Charles Portis To Receive Oxford American Award

Zoie Clift
Legendary writer and Arkansas native Charles Portis will accept The Oxford American’s Award for Lifetime
Achievement in Southern Literature at the magazine’s inaugural Best of the
South Gala in Little Rock  April 3.

Portis, who was born in El Dorado and currently lives in
Little Rock, is best known for his novel True Grit, which was adapted for a
feature film in 1969.  The film starred John Wayne, who won the Academy
Award and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Rooster

The Coen Brothers are
currently producing another film version of True Grit, and Rooster Cogburn will
be played by Jeff Bridges, who just won this year’s Academy Award for Best

 Also at the event, Academy
Award-winning actor Morgan Freeman will accept an inaugural award for
Outstanding Contributions to Southern  Culture. Freeman was nominated for the Academy Award for Best
Actor for his portrayal of Nelson Mandela in the film “Invictus”.

The entire Capital Hotel is
being reserved for the gala. For more information on the event, check out

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