"The home is the wellspring of personhood...When we try to understand ourselves, we often begin by considering the kind of home in which we were raised.”

Matthew Desmond, Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City book image: Evicted by Matthew Desmond

The Week Seven CLSC selection features Matthew Desmond’s Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City. MacArthur “Genius” Matthew Desmond’s Pulitzer Prize-winning bestseller Evicted draws on years of embedded fieldwork and painstakingly gathered data to transform our understanding of inequity and economic exploitation in America. This CLSC Author Presentation will take place at 10:45 a.m. on Tuesday, August 9, 2022, in the Amphitheater in collaboration with the Chautauqua Lecture Series. If you’re not able to join us on the grounds, you can join us from home on CHQ Assembly

The Week Seven CLSC Young Readers selection is Tae Keller’s Jennifer Chan is Not Alone. All interested young readers and family members should join us on Sunday, August 7, 2022, at 1:00 p.m. on the Hultquist Center porch for our book discussion and themed activity. 

This gathering will also feature our Early Reader’s selection, Mi Casa is My Home by Laurenne Sala and Zara González Hoang. We encourage you to read our CLSC Young Reader Classic Selections for this summer: The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros and Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie. 
 

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Mi Casa Is My Home By Laurenne Sala, Zara González Hoang (Illustrator) Cover Image
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“We are confined to the present, but this moment we’re living now has, for all of history, been the future. And now, forever more, it will be past. Everything we do sets off unforeseeable, irreversible chain reactions."

Maggie Shipstead, Great Circle

Thebook image: Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead Week Six CLSC selection features Maggie Shipstead’s Great Circle. Great Circle is a “masterclass in historical fiction” according to The Telegraph. In effortless and dazzling prose, Maggie Shipstead weaves together an expansive story that covers more than a century. This CLSC Author Presentation will take place at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 4, 2022, in the Hall of Philosophy. A book signing will follow on the porch of Alumni Hall. If you’re not able to join us on the grounds, you can join us from home on CHQ Assembly

Don’t miss the CLSC Book Discussion on Monday, August 1, 2022, at 12:15 p.m. on the porch of the Literary Arts Center at Alumni Hall (and streamed live via the Chautauqua Literary Arts Facebook page) featuring co-presenters Dr. Susan Allen and Melanie Ritzenthaler.

The Week Six CLSC Young Readers selection is Edith’s graphic novel rendition of the classic Tom’s Midnight Garden.

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Tom's Midnight Garden Graphic Novel By Philippa Pearce, Edith (Illustrator) Cover Image

“Knowledge can be very valuable... but only if people want it. If they don't, it can be worse than useless.”

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The Week Five CLSC selection features Anna North’s Outlawed. Centered on irresistibly no-nonsense, courageous, and determined heroine, Outlawed dusts off the myth of the old West and reignites the glimmering promise of the frontier with an entirely new set of feminist stakes. This CLSC Author Presentation will take place at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 28, 2022, in the Hall of Philosophy. A book signing will follow on the porch of the Alumni Hall. If you cannot join us on the grounds, you can join us from home on CHQ Assembly.

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"Empathy is no substitute for the experience itself...And people who have hit the caste lottery are not in a position to tell a person who has suffered under the tyranny of caste what is offensive or hurtful or demeaning to those at the bottom."

Caste with CLSC badge Isabel Wilkerson, Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents

Week Four's CLSC selection features Isabel Wilkerson’s Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents. This book examines the unspoken caste system that has shaped America and shows how a hierarchy of social divisions still defines our lives. This CLSC Author Presentation has been postponed. Chautauqua is working with Ms. Wilkerson to reschedule the program to happen in the Fall or online.  That should give you plenty of time to read it beforehand!

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"I have evolved from being a detached skeptic of civil resistance to becoming an invested participant...I now study the history and practice...with much greater urgency, for the sake of my own democracy and in solidarity..."

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-- Erica Chenoweth, Civil Resistance: What Everyone Needs to Know

The Week Three CLSC selection features Erica Chenoweth’s Civil Resistance: What Everyone Needs to Know. In this book, Chenoweth — one of the world’s leading scholars on the topic–explains what civil resistance is, how it works, why it sometimes fails, how violence and repression affect it, and the long-term impacts of such resistance. Featuring both historical cases of civil resistance and more contemporary examples such as the Arab Awakenings and various ongoing movements in the United States, this book provides a comprehensive yet pithy overview of this enormously important subject. This CLSC Author Presentation will take place on Thursday, July 14, 2022, at 3:30 p.m. in the Hall of Philosophy. A book signing on the porch of the Literary Arts Center at Alumni Hall will follow. This CLSC Author Presentation will be streamed live on CHQ Assembly and be available on-demand for the following week. 

