CLSC Lectures

clsc logoReading together since 1878, the Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle has remained a leader in adult education through quality programming.

Each summer, the CLSC chooses at least nine books of literary quality and invites the authors to Chautauqua present their work to an audience of approximately 1,000 readers.

A gate pass is required to participate in all CLSC programs on the grounds.

Note: CLSC Class of 2018 graduation is August 8, 2018

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CLSC Young Readers program

The CLSC Young Readers program encourages the enjoyment of good reading. The books have been chosen for their quality, the variety of styles and subjects, and their appeal to young adult readers. A special program is offered at 4:15 p.m. each Wednesday. Book selections and program information are fully described in the Young Readers brochure available in-season at the CLSC Veranda.

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Young Readers Historic Book List

All announced CLSC author presentations are below.


  • Tuesday, June 26, 2018 | 10:45am

    Tyehimba Jess, CLSC Author, Olio

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    Author, Olio  This lecture will also serve as a CLSC Roundtable presentation.

    Tyehimba Jess is the author of Olio, which won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, The Midland Society Author’s Award in Poetry, and received an Outstanding Contribution to Publishing Citation from the Black Caucus of...

    Location: Amphitheater


  • Thursday, June 28, 2018 | 03:30pm

    Andrew Krivák, CLSC Author, The Signal Flame

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    The stunning second novel from National Book Award finalist Andrew Krivák is a heartbreaking, captivating story about a family awaiting the return of their youngest son from the Vietnam War.

    Location: Hall of Philosophy


  • Thursday, July 12, 2018 | 03:30pm

    Victor LaValle, CLSC Author, The Changeling

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    This captivating retelling of a classic fairy tale imaginatively explores parental obsession, spousal love, and the secrets that make strangers out of the people we love the most.

    Location: Hall of Philosophy


  • Tuesday, July 17, 2018 | 03:30pm

    Victoria Lomasko, CLSC Author, Other Russias

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    What does it mean to live in Russia today? What is it like to grow up in a forgotten city, to be a migrant worker or to grow old and seek solace in the Orthodox church?

    Location: Hall of Philosophy


  • Thursday, July 19, 2018 | 03:30pm

    Amor Towles, CLSC Author, A Gentleman in Moscow

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    A transporting novel about a man who is ordered to spend the rest of his life inside a luxury hotel, A Gentleman in Moscow immerses us in an elegantly drawn era with the story of Count Alexander Rostov.

    Location: Hall of Philosophy


  • Thursday, July 26, 2018 | 03:30pm

    Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi, CLSC Author, Call Me Zebra

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    Zebra is the last in a line of anarchists, atheists, and autodidacts. When war came, her family didn’t fight; they took refuge in books. Now alone and in exile, Zebra leaves New York for Barcelona, retracing the journey she and her father made from Iran to the United States years ago.

    Location: Hall of Philosophy


  • Thursday, August 02, 2018 | 03:30pm

    Jessica Bruder, CLSC Author, Nomadland: Surviving America in the 21st Century

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    From the beet fields of North Dakota to the National Forest campgrounds of California to Amazon’s CamperForce program in Texas, employers have discovered a new, low-cost labor pool, made up largely of transient older Americans. These invisible casualties of the Great Recession have taken to the road...

    Location: Hall of Philosophy


  • Thursday, August 09, 2018 | 03:30pm

    Kao Kalia Yang, CLSC Author, The Song Poet

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    In the Hmong tradition, the song poet recounts the story of his people, their history and tragedies, joys and losses. He keeps the past alive, invokes the spirits and the homeland, and records courtships, births, weddings, and wishes.

    Location: Hall of Philosophy


  • Tuesday, August 14, 2018 | 03:30pm

    Paisley Rekdal, CLSC Author, The Broken Country

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    Winner of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs Award for Creative Nonfiction, The Broken Country: On Trauma, a Crime, and the Continuing Legacy of Vietnam, uses a violent incident that took place in Salt Lake City, Utah, in 2012 as a springboard for examining the long-term cultural...

    Location: Hall of Philosophy


  • Thursday, August 23, 2018 | 03:30pm

    Doug Stanton, CLSC Author, Horse Soldiers

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    Horse Soldiers is the dramatic account of a small band of Special Forces soldiers who secretly entered Afghanistan following 9/11 and rode to war on horses against the Taliban.

    Location: Hall of Philosophy