THE ANNUAL BIRTHDAY CHALLENGE
We’re now wondering if Sandy Kozinn will three-peat this year, as she has won for the last two years. Her delightful “Tail of Baker Street” provided the back story to Laurie Fraser Manifold’s drawing. Brad Keefauver was our runner-up, and honorable mentions went to Elaine Coppola, Greg Darak, Terry Hunt, and Warren Randall.
For those of you unfamiliar with the concept, the rules are simple. Each year we provide a topic in this special birthday edition of the Muse. The contest is only open to Muse subscribers. Of course, you may subscribe at the same time you enter. By entering the contest, you give the Muse permission to publish your work. No entries will be returned, and Muse editorial staff and their families are not eligible.
This year’s assignment:
In 2016 the Chicago Cubs won the World Series for the first time in 108 years. Choose a Canonical character who has had a similar run of failure and write a success story for that character. Your entry should not exceed 300 words.
The winning entry and runners-up as appropriate will appear in the Muse. In addition, the winner will receive a $30 gift certificate for the book store of his or her choice. Entries must be received by February 1, 2017 thus ensuring the winner a place in the March issue.
Send your entries to:
Susan Z. Diamond
Muse Contributions Editor
16W603 3rd Ave.
Bensenville, IL 60106-2327
The ASH Sunday Brunch during the January birthday weekend page has been created and updated. Please RSVP and pay for your brunch through the specific page in the store section on this website:
The Adventuresses of Sherlock Holmes’ Autumn Luncheon will be held
at Tony’s di Napoli (East Side) in NYC
from 1-4 PM.
Specific details will be posted in the near future, as well as a link to pay for the dinner via PayPal.
The English-Speaking Union of New York invites you to
The Real World of Sherlock
a talk by Professor B. J. Rahn, co-sponsored by The Adventuresses of Sherlock Holmes
Thursday, April 28, The English-Speaking Union
144 East 39th Street, New York City
$15 for ESU National Patrons
$25 for ESU and ASH members
$35 for Non-members
ESU National Patrons are invited to enjoy a private
Champagne Reception with B.J. Rahn in the Executive
Director’s office at 6 pm, prior to her talk.
Based on the new paperback edition of The Real World of Sherlock, this lecture explores how closely (or not) Holmes’ fictional world represents Victorian life. It provides a fascinating insight into crime and detection in nineteenth-century London by tracing how the work of police detectives and CSI evolved in this era. From footprint analysis and human blood testing to fingerprinting and crime-scene photography, comparing Holmes’ methods with official procedures yields several surprises—as does research into Sherlock’s fabled drug addiction. Analysis of Holmes and the Fair Sex reveals that despite his antifeminist remarks, Holmes’ actions speak louder than his words, as he befriends female clients, earns the trust of reluctant witnesses, and protects helpless victims. Holmes was very much a man of his time, attuned to social issues, ready to accept new ideas and to challenge unjust or inequitable practices and thereby help to reshape society. He was a quintessential Victorian.
Professor B. J. Rahn, a former member of the English Department at Hunter College in New York, has been teaching, researching, and writing about crime fiction for over two decades. She also leads detective walking tours in the U.K. which visit sites of several renowned authors.
For information, contact Ed Mohylowski at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-818-1200, ext. 218.
The Lecture Series of the New York Branch receives generous support from the Drue Heinz Trust.
Congratulations are in order to ASHes Tiffany Knight and Tamar Zeffren who have just become Baker Street Babes!
Also, huge congratulations to ASH Gayle Lange Puhl who received the 2016 Outstanding Creative Writer Award (sponsored by the United Arts Alliance of Rock County, Wisconsin) for her book Sherlock Holmes and the Folk Tale Mysteries, Vol. 1.
Sunday 3 April 2016 at Noon
The Fillmore Room (formerly Moran’s) 146 Tenth Avenue at 19th Street, New York City
Spring Luncheon: Buffet & Cash Bar
Contributions to the Program Sought
Cost of the Meal: $55 per Person
For further details: CLICK HERE
Once again, applications are being accepted for the Jan Stauber Grant.
The mission is to provide needed financial assistance to persons and organizations developing literacy programs and other educational experiences that will introduce young people to Sherlock Holmes.
Let your librarians, teachers, or other professionals who are interested in teaching young people about Sherlock Holmes know.
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–Monica M. Schmidt, ASH, JHWS