Canada and Sherlock Holmes

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Canada and Sherlock Holmes.

Edited by
Peter Calamai, BSI and Mark Alberstat, BSI.

Canada and Sherlock Holmes contains a selection of the best Holmesian writing from Canada, many produced by members of The Bootmakers of Toronto, Canada’s national Sherlockian society. Although two other book-length compilations of the Bootmakers’ writings have appeared in the past, the pieces in this collection have not been previously anthologized.

Included in this volume are essays dealing with Canonical persons, places and things related to Canada, the travels there by Arthur Conan Doyle and his family, and the treasure trove of Doylean and Sherlockian items at the Toronto Metropolitan Library. Another article, “Birth and Scandal – Ms. Holmes of Baker Street,” deals with Alan Bradley’s notorious notion of Holmes as a woman, which has intrigued, outraged and challenged scholars for decades. Also, sprinkled throughout the book is a selection poetry and Canonical lyrics.

232 pages, 9″ x 6″ hardcover, December 2016
With 39 b&w illustrations

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Table of Contents for Canada and Sherlock Holmes

PREFACE
by Donald J. Hobbs

PART 1: INTRODUCTION
Through the Magic Door
by Mark Alberstat and Peter Calamai

A Mari Usque ad Mare with Holmes (and Conan Doyle)
by Peter Calamai

We Always Mention Our Sherlock
by David Sanders

PART 2: THE ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE COLLECTION
A Closer Look at the Four Pillars of the Collection
by Hartley Nathan

Hidden Ephemera Treasures in Toronto
by Barbara Rusch

What’s Canadian in the Canadian Collection
by Peggy Perdue

The Last Card File
by Donald Redmond

It Is Good to Have Friends
by Doug Wrigglesworth

The Darkness that Surrounds the Angels
by Christopher Roden

Notes from a Man of Letters
by Cameron Hollyer

PART 3: ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE IN CANADA
Welcome to Canada, Mr, Sherlock Holmes: Arthur Conan Doyle in Canada
by Christopher Redmond

Photos from Doyle’s own album taken in Canada and promotional reprint of Conan Doyle’s poem “The Athabaska Trail.”

PART 4: THE CANADIAN CONNECTION
A Very Canadian Murder Mystery
by Jamie Portman

Birth and Scandal — Ms. Holmes of Baker Street
by Alan Bradley (transcript of interview)

The Sleazy Truth
by Paul Gouett

“I Could Concoct a Better Plot,” and More
by L.B. Greenwood

Cardinal Tosca — It Was a Dark and Stormy Night
By Jamie Portman

PART 5: SCHOLARSHIP IN THE GREAT WHITE NORTH
The Adler Commission on Porn in the Canon
by True Davidson

In Bed With Sherlock Holmes
by Jim Ballinger

A Glass of Wine with Sherlock
by Tony Aspler

If We Have to Be Whimsical
by S. Tupper Bigelow

Professor Moriarty: the Criminal Crammer
by Peter Calamai

A Remarkable Worm Said to be Unknown to Science
by Frederick Aldrich

The Lure Of the Chase
by Christopher Redmond

ACD Sonnet XXII — Charles Augustus Milverton
by Len Haffenden

Quick Watson, the Needle
by J. Thomas Dalby

The Two Worlds of Holmes and Watson
by Graeme Decarie

His Last Bow
by Karen Gold

The Wicked Colonel’s Canadian Connection
by Mark Alberstat

A Case of Fine China
by Ted Gurr

The Course Prescribed for Surgeons: Netley Observed
by Michael Higgs

Laura Lyons — Typist or Temptress?
by Janice McNabb

Bad, Bad Silas Brown
by Karen Campbell

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