“If circumstances should make it impossible (temporarily, I hope) for me to be a Russian writer, perhaps I shall be able, like the Pole Joseph Conrad, to become for a time an English writer... "

-Yevgeny Zamyatin, in a letter to Stalin

Explore the works of Russian writers for CHQ's Week 4: Russia and the West

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich: (50th Anniversary Edition) Cover Image
The Death of Ivan Ilyich and Other STories (Vintage Classics) Cover Image
The Beauties: Essential Stories (Pushkin Collection) Cover Image
The Big Green Tent: A Novel Cover Image
Forty Rooms Cover Image
Three Simple Men: And Other Holy Folktales Cover Image
Happy Moscow Cover Image
Buddha's Little Finger Cover Image

"The present generation sees everything clearly, it is amazed and laughs at the folly of its ancestors...and self-confidently enters on a fresh set of errors at which their descendants will laugh again later on.”

-Nikolai Gogol, Dead Souls

Join us for CHQ 2018 Week 4: Russia and the West July 15th - 21st

A quarter-century has passed since the collapse of the Soviet Union — and the promise of new relationship with the West — yet we find ourselves at what some consider the brink of a new Cold War. What has happened to damage relations between Russia and the West over 25 years, how have power dynamics changed in the age of digital and information warfare, and what must we understand about the recent history of Vladimir Putin’s Russia and its relationship with the West and the world? Building upon the work of the Chautauqua Conferences on U.S.-Soviet Relations of the 1980s and 1990s, we reaffirm our need for a deeper cultural understanding of Russia, its history and its people.

Check out the titles below as well as our collection of Week 4 Speaker Books.


Who Lost Russia?: How the World Entered a New Cold War Cover Image
Living in . . . Russia (Living in...) Cover Image
Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin's War on America and the Election of Donald Trump Cover Image
Lenin on the Train Cover Image
The Road to Unfreedom: Russia, Europe, America Cover Image
Three Days in Moscow: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of the Soviet Empire Cover Image
Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible: The Surreal Heart of the New Russia Cover Image
The Golden Treasure Trove of the Russian Museum Cover Image

"It is a happy talent to know how to play. Some men must always work if they would be respectable; for the moment they trifle, they are silly. Others show most talent when they trifle."

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Join us for CHQ 2018 Week 3: The Art of Play July 8th - 14th

Play is critically important in the social and emotional development of a child, but research also tells us that play shouldn’t end when we grow up. This week, we take a multigenerational approach to play, to the act of instructive fun. How does play help people of all ages build community, keep our minds sharp and strengthen the relationships with those we love? From the free-spirited, free-form play of youth to the intellectual challenge of puzzles and games to the creative problem-solving exhibited in board rooms, we examine the science behind the importance of play, the changing culture of play and gaming, and the innovative work aimed at improving our personal and professional lives through play.

Check out the titles below as well as our collection of Week 3 Speaker Books.


Children at Play: An American History Cover Image
Outside the Lines, Too: An Inspired and Inventive Coloring Book by Creative Masterminds Cover Image
Living Out Loud: Activities to Fuel a Creative Life Cover Image
Wonderland: How Play Made the Modern World Cover Image
Wreck This Journal (Paper bag) Expanded Ed. Cover Image
The Encyclopedia of Immaturity: How to Never Grow Up: The Complete Guide Cover Image
101 Things for Kids to Do Outside Cover Image
The Snowy Day: 50th Anniversary Edition Cover Image

“American history is a quagmire, and the more one knows, the quaggier the mire gets.”

-Sarah Vowell, The Partly Cloudy Patriot

Join us for CHQ 2018 Week 2: American Identity July 1st - 7th

Who are we as Americans? Everyone has their own definition of the American identity, and most agree it’s being lost. A recent poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research found that 71 percent of Americans feel the United States is losing its national identity — that is, the beliefs and values the country represents. During this week, we reach across the aisles of both politics and faith. We examine how we’ve defined American identity throughout our history and the stories we’ve told to shape that identity; the political, economic and social factors that shape our contemporary definitions; and what these different national identities — at times in conflict with one another — mean for our democracy and the prosperity of all Americans. We’ll consider whether a new foundation of American identity is necessary — or even possible.

Check out the titles below as well as our collection of Week 2 Speaker Books.


Real American: A Memoir Cover Image
America the Ingenious: How a Nation of Dreamers, Immigrants, and Tinkerers Changed the World Cover Image
#notyourprincess: Voices of Native American Women Cover Image
It Occurs to Me That I Am America: New Stories and Art Cover Image
A People's History of the United States Cover Image
How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America Cover Image
Americanah Cover Image
How Artists See America: East South Midwest West Cover Image

"Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten."

-Neil Gaiman, Coraline

Join us for CHQ 2018 Week 1: The Life of the Written Word June 24th - 30th

Language is a living and dynamic thing, passed along through writing. Words and the act of writing can erase or reclaim history, identity. We write to communicate our truths, and we read to understand, to gain new perspectives, new knowledge, and new empathy. For these reasons, the literary arts find themselves at the forefront of cultural, political, and artistic conversations in the U.S. and around the world. As the line between writer and reader is blurred, we recognize that human beings are storytellers as well as story readers. In this weeklong festival, Chautauqua builds upon its traditions as a literary community, and we hold up the power of language and pledge to be responsible stewards of that power.

Check out the titles below, as well as our collection of Week 1 Speaker Books.

The Word Collector Cover Image
The Forgotten Founding Father: Noah Webster's Obsession and the Creation of an American Culture Cover Image
Remarkable Books: The World's Most Beautiful and Historic Works Cover Image
Black Ink: Literary Legends on the Peril, Power, and Pleasure of Reading and Writing Cover Image