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In crafting first book, CLSC author Harbach learns the art of novel writing

When Chad Harbach started to write The Art of Fielding, it was on the backburner.

Harbach will present the novel, his first, for the Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle at 3:30 p.m. today in the Hall of Philosophy.

The CLSC selection for Week Seven is a New York Times besteller and on the list of the New York Times’ “Best Books of 2011.” Yet when Harbach first started to write the novel in 2000, he was working as an assistant to a psychotherapist.

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2012 CLSC book choices showcase unique characters

The 2012 Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle books follow two themes: the weekly morning lecture platform and their own season-long “characters.”

“We try very hard to have a group of books that reflect different genres, and a variety of authors, and to offer books that Chautauquans can connect to the weekly theme,” said Sherra Babcock, director of the Department of Education. “In addition, this year’s ‘vertical theme,’ connecting all the books, is ‘characters,’ reflecting writing with strong character development.”

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