Don’t miss the CLSC Book Discussion on Monday, July 11, 2022, at 12:15 p.m. on the porch of the Literary Arts Center at Alumni Hall with co-presenters Philip Allen and Margaret Edwards.

“To love a place is not enough. We must find ways to heal it.”

image: Braiding Sweetgrass [book] with CLSC badgeRobin Wall Kimmerer, Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants

The Week Two CLSC program features Robin Wall Kimmerer’s Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teaching of Plants. Drawing on her life as an indigenous scientist, a mother, and a woman, Kimmerer shows how other living beings—asters and goldenrod, strawberries and squash, salamanders, algae, and sweetgrass—offer us gifts and lessons, even if we’ve forgotten how to hear their voices. In a rich braid of reflections that range from the creation of Turtle Island to the forces that threaten its flourishing today, she circles toward a central argument: that the awakening of a wider ecological consciousness requires the acknowledgment and celebration of our reciprocal relationship with the rest of the living world. This CLSC Author Presentation will take place on Thursday, July 7, 2022, at 3:30 p.m. in the Hall of Philosophy. A book signing on the porch of the Literary Arts Center at Alumni Hall will follow. 

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2022 CLSC Young Readers Selections Announced!

Chautauqua Institution is a community that values and celebrates reading, and since 1994, the CLSC Young Readers program has engaged young Chautauquans and community members in the enjoyment of good reading. Each summer, a selection of books are chosen for their quality, the variety of their styles and subjects, and their appeal to young readers.  While aimed at 9- to 14-year-olds, these books will also delight younger and older readers.

New for the 2022 Summer Assembly, we’ve expanded the Young Readers selections to include titles for early readers and their families. Weekly book discussions and themed activities will be held at 1 p.m. Sundays on the Hultquist Center porch. We encourage all families and kids to join us at these sessions whether you’ve finished reading the week’s book or are waiting to get started.

We Are Still Here!: Native American Truths Everyone Should Know By Traci Sorell, Frane Lessac (Illustrator) Cover Image
The Accidental Apprentice (Wilderlore #1) By Amanda Foody Cover Image
Every Human Has Rights: A Photographic Declaration for Kids By National Geographic, Mary Robinson (Foreword by) Cover Image
Rick Riordan Presents Aru Shah and the End of Time (A Pandava Novel Book 1) (Pandava Series) By Roshani Chokshi Cover Image
Call Us What We Carry: Poems By Amanda Gorman Cover Image
Tom's Midnight Garden Graphic Novel By Philippa Pearce, Edith (Illustrator) Cover Image
Jennifer Chan Is Not Alone By Tae Keller Cover Image
The Beatryce Prophecy By Kate DiCamillo, Sophie Blackall (Illustrator) Cover Image
The Raconteur's Commonplace Book: A Greenglass House Story By Kate Milford Cover Image
Malala's Magic Pencil By Malala Yousafzai, Kerascoët (Illustrator) Cover Image
Mi Casa Is My Home By Laurenne Sala, Zara González Hoang (Illustrator) Cover Image
Someone Builds the Dream By Lisa Wheeler, Loren Long (Illustrator) Cover Image

Rebecca Donner’s ‘All The Frequent Troubles Of Our Days’ Wins 2022 Chautauqua Prize

Chimage: All the Frequent Troubles of Our Days photo cardautauqua Institution has announced All the Frequent Troubles of Our Days: The True Story of the American Woman at the Heart of the German Resistance to Hitler (Little, Brown and Company) by Rebecca Donner as the 2022 winner of The Chautauqua Prize.

Awarded annually since 2012, The Chautauqua Prize celebrates a book of fiction or literary/narrative nonfiction that provides a richly rewarding reading experience and to honor the author for a significant contribution to the literary arts. As author of this year’s winning book, Donner receives $7,500, and will be presented with the Prize during a celebratory event and public reading at 3:30 p.m. EDT Friday, Aug. 5, 2022, in Chautauqua’s Hall of Philosophy.

“I am immeasurably grateful to Chautauqua Institution for this honor,” Donner said. “During this fraught time in the world, with authoritarianism worryingly on the rise, the story of Mildred Harnack’s audacious opposition to Hitler is more relevant and urgent than ever.”

