Sherlock Holmes experts scheduled to speak at SRJC Oct. 28 and Nov. 4
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Sherlock Holmes expert Leslie Klinger will be speaking at the Santa Rosa Junior College’s Oct. 28 Arts & Lecture series talk in Newman Auditorium from noon-1 p.m.

Klinger will present “Introducing Mr. Sherlock Holmes,” exploring the life and times of the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s consulting detective, who continues to inspire and fascinate more than 125 years after his fiction debut.

Klinger is considered one of the world’s foremost authorities on Sherlock Holmes and Dracula. A member of the infamous Baker Street Irregulars, he served (without credit) as technical advisor on the Warner Brothers film, “Sherlock Holmes” (2009) and (with credit) for “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows” (2011). Klinger has also consulted on comic books and graphic novels featuring Holmes and Dracula and is a frequent speaker at Sherlock Holmes events. Klinger edited the three-volume “New Annotated Sherlock Holmes” and co-edited “A Study in Sherlock,” a collection of recent stories by contemporary writers with Laurie King. In February 2013, Klinger filed suit against Arthur Conan Doyle’s estate to liberate the Sherlock stories from copyright protections.

“Introducing Mr. Sherlock Holmes” will be presented by Klinger in Newman Auditorium, Emeritus (Santa Rosa campus).

On Nov. 4, at the same venue, the Arts & Lecture series features best-selling detective series author Laurie King presenting: “Mary Russell and the Afterlives of Sherlock Holmes.” Her Mary Russell series features the character Mary Russell, a young woman Sherlock Holmes meets, mentors, and eventually marries. King has often worked with Klinger on the Sherlock circuit and, as previously mentioned, co-edited “A Study in Sherlock.”

Sherlock Holmes is SRJC’s English department’s Work of Literary Merit for the fall semester. The WOLM program has been a part of the English department since 1981 when the first book chosen was Voltaire's Candide. 

It was renamed the Solkov Work of Literary Merit to honor the memory of Arnold Solkov, who served as English department chair for many years The Santa Rosa Junior College is located at 1501 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa CA. There is a $4 fee for parking on campus.

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