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54 readers, 10 hours – public literary performance of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes at Robarts Library to mark World Book and Copyright Day

April 15, 2015

Toron­to, ON – Award-win­ning Cana­di­an authors and poets will join a cast of fifty-four vol­un­teer read­ers for an unin­ter­rupt­ed lit­er­ary per­for­mance of The Adven­tures of Sher­lock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The event to mark World Book and Copy­right Day will take place at Robarts Library on April 23 and is open to the pub­lic.

World Book and Copy­right Day cel­e­brates glob­al lit­er­a­cy and author­ship, and pro­vides an oppor­tu­ni­ty to illus­trate the impact that mate­r­i­al com­ing into the pub­lic domain has on pop­u­lar cul­ture and enter­tain­ment. In Cana­da, a book comes into the pub­lic domain 50 years after the death of the author, allow­ing the pub­lic to use the intel­lec­tu­al prop­er­ty of oth­ers to build upon exist­ing ideas and cre­ate new and excit­ing work, such as the BBC series Sher­lock, the Sher­lock Holmes films and CBS’s Ele­men­tary.

This event is open to the pub­lic. For more infor­ma­tion, vis­it


What: Col­lab­o­ra­tive Pub­lic Read­ing of The Adven­tures of Sher­lock Holmes in its entire­ty

Where: Robarts Library, 2nd floor lob­by, Har­bord side | 130 St. George Street | Toron­to

When: Thurs­day, April 23 | 9:00am – 7:30pm, or until fin­ished

Notable read­ers include:

  • Lar­ry Alford, Chief Librar­i­an, Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to Libraries: 9:30 am — 9:45 am
  • Peg­gy Per­due, Cura­tor of the Arthur Conan Doyle Col­lec­tion at the Toron­to Pub­lic Library: 10:20 am — 10:30 am
  • Camil­la Gibb: 11:00 am — 11:15 am
  • David Roten­berg: 11:50 am ‑12:00 pm
  • Alan­na Mitchell: 12:00 pm — 12:15 pm
  • Mau­reen Scott Har­ris: 3:30 pm — 3:45 pm

For more infor­ma­tion, please con­tact:

Mar­garet Wall
Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Librar­i­an
Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to Libraries