Literature

Literature

Have you dreamt of writing the great American novel? Perhaps your biography to leave your family. We offer workshops to guide in the creation of your legacy. Discussion groups The Humanities.

Reading & Discussion – Weekly on Wednesdays at 11 am

Join a lively group of thoughtful, civil, and variously opinionated Hamilton House members as we discuss an essay or short story. Articles are chosen by rotating members of the group who volunteer each week. The relatively brief non-fiction readings cover a variety of timely topics, both serious and whimsical. Look for upcoming articles announced in the weekly E-bulletin, find copies in a folder next to the office, or get in touch via e-mail for links to articles, and join us any time you feel like it for a one-hour opportunity for good conversation and a chance to exercise a few grey cells!
Coordinators: Gwenyth Edwards: gwenythedwards@yahoo.com &
John Stevenson: jstevenson@uri.edu

ZOOM American Short Stories – Weekly Series with John Lord – Fridays at 10 am 

Join us every week for discussions of classic American short stories. Using The Oxford Book of American Short Stories, we will read and react to a new story each week. The plan is for this class to run for 10-12 weeks and follow a format similar to Poetry and Readings & Discussions. Open to all; no long term commitment. Come when you can. 

The book is available at Amazon ($13-15 used) or at Abebooks.com ($4.40 w/ free shipping).

ZOOM “Meandering Through a Memoir” with Maggie Miles – Four Week Series – Thursdays at 10 am – March 11, 18, 25, April 1 

“Four Seasons in Rome” By Anthony Doerr

Oh, to be able to travel!  If you like first-person accounts that contain beautiful writing, humor and intellectual wanderings, then this class is for you. Doerr, the author of the Pulitzer Prize winning novel, All the Light We Cannot See, has given us a true gift as he describes his year in Rome with his wife and twin baby boys.

One minute he is describing the Sistine Chapel and the next he is learning the word for “diaper” in Italian. Each week, we will discuss a season or chapter. Participants will be encouraged to keep a notebook nearby to record phrases or sentences that appeal to them.  The complete title of the book is Four Seasons in Rome – On Twins, Insomnia and the Biggest Funeral in the World. It was published in 2007 and is available at local libraries and used on Amazon and other distributors. Class Limit: 15  Please email Hamilton House to register.

ZOOM Play Reading: Page to Stage with Michael Walczak – Six Week Series – Tuesdays from 1 pm – 2:30 pm – March 23, 30, April 6, 13, 20, 27

The joy of drama is to take the words from the page and breath life into them for the stage. Our task will be to read a couple short plays (a modern comedy and classic drama) as a group while we begin learning about some of these transformational skills. Text analysis, physical and emotional characterization, and the visuals of costume and set design to name a few. If you love a good play, and always wanted to be Romeo /Juliet then this is the class for you.

I’d check out Amazon for paperback and kindle of the selected readings:

“The Dining Room“ by A.R. Gurney  $10:00

“Our Town“ By Thornton Wilder  $8:45

“Angels In America—Part 1” by Tony Kushner —prices vary due to used copies

All the plays deal with  different perspectives on American culture.
Dining Room is the comedy.  Our town and angels are the dramas. Angels will be considered as a supportive piece.     Class Limit: 8   Please email Hamilton House to register.

Michael Walczak is a high energy and upbeat performing and visual artist living in Providence. Michael spent 25 years of his career working at a number of independent schools heading numerous theatre programs while teaching theatre studies and directing a number of plays. In addition Michael worked as a class facilitator in text studies for Shakespeare and Company of Lenox, Massachusetts. For the past five years Michael taught collage and figure drawing at Castle Hill in Truro, Massachusetts and collage at Hamilton House last fall.

ZOOM HH Monthly Book Club – Monday, March 29 at 1 pm

 “News of the World” by Paulette Jiles

“This exquisitely rendered, morally complex, multilayered novel of historic fiction explores the boundaries of family, responsibility, honor and trust. In the aftermath of the Civil War, an aging itinerant news reader agrees to transport a young captive of the Kiowa back to her people.”

ZOOM Memoir Writing with Tammy Bolotow – Wednesdays at 10 am – April 7, 14, 21, 28

“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough” – Mae West

The pandemic’s siege of our lives has, possibly, been a time for deeper contemplation, reflection, nostalgia: memories – ready to be put to paper in the form of the memoir.  In these sessions, you will read excerpts from memoirs, discuss the elements of memoir writing (as opposed to the autobiography), and write your own memoir to keep to yourself, pass on to your family (or not!).   Maybe you will want to write your “fantasy” memoir, or a future memoir as you look back on this period in your life. The blank page is waiting for your memories.

ZOOM HH Monthly Book Club – Monday, April 26 at 1 pm

“The Guest List” by Lucy Foley

“A wedding celebration turns dark and deadly in this thriller. Alternating clues keep you guessing and guessing wrong in this murder mystery!”

ZOOM HH Monthly Book Club – Monday, May 24 at 1 pm

“This Magnificent Dappled Sea” by David Biro

Two strangers, generations and oceans apart, have a chance to save each other in this moving and suspenseful novel about family secrets and the ineffable connections that lead us to one another. Can inheritance be transcended by accidents of love? This novel challenges the idea of identity and celebrates the ties that bind us together.

ZOOM HH Monthly Book Club – Monday, June 28 at 1 pm

“The Only Woman in the Room” by Marie Benedict 

The incredible true story of a brilliant woman scientist only remembered for her beauty. Hedy Lamar, screen star, kept a secret more shocking than her heritage or marriage that she was a scientist. And she had an idea that might help the country fight the Nazis and revolutionize modern communication…if anyone would listen to her.

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