Mysteries, wizards, tributes and tours

It’s time to kick-off a week of story-telling in voice, brought to our virtual lives by the staff and volunteers at the Seanchai Library. As always, all times SLT, and events are held at the Library’s Second Life home at Bradley University, unless otherwise indicated.

Sunday, February 21st

13:30 Crazy Eights: Tea Time at Baker StreetHolmes-return

When Hilton Cubitt of Ridling Thorpe Manor in Norfolk presents Sherlock Holmes with a piece of paper with a mysterious sequence of 15 stick figures, the Great Detective and Dr. John Watson find themselves embarking on The Adventure of the Dancing Men.

Cubitt reveals that he has been married to is wife, Elsie, an American, for about a year. All had been well until a letter arrived for her from the United States. Clearly upset by the letter, she threw it in the fire – and shortly afterwards the strange little figures started showing on in pieces of paper, chalked on a wall or door… all with a terrifying effect on Elsie Cubitt.

Holmes instructs Cubitt to make sure all occurrences of the figures are copied and sent to him at 221B Baker Street. As they arrive, Holmes realises they are a substitution code, and the last message causes him to rush to Riding Thorpe Manor. But by the time he and Watson arrive, Cubitt is dead from a bullet in the heart, and his young wife, despite being wounded in the head, is the prime suspect in his death.

15:00 Crazy Eights: Storyteller’s Sandbox

Providing a forum for new stories, new storytellers, and new ways to present them.  The first Sandbox will feature Artist and Storyteller Hana Hoo, self-published author Dulcie Mills with her newest work, and the ever creative Trolley Trollop with “The TAO of Martha.”

Monday February 22nd 19:00: Wizard of Karres

Gyro Muggins returns to the universe created by James H. Schmitz and given form through his 1949 novel, The Witches of Karres, as he continues reading the 2004 sequel, The Wizard of Karres, penned by Mercedes Lackey, Eric Flint, and Dave Freer. So why not join Gyro as he once more traces the adventures of Captain Pausert and his companions, Goth and the Leewit, the Witches of Karres.

Tuesday February 23rd, 19:00: A Tribute to Harper Lee

Caledonia Skytower and Trolley Trollop pay tribute to the authoress of To Kill a Mockingbird (1960) and Go Set a Watchman (2015), who passed away in her sleep on the morning of February 19, 2016, aged 89.

Wednesday February 24th 19:00: Resort to Murder: Thirteen More Tales of Mystery by Minnesota’s Premier Writers

resort to murderIn The Silence of the Loons, editors Carl Brookins, Ellen Hart and William Kent Krueger (known as the Minnesota Crime Wave) brought together 13 of that state’s top crime writers to present a series of tales of mystery.

Now, in Resort to Murder the Minnesota Crime Wave are back with 13 more tales penned by writers. All of the stories have one element in common: Each tale takes place at a Minnesota resort. Minnesota has over 10,000 lakes, and there’s something in the water.

Join Kayden Oconnell as he reads from this fascinating anthology.


Thursday, February 25th,19:00 Crazy Eights: On the Island

Shandon Loring and Caledonia Skytower, continue reading the February choice for Seanchai Library’s Crazy Eight’s Featured books reading, On The Island by Tracey Garvis Graves.

Anna Emerson, a 30-year-old English teacher accepts s position as private tutor to 17-year-old T.J. Callahan, a young man who has been undergoing treatment for cancer. For Anna, it is a plum assignment, requiring as it does travelling to the Callahan Family’s summer rental in the Maldives with the teenager. T.J., however, is less than happy; with his cancer in remission, he’d rather stay at home with friends, and not carted off half-way around the world with the dead weight of lessons to catch-up on.

The island area
Crazy Eights Featured Book area: join Shandon and Caledonia in tropical surroundings as they continue reading On the Island

Before they can reach their destination however, the pilot of the charter plane taking them to the Maldives suffers a heart attack, the ‘plane ditching in the Indian Ocean. Making it to a deserted island well off the beaten track, Anna and T.J. must work together to survive as days turn to weeks, and weeks to months without sign of rescue. As the time passes, Anna realises that her biggest challenge may not be caring for T.J. should his cancer return – but the fact he is growing into a young man.

Note: On the Island is also to be presented at Seanchai InWorldz. Check Seanchai session posts during the week for specific grid locations).

Saturday, February 27th, 14:00: Crazy Eights Story Forest Tour

The paty through the Story Forest at Crazy Eights will lead you to literary discoveries, courtesy of Seanchai Library
Take a guide tour along the Crazy Eights Story Forest path

A guided exploration of the Crazy Eights Story Forest with selected stories shared live in voice. Guests meet at the Welcome Plaza and join Tour Guides for a walk and a talk featuring some of the 20 stories from around the world found in the Crazy Eights Story Forest.


Please check with the Seanchai Library SL’s blog for updates and for additions or changes to the week’s schedule.

The featured charity for January / February is Heifer International, working with communities to end world hunger and poverty and to care for the Earth.

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