2023 CLSC Selections

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 2023 CLSC Theme is 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.

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Patient Zero: A Curious History of the World's Worst Diseases By Lydia Kang, MD, Nate Pedersen Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781523513291
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Workman Publishing Company - November 16th, 2021

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Pride and Prejudice By Jane Austen, Vivien Jones (Editor), Vivien Jones (Introduction by), Vivien Jones (Notes by) Cover Image
By Jane Austen, Vivien Jones (Editor), Vivien Jones (Introduction by), Vivien Jones (Notes by)
$9.00
ISBN: 9780141439518
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Classics - December 31st, 2002

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Dr. No: A Novel By Percival Everett Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781644452080
Availability: Not on our shelves, but we can order this for you!
Published: Graywolf Press - November 1st, 2022

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One Hundred Saturdays: Stella Levi and the Search for a Lost World By Michael Frank, Maira Kalman (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Michael Frank, Maira Kalman (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781982167233
Availability: Not on our shelves, but we can order this for you!
Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - September 12th, 2023

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The Lincoln Highway: A Novel By Amor Towles Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9780735222366
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Books - March 21st, 2023

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Under the Skin: The Hidden Toll of Racism on American Lives (Pulitzer Prize Finalist) By Linda Villarosa Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780525566229
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Anchor - May 9th, 2023

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The Wild Fox of Yemen: Poems By Threa Almontaser Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781644450505
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Graywolf Press - April 6th, 2021

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One Hundred Saturdays: Stella Levi and the Search for a Lost World By Michael Frank, Maira Kalman (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Michael Frank, Maira Kalman (Illustrator)
$28.00
ISBN: 9781982167226
Availability: Not on our shelves, but we can order this for you!
Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - September 6th, 2022

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American Midnight: The Great War, a Violent Peace, and Democracy's Forgotten Crisis By Adam Hochschild Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9780358455462
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Mariner Books - October 4th, 2022

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The Ministry for the Future: A Novel By Kim Stanley Robinson Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780316300148
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Published: Orbit - October 19th, 2021

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

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The Lincoln Highway: A Read with Jenna Pick (A Novel) By Amor Towles Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780735222359
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Viking - October 5th, 2021

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Under the Skin: The Hidden Toll of Racism on American Lives and on the Health of Our Nation By Linda Villarosa Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780385544887
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Doubleday - June 14th, 2022

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The Ministry for the Future: A Novel By Kim Stanley Robinson Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780316300131
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Orbit - October 6th, 2020

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Damnation Spring By Ash Davidson Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781982144401
Availability: Not on our shelves, but we can order this for you!
Published: Scribner - August 3rd, 2021

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