by Phil Klay

Chautauqua Institution is delighted to announce Redeployment (The Penguin Press) by Phil Klay as the 2015 winner of The Chautauqua Prize.

As author of the winning book, Klay receives $7,500 and all travel and expenses for himself and his wife for a one-week summer residency at CHQ. He will host a public reading and a book signing on Saturday, July 25, at the Hall of Philosophy.

While his Week Four residency will be the first time Klay visits CHQ, he said he has fond memories of childhood trips to Lakeside Chautauqua, an Ohio community that is part of the Chautauqua Trail.

“I’m thrilled to come to the original CHQ,” Klay said. “I’m incredibly honored by this, and looking forward to meeting folks there.”


A July 25 public reading of the Chautauqua Prize winner Redeployment by Phil Klay will be held at 1:30 in the Hall of Philosophy.


Press Kit:
Full press release | Book Cover | The Chautauqua Prize logo (pdf)





The Map Thief
by Michael Blanding (Gotham/Avery)

by Kim Church (Dzanc Books)

The Bully of Order
by Brian Hart (HarperCollins)

by Lily King
(Grove Atlantic/Atlantic Monthly)





by Phil Klay
(The Penguin Press)

All Eyes Are Upon Us
by Jason Sokol
(Basic Books)

The Scatter Here is Too Great
by Bilal Tanweer

The Witch
by Jean Thompson
(Blue Rider Press)

Press Kit:
Full press release | The Chautauqua Prize logo (pdf)


From the toddler whose grandparents are helping choose her first book to the octogenarian devouring the uncountable, Chautauquans have an extraordinary involvement with the written word.

There is no other implicit or explicit relationship between The Chautauqua Prize and other Chautauqua Institution literary programs.

Literary Significance

Literary Significance

Chautauqua Institution, dedicated to the exploration of the best of human values and to the enrichment of life, is the pre-eminent expression of lifelong learning in the United States.

More than 100,000 persons who visit CHQ during the 2018 Season will note the honor of this selection, and The Chautauqua Prize winner and shortlist will be announced through broadcast, print and online media. CHQ’s singular multi-generational community offers artistic articulation, social and cultural conversations, and global and national interfaith and political awareness opportunities through approximately 2,200 events staged each summer at our lakeside location in western New York. CHQ’s national reach includes book clubs, civic and faith organizations, schools, libraries, and colleges and universities. International Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circles include Japan, South Africa, and Zimbabwe.

  1. CHQ attracts 4,000-plus in daily audiences for literary-themed weeks and special events:
    1. Literary-themed weeks in 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2016: Roger Rosenblatt and Friends (Alan Alda, Julie Andrews, Margaret Atwood, Derek Bok, Sissela Bok, Tom Brokaw, Billy Collins, E.L. Doctorow, Anne Fadiman, Jules Feiffer, Emma Walton Hamilton, Norman Lear, Jim Lehrer, Alice McDermott, Marsha Norman, Joyce Carol Oates, Ann Patchett, Jane Pauley, Elizabeth Strout, Garry Trudeau, Amy Tan, and Meg Wolitzer)
    2. Recent special events and literary lectures include David McCullough (2016), Anthony Doerr (2015), Margaret Atwood (2013), Billy Collins (2016, 2013 & 2010), Ted Kooser (2012), Dan Brown (2011), Stanley Fish (2011), Azar Nafisi (2011), Salman Rushdie (2010), Robert Pinsky (2009)
  2. The Chautauqua Bookstore often sells hundreds of books for an individual book signing. The Chautauqua Bookstore reports sales to The New York Times. We also track our effect on Amazon.com. Thousands of sales result from a CHQ connection.
  3. Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle, founded in 1878 and the oldest continuous U.S. reading course, honors nine to 10 CLSC selections each summer, which feature book cover designation on onsite sales, author honorarium plus visit to CHQ, several hundred books sold at Chautauqua Bookstore, plus documented Amazon sales resulting from CLSC designation. Honored writers include Karen Armstrong, Margaret Atwood, Geraldine Brooks, Susan Choi, Annette Gordon-Reed, Thomas Lynch, Ha Jin, Stanley Kunitz, Bill McKibben, Philipp Meyer, Robert Morgan, Joyce Carol Oates, Téa Obreht, Michael Ondaatje, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Tobias Wolfe and David Wroblewski. Click here for a PDF download of the CLSC Historic Book List.
  4. Chautauqua Writers’ Center, founded in 1987, offers 20-plus workshops each summer (from published writers who also teach writing), weekly readings and lectures, plus occasional presentations on publishing, book-to-film, writing for specific audiences, and collaborations with other Institution entities (i.e., Jewish Writing Festival with Everett Jewish Life Center). A preseason Writers’ Festival attracts 72 participants in six intensive workshops.
  5. Special Studies classes (adult continuing education) attract more than 1,000 students in literature and writing courses each summer.
  6. Literary programs are afforded opportunities for collaboration with other expressions of the arts on the Chautauqua Institution grounds, including Chautauqua Theater Company, Visual Arts at Chautauqua Institution, Everett Jewish Life Center at CHQ, and youth programs.
  7. The Chautauqua literary journal publishes original, previously unpublished works of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Works chosen embody the vision of CHQ, as much a philosophy and an aesthetic as a physical place, whose soul lies in the American passion for self-improvement — the drive to enrich oneself culturally, artistically, morally, and intellectually.
Updated Sept. 5, 2017