First 2022 CLSC Selections Announced!

ReadiCLSC medallionng together since 1878, the Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle has remained a leader in adult education through quality programming.

Each summer, the CLSC chooses at least nine books of literary quality and invites the authors to Chautauqua present their work to an audience of approximately 1,000 readers. The CLSC is organized under a vertical theme each year, which is meant to help readers connect the books with a uniting element.  The theme for 2022 is "Home."

The paradoxes of the term “home” are various, invoking both a sense of community and individuality. Home concerns not only our understanding of our pasts and national pasts, but also contains the experiences that continue to shape present thinking and future possibilities. Together, we will consider questions such as: what does it mean to “be from” a place? What does it mean to build a home? What stories of home do we carry? What histories shape the place of our dwelling and how do they change our experiences of that place? How do we reckon with and make homelessness, displacement, dispossession, etc. integral parts of our understanding of home? This year, the CLSC will explore what we call home—from planet to country, and neighborhood to place of shelter.

Read the Chautauquan Daily article here  & stay tuned for more announcements!

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(A note to CLSC members registered through our site: for now, the 2021 discount code "THEPEOPLE" will also get you your discount on these selections!)

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Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780553447453
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Crown - February 28th, 2017

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Caste (Oprah's Book Club): The Origins of Our Discontents Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9780593230251
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Random House - August 4th, 2020

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Braiding Sweetgrass Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781571313560
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Milkweed Editions - September 1st, 2014

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The Arsonists' City Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780358126553
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Mariner Books - March 9th, 2021

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The Final Revival of Opal & Nev Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781982140168
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: 37 Ink - March 30th, 2021

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Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781571311771
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Milkweed Editions - October 13th, 2020

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Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780553447439
Availability: Not on our shelves; Usually Ships in 3-5 Business Days
Published: Crown - March 1st, 2016

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Book Stack: Caste, Arsonists' City, Final Revival of Opal & Nev, Braiding Sweetgrass, Evicted  display image of canvas tote with CLSC imprint in green  Chautauqua's Heart book cover   2021 CLSC Selections, stacked