2024 Sub-Librarians Meeting: Writing Sherlock Holmes into the Twenty-first Century

Start Date

6-30-2024 1:00 PM

End Date

6-30-2024 2:00 PM

Location

Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel. Indigo Ballroom G H

City and State

San Diego, California

Description

2024 marks the 50th anniversary of The Seven-Per-Cent Solution and the 30th anniversary of The Beekeeper’s Apprentice—two books that use the Arthur Conan Doyle characters in ways far beyond the Victorian white male-dominated society in which they were conceived. Seven-Per-Cent Solution—the hugely bestselling novel and the Oscar-nominated film—reinvented Sherlock Holmes, bringing him into the modern world, trading the staid Basil Rathbone image for the eccentric, bohemian, and occasionally funny Holmes seen on page and screen today. Twenty years later, The Beekeeper’s Apprentice introduced Sherlock Holmes to a very twentieth century young woman, demonstrating that the Victorian detective might grow beyond his misogyny, entering into partnership with a brilliant young woman. Acclaimed authors Nicholas Meyer and Laurie R. King, in conversation with their friend and editor of The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes, Leslie S. Klinger, will discuss these milestone Sherlockian novels and consider the following questions: Why is Sherlock Holmes still so popular after more than a century? How did the original stories change the course of crime fiction? How has the character of Sherlock Holmes shifted to become more nuanced and inclusive? How do writers keep reinventing the archetypes of the "great detective" and the "good doctor"? How do you write a Holmes that is both true to the original, yet reflects a modern, multicultural society in a way that Arthur Conan Doyle never could have envisioned?

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2024 Sub-Librarians Meeting: Writing Sherlock Holmes into the Twenty-first Century

Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel. Indigo Ballroom G H

2024 marks the 50th anniversary of The Seven-Per-Cent Solution and the 30th anniversary of The Beekeeper’s Apprentice—two books that use the Arthur Conan Doyle characters in ways far beyond the Victorian white male-dominated society in which they were conceived. Seven-Per-Cent Solution—the hugely bestselling novel and the Oscar-nominated film—reinvented Sherlock Holmes, bringing him into the modern world, trading the staid Basil Rathbone image for the eccentric, bohemian, and occasionally funny Holmes seen on page and screen today. Twenty years later, The Beekeeper’s Apprentice introduced Sherlock Holmes to a very twentieth century young woman, demonstrating that the Victorian detective might grow beyond his misogyny, entering into partnership with a brilliant young woman. Acclaimed authors Nicholas Meyer and Laurie R. King, in conversation with their friend and editor of The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes, Leslie S. Klinger, will discuss these milestone Sherlockian novels and consider the following questions: Why is Sherlock Holmes still so popular after more than a century? How did the original stories change the course of crime fiction? How has the character of Sherlock Holmes shifted to become more nuanced and inclusive? How do writers keep reinventing the archetypes of the "great detective" and the "good doctor"? How do you write a Holmes that is both true to the original, yet reflects a modern, multicultural society in a way that Arthur Conan Doyle never could have envisioned?