Life in Baker Street

I’m in New York, for the annual festivities of the Baker Street Irregulars, that wild-and-crazy bunch of Sherlockians (it began as a drinking society, after all) that inexplicably welcomed me to its (mostly) manly bosom a couple of years ago.

Tonight begins with a distinguished speaker’s lecture, to get things off in the properly academic mood. Before which people have a drink, and after which everyone rushes off to dinner reservations with friends. Friday begins bright and early with the Gillette luncheon(drinks beforehand) run by ASH, the Adventuresses of Sherlock Holmes, which is dubbed the “distaff”side of the Holmes world. Frankly, I’ve always wanted to be an adventuress…

Then Friday night, the yearly bean feast that is the BSI dinner, in black tie (No, I do not wear an evening gown: writers are granted the Bohemian exemption.) which makes for an impressive group photo (another annual rite.)

(A thought: perhaps my refusal to don a gown relates to my lack of Adventuress status? One must admit, Adventuresses and kid evening gloves seem to go {ahem} hand in hand…)

Saturday, if you are about in Manhattan and have some dollars in your pocket, you could come to the Roosevelt Hotel (45 E 45th) from 9 to noon and buy a copy of A Study in Sherlock, having it signed by me, Les Klinger, Sj Rozan, Jan Burke, and Neil Gaiman. Also copies of The Grand Game (Les & Laurie) and various other books.

Then we BSI wander off for–you guessed it–a final drinks party.
I may need a few days at a spa, when this is over, sipping wheatgrass tea.

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  1. Strawberry Curls on January 12, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    After the year you have just had I should think a few drinks would be in order. Enjoy!


  2. Marie Parsons on January 12, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    Hello Ms King.

    I certainly hope to come to the book-signing on Saturday. I have loved Holmes for years, watched most of the movies and tv series, read all the stories many times over, but never knew of the BSI or any such events. Better late than never.

    Thank you so much.

    M Parsons

  3. Laraine on January 15, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    Sure sounds like a good time! I’m savoring the book, one delightful story at a time, and enjoying each of the different personalities and approaches very much!

  4. Kathy on February 17, 2012 at 1:55 am

    Ah, the joys of living on the continent … knowing of such lovely events, and missing them entirely! I had already purchased Study in Sherlock some time before I read this, however, and can say I am enjoying every single part of it! And I have recently been goaded on to say this by some friends with Mutual Interest: Do come to Malta some time, if you are ever around these parts. I would definitely make sure you would have a warm welcome. Spirits (in liberal amounts) would of course be involved, followed by gallons of green tea and local pastries. How’s that for a plan?

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