As reported in the March 2018 issue of The SOBs’ monthly newsletter, Ineffable Twaddle, we had a slightly belated Valentine’s Day party, lots of photo ops, and praise for our authors abounded!
We celebrated the November 2017 publication of Chris Redmond’s new anthology “About Being a Sherlockian: 60 Essays Celebrating the Sherlock Holmes Community”! It explores different aspects of being a Sherlockian such as conventions, collecting, scion societies, and pastiche and fanfiction—all from 60 different perspectives.
The reason for our jubilance and author-signing event was the fact that Redmond’s new book features essays by noted SOB Members VP Kashena Konecki, Sonia Fetherston, BSI, and Elinor Gray. Another contributor, Canadian Bob Coghill, BSI, was there, along with Stormy Petrels President Fran Martin, and even Sonia’s hubby Ben Fetherston, now our newest Member! Plenty of time was allowed for chatting up the authors and getting all our books signed.
We also got to ooohhh and aaahhh over Sonia’s Sherlockian-themed vintage Valentine cards, many from the early 1900s. Some were cute, some were silly, a couple were slightly naughty, but even the oldest were in great shape and all were very colorful!
A segment of this meeting also allowed Members to share what their own thoughts are about being a Sherlockian—in particular how they were first introduced to Sherlock Holmes and became a Sherlockian.
Like all our events, it was a particularly fun afternoon!