Pulitzer Prize Winner Michael Dirda Describes Society of Sherlock Holmes Scholars at Kansas City Public Library

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For Immediate Release:
November 1, 2011
Contact: Paul Smith
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Pulitzer Prize Winner Michael Dirda Describes Society of Sherlock Holmes Scholars at Kansas City Public Library

The Kansas City Public Library hosts Pulitzer Prize-winning book critic Michael Dirda for a discussion of his new book On Conan Doyle: or, The Whole Art of Storytelling on Monday, November 14, 2011, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

A lifelong fan of the Sherlock Holmes adventures, Dirda presents an insider's account of The Baker Street Irregulars - a worldwide association of Holmes fanatics who delight in curious and playful scholarship relating to the most famous detective of all time. On Conan Doyle also introduces readers to lesser-known works by Holmes' creator; a prolific professional writer, Conan Doyle was considered a master of the Victorian supernatural story who also took on contemporary issues, such as racial injustice in the Congo.

Dirda earned the Pulitzer Prize for criticism in 1993 for his reviews published in The Washington Post Book World, where he worked forĀ 25 years before becoming a columnist for the paper. His books include the memoir An Open Book and four collections of essays: Readings, Bound to Please, Book by Book,and Classics for Pleasure.

Admission is free. RSVP online or call 816.701.3407. Free parking is available at the Library District Parking Garage at 10th & Baltimore.

Major funding for programs at the Kansas City Public Library is provided by a generous grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.