The entire State of Oklahoma will be joining the Pioneer Library System in reading and celebrating Charles Portis's classic novel throughout 2014.
"When Pioneer suggested True Grit would be ideal for an Oklahoma One Book project, we jumped at the chance," said Bill Young, Public Information Manager at the Oklahoma Department of Libraries.
"We haven't had a statewide reading and discussion program since the Centennial Oklahoma Reads Oklahoma project from 2004 to 2007. That was very popular, and libraries have told us time and again they want another One Book program."
ODL is ordering 200 copies of the book and is working with the Oklahoma Humanities Council on programming ideas. The agency will also launch the OkReadsTrueGrit.org website this October. That's the month the Southeastern Public Library System—in the heart of the Choctaw Nation, the site of True Grit—kicks off its own Big Read events.
Young said the website will serve as a True Grit event calendar for the public and an idea generator for libraries who want to plan their own programs.