“It is to him that this trophy belongs” [BLUE]
The BSI Weekend is about more than official events related to the Baker Street Irregulars. Sherlockians from around the world gather to attend a variety of events in New York.
Some of the awards happened outside of the proceedings but are worth noting because of their connection to the world of Sherlock Holmes devotees.
The Susan Z. Diamond Beacon Award
Each year since 2004, the Beacon Society bestows the Beacon Award (now the Susan Z. Diamond Beacon Award) of $221 and a subscription to The Serpentine Muse and The Baker Street Journal in recognition of a project that successfully introduced young people to the Sherlock Holmes stories.
The Beacon Society held its annual meeting on January 5, 2022 and Steve Mason, BSI ("The Fortescue Scholarship") was the recipient of the 2022 Susan Z. Diamond Beacon Award.
The Mystery Writers of America
|Laurie R. King with Leslie Klinger (from IHOSE Episode105)|
The Mystery Writers of America is the premier organization for mystery writers, professionals allied to the crime-writing field, aspiring crime writers, and those who are devoted to the genre.
Each year, the MWA bestows a number of awards (including the famed Edgar® Awards) to deserving indivuals.
An award of interest to Sherlockians this year is the Grand Master award, the pinnacle of achievement in mystery writing, established to acknowledge important contributions to this genre, as well as for a body of work that is both significant and of consistent high quality. The 2022 Grand Master is Laurie R. King, BSI ("The Red Circle"), noted for her 30 novels, including the Mary Russell series.
The ACD Society held its inaugural presentation of the Doylean Honors at The Mysterious Bookshop on Thursday, January 13. The event was also broadcast via Zoom, so attendees and awardees alike could be part of the program.
There were a number of awardees in a handful of categories.
For Lifetime Service:
For excellence in the "Fiction and Poetry" category:
- Gretchen Altabef for the short story "Sir Arthur and the Time Machine" in Sherlock Holmes: Further Adventures in the Realms of H.G. Wells Volume Two (Belanger Books)
- Stephen Gallagher for the short story "The Governess" (The Brooligan Press)
- Barbara Rusch for the short story "The Consulting Detective and the Literary Agent: The Untold Tale" (The Sherlock Holmes Society of India website)
For excellence in the "Performing and Visual Arts" category:
- Daniel Henocq for "ElementStory #08.1–Le chien des Baskerville ("The Hound of the Baskervilles)" (YouTube)
- Bonnie MacBird for "Modern Major Super Sleuth" (YouTube)
- Peggy Perdue for "Arthur Conan Doll" (Canadian Holmes, Vol. 44, No. 4, Fall 2021)
For excellence in the "Scholarly Writing" category:
- Stephen Carver for the post "Dinosaurs, Disintegration Machines and Talking to the Dead: The Wild World of Professor Challenger" (The Wordsworth Blog)
- Douglas Kerr for Memories and Adventures by Arthur Conan Doyle (Edinburgh University Press)
- Shawna Ross for the article "Sightseeing the Anthropocene: tourism, moorland management, and The Hound of the Baskervilles" (Nineteenth-Century Contexts)
There will be a special episode of the Doings of Doyle podcast about the Doylean Honors.
Of course, it wouldn't be the BSI Weekend without the list of newly-invested members of the Baker Street Irregulars. Here they are, with their investitures.
- Crystal Noll - "Crystal Palace"
- Mark Jones - "Peter Jones"
- Karen Wilson - "Bartholomew Wilson"
- Rob Nunn - "Elementary"
- Tiffany Knight - "Knight's Place"
- Heather Holloway - "Atlanta"
- Laurence Deloison - "Claridge's Hotel"
- Aaron Rubin - "The Amethyst Snuffbox"
- Tim Johnson - "Theophilus Johnson"
- David Humphries - "Chicago Central"
- Joanne Zahorsky-Reeves - "Toby"
- Jim Hawkins - "The Hans Sloane of My Age"
- Janice Weiner - "Scotland Yard"
- Jonathan Tiemann - "The Bank of England"
- Marsha Pollak - The Two Shilling Award
And lest you think honorifics are the goal, remember: the love of Sherlock Holmes and participating in these pursuits with other like-minded individuals is enough of a reward all on its own.
Editor's note: a previous version of this post noted Mr. Rubin's investiture was "The Duke of Balmoral." That investiture is currently used by Frank Cho. The BSI updated Mr. Rubin's investiture accordingly.