Irving Reads 2017

We are excited to announce the novel True Grit has been selected for the city's twelfth annual Irving Reads series

This October readers throughout Irving can show off their pioneering spirit by discovering and talking about the classic western by Charles Portis. Originally published in 1968 as a series in the weekly magazine The Saturday Evening Post, the gripping tale of a wintertime quest to avenge the death of a 14-year old girl’s father was immediately adapted for the silver screen. Most of us could not imagine anyone but John Wayne playing Rooster Cogburn, until Jeff Bridges updated the character with a tough as nails performance in the 2010 movie rendition.


With witty and often poetic banter, the characters win over our hearts. The mettle of Mattie Ross is tested when a hired hand by the name of Tom Chaney shoots her father during a drunken dispute while out of town, forcing the teen to handle the funeral and financial matters alone. The self-confident teen must travel to the town where her father was shot to make the arrangements. During her trip, Mattie concocts a plan to hire a federal marshal, Rooster Cogburn, to find and kill the outlaw responsible. Searching for Chaney will lead them into a hostile territory filled with bad men and threatening terrain, which most men believe is no place for a woman. Yet, Mattie is no ordinary young lady. The snag in Mattie’s plan is that Chaney is wanted for a different crime, and someone else possibly wants to bring him back alive.

Check out True Grit to get a jump start on the reading, book clubs and other literary events planned at Irving Public Libraries and in the community throughout October 2017.  Event details coming soon.