When I think of this week's Interesting Interview subject, Peggy Perdue, the first word that comes to mind is "delightful." Many people know her as the curator of the Arthur Conan Doyle Collection at the Toronto Reference Library, which is a position she held for thirteen years. And if you're anything like me, you are very jealous of her for that time! Peggy has recently been promoted and serves in an advisory role to the new curator.
In Peggy's own words, she says she's mostly a hobbyist now. And what a hobbyist this lady is! A quick Google search for Peggy Perdue will show you the breadth of her Sherlockian knowledge. Talks on pop culture, Victorian phobias, advertising, and more will keep you occupied for a while. And I just learned that Peggy has her own Sherlockian blog, mentioned below. Anyone who can combine baking and the Canon to create STUDmuffins, is more than any old "hobbyist"! So enjoy another wonderful Canadian in this week's interview, Peggy Perdue!
What is your favorite canonical story?
So often newer Sherlockians will stick with the stories and forego delving into the life of Arthur Conan Doyle. As someone who has written and given talks about different facets of the man's life, what argument would you make to get folks to investigate him more?