2022 Chautauqua County Book Read

CHQ County Book Read announcementThe YWCA of Jamestown and Chautauqua Institution have announced a new, county-wide initiative – The Chautauqua County Book Read. Caste: The Origins of our Discontent by Isabel Wilkerson is the selected common read book. The purpose of this shared book read is to engage Chautauqua County residents, businesses, nonprofits and organizations to help heal our divides and propel participants to be engaged citizens working towards a more inclusive and just society. 

Those interested in participating are invited to register via this registration link.  Each participant is also encouraged to attend one book discussion group between May 16-27. In-person and online book discussion groups will be offered. Information on the times and locations of the book discussions is available via the registration link and at https://www.ywcajamestown.com/chqbookread 

Additionally, participants are invited to attend a live lecture on Thursday, July 21 with the author, Isabel Wilkerson, at 10:45 a.m. at the Amphitheater on the Chautauqua Institution grounds. This day has been designated as “Chautauqua County Day” at the Institution, and all Chautauqua County residents are eligible for free admission and parking. Tickets for this day will be available beginning June 1 by calling the Chautauqua Institution Ticket Office at 716-357-6250. Free parking is only available with ticket orders made by July 11. This offer may not be combined with a long-term ticket. For more information on this day, please visit: https://chq.org/event/chautauqua-county-day/ 

Books do not need to be purchased to take part in the program, but please note that many of the Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Library System libraries already have a limited supply of this book.

The YWCA of Jamestown and Chautauqua Institution are serving as lead organizations for this initiative. We are pleased to announce that this program is part of a community-wide effort. Please look for more information about participating at one of our partner organizations: 

The Chautauqua Center
Hazeltine Public Library
Ralph C. Sheldon Foundation
Robert H. Jackson Center 
Roger Tory Peterson Institute 
Sinclairville Free Library 
Smith Memorial Library at Chautauqua Institution 
United Way of Southern Chautauqua County

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Caste (Oprah's Book Club): The Origins of Our Discontents By Isabel Wilkerson Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593230251
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Random House - August 4th, 2020