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Proust's Muse: The Countess Greffulhe

September 1916 - January 7, 2017
New York
FIT Museum
Seventh Avenue at 27th Street

Garments and accessories once owned by the woman who was the inspiration for Proust's Duchesse de Guermantes.  Charles Worth, Jeanne Lanvin, and Nina Ricci are among the couturiers represented.

Website: http://fitnyc.edu/museum

Journées Musicales Marcel Proust

October 7–9, 2016
Cabourg (Normandy)
01 45 26 14 67
[email protected]
In US: contact [email protected] to discuss

The third bi-annual celebration of Proust and his music, this year's theme is "Proust et les Femmes." Conferences, lectures, fine dining and
site visits in and around Cabourg, the English Channel town which was often Proust's summer residence. Many musical events, performed by outstanding musicians. 

Website: http://www.amisdevinteuil.fr/

Proust in One Hour

Tuesday, February 3, 7 pm
Librairie Albertine
972 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10075
(212) 650-3670

French author, filmmaker, and performance artist Veronique Aubouy (whose work, filming hundreds of people reading extracts from "A La Recherche Du Temps Perdu" may be seen at http://www.aubouy.fr/proust-lu/les-extraits.html) presents, in French, readings from Proust's masterpiece.

Website: http://www.aubouy.fr/proust-lu/les-extraits.html

La Belle Epoque

Maybeck Studio
1537 Euclid Street
Berkeley, CA
Sunday November 15, 7:30 p.m.
$25 - Reservations necessary via Eventbrite

Bay area pianist Gwendolyn Mok has gathered together a group of friends who will present an evening from the Belle Epoque! Radio host and Proust expert, Larry Bensky will give a musically illustrated, bilingual talk about this extraordinary period, poet Alan Bernheimer will read a Proust translation  and Gwendolyn will be joined by SF Symphony members Nicholeris and Goldblatt to perform Ravel's beautifulTrio.

Who’s Afraid Of Marcel Proust?

Southside Theater, Building D, Third Floor
Fort Mason, San Francisco
Oct 4th @ 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

Experience Who’s Afraid of Marcel Proust? — a solo show-and-tell production exploring Proust’s great 20th-century, seven-novel achievement, In Search of Lost Time. Poor Players Artistic Director James Keller devised and performs Who’s Afraid of Marcel Proust?

Littérature et Médecine:
Le Cas de Proust
(Medical Aspects of Literature: Proust's Case)

3,4,5 July
Paris, 3,4 July
Sorbonne, 45 rue Saint-Jacques
Illiers-Combray, 5 July

A three day event, two in Paris, one in Proust's father's hometown Illiers-Combray (site of the Proust Musem,  near Chartres)
The Sunday event in Illiers-Combray includes a visit to the historic Chateau de Villebon.

Paris events free
Illiers-Combray, see listing:
Download: ProgrammeLitteratureMedecineProust4pages(1).pdf

Traduire La Sonorité Dans L'Oeuvre Proustienne
(Capturing Proust's Sound in Translation)

25-26 June
Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Dé fense
Thursday 25 June 14:30 Salle des Colloques, Batiment B
Friday 26 June, 9:30 Hotel de Lauzun, 17 Quai D'Anjou Paris 4e,e

A two day event, in French, featuring many prominent Proust translators and editors,
including Christopher Prendergast,  Lydia Davis; William Carter,
and Emily Eels.

Free; registration required

[email protected]

Proust et Joyce à L'Hôtel Majestic

New York
May 28, 7 p.m.
Librairie Albertine
972 Fifth Avenue 

A dramatic reading, in French, of the play by Debbie Wiess, The setting is the now legendary dinner which took place in Paris 93 years ago. Among those attending, and who are represented in the dialogue, are Sergei Diaghilev, James Joyce, Pablo Picasso and….Marcel Proust.

Download: Poster-Proust-et-Joyce.pdf

Journées Musicales Marcel Proust, 2014

Cabourg (Normandy)
October 3-5
(train and bus connections available from Paris, via Caen or Deauville)

This year's theme, for the three-day special event held every two years, is "Churches and Cathedrals in Proust."  Many of thepresentations take place in the magnificent Grand Hotel, where Proust lived and wrote during the summers when he was creating "In Search of Lost Time."  There are numerous lectures and visits (in French).  And an outstanding lineup of musicians, playing music relating to Proust and his works. Among the composers are Wagner, Mozart, Saint-Saens, Massenet, Beethoven, Lili Boulanger, and Reynaldo Hahn.

