2017

The Fortunes wins 2017 Chautauqua PrizeCHQPrize 2017Winner

Chautauqua Institution is delighted to announce The Fortunes (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) by Peter Ho Davies as the 2017 winner of The Chautauqua Prize. 

As author of the winning book, Davies receives $7,500 and all travel and expenses for himself and his family for a one-week summer residency at CHQ from July 8 to 15, 2017.  A public reading will take place at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 12, 2017 in the Hall of Philosophy.

Davies said he first came across the term “Chautauqua” as a college student reading Robert Pirsig’s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance in a class on the philosophy of science. 

“In a rare case of a jacket blurb coming true it really did ‘change my life.’ I was a physics major, at the time, with mostly suppressed literary ambitions but Pirsig's passionate fusion of the literary and scientific, of feeling and thought, was one of the things that inspired me to return to writing,” Davies said. "It means a lot to me all these years later, and shortly after Pirsig's death, to win The Chautauqua Prize. … I'm so honored and heartened by this award, honored to become a part of CHQ's long literary tradition, and heartened that a book about the struggles of Chinese immigrants resonates with contemporary readers."

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


The Chautauqua Prize 2017 Finalists

 TheGeneralVSThePresident HWBrands finalist

BloodRiverRising VictoriaPopeHubbell finalist

UndergroundAirlines BenHWinters finalist

AmericanCharacter ColinWoodard finalist

The General vs. The President: MacArthur and Truman at the Brink of Nuclear War
by H.W. Brands (Doubleday)

Blood River Rising: The Thompson-Crimson Feud of the 1920s
by Victoria Pope Hubbell (Iris Press)

Underground Airlines
by Ben H. Winters (Mulholland Books)

American Character: A History of the Epic Struggle Between Individual Liberty and the Common Good
by Colin Woodard (Viking)

 TheSongPoet KaoKaliaYang finalist

The Song Poet:
A Memoir of My Father
by Kao Kalia Yang
(Metropolitan Books)

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