AN ELEMENTARY INVESTIGATION
Images below are from a 'School Library Week' presentation in Crookston, MN. This summer, Jeff will broaden his knowledge of Sherlock Holmes with a series of educational endeavors. They began May 30th with a presentation on 'Sherlock Holmes: The First Fandom' by the Minnesota Historical Society, and continue with a mid-June meeting of the Norwegian Explorers study group. June & July find Jeff taking a course on 'Deductive Logic: The Best Stories of Sherlock Holmes' thru the University of Minnesota's College of Continuing & Professional Studies.. In August, he'll attend several symposiums at the university's Triennial Conference on Sherlock Holmes (where he'll also be selling his books). He returns to the Book Talk trail in the fall - armed with TONS of new material!
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Jeff is joined by Jeff Lubbers of Watertown, SD, for a program at Wing & Fin Resort on the shores of Lake Traverse in western Minnesota
PHOTO: Jeff on Mystery Writers Panel with Twin Cities Chapter of Sisters in Crime at Deep Valley Book Festival in Mankato, October 2018. (Yes, as you can tell from the pillar behind the stage, it was held in a brewery!)
I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere!
Jeff Falkingham has conducted Book Talks at over 90 venues. Here are a few of the highlights:
+ In March 2011, he helped a middle school librarian in SD win a Jan Stauber grant from the Beacon Society.
+ In November 2013, he performed at nine different cities/towns in the Kitchigami Regional Library System.
+ In April 2015, he provided the keynote address for the District Convention of the GFWC of west-central MN.
+ In June 2016, he was a featured performer at the Sesquicentennial Celebration in Browns Valley, MN.
(See full list of Venues)
1) Onstage with my nephew Lennon, who welcomed & introduced me to his school.
2) Upstaged by Mrs. Kari Heppner, a talented & enthusiastic 4th-grade teacher (photos by Principal Chris Trostad).
3. On cue, 250+ students turn their attention to the back of the room, where volunteer Dave Emmanuel points out books & drawings I had on display (video by Patty Fall).
MORE photos on GALLERY page!
2018 was BUSY, 2019 could be busier!
The introduction of 'MURDER in Minnesota!' at Bloomington's Penn Lake Library in April launched a BUSY nine months for Jeff -- and 2019 looks to be even busier! The year kicked off with a book signing in St. Paul on Jan. 6 (Sherlock's 165th birthday!) and ends with a presentation to the Twin Cities Sisters of Crime at their annual holiday get-together in December. In between are a return to the Writers Festival in Rosemount in March, a presentation in NW Minnesota during School Library Month in April, a visit to Jeff's hometown of Browns Valley for the annual Alumni Reunion in June, a triennial international conference hosted by the Norwegian Explorers of Minnesota in Minneapolis in August, Mankato's Deep Valley Book Festival in October, the South Dakota State Library's annual Performer's Showcase in November, and many other events in the works. Watch this space for details!