Ticket prices vary; see link below.
Hotel reservations in advance advisable!
Inquiries (in French or English): [email protected]

Website: http://www.amisdevinteuil.fr/les-journ%C3%A9es-musicales-marcel-proust-de-2014/
Download: Le déroulé prévisionnel de l’édition 2014 des Journées Musicales Marcel Proust (PDF)

Journée des Aubépines

Saturday May 17, 10:15 a.m. - 5:45 p.m.
(train connection available from Paris, via Chartres)
Hotel des Aubépines
Musée Marcel Proust
20025 France

The annual visit to Proust father's home town, now site of the Proust Museum, housed in his Aunt Léonie's home.  Includes a talk by illustrator Stéphane Heuet, who has adopted Proust into illustrated books; a bus tour of Proust-related sites (parks, churches and chateaux), and lunch and dinner with 50-60 Proustophiles. (All events in French, though some translation may be provided.)

Tickets: $60 per person (includes lunch)
Reservations before May 5 advisable!
[email protected]
Download: Aubépines2014b.pdf

Marcel Proust 100th Anniversary Publication Celebration

Thursday November 14 7 p.m.
St. John's Presbyterian Church
2727 College Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94705
Tickets: $10 at the door.

The 100th Anniversary of the first appearance of "Swann's Way" is being commemorated worldwide with readings, concerts, forums, and
discussions.  (http://www.proust-ink.com/calendar/).  The Northern California event, with bilingual readings and a variety of music, will
be hosted by RadioProust's executive producer, Larry Bensky.
Download: Proust_5.pdf

Marcel Proust Birthday Celebration

Wednesday July 10 7 p.m.
Poets House
10 River Terrace (at Murray Street)
New York, NY 10032

Join us on Marcel Proust’s Birthday to celebrate the publication of The Collected Poems of Marcel Proust, edited by Harold Augenbraum, and featuring the work of 20 poets and translators. Augenbraum, founder of the Proust Society of America, will be joined by contributors Meena Alexander, Marcella Durand, Wayne Koestenbaum, Anna Moschovakis, Mark Polizotti and Susan Stewart. Sposored by the River to River Festival.

Website: http://www.poetshouse.org

Marcel Proust The Musician

Thursday April 25, 7 p.m.
The Center for Fiction
17 East 47th Street
New York City

This hour and a half concert will be devoted to the composers and works that inspired Marcel Proust to create the character of Vinteuil in In Search of Lost Time. Works by Debussy, Saint-Saëns, Franck and Reynaldo Hahn will be played, illustrated by excerpts from In Search of Lost Time read by the actor William Nadylam in English and in French. Renowned French musicians Anthony Leroy and Sandra Moubarak will perform.

Website: http://www.centerforfiction.org/calendar/marcel-proust-the-musician/

100th Anniversary of Swann's Way

Februrary 15th - April 28th
Morgan Library and Museum
225 Madison Avenue
New York City

The first book in Proust's seven-volume "In Search of Lost Time" was published in1913. To mark the occasion, the Morgan Library presents a selection of notebooks, preliminary drafts, galley proofs and other rarely seen documents from the Bibliotheque national in Paris.

Website: http://www.themorgan.org/exhibitions/exhibition.asp?id=71

Marie Nordlinger

Sunday November 18
Marcel Proust Museum

A day-long celebration of the role that Proust's cousin, Marie Nordlinger, played in his life, as "muse" and translator from English to French.  Also book release party for Mireille Naturel's "Marcel Proust, l'arche et la colombe" (Robet Laffont)

Website: http://marcelproust.pagesperso-orange.fr/

"Monsieur Proust's Library"

October 30, 7 p.m.,
The Center for Fiction
17 E. 47th St., New York City

Noted Scholar and Biographer Anka Muhlstein, winner of a Prix Goncourt in biography  ("Balzac's Omelette") presents her new book, exploring literature and literary taste in Proust.  Free.
RSVP: [email protected] or call (212) 755-6710.

Website: http://www.centerforfiction.org

Journees Musicales Marcel Proust

September 21-23, 2012, Cabourg, France

A combination of readings, site visits, and concerts in the Normandy town where Proust
spent several summers, and wrote large parts of "A la recherche du temps perdu"

Website: http://www.journees-musicales-marcel-proust.fr/english-1/

Proust and Music

August 17, 2012

The Bard Music Festival, this year focusing on composer Camille Saint-Saens, presents a special
evening of music related to the writing of Marcel Proust.  A pre-concert panel will be moderated
by Radio Proust Executive Director Larry Bensky.

