Hello everyone—

A reminder that our last Sherlock Holmes WOLM event is tonight, 5 p.m., in Newman Auditorium, Santa Rosa campus.

If you teach at 5 p.m., or your class ends at 5 p.m., please consider bringing your class over to Newman for this panel discussion!

Event is free and open to the public (you just have to pay for parking).

Michael Aparicio (Philosophy)
Jill Kelly-Moore (Humanities)
Karen Frindell Teuscher (Chemistry)

What does critical thinking have to do with Holmes? How has Watson changed over time? What role does science play in Holmes’ ability to solve mysteries? Join us for a lively discussion to find out.

  November 13, 2013 at 09:51am


Win prizes! Impress your friends!
SRJC Students:  Did you write an essay on Sherlock Holmes for your English class? Or, have you written a short story inspired by the Holmes stories?
If so, you are eligible to enter this year’s
1. Remove your name and your instructor’s name from your essay or story.
2. Save your essay or story as a Word document. You may submit one piece for each category.
3. Submit it as an attachment to this address: jaharonian@santarosa.edu.
4. Put your name, phone number, and your instructor’s name in the email itself. The subject line of the email must read WOLM COMPETITION SUBMISSION. Please indicate whether you are submitting for the essay content or the short story contest.
5. DEADLINE: Friday, December 6, 2013, at midnight.
6. Winners will be notified be email within one week. Prizes will be awarded for both essays and stories.
Any questions? Please contact Jake Aharonian at jaharonian@santarosa.edu

  November 08, 2013 at 01:09pm

"A Study in Watsons" event

Events are free and open to the public (you just have to pay for parking).

“A Study in Watsons”
English instructor and amateur Sherlockian Raquel Montoya-Dane invites you to spend an evening chatting about the various incarnations of Dr. John Watson. Though dozens of Watsons have graced the screen, this fun and casual event will look at six particular Watsons, focusing on the two current, modern-day incarnations (from the BBC’s Sherlock and CBS’s Elementary), and invite the audience to muse on why these Watsons and why now.

  November 03, 2013 at 11:13am

"Rewriting Mr. Sherlock Holmes" event

Events are free and open to the public (you just have to pay for parking).

“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)

  November 03, 2013 at 11:11am

Leslie Klinger speaking TODAY at noon

Good morning everyone.
Just a reminder that our WOLM speaker, Leslie Klinger will be presenting today in Newman Auditorium from noon to 1 p.m.; please mention this to your classes and, if you teach during that hour, please consider bringing your class to the lecture. Thank you!
Leslie Klinger is creator of The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes, a consultant on the Robert Downey, Jr Sherlock films, and the lawyer who filed a suit against the Conan Doyle estate to release the copyrights of the stories!  His talk is entitled “Introducing Mr. Sherlock Holmes” and should be of interest to both new readers and expert Sherlockians.

This event is free and open to the public—just have to pay for parking.

  October 28, 2013 at 05:57am

WOLM events begin this MONDAY!

A reminder that we have *two* events happening this Monday, Oct. 21. Events are free and open to the public. Alas, you still have to pay for parking.

  • Monday, Oct 21, 2013: Elementary, My Dear Watson: Navigating Detective Fiction
    A panel discussion with Jacqueline McGhee, Lori Kuwabara, and Barbara McClure. Come hear three English Department instructors chat about what keeps them coming back for more (and more! and more!) mystery/detective novels—from the quirky, flawed heroes and heroines to the psychological cunning and twists to the how-could-I-have-missed-it? trail of clues.
    Location: Mahoney Library Reading Room, PETALUMA campus
    Time: 1:30-2:30
  • Monday, Oct 21, 2013: Sonoma County Sherlockians
    A panel discussion with Don Libry, Carol Russell, Andrea Stewart, Donald Yates, and Joanne Yates. Sonoma County residents and dedicated Sherlockians gather to share their experiences and answer your questions.
    Location: Emeritus 1588, SANTA ROSA campus
    Time: 7:00-8:30 p.m.
  October 19, 2013 at 09:25am

This week: The Stockbroker’s Clerk


Title: The Adventure of the Stockbroker’s Clerk

Published: 1893

Collection: The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes

First paragraph:

Shortly after my marriage I had bought a connection in the Paddington district. Old Mr. Farquhar, from whom I purchased it, had at one time an excellent general practice; but his age, and an affliction of the nature of St. Vitus’s dance from which he suffered, had very much thinned it. The public not unnaturally goes on the principle that he who would heal others must himself be whole, and looks askance at the curative powers of the man whose own case is beyond the reach of his drugs. Thus as my predecessor weakened his practice declined, until when I purchased it from him it had sunk from twelve hundred to little more than three hundred a year. I had confidence, however, in my own youth and energy, and was convinced that in a very few years the concern would be as flourishing as ever.

Check out our resources page to learn where to read the rest online for free.

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WOLM Fall 2013: Sherlock Holmes SRJC Library Guide ›

Smita Avasthi has put together an absolutely AMAZING library guide for our WOLM. You could play there for hours!

  October 19, 2013 at 08:59am

Dear Faculty and Staff, a reminder that there is a book group discussion today at noon on “A Scandal in Bohemia,” in the Margaret Clark Room, Emeritus 1647.

  October 16, 2013 at 10:26am

Our WOLM board in the hallway outside the English Department office.