Georgiann Potts led her first meeting to discuss author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and his super sleuth character, Sherlock Holmes, Tuesday.
Potts has led several other discussion series at the Morehouse Parish Public Library in the past including her recent study of Elizabeth Tudor through the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities’ RELIC program.
“We were happy to see some familiar faces and some new ones at the Georgiann Potts program Tuesday night,” Library Director Ellen Highsmith said. “She has a very loyal following in Morehouse Parish.”
During the first meeting held at the library, Potts provided participants with a biographical overview of Doyle's early life. She also made several comparisons between Doyle and Holmes. One point from her presentation was the introduction of Dr. Joseph Bell, the inspiration for Doyle's great detective. Potts recommended that anyone interested in learning more about Doyle's life read “The Doctor and The Detective: A Biography of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle” by Martin Booth.
One question for thought from Potts' handout was “How do Doyle's life circumstances express themselves through his writings?”
There was a break after discussion for refreshments and then participants watched a classic Sherlock Holmes film.
Before the meeting, participants picked up copies of “The Hound of Baskervilles” which will be discussed at the final meeting on June 17.
The next meeting will be held at 6 p.m. June 10 and will focus on the Holmes and Watson characters. There will be a screening of a classic Sherlock Holmes film followed by a discussion of the evolution of the detective story.