New 2018 CLSC Selections!

The Song Poet (link)  Two new CLSC Selections have been announced -- The Song Poet by Kao Kalia Yang (also a 2017 Chautauqua Prize Finalist) and The Broken Country by Paisley Rekdal.

In The Song Poet: A Memoir of My Father, Kao Kalia Yang retells the life of her father, Bee Yang, the song poet ― a Hmong refugee in Minnesota, driven from the mountains of Laos by America’s Secret War.  Yang's Week 7 CLSC Presentation will take placeThe Broken Country (link) 3:30 Thursday, August 9, 2018.

Week 8 selection The Broken Country: On Trauma, a Crime, and the Continuing Legacy of Vietnam uses a violent incident that took place in Salt Lake City, Utah, in 2012 as a springboard for examining the long-term cultural and psychological effects of the Vietnam War.  Paisley Rekdal's CLSC Presentation will take place Tuesday, August 14, 2018.


Join Us for Chautauqua Bookstore's Annual Open House

Stop by, say hello, have a cookie, run Santa’s Train!

Take in the atmosphere of the Winter Village at CHQ

Thank you to all of our patrons for your support throughout the year. 

Wishing you a Wonderful Holiday and a very Happy 2018

Friday, December 15, 2017 - 11:00am to 3:00pm

Second 2018 CLSC Selection Announced

The second[Olio cover] click to view book details CLSC selection to be announced for the 2018 season is Olio, which won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, The Midland Society Author’s Award in Poetry, and received an Outstanding Contribution to Publishing Citation from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. 

Olio, is part fact, part fiction, and weaves sonnet, song, and narrative to examine the lives of mostly unrecorded African-American performers directly before and after the Civil War up to World War I.

Author Tyehimba Jess will give his CLSC Roundtable presentation as a 10:45 Amphitheater lecture on Tuesday, June 26, 2018.

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The Chautauqua Bookstore Celebrates the Winter Village at CHQ

As part of the Winter Village at CHQ, the Bookstore will have extended weekend hours November 24th through December 30th.  The holiday hours will be as follows:

M-Th: 9am-5pm
F: 9am-8pm
Sa & Su: 9am-6pm

Come take care of your holiday shopping with our selection of books, toys & games, greeting cards, and assorted gift items.  And don't be shy about browsing for a good read for your next cozy night-in!  Gift wrapping will be available for any purchases.

Shuttle service will be offered from the South Lot to Bestor Plaza during Winter Village hours ( 4–8 p.m. Fridays, 11–6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays).  There are no fees for entry, parking, or shuttles.

Carriage & Sleigh Ride tickets will be sold at the Bookstore on the days the rides take place.  Numbers are limited.  For the safety of the horses, the rides are weather permitting.


Chautauqua Bookstore

The Chautauqua Bookstore serves the community and mission of the Chautauqua Institution.

Located on Bestor Plaza, the Bookstore is open all year round and carries a variety of merchandise similar to the mix one will find in a college campus bookstore.   Certainly you will find books, with an emphasis on titles about the Institution's history and community, books written by speakers featured in the Institution's current lecture platforms, and titles from both current and previous seasons’ CLSC selections.  There is also a good selection of books by local authors, current New York Times Bestsellers, and a strong assortment of titles in the subjects Chautauquans most typically focus on: literary fiction, science, religion, history, and the arts.

If you enjoy the lectures given during the summer, we can provide you with CD and MP3 recordings of the programs given daily at 9:15, 10:45, and 2PM as well as the CLSC (Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle) and Contemporary Issues Forum talks.

Alongside our books, we also carry a wide selection of Chautauqua-themed clothing and souvenirs.  There are sweatshirts, t-shirts, mugs, stationery, pens and pencils, magnets, stickers, etc. sporting the Chautauqua logo.  A variety of Chautauqua images and landmarks can be found on our collection of greeting cards, note cards, and postcards.

We also pride ourselves on having a unique blend of gifts and greeting cards, many of them related to Chautauqua's four pillars of education, religion, the arts, and recreation.  This includes an outstanding selection of creativity and educational toys for children, as well as an assortment of locally produced and international Fair Trade items.

First 2018 CLSC Selection - The Signal Flame

The Signal Flame by Andrew Krivák is the first announced 2018 CLSC Selection.  The novel follows a family in Pennsylvania's Endless Mountains as they await the return of their youngest son from the Vietnam War.

Krivák’s first novel, The Sojourn, won The Chautauqua Prize in 2012.

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ISBN: 9781501126376
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scribner Book Company - January 24th, 2017