30 trivia, 7:00 film “Winchester ’73” Brewery Arts Center

-Carson City Classic Cinema Club hosting Winchester ’73 (1950) starring James Stewart, Shelley Winters, Dan Duryea, and Stephen McNally. $5 Adults, $3 Seniors + Students. Trivia, cash bar

Download the printable schedule HERE or come to the Visitors Center at 716 N. Carson St and pick one up.

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