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Proust Seminar at M.I.
with Dr. Mark Calkins

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Marcel Proust's In Search of Lost Time (also known in English as Remembrance of Things Past) is a monumental, seven-volume novel that Edmund White calls, "the most respected novel of the twentieth century." SFSU Professor of Comparative & World Literature, Mark Calkins has led the Proust Seminar at the Mechanics' Institute Library since 2001. In September 2018, the Seminar continues with the third volume of the novel, The Guermantes Way.

  • The group meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month from 5:30pm to 6:30pm at Mechanics’ Institute.
  • This semester will begin on September 12, 2018 and end February 27, 2019.
  • Registration is open to all. Mechanics' Institute members pay $70 for each 5-month session; Members of the public pay $100.
  • This cycle, Dr. Calkins will use Mark Treharne’s translation of The Guermantes Way, published by Penguin Classics. However, any translation is acceptable.

Contact Heather at or 415-857-6727 with questions about registration, or contact Dr. Calkins with questions about the group

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 415-393-0101.

Future Book Group Meetings

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Dec 19 - 6:30pm

Signs Preceding the End of the World
by Yuri Herrera

World Literature
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Jan 2 - 6:30pm

The Same Sea
by Amos Oz

Brown Bag Mystery Readers
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Jan 14 - 12:00pm

Death of an Englishman
by Magdalen Nabb

World Literature
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Jan 16 - 6:30pm

by Vladimir Nabokov

World Literature
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Feb 6 - 6:30pm

by John Williams

Brown Bag Mystery Readers
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Feb 11 - 12:00pm

The Man Who Watched the Trains Go By
by George Simenon