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: &
John Stevenson:

ZOOM American Short Stories – Weekly Series with John Lord – Fridays at 10 am beginning December 11

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 ($4.40 w/ free shipping).

ZOOM HH Monthly Book Club – Monday, December 21 at 1 pm

No book was selected for this meeting. Instead we will have a potpourri of sharing something of your choosing. It can be a book review of a favorite book, a poem, a personal story; just enjoy this opportunity!

ZOOM Two Short Story Mini Series with John Cole:

Short Story I –  “Story of Your Life” – Tuesdays at 1 pm, January 5 and 19  

“Story of Your Life” by Ted Chiang could be classified as science-fiction, but don’t let that dissuade you. Made into the film Arrival by Denis Villeneuve , the story plays with ideas of language and the ways language shapes our understanding of the world. Here’s a pdf of the story:

Short Story II – “The Dead” – Tuesdays at 1 pm, January 26 and February 2  

Joyce’s “The Dead” concludes The Dubliners, Joyce’s loosely connected short story collection about the residents of Dublin. The film version The Dead by John Huston, a labor of love, was John Huston’s last film before his death, and it featured his daughter, Anjelica, in the lead role. Here’s a pdf of the story:

John Cole is a professor in the English Department at CCRI where he has taught for almost 30 years. He also did stints as Writing Center Director, Department Chairperson, and Dean of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences during his time at CCRI.

John Logan’s play “Peter and Alice,” an In-depth study with Maggie Miles – Mini Series – Thursdays from 10 am – 11:15 am – January 14, 21, 28, February 4

Many of us loved reading the children’s classics, Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan, but did we ever think about what the lives of the real Alice and the real Peter were like, having their childhoods immortalized in children’s literature? 

What if Alice, at age 80 and Peter, at age 35 were to meet for the first time in a bookstore in London? Their real- life chance encounter is the basis for Logan’ s play as they exchange memories and personal tragedies and sadly, neither is headed toward a “happily ever after” conclusion. Class discussions will be based on assigned sections of the play. If participants are interested, we can have volunteers read aloud occasionally. Class limit: 17  Please register by emailing Hamilton House.

Note:“Peter and Alice” is available on Amazon, new for $8.29 and used for $5.30 

ZOOM HH Monthly Book Club – Monday, January 25 at 1 pm

“American Dirt” by Jeanine Cummins

A literary, intense, suspenseful novel about immigrants. A story of a mom and her young son forced to leave their Mexican home fleeing for their life. A story of a mother’s love and the endless human capacity for hope under unbelievably dangerous circumstances.

ZOOM HH Monthly Book Club – Monday, February 22 at 1 pm

“The Reader” by Bernhard Schlink

Published in 1997, this is a morally complex story of love and secrets, horror and compassion. Set against the haunted landscape of postwar Germany, this brief story about a 15 year old student, his obsessive affair with an older woman, her disappearance and years later criminal trial. Demonstrates the struggles of later generations to know what to do with knowledge of the Holocaust.