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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 for your support throughout the year. 

Wishing you a wonderful holiday season and a very happy 2019

Friday, December 14, 2018 11 am - 3 pm

“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