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The CLSC has been a leader in adult education, community reading, and literary engagement for nearly 150 years. Each summer, the CLSC adds at least nine more exceptional books to our Historic Booklist of more than 800 selections—and the authors visit Chautauqua to present their works. Readers can become members of the CLSC Class of 2018 and the Alumni Association by reading any 12 books from the Historic Booklist.

The CLSC also presents a Young Readers program, with weekly activities and discussions of children’s and young adult literature. For CLSC and Young Readers Program information visit CLSC.chq.org.

Purchasing your CLSC and Young Readers books online from our Bookstore directly supports our programs! Visit Bookstore.chq.org (http://www.chautauquabookstore.com/)
2020 Themes and ProgrammingAD
Review the themes and programming for the 2020 Summer Assembly Season at Chautauqua here www.chq.org/2020 or click on the "INFO" button below. It won't be Chautauqua without you.
CLSC Author Presentation: John Hoppenthaler, presents Toni..    Hall of Philosophy
John Hoppenthaler, presents Toni Morrison's Here is Toni Morrison in her own words: a rich gathering of her most important essays and speeches, spanning four decades. These pages give us her searing prayer for the dead of 9/11, her Nobel lecture on the power of language, her searching meditation on Martin Luther King Jr., her heart-wrenching eulogy for James Baldwin. She looks deeply into the fault lines of culture and freedom: the foreigner, female empowerment, the press, money, “black matter(s),” human rights, the artist in society, the Afro-American presence in American literature. And she turns her incisive critical eye to her own work (The Bluest Eye, Sula, Tar Baby, Jazz, Beloved, Paradise) and that of others. An essential collection from an essential writer, The Source of Self-Regard shines with the literary elegance, intellectual prowess, spiritual depth, and moral compass that have made Toni Morrison our most cherished and enduring voice. For nine years, he served as Personal Assistant to Toni Morrison. John Hoppenthaler is the author of the poetry collections Lives of Water, Anticipate the Coming Reservoir, and Domestic Garden. With Kazim Ali, he has co-edited a volume of essays and interviews on the poetry of Jean Valentine, This-World Company. He received his MFA in Poetry Writing from Virginia Commonwealth University. He is on the advisory board for Backbone Press, a press dedicated to marginalized voices. He is a Professor of Creative Writing and Literature at East Carolina University.
Smith Memorial Library
The Smith Memorial Library is part of the Chautauqua County Library system. The Cohen Recording Studio is located on the ground level. 9 Week Chautauqua Season Hours: Monday–Friday: 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturday: 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Sunday: 12 p.m.–3 p.m.
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CLSC Author Presentation: Susan Straight,    Hall of Philosophy
Susan Straight, In the Country of Women is a valuable social history and a personal narrative that reads like a love song to America and indomitable women. In inland Southern California, near the desert and the Mexican border, Susan Straight, a self-proclaimed book nerd, and Dwayne Sims, an African American basketball player, started dating in high school. After college, they married and drove to Amherst, Massachusetts, where Straight met her teacher and mentor, James Baldwin, who encouraged her to write. Once back in Riverside, Straight—and eventually her three daughters—heard for decades the stories of Dwayne’s female ancestors. Some women escaped violence in post-slavery Tennessee, some escaped murder in Jim Crow Mississippi, and some fled abusive men. Straight’s mother-in-law, Alberta Sims, is the descendant at the heart of this memoir. Straight’s family, too, reflects the hardship and resilience of women pushing onward—from Switzerland, Canada, and the Colorado Rockies to California. Susan Straight has published eight novels. She was a finalist for the National Book Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and the National Magazine Award. She is the recipient of the Robert Kirsch Award for lifetime achievement from the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the Edgar Award for Best Short Story, the O. Henry Prize, the Lannan Literary Award for Fiction, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Her stories and essays have been published in The New Yorker, The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, Granta, McSweeney's, Black Clock, Harper's, and other journals. She was born in Riverside, California, where she lives with her family.

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