2019 CLSC Selection Update

Swimmer Among the Stars by Kanishk Tharoor has been named a 2019 CLSC Selection.

In one of this collection’s singularly imaginative stories, despondent diplomats entertain themselves by playing table tennis in zero gravity―for after rising seas destroy Manhattan, the United Nations moves to an orbiting space hotel. In other tales, a team of anthropologists treks to a remote village to record a language’s last surviving speaker intoning her native tongue; and Genghis Khan’s marauding army steadily approaches an unnamed city’s walls.

With exuberant originality and startling vision, Tharoor cuts against the grain of literary convention, drawing equally from ancient history and current events. His world-spanning stories speak to contemporary challenges of environmental collapse and cultural appropriation, but also to the workings of legend and their timeless human truths. Whether refashioning the romances of Alexander the Great or confronting the plight of today’s refugees, Tharoor writes with distinctive insight and remarkable assurance. Swimmer Among the Stars announces the arrival of a vital, enchanting talent.

Kanishk Tharoor’s journalism and fiction have been published in The New York Times, The Guardian, The Atlantic, The Nation, The Paris Review, and The New Yorker, and his work has been nominated for the National Magazine Award. He is the presenter and writer of the BBC radio series "Museum of Lost Objects" and a columnist for the Hindustan Times and the Hindu Business Line in India. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and son.

The CLSC Presentation will take place at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, August 15, 2019 at the Hall of Philosophy.  Please note that Kanishk Tharoor replaces Hala Alyan (Salt Houses), previously announced for Aug. 15.


Swimmer Among the Stars: Stories Cover Image
Swimmer Among the Stars: Stories Cover Image

“Monotony collapses time; novelty unfolds it...”

 “...Creating new memories stretches out psychological time, and lengthens our perception of our lives."

Don't forget -- daylight saving time begins this Sunday.  Gain some psychological time back by stretching your legs, taking a trip to the bookstore, and discovering a new book.  Read something new!  Step into the mind of someone else!  Pick up a new skill!


A Tale for the Time Being: A Novel Cover Image
A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel Cover Image
Why Time Flies: A Mostly Scientific Investigation Cover Image
The Psychology of Time Travel Cover Image

Hark ye, Writers!

Did you know there are Housing Scholarships for first-time attendees of Chautauqua Writers' Center workshops?  Click here for the full scholarship details and to submit your application, or here for more information on the 2019 Writers' Center programs.

Winners of this scholarship will participate in 2-3 weeks of Monday-Friday workshops, supported by free dormitory housing (shared with one roommate), a free 21-meal plan for the week, and a steep gate pass discount.  Applications are accepted through April 30, 2019.

Here's a small selection of works by some of this year's extraordinary writers-in-residence:


Good Bones: Poems Cover Image
Oceanic Cover Image
The World Doesn't Require You: Stories Cover Image
Of Marriage Cover Image
Sheep Machine Cover Image
A Small Revolution Cover Image
Exploded View: Essays on Fatherhood, with Diagrams (Crux: The Georgia Series in Literary Nonfiction) Cover Image
Night Unto Night: Poems Cover Image

Second Week 2 CLSC Selection Announced

Today [Feb 20], on the one hundred and twenty-forth anniversary of the death of Frederick Douglass, the CLSC has announced the latest 2019 CLSC Selection -- Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom by David Blight.

As a young man Frederick Douglass (1818–1895) escaped from slavery in Baltimore, Maryland and he would go on to become one of the major literary figures of his time. He wrote three versions of his autobiography over the course of his lifetime and published his own newspaper. His very existence gave the lie to slave owners: with dignity and great intelligence he bore witness to the brutality of slavery.

In this remarkable biography, David Blight has drawn on new information held in a private collection that few other historian have consulted, as well as recently discovered issues of Douglass’s newspapers.

Blight is a professor and director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at Yale University. In addition to numerous other publications, he is the author of Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory, which received eight book awards, including the Bancroft Prize, the Abraham Lincoln Prize, and the Frederick Douglass Prize.

The CLSC Presentation will take place Thursday July 4th, 2019 at the Hall of Philosophy.


Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom Cover Image

“No book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally – and often far more – worth reading at the age of fifty and beyond.”

C.S. Lewis

This year's American Library Association Youth Media Awards, including the Newbery, Caldecott, Printz, and Coretta Scott King Book Awards, have just been announced.  Check out some of the winners and honorees below!

Anger Is a Gift: A Novel Cover Image
The Night Diary Cover Image
A Heart in a Body in the World Cover Image
Hello Lighthouse Cover Image
Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orisha #1) Cover Image
The Book of Boy Cover Image
Monday's Not Coming Cover Image
Boots on the Ground: America's War in Vietnam Cover Image
Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race Cover Image
The Remember Balloons Cover Image
The Rough Patch Cover Image
Alma and How She Got Her Name Cover Image

“...I felt joined to all the men and women across cultures down through the ages who'd done something useful with their hands, who'd made essential things from whatever was in front of them.”

Ann Hood, Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting

Feed two birds with one seed: when the snow keeps you inside, keep yourself busy today and warm tomorrow with knitting and textile arts!

Traditional Scandinavian Knitting (Dover Knitting) Cover Image
Crochet (Idiot's Guides) Cover Image
Kids Knitting: Projects for Kids of all Ages Cover Image
To Knit or Not to Knit: Helpful and Humorous Hints for the Passionate Knitter Cover Image
Modern Quilts Block by Block Cover Image
Teach Yourself Visually Knitting Cover Image
Knitting for Peace: Make the World a Better Place One Stitch at a Time Cover Image
60 Quick Knits: 20 Hats*20 Scarves*20 Mittens in Cascade 220(tm) (60 Quick Knits Collection) Cover Image