The Big Read 2013

The Kansas City Public Library will lead a community-wide celebration of Charles Portis’ iconic western novel True Grit.

Readers will be able to connect with True Grit through a wide range of free public events, programs, book discussions, and a special exhibit at the Central Library.

Additionally, several hundred copies of True Grit will be available for check-out from all ten Kansas City Public Library locations.


Get Involved



Signature Events

Speakers, author events, discussions and more

Book Discussions

Join other readers for Big Read conversations

Film Series

Films that complement the themes in True Grit


A photo exhibit celebrating the mythology of the West

Youth & Teens

The Little Big Read - Activities for younger audiences

Corporate Edition

The Library offers workplace outreach resources


Organizations that helped make this possible

The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts designed to restore reading to the center of American culture and to encourage citizens to read for pleasure and enlightenment. The NEA presents The Big Read in partnership with The Institute of Museum and Library Services and in cooperation with Arts Midwest. Support for The Big Read has been provided by the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation; The Ruffin A. Cooper, Jr., Endowment; the Poetry Foundation; and Ford Motor Company.


Local partners in this year’s Big Read include the American Royal, Emporia State University, the US Marshals Service-Western Missouri Region, and Women Writing the West.