“There's nothing new under the sun, but there are new suns.”

Octavia E. Butler

Join us for CHQ 2019 Week One: Moments That Changed the World June 22-28

How did we get to now? The answers may surprise you. In this week, Chautauqua asks five historians to each choose a little-known moment when the ground shifted beneath humanity’s feet, and examine how those moments impacted the world of today.

This year's opening day -- June 22nd -- is also Week 1 CLSC Selection author Octavia Butler's birthday.  John Keene's presentation of Butler's Kindred will take place the following Thursday, June 27th.

Check out the related titles below as well as our collection of Week 1 Speaker Books.

Shoot for the Moon: The Space Race and the Extraordinary Voyage of Apollo 11 Cover Image
The Paper Trail: An Unexpected History of a Revolutionary Invention Cover Image
Over the Edge of the World: Magellan's Terrifying Circumnavigation of the Globe Cover Image
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Cover Image
100 Mistakes that Changed History: Backfires and Blunders That Collapsed Empires, Crashed Economies, and Altered the Course of Our World Cover Image
On Immunity: An Inoculation Cover Image
Nagasaki: Life After Nuclear War Cover Image
Behemoth: A History of the Factory and the Making of the Modern World Cover Image
Cave Art: A Guide to the Decorated Ice Age Caves of Europe Cover Image
How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World Cover Image

We've Got Moxie!

The 2019 edition of Chautauqua is now available! 

Moxie is the 16th issue of Chautauqua, a literary manifestation of the values and aesthetics of Chautauqua Institution.  Chautauqua publishes writing that speaks to Chautauqua's tradition of inquiry into questions of personal, social, political, spiritual, and aesthetic importance — and when, where, and how those values and questions intersect.

For more information on the Chautauqua literary journal and the submissions process, click here.

Chautauqua: Moxie (Issue 16)

2019 CLSC Young Readers Selections Announced!

Chautauqua Institution is a community that values and celebrates reading, and since 1994, the CLSC Young Readers program has engaged young Chautauquans and community members in the enjoyment of good reading. Each summer, a selection of books are chosen for their quality, the variety of their styles and subjects, and their appeal to young readers.  While aimed at 9- to 14-year-olds, these books will also delight younger and older readers.

Visit youngreaders.chq.org for more information on the program.

Anne Frank's Diary: The Graphic Adaptation (Pantheon Graphic Library) Cover Image
Number the Stars Cover Image
Wishtree Cover Image
Willa of the Wood: Willa of the Wood, Book 1 Cover Image
The Fourteenth Goldfish Cover Image
Speak a Powerful Magic: Ten Years of the Traveling Stanzas Poetry Project Cover Image
The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle Cover Image
Finding Langston Cover Image
Poetry for Young People: Langston Hughes Cover Image

I want you / To heed that I’m still here / Just beneath your skin and in / Each organ / The way anger dwells in a man / Who studies the history of his nation.

-- Jericho Brown "The Virus," The Tradition

If the Chautauqua Season is just around the corner, then this year's Chautauqua Writer's Festival is already in view!  The 16th annual Chautauqua Writer's Festival on the theme Writing & Reclamation will take place June 19-22 (Wed-Sat), 2019.

Check out the selection of works by this year's faculty/contributors below, or click here for a more complete listing.

The Tradition Cover Image
2 A.M. at The Cat's Pajamas Cover Image
Brooding: Arias, Choruses, Lullabies, Follies, Dirges, and a Duet (Crux: The Georgia Series in Literary Nonfiction) Cover Image
The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir Cover Image
Reaper Cover Image
I'm So Fine: A List of Famous Men & What I Had on Cover Image
Personal Science Cover Image

Just Announced! 2019 Winner of The Chautauqua Prize

Chautauqua Institution is delighted to announce Anjali Sachdeva’s All the Names They Used for God: Stories (Spiegel & Grau) as the 2019 winner of The Chautauqua Prize.

As author of the winning book, Sachdeva receives $7,500 and all travel and expenses for a summer residency at Chautauqua from August 12 to 16, 2019. A public reading will take place at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16, in the Hall of Philosophy.

The stories in All the Names They Used for God straddle genres — from science fiction to American Gothic to magical realism to horror — and are united by each character’s brutal struggle with fate.

Check out the previous winners of The Chautauqua Prize here.

Check out the rest of this year's finalists here.

For more information on The Chautauqua Prize, visit chq.org/prize.


All the Names They Used for God: Stories Cover Image

Pull out all the stops!

The Massey Organ is repaired and ready to go after suffering fire damage last year.

Learn more about this 1907 organ with Fred Rueckert's documentary chronicling the Massey Memorial Organ's 1992-1993 re-construction. The DVD includes a special feature vignette of the 2003 32' Bombarde installation.

Between the Motion and the Music -- DVD