Events are free and open to the public (you just have to pay for parking).
MONDAY, NOV. 4, NOON-1 p.m., NEWMAN AUDITORIUM, SANTA ROSA CAMPUS
“Rewriting Mr. Sherlock Holmes”
Award-winning, best-selling mystery writer Laurie R. King is the author of, among other collections, the Mary Russell stories, inspired by the adventures of Sherlock Holmes. King has declared, “No mystery writer, no matter where she or he stands in the spectrum from ‘cozy’ to ‘hard-boiled,’ can avoid the presence of The Great Detective in the shadowy recesses of the story. I merely chose to bring him forward into the spotlight.” King will discuss her work as well as the challenges of keeping Holmes “alive” in the fictional works that have followed Sir Arthur Conan Doyle‘s death. King is a third generation Northern Californian who has lived most of her life in the San Francisco Bay area. Her background is as mixed as any writer’s, from degrees in theology and managing a coffee store to raising children, vegetables, and the occasional building. In 1994, The Beekeeper’s Apprentice was published, featuring young Mary Russell who becomes an apprentice, then partner of Sherlock Holmes in early 20th century England. Books in that series appear regularly, taking the duo and their cohorts on into the Twenties and around the world, winning admiration far and wide. (more info at laurierking.com)