Reading together since 1878, the Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle has remained a leader in adult education through quality programming.
Each summer, the CLSC chooses nine books of literary quality and invites the authors to Chautauqua present their work to an audience of approximately 1,000 readers.
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Chautauqua Literary & Scientific Circle Vertical Theme 2017
In most cases, the book will complement the theme of its corresponding week. In all selections, exceptional writing will define the authors honored by the CLSC. Author programs are held Thursdays at 3:30 in the Hall of Philosophy unless otherwise noted.
Note: CLSC Class of 2017 graduation is August 2, 2017
Note: CLSC Class of 2018 graduation is August 8, 2018
Young Readers program
The CLSC Young Readers program encourages the enjoyment of good reading. The books have been chosen for their quality, the variety of styles and subjects, and their appeal to young adult readers. A special program is offered at 4:15 p.m. each Wednesday. Book selections and program information are fully described in the Young Readers brochure available in-season at the CLSC Veranda.
CLSC Young Readers Historic Book List
All announced CLSC authors and Young Readers authors are listed below.