One-Book One-Community


Spring/Summer 2017


Nearly twenty libraries across Westmoreland County will discuss Arthur and Sherlock: Conan Doyle & the Creation of Holmes by Greensburg's own Michael Sims as part of the Spring/Summer edition of the One Book, One Community Book Discussion.

“As a young medical student at the University of Edinburgh, Arthur Conan Doyle studied under the vigilant eye of Dr Joseph Bell. He observed as Dr Bell identified a patient’s occupation, hometown and ailments both imagined and genuine from the smallest details of dress, gait and speech. Although Doyle was training to be a surgeon, he was meanwhile cultivating essential knowledge that would help him to develop and define the art of the detective novel. From Doyle’s early days surrounded by poverty and violence, to his escape to University and finally to his first days as a surgeon in his own practice, acclaimed author Michael Sims traces the circuitous yet inevitable development of Arthur Conan Doyle as the father of the modern mystery, whose most famous creation is still the most well-known and well-loved of the canon’s many members. Through Sims’s deft analysis of Doyle’s childhood and adult life, the incomparable Sherlock Holmes emerges as a product of Doyle’s varied lessons in the classroom and professional life. Building on the traditions of Edgar Allan Poe, Emile Gaboriau, and even Voltaire, Doyle’s new detective is not just a skillful translator of clues, but a veritable superhero of the mind in the tradition of his most esteemed teacher, Dr Joseph Bell. Sims’s Arthur is just as vivid Doyle’s own Sherlock Holmes in this enthralling biography of the man behind the most famous detective of all time.” — description from

Book Discussion Locations:

Note: Space may be limited, so register with the location you prefer at least two weeks in advance. A copy of the book will be lent to you by that library.

Ligonier Valley Library 
120 West Main St.
Ligonier, PA 15658
Wednesday, April 26 at 7 p.m.
Peoples Library New Kensington 
880 Barnes Street
New Kensington, PA 15068
Saturday, May 6 at 1 p.m.
Rostraver Public Library
700 Plaza Drive
Belle Vernon, PA 15012
Thursday, May 11 at 6 p.m.
New Florence Public Library 
122 Ligonier Street
New Florence, PA 15944
Wednesday, May 17 at 7 p.m.
Manor Public Library 
44 Main St., Suite 500
Manor, PA 15665
Monday, May 22 at 7 p.m.

Scottdale Public Library
106 Spring St.
Scottdale, PA 15683
Thursday, June 1 at 6 p.m.
Penn State—New Kensington
Elisabeth S. Blissell Library
3550 Seventh Street Road
New Kensington, PA 15068
Wednesday, June 14 at 2 p.m.
Murrysville Community Library 
4130 Sardis Rd
Murrysville, PA 15668
Tuesday, June 20 at 6:30 p.m.
Delmont Public Library 
77 Greensburg St.
Delmont, PA 15626
Tuesday, June 27 at 6 p.m.
Greensburg Hempfield Area Library 
237 South Pennsylvania Avenue
Greensburg, PA 15601
Saturday, July 8 at 2 p.m.
Monessen Public Library
326 Donner Ave.
Monessen, PA 15062
Thursday, July 13 at 10:30 a.m.
Redstone Highlands
6 Garden Center Drive
Greensburg, PA 15601
Tuesday, July 18 at 2 p.m.
Norwin Public Library
100 Caruthers Lane
Irwin, PA 15642
Thursday, July 27 at 6:30 p.m.
Sewickley Township Public Library 
201 Highland Avenue
Herminie, PA 15637
Thursday, August 3 at 7 p.m.
Vandergrift Public Library 
128 C Washington Ave.
Vandergrift, PA 15690
Saturday, August 12 at 11 a.m.
Penn Area Library
2001 Municipal Court
Harrison City, PA 15636
Monday, August 21 at 7 p.m.
Mount Pleasant Public Library 
120 S Church St.
Mount Pleasant, PA 15666
Monday, August 28 at 6:30 p.m.
Adams Memorial Library 
1112 Ligonier St.
Latrobe, PA 15650
Thursday, August 31 at 6 p.m.


Programs are made possible by WLN, the Westmoreland Library Network.

The Westmoreland Library Network is a federated system of over twenty public libraries providing free library service to the residents of Westmoreland County.