12 Days of CLSC

12 Days of CLSC

December is "Read a Book Month" and Chautauqua invites you to join the Chautauqua Literary & Scientific Circle in celebrating with “The 12 Days of CLSC.” This collection spotlights 12 popular CLSC book selections paired with the author’s lecture. You can find links to purchase each book in their respective lecture program descriptions.

About Chautauqua Institution: Chautauqua Institution is a community on the shores of Chautauqua Lake in southwestern New York state that comes alive each summer with a unique mix of fine and performing arts, lectures, interfaith worship and programs, and recreational activities. As a community, we celebrate, encourage and study the arts and treat them as integral to all of learning, and we convene the critical conversations of the day to advance understanding through civil dialogue. CHQ Assembly is the online expression of Chautauqua Institution's mission.

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12 Days of CLSC
  • CLSC: "Braiding Sweetgrass" with Robin Wall Kimmerer

    Originally broadcast Wednesday, October 19, 2022.

    Book available online at the Chautauqua Bookstore: https://www.chautauquabookstore.com/book/9781571313560

    Botanist and Professor Robin Wall Kimmerer will join us in the Hall of Philosophy to give the author’s presentation for the 2022 CLSC selec...

  • CLSC: "Ledger" with Jane Hirshfield

    Premiering Wednesday, September 21, 2022.

    Book available online at the Chautauqua Bookstore: https://www.chautauquabookstore.com/book/9781524711719

    This program is made possible by the Caroline Roberts Barnum and Julianne Barnum Follansbee Fund

    Naomi Shihab Nye calls Ledger, “some of the most ...

  • CLSC: "The Final Revival of Opal & Nev" with Dawnie Walton

    Originally broadcast at 3:30 p.m. ET Thursday, August 25, 2022.

    Book available online at the Chautauqua Bookstore: https://www.chautauquabookstore.com/book/9781982140175

    This program is made possible by the Caroline Roberts Barnum and Julianne Barnum Follansbee Fund

    Dawnie Walton will join us ...

  • CLSC: "Gunfight" with Ryan Busse

    Originally broadcast at 3:30 p.m. ET Thursday, August 18, 2022.

    Book available online at the Chautauqua Bookstore: https://www.chautauquabookstore.com/book/9781541768734

    For 30 years, Ryan Busse chased his childhood dream and built a successful career selling millions of firearms for one of Ame...

  • CLSC: A Conversation with Sandra Cisneros

    Originally broadcast at 3:30 p.m. ET Thursday, August 11, 2022.

    Book available online at the Chautauqua Bookstore: https://www.chautauquabookstore.com/book/9780679734772

    The 2017 CLSC author of The House on Mango Street returns to Chautauqua Institution this summer for a week that sees her work...

  • CLSC: Naomi Oreskes

    Originally broadcast at 3:30 p.m. ET Thursday, July 15, 2021.

    Book available online at the Chautauqua Bookstore: https://www.chautauquabookstore.com/book/9780691212265

    CLSC Presentation: Why Trust Science During a time when trust in science is weaning, when climate scientists are grasping to co...

  • CLSC: James Shapiro

    Originally broadcast at 7 pm ET Thursday, March 11, 2021.

    Book available online at the Chautauqua Bookstore: https://www.chautauquabookstore.com/book/9780525522317

    In a narrative arching across the centuries, James Shapiro traces the unparalleled role of Shakespeare's 400-year-old tragedies and...

  • CLSC Special Presentation: "Begin Again" and "Shakespeare in a Divided America"

    Originally broadcast at 4 pm ET Thursday, July 22, 2021.

    Book available online at the Chautauqua Bookstore: https://www.chautauquabookstore.com/book/9780525575337

    Sony Ton-Aime, Michael I. Rudell Director of Literary Arts, interviews Eddie Glaude, author of CLSC selection "Begin Again," and, in...

  • CLSC: ‘The End of Ice’

    Originally broadcast at 3:30 p.m. EDT Thursday, July 2, 2020.

    Book available online at the Chautauqua Bookstore: https://www.chautauquabookstore.com/book/9781620975978

    In The End of Ice, we follow Dahr Jamail as he scales Denali, the highest peak in North America, dives in the warm crystal wate...

  • CLSC: 'The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present'

    Originally broadcast at 3:30 p.m. EDT Thursday, August 20, 2020.

    Book available online at the Chautauqua Bookstore: https://www.chautauquabookstore.com/book/9780399573194

    In The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee, David Treuer melds history with reportage and memoir. Tracing the tribes' distinctive cult...

  • CLSC: "In the Country of Women"

    Originally broadcast at 3:30 p.m. EDT Thursday, July 30, 2020.

    Book available online at the Chautauqua Bookstore: https://www.chautauquabookstore.com/book/9781646220205

    Susan Straight details her book "In The Country of Women," which features a personal narrative that reads like a love song to ...

  • A Gentleman in Moscow

    Originally broadcast at 3:30 p.m. EDT Thursday, July 19, 2018.

    Book available online at the Chautauqua Bookstore: https://www.chautauquabookstore.com/book/9780143110439

    A transporting novel about a man who is ordered to spend the rest of his life inside a luxury hotel, A Gentleman in Moscow imm...