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 2016

Books chosen as Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle selections in 2016 will celebrate the theme of “what does it mean to be human?” 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 2016 Young Readers Selections

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


  • Thursday, July 28, 2016 | 03:30pm

    Lily King, CLSC Author, Euphoria

    Lily King’s Euphoria is the story of three young, gifted anthropologists in 1933 caught in a passionate love triangle that ...


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    Location: Hall of Philosophy