Bookstore News

photo of childrens toys and books from Chautauqua Bookstorephoto of gift and book assortment  We will be closed on Thursday November 24th for Thanksgiving. 

Chautauqua Bookstore is also once again a drop off for Toys for Tots.  Please bring your unwrapped gifts by Dec. 10. Any toys or books purchased at the Bookstore to be left as a donation will be 25% off.

New CLSC Selection Announced: American Midnight

(book photo) American Midnight by Adam Hochschild with CLSC badgeThursday, August 17th 2023 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

A National Bestseller and a New Yorker “Best Books of 2022”, American Midnight is the latest book by legendary historian Adam Hochschild.

In American Midnight, the author of King Leopold’s Ghost turns his attention to a period often overlooked in the history of the United States, the years between 1917 to 1921, when the foundations of American democracy were threatened by war, pandemic, and violence fueled by battles over race, immigration, and the rights of labor.

Hochschild brings alive through intensive research the horrifying yet inspiring four years following the U.S. entry into the First World War, spotlighting forgotten repression while celebrating an unforgettable set of Americans who strove to fix their fractured country – and showing how their struggle still guide us today.

Adam Hochschild writes frequently about issues of human rights and social justice. The latest of his eleven books is American Midnight: The Great War, a Violent Peace, and Democracy’s Forgotten Crisis (2023 CLSC). King Leopold’s Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror and Heroism in Colonial Africa was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, as was To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918. His Bury the Chains: Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire’s Slaves was a finalist for the National Book Award and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the PEN USA Literary Award. He has also written for the New Yorker, the Atlantic, the Nation, and many other magazines, and teaches at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism.

Staff Pick Badge
American Midnight: The Great War, a Violent Peace, and Democracy's Forgotten Crisis By Adam Hochschild Cover Image

2023 Battle of the Books List Announced

Battle of the Books gets Chautauqua County fifth-graders excited about reading. A lively academic competition, Battle of the Books improves reading comprehension, builds vocabulary, and teaches teamwork and good sportsmanship.

More information on participating in the Battle of the Books

Whether or not you're participating -- check out these great books that have been selected for the 2023 battle!  The list was compiled with 5th graders in mind, and most have a recommended reading age of 8-12 and grade level 3-7.

All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook By Leslie Connor Cover Image
The Wind in the Willows By Kenneth Grahame, Ernest H. Shepard (Illustrator) Cover Image
Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer By Kelly Jones, Katie Kath (Illustrator) Cover Image
Cast Away: Poems of Our Time By Naomi Shihab Nye Cover Image
Mi Casa Is My Home By Laurenne Sala, Zara González Hoang (Illustrator) Cover Image
The Great Wall of Lucy Wu By Wendy Wan-Long Shang Cover Image
Hidden Figures Young Readers' Edition By Margot Lee Shetterly Cover Image
Malala's Magic Pencil By Malala Yousafzai, Kerascoët (Illustrator) Cover Image
The Door of No Return By Kwame Alexander Cover Image
The Girl Who Drank the Moon (Winner of the 2017 Newbery Medal) By Kelly Barnhill Cover Image
The Mushroom Fan Club By Elise Gravel Cover Image
For the Birds: The Life of Roger Tory Peterson By Peggy Thomas, Laura Jacques (Illustrator) Cover Image

Chautauqua is Reading Rushdie Together

header image: Reading Rushdie Together

We are keeping Sir Salman Rushdie in our thoughts as we continue to read and share his work. Starting on October 1, 2022, we invite you to read with us his novel, Midnight's Children. Each day, we will read together 10 pages and reflect on them.  Each day around noontime Chautauqua Literary Arts social media pages will post a sentence or short reflection on the passage read to which we ask that you add your voice. Ask your family, friends, and colleagues to join as well.
 

 

Midnight's Children: A Novel (Modern Library 100 Best Novels) By Salman Rushdie Cover Image

First 2023 CLSC Announcements

Two CLSC selections for 2023 have been announced!

photograph of Damnation Spring by Ash Davidson, with CLSC selection badgeThe Week Seven selection is Damnation Spring by Ash Davidson (Simon & Schuster).

Colleen and Rich Gundersen are raising their young son, Chub, on the rugged California coast. It’s 1977, and life in this Pacific Northwest logging town isn’t what it used to be. For generations, the community has lived and breathed timber; now, that way of life is threatened. Told in prose as clear as a spring-fed creek, Damnation Spring is an intimate, compassionate portrait of a family whose bonds are tested and a community clinging to a vanishing way of life. An extraordinary story of the transcendent, enduring power of love —between husband and wife, mother and child, and longtime neighbors. An essential novel for our times.

The Week Six selection is The Ministry for the Future by Kim Stanley Robinson (Hatchette Book Group). photo of The Ministry for the Future by Kim Stanley Robinson, with CLSC selection badge

The Ministry for the Future is a masterpiece of the imagination, using fictional eyewitness accounts to tell the story of how climate change will affect us all. Its setting is not a desolate, post-apocalyptic world but a future almost upon us. Chosen by Barack Obama as one of his favorite books of the year, this extraordinary novel from visionary science fiction writer Kim Stanley Robinson will change how you think about the climate crisis. 

CLSC Season Theme 2023: Imagination

Imagination is essential to storytelling and to our experiences of reading and learning. To imagine evokes the individual and the collective and invites all its users to be absorbed in creativity, resourcefulness, possibility, and insightfulness. Imagination encourages us to speculate, to conceptualize our past and present, and offer alternative futures as universes full of life and potential. To imagine, we must reflect on our history and epistemologies – how we know what we know – to consider our present as an assemblage of what could have been and what could be. When considering imagination, it’s essential to ask: What possibilities does individual and collective imagining hold for our world? How do we inspire imagination? How and why do we convey our imaginings to one another? Whose imagination becomes reality and why? Can imagination go too far? How do we promote imaginations that are more encompassing in their reaches, instead of those that benefit only a select few? The power of imagination is represented in various forms, such as stories, performances, campaigns, propaganda, national places, and societal norms. This year, the CLSC will explore imaginings old and new: from the muffled and the bold, to the comforting and the unsettling, the local and universal, and more.

Staff Pick Badge
Damnation Spring By Ash Davidson Cover Image
Staff Pick Badge
The Ministry for the Future: A Novel By Kim Stanley Robinson Cover Image
Staff Pick Badge
Damnation Spring By Ash Davidson Cover Image
Staff Pick Badge
The Ministry for the Future: A Novel By Kim Stanley Robinson 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.”

Staff Pick Badge
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
Staff Pick Badge
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, Rebecca Donner (Read by) Cover Image

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
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Books - May 10th, 2022

Dear Memory: Letters on Writing, Silence, and Grief By Victoria Chang Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781571313928
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Milkweed Editions - October 12th, 2021

Staff Pick Badge
Damnation Spring By Ash Davidson Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781982144418
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scribner - May 3rd, 2022

Staff Pick Badge
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
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little, Brown and Company - August 3rd, 2021

The Prophets By Robert Jones, Jr. Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780593085691
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
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
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - February 1st, 2022

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

Love and Fury: A Novel of Mary Wollstonecraft By Samantha Silva Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250159113
Availability: Not on our shelves, but we can order this for you!
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
Availability: Not on our shelves, but we can order this for you!
Published: Scribner - February 22nd, 2022

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