Nearly twenty libraries across Westmoreland County will discuss Arthur and Sherlock: Conan Doyle & the Creation of Holmes by Greensburg's own Michael Sims as part of the Spring/Summer edition of the One Book, One Community Book Discussion.
“As a young medical student at the University of Edinburgh, Arthur Conan Doyle studied under the vigilant eye of Dr Joseph Bell. He observed as Dr Bell identified a patient’s occupation, hometown and ailments both imagined and genuine from the smallest details of dress, gait and speech. Although Doyle was training to be a surgeon, he was meanwhile cultivating essential knowledge that would help him to develop and define the art of the detective novel. From Doyle’s early days surrounded by poverty and violence, to his escape to University and finally to his first days as a surgeon in his own practice, acclaimed author Michael Sims traces the circuitous yet inevitable development of Arthur Conan Doyle as the father of the modern mystery, whose most famous creation is still the most well-known and well-loved of the canon’s many members. Through Sims’s deft analysis of Doyle’s childhood and adult life, the incomparable Sherlock Holmes emerges as a product of Doyle’s varied lessons in the classroom and professional life. Building on the traditions of Edgar Allan Poe, Emile Gaboriau, and even Voltaire, Doyle’s new detective is not just a skillful translator of clues, but a veritable superhero of the mind in the tradition of his most esteemed teacher, Dr Joseph Bell. Sims’s Arthur is just as vivid Doyle’s own Sherlock Holmes in this enthralling biography of the man behind the most famous detective of all time.” — description from Amazon.com
Book Discussion Locations:
Note: Space may be limited, so register with the location you prefer at least two weeks in advance. A copy of the book will be lent to you by that library.Ligonier Valley Library
120 West Main St.
Ligonier, PA 15658724-238-6451Wednesday, April 26 at 7 p.m. Peoples Library New Kensington
880 Barnes Street
New Kensington, PA 15068724-339-1021Saturday, May 6 at 1 p.m. Rostraver Public Library700 Plaza DriveBelle Vernon, PA 15012724-379-5511Thursday, May 11 at 6 p.m. New Florence Public Library
122 Ligonier Street
New Florence, PA 15944724-235-2249Wednesday, May 17 at 7 p.m. Manor Public Library
44 Main St., Suite 500
Manor, PA 15665724-864-6850Monday, May 22 at 7 p.m.
Scottdale Public Library
106 Spring St.
Scottdale, PA 15683724-887-6140Thursday, June 1 at 6 p.m. Penn State—New KensingtonElisabeth S. Blissell Library3550 Seventh Street RoadNew Kensington, PA 15068724-334-6071Wednesday, June 14 at 2 p.m. Murrysville Community Library
4130 Sardis Rd
Murrysville, PA 15668724-327-1102Tuesday, June 20 at 6:30 p.m. Delmont Public Library
77 Greensburg St.
Delmont, PA 15626724-468-5329Tuesday, June 27 at 6 p.m. Greensburg Hempfield Area Library
237 South Pennsylvania Avenue
Greensburg, PA 15601724-837-5620Saturday, July 8 at 2 p.m. Monessen Public Library
326 Donner Ave.
Monessen, PA 15062724-684-4750Thursday, July 13 at 10:30 a.m. Redstone Highlands6 Garden Center DriveGreensburg, PA 15601Tuesday, July 18 at 2 p.m. Norwin Public Library
100 Caruthers Lane
Irwin, PA 15642724-863-4700Thursday, July 27 at 6:30 p.m. Sewickley Township Public Library
201 Highland Avenue
Herminie, PA 15637724-446-9940Thursday, August 3 at 7 p.m. Vandergrift Public Library
128 C Washington Ave.
Vandergrift, PA 15690724-568-2212Saturday, August 12 at 11 a.m. Penn Area Library
2001 Municipal Court
Harrison City, PA 15636724-744-4414Monday, August 21 at 7 p.m. Mount Pleasant Public Library
120 S Church St.
Mount Pleasant, PA 15666724-547-3850Monday, August 28 at 6:30 p.m. Adams Memorial Library
1112 Ligonier St.
Latrobe, PA 15650724-539-1972Thursday, August 31 at 6 p.m.
Programs are made possible by WLN, the Westmoreland Library Network.
The Westmoreland Library Network is a federated system of over twenty public libraries providing free library service to the residents of Westmoreland County.