All the Frequent Troubles of Our Days: The True Story of the American Woman at the Heart of the German Resistance to Hitler is Donner’s chronicle of the extraordinary life and brutal death of her great-great-aunt Mildred Harnack, the American leader of one of the largest underground resistance groups in Germany during World War II — the only American in the leadership of the German resistance, in fact, yet almost unknown until now. Donner draws on her extensive archival research as well as newly uncovered documents in her family archive, fusing elements of biography, real-life political thriller, and scholarly detective story. Prize readers lauded Donner’s prescient use of the present tense in this “stunning” book of history and biography, calling it a “striking triumph.” “Through exhaustive research and terrific narrative, she breathes new life into biography, creating a book that reads like a suspense drama … and transcends history with a powerful message for our times,” according to one reader. “Explorations into individual courage, the fragility of democracy, the lure of demagoguery, the consequences of economic insecurity, … could hardly be more urgent.”

Sony Ton-Aime, Chautauqua Institution’s Michael I. Rudell Director of Literary Arts, who holds the endowed position named for the man who initially inspired and supported The Chautauqua Prize, described All the Frequent Troubles of Our Days as “one of those rare books that is both extremely important and offers an engaging reading experience.”

“It is truly the kind of book that The Chautauqua Prize was founded to elevate,” Ton-Aime said. “With dazzling prose and innovative storytelling, it reimagines history writing and, frankly, raises the bar for all future historians. Mildred Harnack’s extraordinary life was indeed a saga, and Rebecca Donner, in this epic telling, did it justice.”

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2022 CLSC Announcement: Great Circle

image: Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead with CLSC badgeChautauqua Institution's Department of Education has announced Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead as a Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle selection for Week Six of the 2022 Summer Assembly Season: “After Dark: The World of Nighttime.”

Great Circle is a “masterclass in historical fiction” according to The Telegraph. In effortless and dazzling prose, Maggie Shipstead weaves together an expansive story that covers more than a century.

After being rescued as infants from a sinking ocean liner in 1914, Marian and Jamie Graves are raised by their dissolute uncle in Missoula, Montana. There–after encountering a pair of barnstorming pilots passing through town in beat-up biplanes–Marian commences her lifelong love affair with flight. At fourteen she drops out of school and finds an unexpected and dangerous patron in a wealthy bootlegger who provides a plane and subsidizes her lessons, an arrangement that will haunt her for the rest of her life, even as it allows her to fulfill her destiny: circumnavigating the globe by flying over the North and South Poles.

A century later, Hadley Baxter is cast to play Marian in a film that centers on Marian’s disappearance in Antarctica. Vibrant, canny, disgusted with the claustrophobia of Hollywood, Hadley is eager to redefine herself after a romantic film franchise has imprisoned her in the grip of cult celebrity. Her immersion into the character of Marian unfolds, thrillingly, alongside Marian’s own story, as the two women’s fates–and their hunger for self-determination in vastly different geographies and times–collide. Epic and emotional, meticulously researched and gloriously told, Great Circle is a monumental work of art, and a tremendous leap forward for the prodigiously gifted Maggie Shipstead.

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2022 Chautauqua Prize Shortlist

2022 CHQ Prize Finalist bookstackChautauqua Institution has announced ten exceptional books as the 2022 finalists for The Chautauqua Prize, now in its eleventh year. Read the full announcement on chq.org.

Congratulations to all the finalists!

(A note to CLSC members: remember that while the prize-winning selection counts toward graduation requirements, the rest of the list will not.  We're excited about all of them, though, and you should read them anyway!)

Facing the Mountain: An Inspiring Story of Japanese American Patriots in World War II By Daniel James Brown Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780525557425
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Published: Penguin Books - May 10th, 2022

Dear Memory: Letters on Writing, Silence, and Grief By Victoria Chang Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781571313928
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Published: Milkweed Editions - October 12th, 2021

Damnation Spring By Ash Davidson Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781982144418
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Published: Scribner - May 3rd, 2022

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All the Frequent Troubles of Our Days: The True Story of the American Woman at the Heart of the German Resistance to Hitler By Rebecca Donner Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9780316561693
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - August 3rd, 2021

The Prophets By Robert Jones, Jr. Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780593085691
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - February 8th, 2022

All That She Carried: The Journey of Ashley's Sack, a Black Family Keepsake By Tiya Miles Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781984855015
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - February 1st, 2022

Hell of a Book: A Novel By Jason Mott Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593330968
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Published: Dutton - June 29th, 2021

Love and Fury: A Novel of Mary Wollstonecraft By Samantha Silva Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250159113
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Published: Flatiron Books - May 25th, 2021

The Agitators: Three Friends Who Fought for Abolition and Women's Rights By Dorothy Wickenden Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781476760742
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Published: Scribner - February 22nd, 2022

Today a Woman Went Mad in the Supermarket: Stories By Hilma Wolitzer Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781635577624
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - August 31st, 2021