Arguably the most famous of all fictional detectives, Sherlock Holmes was known for his proficiency with observation, forensic science and logical reasoning that bordered on the fantastic. As British author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle once wrote, Sherlock Holmes’ business is to know what other people don’t know.
The Iowa City Public Library will celebrate the 125th anniversary of the publication of Doyle’s “The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes” with a series of programs that honor the detective in all media, from short stories and novels to television and film.
Will the Real Sherlock Holmes Please Stand Up?
7 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, September 5, in Meeting Room A
Who, exactly, is Sherlock Holmes? Join Monica Schmidt, president of the The Younger Stamfords of Iowa City, a Sherlock Holmes literary society, as she explorers where literature ends and the pop culture begins.
Sherlock Holmes in Turn of the Century Britain
7 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, September 7, in Meeting Room A
Richard Caplan, author of "Dr. Watson, Mr. Sherlock Holmes: The Adventures of Young Stamford and Other Sherlockiana," will lead us through an exploration of the persisting phenomenon of the great detective. This event is made possible by funding from Humanities Iowa and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Sherlock Holmes Movie Marathon
9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, September 9, in Meeting Room A
Come to the Library for a day-long screening of some of the best Sherlock Holmes to appear on film and television. This marathon will feature the following:
9 a.m.: “The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes” (1939), starring Basil Rathbone
10:30 a.m.: “The Hound of the Baskervilles” (1959), starring Peter Cushing
12 p.m.: Lunch break: Sherlock Holmes on the Big Screen, presented by University of Iowa Associate Professor Corey Creekmur, who is the head of film studies.
12:30 p.m.: “The Copper Breeches” (1985), starring Jeremy Brett
1:30 p.m.: “Sherlock Holmes” (2009), starring Robert Downey Jr.
3:50 p.m.: “A Study in Pink” (2010), starring Benedict Cumberbatch
5:30 p.m.: “Mr. Holmes” (2015), starring Ian McKellen
For more information, contact the Library at 319-356-5200