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Proud Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle 2012 graduates Jennifer Shore and Sara Toth, the 2012 and 2009–2010 Chautauquan Daily literary reporters, respectively, hold up their diplomas on Recognition Day Aug. 8. Photo by Adam Birkan.

Recognition reflection: Two Daily literary reporters on what graduating from CLSC means to them

Each year, The Chautauquan Daily literary reporter spends the summer talking to authors, researching, reading and writing.

He or she typically writes a minimum of five stories per week, which covers the Writers’ Center, the Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle, the CLSC Alumni Association and the Chautauqua Literary Arts Friends.

With the responsibilities to the paper, reading all of the CLSC selections proves difficult for most, but this year, the current literary reporter and the 2009–2010 literary reporter graduated from CLSC.

Both wanted to share their connection to the Institution and first-hand experience as CLSC graduates.

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Susan Choi

Writer-in-residence Choi’s children and childhood inspire last lecture of the season

When Susan Choi visited Chautauqua three years ago for a reading, her first thought was, “I have got to come back here.”

At the time, her book, A Person of Interest, was a Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle selection, but she returned this year to close out the 2012 Season at the Writers’ Center.

Choi will present a Brown ag lecture, “Raising Independent-Minded, Passionate Readers in the Digital Age,” at 12:15 p.m. today on the Alumni Hall porch.

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Published books: from Writers’ Center workshops to bookstore shelves

In the 2012 Season, two-hour weekday sessions with the writers-in-residence totals more than 180 hours — each poet or prose writer tailors the classroom to fit their genre or expertise, and Chautauquans can get first-hand feedback on their work from successful authors.

Although an endless number of poems and pieces arise out of the workshops, The Chautauquan Daily got to know three published authors, their work and the connection to Chautauqua.

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Gibbs and Duffy

Duffy, Gibbs discuss research process in writing ‘Presidents Club’

During the late 1960s, Michael Duffy and his Nebraska-born, Congregationalist mother were driving to Ohio from somewhere in the northeast, and they stopped by the Chautauqua Institution.

“I recall peering through a fence as if at the Promised Land,” Duffy said. “I’m hoping to get a little closer to the action on this trip.”

Duffy and co-writer Nancy Gibbs will present their book, The Presidents Club: Inside the World’s Most Exclusive Fraternity, the Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle selection for Week Nine, at 3:30 p.m. today in the Hall of Philosophy.

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Hilles

Hilles’ Brown Bag identifies vitality with sustainability, eco-poetry

Like most children, Rick Hilles’ mother read to him at a young age, but few consider that experience to be archetypal.

Hilles, poet-in-residence for Week Nine, compared reading and writing poetry in his life to a newborn drinking his or her mother’s milk — they are vital nutrients in surviving.

Hilles, an assistant professor of English at Vanderbilt University, will present a Brown Bag lecture, “On Poetry and Sustainability,” at 12:15 p.m. today on the Alumni Hall porch.

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Four 2013 CLSC books displayed in the Colonnade office of Sherra Babcock, director of the Department of Education and Youth Services: Immortal Bird by Doron Weber; The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski; Paris: A Love Story by Kati Marton; and What Money Can’t Buy by Michael J. Sandel. Photo by Michelle Kanaar.

Bryant Day reveals a Shakespearean 2013 CLSC season

The Bryant Day celebration on Saturday began at Miller Bell Tower and ended with books.

Bryant Day, a Chautauqua tradition, marks the start of a new reading season with a ceremony led by the Alumni Association, and each member of the Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle Class of 2012 rings the bell.

Sherra Babcock, director of the Department of Education and Youth Services, announced a few CLSC selections after toting the books from her office in the Colonnade to Miller Park. Babcock kept the books hidden in her office until they were revealed to Bryant Day attendees.

The CLSC joins Chautauqua’s other arts programs in celebrating Romeo and Juliet in 2013, but Babcock emphasized it is in a broad sense, and all selections have themes similar to Shakespearean work.

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Gibbs

In ‘Presidents Club,’ Gibbs offers insight into exclusive fraternity

“It’s absolutely Chautauqua. It’s history. It’s biography. It’s interacting across boundaries. It’s political.”

Sherra Babcock, the director of the Department of Education, gushed about The Presidents Club, a book by Time editors Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy, which also shares the same name as the morning lecture platform theme — it’s not a coincidence.

Four years ago, Gibbs told Institution President Tom Becker and Babcock that she and Duffy were working on a book about the “private side of the presidency.” Becker and Babcock agreed it would be a perfect morning lecture platform theme.

After years of patience and hard work, Gibbs kicks off the week at 10:45 a.m. Monday in the Amphitheater by exploring the roadmap of The Presidents Club.

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Writers’ Center season wraps up with glances into childhood and sonnets

As the 2012 Season ends, Clara Silverstein, director of the Writers’ Center, is pleased with the variety of writers — novelists, short fiction writers, biographers, memoirists, essayists, poets — who worked with Chautauquans on different forms.

“Through our programs and workshops, our writers-in-residence were able to share with the Chautauqua community their own writing, their perspective on literature as art and their expertise in teaching,” Silverstein said.

This year, the offerings at the Writers’ Center expanded to include writing inspired by art in Chautauqua’s galleries and classes about poetry appreciation taught by award-winning poets, but Silverstein is already looking ahead to the 2013 Season.

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