Register for the 2023 BSI Weekend

Register for the 2023 BSI Weekend

Registration and reservations are now open for the BSI Weekend to be held from Wednesday January 4, 2023 through Sunday January 8, 2023 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 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 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 2023 BSI Weekend page.

The BSI Distinguished Speaker Lecture

Thursday, January 5, 2023
6:15 p.m. at the New York City Bar Association (42 West 44th Street) Meeting Hall
Open to the Public (advance tickets required)

Dr. Lakshmi Krishnan

This year’s Distinguished Speaker is Lakshmi Krishnan, MD, Ph.D. Dr. Krishnan’s forthcoming book, The Doctor and the Detective, posits that the medical practice of diagnosis cannot be understood without examining its shared linkage with the genre of detective fiction. 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).

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The BSI Merchant’s Room

Saturday, January 7, 2023
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 and Debbie Hall at bugmanhall@aol.com or 2906 Wallingford Court, Louisville, KY 40218 or by phone at 502-491-3148.

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The BSI Luncheon Reception

Saturday, January 7, 2023
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. This event has sold out in recent years. There is a two-person limit per registration.

You can order tickets from the BSI Weekend Registration Form (PDF).

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Lodgings

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 and fees amounting to approximately 20%-25% 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.

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Location Addresses

The Yale Club of New York City at 50 Vanderbilt Avenue, NY, NY 10017 (map)
On the west side of Grand Central Station.

The Westin Grand Central Hotel, 212 East 42nd Street, NY, NY 10017 (map)
A half mile from the Yale Club.

New York City Bar Association, 42 West 44th Street NY, NY, 10036 (map)
Less than a half mile from the Yale Club.

Registration Instructions & Forms

All attendees to BSI events must be able to provide proof of primary vaccination and at least one booster. 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.

PDF from the BSI

General Registration / Reservations Form (PDF)
Payment is due by November 28, 2022

PDF from the BSI

BSI Event Covid-19 requirements (PDF)

More Information

BSI Weekend & Event Frequently Asked Questions

The BSI Dinner

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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 2023 BSI Weekend page for information and contacts for some of these other activities.