I’m wrapping up my week in Istanbul, where I was invited to be a special guest at “Black Week,” a new crime-writing book festival sponsored by the Pera Palace Jumeira Hotel. It was a great honor to attend, inasmuch as there was only one other English-language author attending, the Scot writer Alexander McCall Smith, whom…

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I thought that I’d share this essay that I wrote for the February 2015 issue of the newsletter of the Horror Writers Association. I hope that it illuminates or stimulates! On Writing Nonfiction by Leslie S. Klinger, HWA Treasurer In working on the Rocky Wood Memorial Scholarship Fund [a new program providing grants to writers…

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We’ve added two more events in 2014 to the calendar: Wednesday, December 3–A Conversation about Lovecraft, Holmes, etc., with Sherry DeWane (sponsored by Wells Fargo Bank), Barnes & Noble at The Grove at Farmer’s Market, 189 The Grove Drive Suite K 30, West Hollywood, CA, 7 pm Saturday, December 13–Reading and signing “In the Company…

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It’s going to be a very busy balance of the year for me, and although the calendar isn’t completely set yet, here’s what’s happening (please double-check all times): Sat., Oct. 18 at 1:30 pm: Reading and signing New Annotated HPL at the Sulzer Library, 2255 No. Lincoln Ave.,Chicago, IL Sun., Oct. 19 at 2 pm:…

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I guess it’s official now, because Laura Caldwell and I talked about it during her interview for the podcast “Speaking of Mysteries” conducted by Nancie Clare and me (www.speakingofmysteries.com): We’re engaged…in a project together! I’m deeply honored that Laura (Distinguished Scholar in Residence at Loyola University Chicago School of Law, founder and Director of Life…

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In a scathing opinion issued today, the 7th Circuit granted in full our petition for reimbursement of legal fees in the case of Klinger v. Conan Doyle Estate, Ltd. More importantly, the Court ripped the Estate’s position, saying: “The Doyle estate’s business strategy is plain: charge a modest license fee for which there is no…

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Justice Kagan today denied the “emergency” petition filed by the Conan Doyle Estate Ltd. The Estate sought to have the Supreme Court of the United States stay the effectiveness of the order of the 7th Circuit in Klinger v. Conan Doyle Estate Ltd.. For the details of the case and a copy of the Estate’s…

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On July 3, the Conan Doyle Estate announced that it intended to ask the Supreme Court of the United States to overturn the decision of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Klinger v. Conan Doyle Estate, Ltd. (called a “petition for certiorari”). The Estate also asked the 7th Circuit to “stay” (put on hold)…

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I had a sobering thought this morning, confirmed by a quick check of the c.v. that I egotistically keep up to date (and have never published): My first piece of non-legal writing, an article on Sherlock Holmes and wine, appeared in the Baker Street Journal in June 1994, 20 years ago. There are 24 completed…

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With remarkable speed, the Seventh Circuit issued its opinion today, upholding the ruling of the District Court in our favor in Klinger v. Conan Doyle Estate, Ltd. The opinion itself can be found on the www.free-sherlock.com website. The results are: (a) Our new book, In the Company of Sherlock Holmes, will come out in November…

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