CLSC Authors

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 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.


Chautauqua Literary & Scientific Circle Vertical Theme 2017

Books chosen as Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle selections in 2017 will celebrate the theme of “community.” In most cases, the book will complement the theme of its corresponding week. In all selections, exceptional writing will define the authors honored by the CLSC. Author programs are held Thursdays at 3:30 in the Hall of Philosophy unless otherwise noted.

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

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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.

View 2017 Young Readers Selections

CLSC Young Readers Historic Book List

All announced CLSC authors and Young Readers authors are listed below.


  • Thursday, July 27, 2017 | 03:30pm

    Paul Beatty, CLSC Author, The Sellout

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    A biting satire about a young man's isolated upbringing and the race trial that sends him to the Supreme Court, Paul Beatty’s The Sellout showcases a comic genius at the top of his game. It challenges the sacred tenets of the United States Constitution...

    Location: Hall of Philosophy


  • Thursday, August 03, 2017 | 03:30pm

    Richard Russo, CLSC Author, Everybody's Fool

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    When Doug Raymer falls into an open grave during a funeral service, it is only the first of many farcical and grisly incidents in Richard Russo's shaggy dog story of revenge and redemption.

    Location: Hall of Philosophy


  • Thursday, August 10, 2017 | 12:15pm

    William Heyen, CLSC Author, The Candle: Poems of Our 20th Century Holocausts

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    The Candle: Poems of Our 20th Century Holocausts is a record, unlike any other in literature, of an American poet's staring into the central atrocities of our Twentieth Century, of his struggle against soul-sickness as he attempts, over almost 50 years, by way of despised and barbaric poetry...

    Location: Hall of Philosophy


  • Thursday, August 10, 2017 | 03:30pm

    Susan Southard, CLSC Author, Nagasaki: Life After Nuclear War

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    A powerful and unflinching account of the enduring impact of nuclear war, told through the stories of those who survived, Susan Southard’s Nagasaki is a gripping narrative of human resilience in the aftermath of one of the most controversial wartime acts in history.

    Location: Hall of Philosophy


  • Thursday, August 17, 2017 | 03:30pm

    Dan Barry, CLSC Author, The Boys in the Bunkhouse

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    A Dickensian tale from America’s heartland, The Boys in the Bunkhouse is the harrowing yet uplifting story of the exploitation and abuse of a resilient group of men with intellectual disability, and the heroic efforts of those who helped them to find justice and reclaim their lives.

    Location: Hall of Philosophy