Book & Movie Club goes ‘Down South’ for winter

HAMILTON — The theme of the season is "Down South," featuring books and movies set in the southern United States, for the Colgate Bookstore and Hamilton Theater Winter season of the Hamilton Book & Movie Club.

The Book & Movie Club offers two subscription plans. Full Members will receive their own copy of all three books for the season, free admission to the screening of all three films, and dinner during the three after-movie discussions, for $48/season. Basic Members receive free admission to the film screenings, and dinner during the after-movie discussion, for a one-time fee of $24/season. To join, visit

The selected books/movies for the January-March season, with descriptions provided by the club, are:

Jan. 26 ­ The Help ­ Novel by Kathryn Stockett; 2011 movie starring Emma Stone and Viola Davis.

In Jackson, Mississippi, in 1962, there are lines that are not crossed. With the civil rights movement exploding all around them, three women start a movement of their own, forever changing a town and the way women — black and white, mothers and daughters — view one another.

Feb. 23 ­ Fried Green Tomatoes ­ Novel by Fannie Flagg; 1991 movie starring Kathy Bates and Jessica Tandy.

Folksy and fresh, endearing and affecting, this now-classic novel is the story of two women in the 1980s: of gray-headed Mrs. Threadgoode telling her life story to Evelyn, who is in the sad slump of middle age. The tale she tells is also of two women — of the irrepressibly daredevil tomboy Idgie and her friend Ruth — who back in the 1930s ran a little cafe in Whistle Stop, Alabama.

March 29 ­ Cold Mountain ­ Novel by Charles Frazier; 2003 movie starring Nicole Kidman and Jude Law.

Inman, a wounded Confederate soldier, walks away from the ravages of the Civil War and back home to Ada, his pre-war sweetheart. Inman’s odyssey through the devastated landscape of the soon-to-be-defeated South interweaves with Ada’s struggle to revive her father’s North Carolina farm with the help of a young drifter named Ruby. As their long-separated lives begin to converge at the close of the war, Inman and Ada must confront the vastly transformed world they now inhabit.

Members are encouraged to read the book in advance and then meet on the selected date at the Hamilton Theater to view the film based on that book. Club members have the opportunity to discuss the book and the movie at a dinner in the Colgate Bookstore immediately following the film screening.

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