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Proust Group
In Search of Lost Time

Staff will be on hand from 5:00 p.m. - 5:25 p.m. on September 28th to process payments for those who have not yet had a chance to pay fees for the semester.


Under the leadership of Dr. Mark Calkins, the Mechanics’ Institute offers bi-weekly Proust discussion groups on a semester basis. The new semester begins on September 14th, and the group meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month from 5:30pm - 6:30pm.

Proust’s The Captive and the Fugitive (Vol. V) will be studied this semester. In The Captive, Proust’s narrator describes living in his mother’s Paris apartment with his lover, Albertine, and subsequently falling out of love with her. In The Fugitive, the narrator loses Albertine forever. Rich with irony, The Captive and The Fugitive inspire meditations on desire, sexual love, music, and the art of introspection.  (content courtesy of the publisher)

Fees for the semester are $70 for Mechanics' Institute members, or $100 for non-members. For more information, contact Dr. Calkins at Contact Heather at 415.857.6727 to make payment prior to September 28th.

Proust - In Search of Lost Time Book Group Meetings

Members $70; Public $100
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4th Floor Board Room
Heather Terrell - 415-857-6727
Register now by using the form below or calling (415) 393-0102.

Future Book Group Meetings

World Literature

Sep 27 - 6:45pm

Invisible Cities
by Italo Calvino

World Literature

Oct 11 - 6:45pm

The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman
by Laurence Sterne

Brown Bag Mystery Readers

Oct 16 - 12:00pm

The Woman in White
by Wilkie Collins

World Literature

Oct 25 - 6:45pm

The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman
by Laurence Sterne

World Literature

Nov 8 - 6:45pm

Miss Lonelyhearts & Day of the Locust
by Nathanael West

Brown Bag Mystery Readers

Nov 13 - 12:00pm

Long Upon the Land
by Margaret Maron