Website: http://fishercenter.bard.edu/calendar/event.php?eid=114613&year=2012&month=8&day=17

"Time Regained" by Raul Ruiz

March 18, 2012

A special screening of Raul Ruiz' 1999 adaptation of Proust's final volume in "In Search of Lost Time" will take place Sunday, March 18 at 6 p.m. at the Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley.  Larry Bensky, executive producer of the "RadioProust.org" web site will introduce the film. Full details at www.bampfa.berkeley.edu.

Website: http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu

Proust et La Musique

January 22, 2012

Works by Beethoven, Wagner, Franck, Faure, Debussy, Hahn and Delafosse will be featured in this
combination lecture- concert, led by pianist Christophe Maynard., with baritone Jacaques-Francois L'Oiseleur Des Longchamps
and violinist Eun-Bi Gang.  In the ornate central meeting room
of the former City Hall at Rueil-Malmaison (RER-A).  Sunday, 16 h.  Reservations advised: or [email protected]

The Universality of Marcel Proust

July 12, 2011

Radio Proust executive director and host Larry Bensky will be speaking (in French) at a Proust-oriented music and literature festival in St. Riquier, France . The festival is located near Amiens in the Picardy/Somme region. Full festival details, and information about Bensky’s appearance visit the link below.

Website: http://www.festival-de-saint-riquier.fr/spectacle,larry-bensky,7.html

Proust and His World

January 25–March 1, 2011

Proustophile Larry Bensky, who runs this web site, will be teaching his "Proust and His World" class again, starting January 25. It's a six-week survey of French music, art,history, and of course literature, open to all, via the Osher Lifetime Learning Center at UC Berkeley. For details, and enrollment information, click the link below.

Website: http://www.olli.berkeley.edu/

New Proust Course Online

Taught by Distinguished Scholar and Proust Biographer William C. Carter.

Website: http://proust-ink.com/page73.htm

Proust in Paris, Illiers-Combray, and Cabourg (Balbec)

May 24–30, 2010

May 24–30 2010
Note: Leave your home city May 23rd. We recommend you arrive in Paris a day or two before the tour to enjoy your favorite Paris activities.

A literary dream trip for avid Proust fans or for the Proust neophyte eager to explore the Proust mystique. There is nothing quite like being able to visit the many sites of Proust’s masterpiece In Search of Lost Time. Your trip will forever connect you to the novel.

  • Paris:  Proust’s Louvre, The Ritz, the Dreyfus affair, Proust’s gravesite.
  • Illiers-Combray:  "Tante Leonie's House", the church, "the Meseglise Way", madeleines
  • Balbec:  The Grand Hotel, the beach, the little train station at Dives, and more
Our tour leader is Harold Augenbraum, Executive Director of the National Book Foundation, former Director of The Mercantile Library in New York, founder of the Proust Society of America, and editor of forthcoming "The Collected Poems of Marcel Proust" from Penguin Classics.

For the first time we will offer a 4-day Venice extension to explore Proust’s fascination with Venice, Ruskin, and its painters (including Carpaccio).  See Proust or Venice.

$3500 (USD) per person (with the euro at 1.41 as of January 2009).  Price includes 6 nights hotel room (single occupancy breakfast included), all activities as outlined in itinerary, 4 primary meals (2 are lunches—Laperouse in Paris and Le Florent in Illiers-Combray), transportation by private bus as indicated. In Paris, we will also take taxis, 4 people to a cab, shared cost.  Price does not include additional lunches, 3 dinners, alcoholic beverages, wine, coffee stops, transfers to and from airport, or airfare to and from your home.

Website: http://www.poshnosh.com/tbtb/paris-proust.html

Proust's Paris . . . and Beyond

Summer 2010

Website: http://www.poshnosh.com/tbtb/paris-proust.html

The Future of Criticism: A Conference in Honor of Roger Shattuck

Held at The Center for Fiction
17 East 47th Street, New York, NY
Saturday, April 17, 2010

The critic and scholar Roger Shattuck believed in writing for the reader, in order to enrich the experience of reading. This conference honors Shattuck's role as critic to the people while also exploring the directions that criticism may take in the next ten years. At the conference, the first two winners of the new Roger Shattuck Prize in Criticism will be announced.

Website: http://centerforfiction.org/shattuck/