Registration and reservations are now open for the BSI Weekend to be held from Wednesday January 12, 2022 through Sunday January 16, 2022 in New York City.
Sherlock Holmes’s birthday is celebrated every January in New York City. The Weekend is always fun, filled with formal and informal opportunities for Sherlockians new and old to gather for a common purpose.
The BSI schedules a number of events open to the public, and other Sherlockian groups arrange additional activities. In addition, the BSI has made arrangements for a block of hotel rooms with special BSI tax-free rates.
This page has details and links to reservations for the following items open to all Sherlockians:
- The BSI Distinguished Speaker Lecture*
- The Merchant’s Room (free)
- The BSI Luncheon Reception* Sold Out
- Lodgings at special BSI tax-free rates*
* requires prepaid reservations / tickets
See below for details and deadlines.
Other events during the weekend have their own ticket requirements and deadlines. See the Timeline on our Plans for the 2022 BSI Weekend page.
The BSI Distinguished Speaker Lecture
Thursday, January 13, 2022
6:15 p.m. at the Westin Grand Central Hotel (Madison Ballroom)
Open to the Public (advance tickets required)
This year’s Distinguished Speaker is Mary Bendel-Simso. Dr. Bendel-Simso is a professor of English at McDaniel College, and is an expert in the history of detective and mystery fiction. She and previous Distinguished Speaker, Leroy Lad Panek, are co-editors of The Westminster Detective Library and have also co-edited Essential Elements of the Detective Story 1820-1891, and Early American Detective Stories: An Anthology. In addition to mystery and detective fiction, Professor Bendel-Simso’s research interests include African-American literature and literature by women authors. Her talk begins promptly at 6:15 p.m.
Tickets for the BSI Distinguished Speaker Lecture, which is open to the public, must be purchased in advance. No tickets will be sold at the door.
You can order tickets from the BSI Weekend Registration Form (PDF).
The BSI Merchant’s Room
Saturday, January 15, 2022
9 am – noon at the Westin Grand Central Hotel (Madison Ballroom)
Open to the Public at no charge
A wide variety of Sherlockiana will be for sale on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to noon in the Merchants Room (aka Covent Garden West), located in the Madison Ballroom of the Westin Grand Central Hotel (212 East 42nd Street).
BSI Books will be offering our newest titles as well as books published in prior years. Many other vendors will be selling rare Sherlock Holmes and Conan Doyle first editions, books about Holmes, and unusual Sherlockian items and ephemera.
For information about selling at the vendor tables, contact Ralph Hall (2906 Wallingford Court, Louisville, KY 40218) (502-491-3148).
The BSI Luncheon Reception
Saturday, January 15, 2022
12:30 pm – 4:00 pm at The Yale Club
Open to the Public (advance tickets required) Sold Out
Open to all Sherlockians and their friends. A luncheon buffet and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided. Includes an auction of rare Sherlockiana for the Dr. John H. Watson Fund.
Tickets for the BSI Luncheon Reception, which is open to the public, must be purchased in advance.
For all Sherlockians attending the BSI Weekend, arrangements have been made for a block of rooms at the Westin Grand Central Hotel, 212 East 42nd Street, NY, NY 10017 (map) with special BSI tax-free rates (subject to deadlines).
The hotel is a full-service non-smoking facility. Breakfast is available at the hotel but is not included in the room rates; you will need to arrange for incidentals charged to your room to be paid at check-out.
Please note that if you choose to book directly with the Westin Grand Central Hotel or elsewhere, you will not receive the BSI tax-free group rates and you will be paying New York City and State taxes amounting to approximately 20% of your total hotel bill.
To secure BSI room rates, and save the 20% tax, the BSI is accepting reservations for lodging and BSI activities via the BSI Weekend Registration Form (PDF) – see the form for deadlines.
Registration Instructions & Forms
All attendees to BSI events must be vaccinated. In addition, BSI events will be subject to state, city, and hotel Covid-19 requirements and restrictions. For details, see our BSI Event Covid-19 requirements PDF.
Other Sherlockian Activities During the Weekend
Many of these other activities require separate advance reservations not handled by the BSI. See the Timeline on our Plans for the 2022 BSI Weekend page for information and contacts for some of these other activities.