"Reading is escape, and the opposite of escape; it's a way to make contact with reality after a day of making things up, and it's a way of making contact with someone else's imagination after a day that's all too real. Reading is grist. Reading is bliss.”

Nora Ephron, I Feel Bad About My Neck

You'll never regret having an unread book at hand.  Have you read these past CLSC selections?

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Deaf Republic: Poems Cover Image
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Call Me Zebra Cover Image
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The Zookeeper's Wife: A War Story Cover Image
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A Gentleman in Moscow: A Novel Cover Image
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All the Names They Used for God: Stories Cover Image

Submissions for the 2020 Chautauqua Janus Prize are open!

The Chautauqua Janus Prize will be awarded for the third time this summer, celebrating an emerging writer’s single work of short fiction or nonfiction for daring formal and aesthetic innovations that upset and reorder readers’ imaginations. In addition to receiving a $5,000 award, the winner gives a lecture on the grounds during the summer season and appears in a forthcoming issue of the literary journal Chautauqua. Eligibility and submission information can be found on the CHQ website's Chautauqua Janus Prize page.

Named for Janus, the Roman god who looks to both the past and the future, the prize will honor writing with a command of craft that renovates our understandings of both. The prize is funded by a generous donation from Barbara and Twig Branch.

The guest judge is Hilary Plum. Plum will also be a prose writer-in-residence at Chautauqua Writers’ Center during the 2020 summer.

Related Titles:

Strawberry Fields (Fence Modern Prize in Prose) Cover Image
Atlas of the Body Cover Image
Black Warrior Review Volume 45.2 (Includes 2019 Chautauqua Janus Prize Winner)

"You must keep precise records of all purchases. Time. Amount. The customer's appearance. His state of mind. How he asks for the book. How he receives it. Does he appear to be injured. Is he wearing a sprig of rosemary on his hat. And so on."

― Robin Sloan, Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore

What are you doing this summer?

Apply to work at Chautauqua Bookstore for the 2020 CHQ season today!  We welcome your interest and expertise.

(And no; we won't expect you to track our guests' hat trimmings.)

  Check out our posted positions here 

 

“Good books shouldn’t be hidden away. They should be read by as many people as many times as possible.”

- Alan Gratz, Ban This Book: A Novel

Battle of the Books gets Chautauqua County fifth-graders excited about reading. A lively academic competition, Battle of the Books improves reading comprehension, builds vocabulary, and teaches teamwork and good sportsmanship.

For more information on participating in the Battle of the Books, click here.

Whether or not you're participating -- check out these great books that have been selected for the 2020 battle!  The list was compiled with 5th graders in mind, and most have a recommended reading age of 8-12 and grade level 3-7.

Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets Cover Image
Willa of the Wood: Willa of the Wood, Book 1 Cover Image
The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus Cover Image
All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook Cover Image
Bud, Not Buddy Cover Image
Ban This Book: A Novel Cover Image
Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer Cover Image
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler Cover Image
Hothead (Cal Ripken  Jr.'s All Stars #1) Cover Image
Pass Go and Collect $200: The Real Story of How Monopoly Was Invented Cover Image
Ghosts Cover Image
Hidden Figures Young Readers' Edition 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)