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Reading 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.

Chautauqua Literary & Scientific Circle Vertical Theme 2015

Books chosen as Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle selections in 2015 will celebrate the theme of “truth and consequences.” 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.

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.


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


July 02, 2015
  • Robert Pinsky, CLSC Author

    Thursday, July 02, 2015 | 03:30pm
    Location: Hall of Philosophy

    The Sounds of Poetry Robert Pinsky A clear and entertaining account of how poetry works, from former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky, ...

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July 09, 2015
  • Gilbert King, CLSC Author

    Thursday, July 09, 2015 | 03:30pm
    Location: Hall of Philosophy

    Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys and the Dawn of a New AmericaGilbert King In 1949, Florida's orange industry ...

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July 14, 2015
  • Alice McDermott, CLSC Author

    Tuesday, July 14, 2015 | 03:30pm
    Location: Hall of Philosophy

    Someone Alice McDermott An ordinary life—its sharp pains and unexpected joys, its bursts of clarity and moments of confusion — lived by ...

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July 16, 2015
  • Chang-rae Lee, CLSC Author

    Thursday, July 16, 2015 | 03:30pm
    Location: Hall of Philosophy

    Native Speaker Chang-rae Lee Henry Park has spent his entire life trying to become a true American — a native speaker. But ...

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August 13, 2015
  • Anthony Doerr, CLSC Author

    Thursday, August 13, 2015 | 03:30pm
    Location: Hall of Philosophy

    All The Light We Cannot See Anthony Doerr Anthony Doerr’s New York Times best-selling novel All The Light We Cannot See has ...

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August 27, 2015
  • Diane Ackerman, CLSC Author

    Thursday, August 27, 2015 | 03:30pm
    Location: Hall of Philosophy

    The Human Age: The World Shaped by Us Diane Ackerman In Diane Ackerman's latest, The Human Age, the author explores the natural ...

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2015 Season Information



CLSC Veranda
(716) 357-6293 (in-season)

Department of Education
(716) 357-6310

Chautauqua Institution
Attn: Department of Education/CLSC
PO Box 1034
Chautauqua, NY 14722