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.

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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 each Wednesday. Book selections and program information are fully described in the Young Readers brochure available in-season at the CLSC Veranda.

View 2019 Young Readers Selections

Young Readers Historic Book List

All announced CLSC author presentations are below.


Don’t panic! We’ve temporarily taken down our 2020 events as we rebuild the summer calendar — this empty page of events will soon accurately reflect the offerings of our 2020 online assembly. Our program directors are currently working with 2020 lecturers, chaplains and artists to confirm their participation via remote video feed. Please check back beginning in early June as we begin posting frequent updates regarding confirmed programs and the online forum in which they will take place.

  • Thursday, July 09, 2020 | 03:30pm

    Monica Sok, CLSC Author, A Nail the Evening Hangs On

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    In her debut collection, Monica Sok uses poetry to reshape a family's memory about the Khmer Rouge regime—memory that is both real and imagined—according to a child of refugees.

    Location: Online broadcast; details to be posted in early June


  • Thursday, July 23, 2020 | 03:30pm

    Tim Maughan, CLSC Author, Infinite Detail

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    A timely and uncanny portrait of a world in the wake of fake news, diminished privacy, and a total shutdown of the Internet.

    Location: Online broadcast; details to be posted in early June


  • Thursday, August 06, 2020 | 03:30pm

    Bruce Holsinger, CLSC Author, The Gifted School

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    Set in the fictional town of Crystal, Colorado, The Gifted School is a keenly entertaining novel that observes the drama within a community of friends and parents as good intentions and high ambitions collide in a pile-up with long-held secrets and lies.

    Location: Online broadcast; details to be posted in early June