Classic novel True Grit

April 5-June 15, 2019

Join us for a community experience inspired by the classic Western novel, True Grit, by Charles Portis. Enjoy a calendar full of family programs, special events, book discussions, film screenings and more.

Calling all book lovers!

How to visit: Visit the exhibit Mon-Sat 10-5 p.m. and Sun 12 p.m.-5 p.m.



Featuring the Charles Portis book, True Grit

What is it: The Eiteljorg Museum is excited to lead a citywide National Endowment for the Arts reading celebration of the classic Western novel, True Grit, by Charles Portis. True Grit explores themes of courage, endurance and personal growth. All of which will be explored during the two months of Eiteljorg events and programming as part of the NEA Big Read project, offering the community a shared reading experience.

From April 5 to June 15, visitors will enjoy a full lineup of True Grit-related program offerings. The Indianapolis Public Library will conduct book discussions at various locations around the city and 1,000 copies of the book will be distributed.

The Eiteljorg is one of 75 organizations nationwide to receive a 2019 National Endowment for the Arts NEA Big Read grant for a community-wide reading initiative, connecting people through the joy of sharing a book.

Who is it for: NEA Big Read will appeal to anyone that loves to read!

List of Events:

  • April 5 – Curator’s Choice Series: True Grit in Bronze with Johanna Blume
  • April 13 – Big Read True Grit Kickoff Event – Western family fun and a talk by author and filmmaker Jay Jennings
  • April 25 – Saloon Night with Brick Street Poetry & Hotel Tango Distillery
  • May 9True Grits cooking class with Duos Kitchen
  • May 11 – Words and Other Wild Things with Brick Street Poetry and Snakes Alive! with the Joseph Moore Museum
  • May 18 – Screening of the 1969 film version of True Grit followed by keynote speaker Dr. Richard Etulain discussing presidents who shaped the American West
  • June 1 – Juneteenth Community Celebration
  • June 5 – Western Swing Music with the Sawyer Family Band
  • June 7 – Curator’s Choice Series: Women in the West with Johanna Blume
  • June 12 – Poetry reading with North Dakota Poet Laureate Larry Woiwode and Brick Street Poetry
  • June 15 – Screening of the 2010 film version of True Grit
True Grit Book Discussions in Indianapolis

Tuesday, April 16 at 6 p.m.
Hotel Tango
702 Virginia Ave.

Monday, April 22 at 6 p.m.
North End BBQ
1250 E. 86th St.

Saturday, April 27 at 2 p.m.
Nora Library
8625 Guilford Ave.

Monday, April 29 at 6 p.m.
Metazoa Brewing
140 S. College Ave.

Thursday, May 2 at 10:30 a.m.
Warren Library
9701 E. 21st St.

Monday, May 6 at 6:30 p.m.
Franklin Road Library
5550 S. Franklin Rd.

Tuesday, May 14 at 7:30 p.m.
Around a campfire at Indiana Wildlife Federation
708 East Michigan St.

Wednesday, May 22 at 5:30 p.m.
Eiteljorg Museum
500 W. Washington St.

Tuesday, June 4 at 6:30 p.m.
Glendale Library
6101 N. Keystone Ave.

Tuesday, June 11 at 6 p.m.
Centerpoint Brewing
1125 E. Brookside Ave. Suite 2B

Thursday, June 13 at 1:30 p.m.
Fountain Square Library
1066 Virginia Ave.

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