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“There's nothing new under the sun, but there are new suns.”

Octavia E. Butler

Join us for CHQ 2019 Week One: Moments That Changed the World June 22-28

How did we get to now? The answers may surprise you. In this week, Chautauqua asks five historians to each choose a little-known moment when the ground shifted beneath humanity’s feet, and examine how those moments impacted the world of today.

This year's opening day -- June 22nd -- is also Week 1 CLSC Selection author Octavia Butler's birthday.  John Keene's presentation of Butler's Kindred will take place the following Thursday, June 27th.

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

Shoot for the Moon: The Space Race and the Extraordinary Voyage of Apollo 11 Cover Image
The Paper Trail: An Unexpected History of a Revolutionary Invention Cover Image
Over the Edge of the World: Magellan's Terrifying Circumnavigation of the Globe Cover Image
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Cover Image
100 Mistakes that Changed History: Backfires and Blunders That Collapsed Empires, Crashed Economies, and Altered the Course of Our World Cover Image
On Immunity: An Inoculation Cover Image
Nagasaki: Life After Nuclear War Cover Image
Behemoth: A History of the Factory and the Making of the Modern World Cover Image
Cave Art: A Guide to the Decorated Ice Age Caves of Europe Cover Image
How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World Cover Image

We've Got Moxie!

The 2019 edition of Chautauqua is now available! 

Moxie is the 16th issue of Chautauqua, a literary manifestation of the values and aesthetics of Chautauqua Institution.  Chautauqua publishes writing that speaks to Chautauqua's tradition of inquiry into questions of personal, social, political, spiritual, and aesthetic importance — and when, where, and how those values and questions intersect.

For more information on the Chautauqua literary journal and the submissions process, click here.

Chautauqua: Moxie (Issue 16)

Just Announced! 2019 Winner of The Chautauqua Prize

Chautauqua Institution is delighted to announce Anjali Sachdeva’s All the Names They Used for God: Stories (Spiegel & Grau) as the 2019 winner of The Chautauqua Prize.

As author of the winning book, Sachdeva receives $7,500 and all travel and expenses for a summer residency at Chautauqua from August 12 to 16, 2019. A public reading will take place at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16, in the Hall of Philosophy.

The stories in All the Names They Used for God straddle genres — from science fiction to American Gothic to magical realism to horror — and are united by each character’s brutal struggle with fate.

Check out the previous winners of The Chautauqua Prize here.

Check out the rest of this year's finalists here.

For more information on The Chautauqua Prize, visit


All the Names They Used for God: Stories Cover Image

Congratulations to My Tran, the 2019 winner of The Chautauqua Janus Prize!

CHQ Janus Prize Sticker imageMy Tran Janus Prize Winner 2019

"Tree rings, like concentric ghosts" by My Tran is the 2019 winner of The Chautauqua Janus Prize.

As the author selected from eight finalists by judge Vi Khi Nao, Tran receives $5,000, elevated this year from the original prize of $2,500, plus all travel and expenses for a summer residency at Chautauqua during the 2019 summer season. Tran will present a public lecture and reading at a celebratory event with music and refreshments at a date to be determined on the Institution’s grounds. Their writing will also appear in a future issue of the literary journal Chautauqua

Tran said they were honored to be chosen for a prize that celebrates formal innovation.

“Here is a space where I let playful associations bridge the cut between sense and nonsense, between the languages that cohere and fall apart in my body, between fact and fiction,” Tran said of “Tree rings, like concentric ghosts." “So, I am thrilled to be a part of the conversations at Chautauqua Institution, where dialogue is woven across disciplines, genres, and impulses, always attuned to our social and political climate.”

"Tree rings, like concentric ghosts" as published in the Spring/Summer 2019 issue of Black Warrior Review will be available at the Chautauqua Bookstore and CLSC Veranda. 

For more information on The Chautauqua Janus Prize, My Tran, and the other finalists, visit the CHQ Literary Arts webpage.