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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 Any person who has visited Chautauqua Institution throughout the season was eligible to submit previously unpublished poetry or prose for the Young Writer Awards (ages 12 and under), Young Adult Awards (under 18) or the Adult Prose and Poetry awards (ages 18 and older).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 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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Gilfillan to unpack reform’s effects on health insurance, delivery systems

Not in his wildest dreams did Richard Gilfillan hope to see the likes of the Affordable Care Act. By addressing issues in the health care insurance marketplace as well as in delivery systems, the Affordable Care Act exceeded the expectations of Gilfillan and many other health care professionals.

In fact, Gilfillan left his position as head of the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation, where he worked for three years, this past June, citing a curiosity to explore the multitude of opportunities produced by the Affordable Care Act.

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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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Katie McLean | Staff PhotographerSherra Babcock, Institution vice president and Emily and Richard Smucker Chair for Education, announces selections for the 2014 Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle Saturday on Bryant Day at Miller Bell Tower.

Season’s readings: Babcock announces three 2014 CLSC selections at annual Bryant Day celebration

This last Saturday was Bryant Day, a tradition that marks the official start of the Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle reading season. The ceremony featured Sherra Babcock, vice president and Emily and Richard Smucker Chair for Education, announcing the first three selections of the year: Maya’s Notebook by Isabel Allende, What I Did by Christopher Wakling, and The Names of Things by John Colman Wood. The three novels fall within the season’s vertical theme, “Exploration and Discovery,” which honors Week Five’s morning lecture theme and the second interarts collaborative project on the American West.

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