CLSC Offers Summer Book Discussions

Posted on July 03, 2013

The Lakeside Chautauqua Literary & Scientific Circle (CLSC) will hold its first round table at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, July 11, in the Fountain Inn Aigler Room to discuss the novel, Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks.

The book chronicles the life of Caleb Cheeshahteaumauk, a member of the Wopanaak tribe of Noepe (Martha’s Vineyard) in New England in the 1600s. Although the tale is largely fictional, Brooks has based her story on the life of the first Native American graduate of Harvard College.

Calling upon the small number of facts that remain available today, the author cleverly intertwines fact with fiction to convey the story of a young man’s coming of age as he struggles to blend the elements of two very different traditions.

The Lakeside CLSC holds two round table discussions each summer, one in July and one in August, during which participants talk about the books chosen for that year. The second book, Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid that Sparked the Civil War, will be discussed at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, in the Fountain Inn Aigler Room.

Both books are available at, Barnes & Noble and at The Fine Print bookstore, located on Walnut Avenue.

The New York Chautauqua Institute CLSC was formed in 1878 to support reading and learning about nature, art, literature, philosophy and science. The 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 variety of literary works, both fiction and nonfiction.

The long-term goal of all members 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.

For more information, contact Paul Sukys at (740) 398-2265 or at