The St. Johns County Public Library System is pleased to announce Charles Portis’ novel True Grit as the featured book for the 2017 “St. Johns Reads” community-wide reading project. To celebrate the program’s 12th year, the County is hosting a St. Johns Reads Hootenanny event beginning at 4:45 p.m. on Saturday, February 4 at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340C A1A South. The event will feature music by the Wobbly Toms and a showing of the 2010 film True Grit. Doors open at 4pm. In addition, a variety of programs will be staged at all six St. Johns County library locations throughout the month of February. For your convenience, we also have a downloadable version of the St. Johns Reads schedule of events.
True Grit, a classic western novel, was first published in 1968 as a serial in the Saturday Evening Post, and made into the first of two film versions the following year. One of the few westerns told from the perspective of a woman, the classic story features 14-year-old Mattie Ross as she seeks retribution for her father’s murder.