|Ann and I in the dealers' room with a customer - photo courtesy of Steve Doyle|
I could go on and on about the joys of the Gillette to Brett IV conference last weekend, organized by Steve Doyle and Mark Gagen of Wessex Press. And eventually I will in future blog posts. But today I'm turning this forum over to the most long-suffering of spouses, Ann Brauer Andriacco. Here is her report, which I encourage Sherlockians to share with their reluctant Significant Others:
I am a Sherlockian Spouse…which is better than being a Sherlockian Widow. I read the stories and enjoy them, but I have not yet committed every detail to memory as has my husband.
Three years ago I attended my first real conference at the Gillette to Brett III in Bloomington, Indiana. I remember a long drive in the rain and not knowing many people. I am an extrovert, but I didn’t want to barge in on groups already in animated discussions, so it was being on the outside looking in for me.
What a difference a few years…and several conferences later can make! I met wonderful many people at A Scintillation of Scions in Maryland in 2013 and 2014, and enjoyed very much all the talks and presentations. I had begun to put faces with names. I found out I really didn’t have to have everything memorized to enjoy myself. This year’s Gillette to Brett IV was incredible. I am so glad I went.
The Lilly Library stands out as a highlight for me. Not only do they let you LOOK at manuscripts like a Shakespeare Folio, an illuminated manuscript from the 12th century or an original script for a Sherlock Holmes movie, they let you TOUCH them. I want to go back for more.