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March 18, 2014

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NORMAN — Movie nights set in Moore, Shawnee

The Pioneer Library System’s annual Big Read is taking readers to the Wild West through the words of author Charles Portis and his novel “True Grit.”

The novel also inspired two notable film versions — the 1969 classic starring John Wayne and a 2010 remake starring Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon and Josh Brolin and produced by Joel and Ethan Coen.

The Coen brothers’ adaptation of the novel is coming to the big screen, free of charge, at 6:30 p.m. March 27 at the Warren Theatre, 1000 S. Telephone Road in Moore. The same presentation will be at 6:30 p.m. April 3 at Cinema Centre 8, 3031 N. Harrison Ave. in Shawnee.

Preceding the movie will be the premiere of “The True ‘True Grit,’” a documentary film commissioned by the PLS and produced by the University of Oklahoma Video and Media Services Department.

The film looks at Arkansas and Oklahoma settings used in the novel and contrasts the ways they were used in the Hollywood film versions of “True Grit.”

Admission is free for the Moore and Shawnee events, but anyone who registers online in advance will be entered into a drawing for a piece of framed Western art. Also, each event will have a costume contest. Audience members can come dressed either as a character from the novel or in their most elaborate Western wear.

Registration for the Moore showing can be completed at host4.evanced.info/pioneerok/evanced/eventsignup.asp?ID=40672.

Registration for the Shawnee showing can be completed at host4.evanced.info/pioneerok/evanced/eventsignup.asp?ID=40674.

For more information about the PLS Big Read activities, visit or call any hometown library or visit pls.lib.ok.us/pls-big-read.

Great Decisions discussions set

The Norman Public Library’s annual Great Decisions Discussion Series returns for its first of four sessions at 6:30 p.m. March 27 in Rooms A and B of the library, 225 N. Webster Ave.

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