Book Discussions

True Grit

The Big Read in Kansas City features many book discussion groups where readers may join in smart conversation about True Grit: see below for the time and location for all Big Read book discussions.

No RSVP necessary; simply bring a few thoughts to share about Mattie’s journey! Visiting members welcome!

Call Kaite Stover at 816.701.3683 for more information. Discussion Leaders may be subject to change.
 

Book Groups

Join other readers for Big Read conversations

 

After Lunch
 
  Thurs. September 26, 2013 at 1:30 p.m.
  Sugar Creek, 102 S. Sterling
  Discussion Leader: Christy Tapko
 

  Thurs. October 10, 2013 at 1:30 p.m.
  Sugar Creek, 102 S. Sterling
  Discussion Leader: Christy Tapko

Barista's
 
  Wed. October 16, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.
  Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.
  Discussion Leader: Diana Platt

Between the Lines
 
  Fri. October 4, 2013 at 12:00 p.m.
  Westport Branch, 118 Westport Rd.
  Discussion Leader: Rose Fulton

Common Grounds
 
  Sat. September 28, 2013 at 11:00 a.m.
  Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
  Discussion Leader: Jill Schmidt

Downtowners
 
  Wed. September 18, 2013 at Noon
  Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
  Discussion Leader: Kaite Stover

Fourth Tuesday
 
  Tues. October 22, 2013 at 6:00 p.m.
  Waldo Branch, 201 E. 75th St.
  Discussion Leader: Jane Hatch

FYI Book Group
 
  Wed. October 23, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.
  Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.
  Discussion Leader: Kaite Stover

Mysterious Undertakings
 
  Wed. September 9, 2013 at 6:30 p.m.
  Waldo Branch, 201 East 75th St.
  Discussion Leader: Marty Hatten

North-East Book Group
 
  Sun. October 6, 2013 at 2:00 p.m.
  North-East Branch, 6000 Wilson Rd.
  Discussion Leader: Angela Carroll
 

Stranger Than Fiction
 
  Wed. October 23, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.
  Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.
  Discussion Leader: Richard Henderson

Sugar Creek Seniors
 
  Wed. October 9, 2013 at 12:15 p.m.
  Fairmount Community Center,
  217 South Cedar Ave.
  Discussion Leader: Megan Garrett

  Wed. October 23, 2013 at 12:15 p.m.
  Fairmount Community Center,
  217 South Cedar Ave.
  Discussion Leader: Megan Garrett

Trailblazers
 
  Sat. October 19, 2013 at 2:00 p.m.
  Trails West, 11401 East 23rd St.
  Discussion Leader: Nancy Oelke

Women Who Dare
 
  Tues. October 8, 2013 at 6:00 p.m.
  Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
  Discussion Leader: Jill Schmidt

 

Other Big Read Book Groups
 
  Thurs. October 3, 2013 at 6:30 p.m.
  Waldo Branch, 201 E. 75th St.
  Discussion Leader: Marilyn Miller

  Sat. October 5, 2013 at 2:30 p.m.
  Bluford Branch, 3050 Prospect Ave.
  Discussion Leader: Bernard Norcott

 
 

 

Read It/Watch It Discussion Group

Film Screening and Discussion

 

True Grit (2010/110 minutes; PG-13)
Sun. October 27, 2013  |  1:30 p.m.
North-East Branch, 6000 Wilson Rd.
RSVP here

You have read and perhaps even re-read the Charles Portis modern masterpiece. Now watch this compelling film adaptation—Paramount Pictures’ tenacious True Grit (2010), starring Jeff Bridges, Hailee Steinfeld, and Matt Damon and filmed in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Join Big Read discussion facilitator Kaite Stover for a lively conversation comparing the written word to its cinematic interpretation. Participants are encouraged (but not required) to read Portis’ novel prior to attending the film screening.

 

Big Read on Goodreads

The Big Read expands its reach online via Goodreads.com, the social networking site where dedicated page-turners chat about books and literature. Join our Goodreads group - Kansas City Community of Readers - and be a part of our ongoing conversation about True Grit in Fall 2013.

The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts, designed to restore reading to the center of American culture by encouraging reading for pleasure and enlightenment. Help sustain the momentum of this Big Read by giving the Library’s expert team of librarian-advisors a chance to recommend your next favorite book!