The Lakeside Chautauqua Literary & Scientific Circle (CLSC) is a local organization affiliated with the New York Chautauqua Institute CLSC, which was formed in 1878 to support reading and learning about nature, art, literature, philosophy and science. The New York chapter provides a reading list each year, from which the local membership chooses two books to read during the off-season for discussion at the round table sessions each summer.


Membership in the CLSC is open to anyone interested in reading, learning and discussing a wide variety of literary works, both fiction and nonfiction. The long-term goal of all members of the CLSC is to read 12 works from an approved list of books that extends back to the year 1878. Those who complete this task are honored as official graduates of the CLSC.

2020 Events

The Chautauqua & Literary Scientific Circle's (CLSC) first round table discussion of the summer, held at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, July 9 in the Fountain Inn - Aigler Room, will feature Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom by David W. Blight. This discussion will be led by Detra Bennett and Dave Blank. Prior reading of the book is encouraged.

CLSC's Graduation Ceremony will take place at 2:45 p.m. Sunday, July 19 in Chautauqua Hall.

A multi-book review is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6 in the Fountain Inn - Aigler Room. This gathering will feature multiple book reviews on a variety of CLSC books presented by members of the Lakeside Chapter.

John Collier will review Hellhound on His Trail: The Stalking of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the International Hunt for His Assassin by Hampton Sides. Lynne Hudson will review The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan. Peggy Malone will review Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings by Joy Harjo. Richard Hudson will review Rising Dispatches from New American Shore by Elizabeth Rush. Sue Steinke will review My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite.

The second and final book discussion, held at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 13 in the Fountain Inn - Aigler Room, will feature Swimmer Among the Stars: Stories by Kanishk Tharoor. This discussion will be led by Paul Sukys. Prior reading of the book is encouraged. The books for the first and second round table discussions are available at, Barnes & Noble and The Fine Print bookstore in Lakeside during the summer.


Dolly Andler
(440) 226-6140