From hosting book signings to selling everything from fair trade goods and Pennslyvania Dutch candies, the Chautauqua Bookstore is integral to life at the Institution. And Donna Domnick, Nancy Swanson, and Corolyn Snider are integral to the bookstore.
The youngest child, Kevin Leman was not interested in taking school seriously. “I saw myself as the screw-off of the…
“Darling if God ever made a lonesome man — one whose very heart is breaking — he made me ……
Slashed wrists, illicit kisses, seduction and special agents — hardly what one normally associates with Chautauqua Institution. But for author,…
Puzzle boxes, jewelry, drums, marmalade, wrap skirts — the Chautauqua Fair Trading Company store in the Colonnade might not be large, but it holds a multitude of different goods from all over the world. The wares have one thing in common: Everything has been made by people in developing countries who were paid a living wage.
For those who know it, Chautauqua Lake can get busy in both summer and winter, the water and ice providing a welcome medium for activities of many kinds. But rarely do those who know the lake see the kind of busy that Chautauqua Lake welcomed on Oct. 16, 1879.
Profits from the money spent at the Chautauqua Bookstore directly pay for the Institution’s programming costs. When the bookstore sells products from Ten Thousand Villages, a nonprofit, fair trade company, the money made supports artisans in developing countries and helps to improve their lives and communities.
Earl Rothfus, bookstore manager, brought in the fair trade products seven years ago, and after the first year, he gave the crafts a prominent section under the Ten Thousand Villages flag.
Ten Thousand Villages is one of the founding members of the World Fair Trade Organization. It ensures the livelihood of its member cooperatives and artisans by paying them cash advances and establishing fair prices and long-term relationships with them.
Linda Rocker’s first novel, Punishment: A Legal Thriller, begins with a bang.
“The book opens with a bombing,” Rocker said, which shakes the West Palm Beach courthouse where much of the book’s plot takes place.
After enrolling in a writing course at Chautauqua, Rocker took the chapters she had begun in Cleveland and began crafting them into a book, which will be the first of a trilogy.
“I suddenly realized that I had a lot to say, and I could say it through character,” she said. “Without Chautauqua, I’m not sure I ever would have finished this book.”
The book is for sale in the Chautauqua Bookstore, and Rocker will sign copies today from 12 to 12:30 p.m. in the Author’s Alcove, celebrating the Institution that gave her the gift of time and place to write her novel about legal intrigue, coming of age and the morality of punishment.