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Monthly Book Club

The Monday Book Club will meet on March 26 at 10:30 am. This month's selected choice os "Ordinary Grace" by Kuger. On April 30 at 10:30 am, the book choice will be "Porchinko" by Min Jin Lee. Nancy Marcucci, an avid reader and teacher of American Literature at International House, will lead the group.

"The Court is Now in Session"

Mondays at 10 am -- Four-Week Series, April 9, 16, 23, 30

Have you ever thought of taking a course that includes the reading of a one-act play, a short story based on a true murder, and the actual newspaper accounts from 1900?

​In 1916, Susan Glaspell wrote a one-act play, "Trifles," and then year later wrote the story, "A Jury of Her Peers." Both are based  on the murder trial of Margaret Hossack, the wife of an Iowan farmer. From 1900-1901, Glaspell worked as a reporter for the Des Moines Daily News and covered Hossack's trial. Furthermore, this case was so controversial, that even today, it is discussed law classes. We will read the story before the first class and the play in class.

Class leader Maggie Miles has taught several literature and writing classes at Hamilton House, in addition to an international class on writing about art.

Please read "A Jury of Her Peers" before the first class. Copies available in office.

cummings and goings

Mondays at 1 pm -- Three-week Series, April 9, 16, 23

​The poetry of e. e. cummings has been fascinating - and frustrating - readers for almost 100 years. His experimental use of punctuation, spacing, word order seems to have more in common with surrealism and cubism than literature. But his themes are timeless and engaging. And, for all of his eccentricities, he created some of the most powerful love poetry ever written. Love him, hate him or dismiss him, he remains a major influence on modern poetry. And, yes, he was quite capable of writing "real" poems. 

Join us as we plunge into, dissect, unravel and discuss 12 (with luck) of his best known poems.

Week 1: "maggie and Millie and molly and may," "anyone lived in a pretty town," "in Just-," "i carry your heart"

Week 2: "Buffalo Bill's defunct," "my sweet old etcetera," "as freedom is a breakfast food," "i thank you god"

​Week 3: "pity this busy monster, mankind," "Spring is like a perhaps hand," " what if a much of a which of a wind," "Somewhere I have never travelled"

Lead by John Lord who has been teaching and enjoying Cummings for many years. John would like to remind you (that it is important) to read the poems in advance, that way you can come to class pre-confused. Copies of each week's poems will be on the hallway bookshelf.

​Word to Stage - Transforming "As You Like It"

Mondays, March 26 - April 23

The first three sessions of this five-session program will be led by Diane Strommer. In collaboration with the Gamm Theatre, the fourth and fifth sessions will feature Susie Schutt and Peter Zubiago (April16) and Tony Estrella (April 23), as described below. This course is in part preparation for the Gramm's final production of the season, Shakespeare's ​As You Like It, directed by Tony Estrella  and runs from April 19 through May 27.

Participants are encouraged to read/re-read the play before the course begins since our emphasis will be on understanding the ways in which the text is formed into a theatrical experience shared between the performers and the audience. A synopsis of the story and the list of characters will be available before the first class meeting, and copies of the pertinent scenes will be distributed as needed. Free copies of the play are available online. See, for example, Shakespeare.mit.edu/asyoulikeit/full.html

March 26, April 2, April 9 from 10:30 - 12 noon

​After a brief introduction to Shakespearean comedy and the key elements of a play, we will read a scene together and discuss some of the issues associated with staging it. What does the text require? What does it imply? What should the set look like? Lighting? Costumes? What information is to be conveyed in that scene? What is the emotion? And so on. Several versions of a professional performance of a scene -staged or filmed- will be shown for discussion.

April 16: Time to be announced

Guests: The Gamm Theatre's Education director, Susie Schutt, who directed the As You Like It ​production for the Gamm's summer intensive high school camp, and Peter Zubiago (a Moses Brown student), who played Touchstone. The two will lead a conversation with the group about their experiences in moving from "word to stage."

April 23: Time to be announced

Guest: Tony Estrella, Artistic Director, the Sandra Feinstein Gamm Theatre.


Monday, March 12 at 1 pm

"Scared Errand in Aboriginal Australia"

​Providence author John Harkey will give an illustrated lecture on the background making of his memoir "Scared Errand in Aboriginal Australia" at Hamilton House. Readers of the book "Scared Errand" join the author as he jets over the Pacific Ocean en route to Australia. At his feet is one of the Aboriginal "holy of holies" a tjurunga stone ​inherited from his oilman father. John's intention was to fulfill the wish of his deceased father that "the stone should go home."But, after a forty-year absence from traditional ownership, what home and to whom could this scared object be taken? John soon found himself caught in the turbulence of two cultures in conflict, the Aboriginal and the whitefella Australian. 

​Harley's "Scared Errand" asks questions about the durability of faith both western and indigenous, about concepts of home, and the strain between a father's cultural heritage and a son's view of his inheritance. Purchase the book in advance at Books on the Square or Amazon.com as a paperback or a Kindle edition.  Books will also be available after the author's reading at Hamilton House.

Please register by calling (401) 831-1800 or email hamiltonhouse276@gmail.com 

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Survey of 20th Century Latin American Literature

Thursdays at 10 am, Four week course, Starting March 8

***UPDATE: Make Up Class, April 5th***

Shaped by the unique cultural and political context of its particular place in the world, the literature of Latin America rose in prominence over the course of the past century from a state of relative security to worldwide recognition as one of the largest innovators and influences on the global literary scene. This spring, Hamilton House will offer a series of courses that will explore 20th century Latin American literature through the lens of particularly prominent writers. Through the examination of these writers, we will attempt to understand the significance of their work in and of itself as well as their role in the development of Latin American literature. Please register: 831-1800 Syllabus and copies available in office. (Charge for copies)

Juan Rulfo -- "Juan Rulfo didn't write more than three hundred pages, but they are almost as mankind, I believe, as durable as those we're acquainted with from Sophocles." - Gabriel García Márquez

Though not widely read outside of Latin America, the small but impressive oeuvre of the Mexican writer, screenwriter and photographer Juan Rulfo has been cited as a major inspiration by a wide range of Spanish-language writers. Known for his harsh realism and his mastery of the art of storytelling, Rulfo's writing evokes the black beauty of rural Mexico in the middle of the 20th century. In this class we will be reading selections from his short story collection, The Plain in Flames.

Hasan Friggle is an aspiring educator who currently lives and works in Narragansett, RI. He holds a B.A. in Visual Arts and Literary Arts from Brown University and has taught courses at Hamilton House on Contemporary Short Fiction, Micro Fiction, and the writers Kazoo, Ishiguro and Shirley Jackson. He welcomes group discussion. 


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