Monthly book club offers perfect get together for bookworms and lovers of the West

Grab a fellow book lover and head to the Cowboy! The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum’s book club kicks off its first book discussion of 2020 on January 12, from 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm.

The Read the West Book Club meets once a month in the Museum’s Dub & Mozelle Richardson Theater to discuss the month’s book selection and enjoy provided refreshments. John Steinbeck’s “The Grapes of Wrath” was selected as the book club’s read for January.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning novel is presented in conjunction with the Dorothea Lange: Politics of Seeing exhibition, which features the iconic Great Depressions era image Migrant Mother among many of Lange’s other works. The classic American novel follows the migration of an Oklahoma Dust Bowl family to California and their subsequent hardships.

Reservations are $6 for Museum members and $9 for general admission and are required by January 11, 2020. For more information or to register for the event, visit

All Read the West Book Club books are available for purchase in The Museum Store, where Museum members receive a 15% discount.

Other winter book club selections include Charles Portis’ classic novel “True Grit” (1968) on February 9, 2020, from 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm (Register by February 6, 2020) and “Drawing Fire: A Pawnee, Artist and Thunderbird in World War II” (2018) on March 8, 2020, from 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm (Register by March 5, 2020).

“The Grapes of Wrath” will also be the feature film for the Dinner and a Movie event February 20, 2020, from 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm. Guests will enjoy an introduction to the film by film historian Elizabeth Anthony and dine on comfort foods inspired by Route 66 and prepared by The Petroleum Club of Oklahoma City during the film. And unlike the Great Depression, Prohibition not be enforced and there will be cash bar available. For more information or to register to attend, visit

Following the film, movie-goers will be treated to exclusive time in the Dorothea Lange: Politics of Seeing exhibition.