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Literary Arts Friends announce 2013 writing awards winners

The winners of the 2013 Literary Arts Awards were announced last Sunday on the porch of the Literary Arts Center at Alumni Hall. Any person who has visited Chautauqua Institution throughout the season was eligible to submit previously unpublished poetry or prose for the Young Writer Awards (ages 12 and under), Young Adult Awards (under 18) or the Adult Prose and Poetry awards (ages 18 and older).

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Brian Smith | Staff PhotographerBrian Castner, author of the Week Eight Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle selection The Long Walk, talks about being a veteran in today’s America during the CLSC author presentation on Aug. 15 in the Hall of Philosophy.

CLSC finds modern influence in expanding community

There is a slim stack of books in Sherra Babcock’s office. It may seem inconsequential in a room full of several shelves brimming with volumes, but that small pile is the beginning of next year’s Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle reading list.

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GREENWOOD

Greenwood to speak on finding purpose in writing about death

David Valdes Greenwood, the Chautauqua Writers’ Center prose writer-in-residence, has been known to write either the funniest tragedy or the saddest comedy, depending on how a reader looks at it.

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Katie McLean | Staff PhotographerPeg Snyder, manager of the CLSC Veranda, has been selling books and managing CLSC membership for 14 years.

At CLSC Veranda, two Snyders share workload

Two women sneak out before the Q-and-A session of each Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle author presentation. Lugging boxes of books, plenty of pencils and a cash box to the porch of Alumni Hall, they get ready for the book signing that follows each presentation. No matter how long the line, they are always the last to leave.

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From the CLSC vault: Humanist perspectives on health care reform

Week Nine’s theme, “Health Care: Reform and Innovation,” will undoubtedly feature talk about health care policies, models, policies for models and models for policies. And appropriately so — Chautauquans can’t sustain a real discussion on health care if they don’t explore the nitty-gritty of how it is being implemented.

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WEBER

Weber to join Young Readers discussion on loss, illness in Week Nine selections

The CLSC Young Readers program for the final week of the season offers two stories of loss and hope. Readers ages 11 and younger have explored 11-year-old Melody’s cerebral palsy in Sharon Draper’s Out of My Mind, while readers 12 and older have learned the story of Hazel Lancaster and her struggle with cancer in John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars.

To further engage readers on the books’ themes, the Young Readers program welcomes Doron Weber, this week’s CLSC author of Immortal Bird: A Family Memoir, at 4:15 p.m. today in the Alumni Hall Ballroom.

Weber will discuss his book and share the experience of losing his son almost eight years ago.

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Writer-in-residence Cooley to extract big questions from tiny texts

If poet-in-residence Nicole Cooley had her way, this article about her upcoming Brown Bag lecture on short writing forms would fit into this 25-word sentence.

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WEBER

Weber celebrates son’s life in family memoir

Damon Weber would have turned 25 on Aug. 8. The vivacious, red-haired boy wanted to be an actor and, unlike most of his friends, he was not afraid to talk to girls. Damon was also born with a malformed heart and had two open-heart surgeries by the time he was 4. At age 13, Damon was diagnosed with a rare, life-threatening disease called protein-losing enteropathy.

Damon died three years later, on March 30, 2005. He was 16-and-a-half years old.

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