One Book, One Community

Book photoOn Wednesday, April 26 at 7:00 pm, the Ligonier Valley Library will kick off the Spring/Summer 2017 edition of the One Book, One Community Book Discussion with Arthur and Sherlock: Conan Doyle and the creation of Holmes by Michael Sims.

“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

If you are interested in joining the discussion, then stop by Ligonier Valley Library to request a copy of the book. Let the staff know you are signing up to participate in the Book Discussion. Can’t make our date? Other libraries in the system will also be hosting this One Book, One Community discussion. As soon as the other dates are set a pamphlet will be available at the library.

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.