Episode 028: The Hound of the Baskervilles

Thank you for joining us for this episode of Time to Read! We’re talking about The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. In the 1880s, Sir Henry Baskerville is an unassuming farmer in Canada when he gets the news that he’s inherited his ancestral home, Baskerville Hall, back in England on the edge of the dreary Grimpen Mire. But wait: there’s a catch! The inheritance comes with a FAMILY CURSE which puts the Baskerville line in the high risk category of being stalked by a demonic ghostly hound! It turns out the former master of Baskerville Hall, Sir Charles DIED OF FRIGHT outside his home three months before, with evidence of PAW PRINTS near his body and an expression of horror upon his face. Secrets are discovered, plots thicken, the moor gurgles and the hound howls. What’s the meaning behind all this? Turns out it’s quite elementary.

In this episode we discuss

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s vaccination arguments,

The Ghost Club,

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s visit and the Manitoba Historical Society,

How facial recognition technology works,

Avoiding facial recognition tracking,

Can facial recognition identify your sexuality?,

A Persian Slipper (where Sherlock Holmes kept his tobacco) at the Sherlock Holmes Museum in London,

The three best Sherlocks: Basil Rathbone, Jeremy Brett, and Benedict Cumberbatch.

Media Literacy and Spotting “Fake News” guide that Trevor maintains

Can you tell me a book I would also like?

Kirsten: Mastermind: How to Think like Sherlock Holmes by Maria Konnikova and Brainpickings: Lessons in Mindfulness and Creativity from the Great Detective,

Trevor: Sherlock Holmes Was Wrong: Reopening the Case of the Hound of the Baskervilles by Pierre Bayard

Erica: And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie,

Dennis: The Nero Wolfe mysteries by Rex Stout and The Ellery Queen mysteries by Ellery Queen.

Nerd words for word nerds

Kirsten: Bird Truthers – Isaac’s Powerpoint: Why Birds Aren’t Real and the Audubon website article (includes a list of REAL birds) and the Birds Aren’t Real website,

[again, check out Media Literacy and Spotting “Fake News”],

Dennis: Epistemology,

Trevor: Popcorn,

Erica: Take Your Time.

Thanks to heathermcc54321, augusteighthgirl, Chelse McKee-Trenchard, and Henry Joseph Feakes for their comments and contributions to our discussion. Thanks also to our lovely Facebook group for selecting our next book to everyone who took the time to share with us.

Next month we’re talking about Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. We’re looking forward to hearing what you think.

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Time to Read is a production of the Winnipeg Public Library. Our panel today included  Kirsten Wurmann, Trevor Lockhart, Dennis Penner, and Erica Ball.

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