CLSC Authors

CLSC Lectures

clsc logoReading 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.


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.

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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.

View 2017 Young Readers Selections

CLSC Young Readers Historic Book List
All announced CLSC authors and Young Readers authors are listed below.


  • Thursday, August 03, 2017 | 03:30pm

    Richard Russo, CLSC Author, Everybody's Fool

    Location: Hall of Philosophy

    When Doug Raymer falls into an open grave during a funeral service, it is only the first of many farcical and grisly incidents in Richard Russo's shaggy dog story of revenge and redemption.



  • Thursday, August 10, 2017 | 03:30pm

    Susan Southard, CLSC Author, Nagasaki: Life After Nuclear War

    Location: Hall of Philosophy

    A powerful and unflinching account of the enduring impact of nuclear war, told through the stories of those who survived, Susan Southard’s Nagasaki is a gripping narrative of human resilience in the aftermath of one of the most controversial wartime acts in history.