Lately I've been working on a committee comprised of ladies in our community who are pursuing a grant offered by the National Endowment for the Arts called The Big Read. Clearly this group of ladies has done this before because they work together like a finely crafted machine, each knowing her own part to play and playing it perfectly. I am the only one in the group new to all of this, and it's quite humbling.
The purpose of The Big Read is to encourage non-readers of classic literature to start reading. To apply for the grant, a book must be selected from a pre-approved list and a proposal created to explain exactly how the grant will be used to promote the selected book in the community.
The book we selected is True Grit.
I've never read True Grit, nor have I seen the movies, but I'm looking forward to reading it. From what I've heard it has something for every reader... US Marshalls, a young girl fixed on avenging her father's death, and an adventure through the Old West.
The plans we have to promote this book are fun, inventive, and inclusive. Several businesses in town are involved, as well as non-profits, historical homes, schools, libraries and two colleges.
I can't wait to get started!