JUNE 8, 9, & 10, 2016

Wolfe Pack at Burns Library 2011Many of Rex Stout’s papers – including the original manuscripts for most of the Nero Wolfe novels and novellas, extensive files of correspondence with his publishers, editors, and fans, and personal memorabilia – are archived at the Burns Library of Boston College. 

There is NO CHARGE for The Wolfe Pack’s coordination of this event. If you are planning to  attend, or are considering it, please let us know as soon as possible by e-mail to werowance@nerowolfe.org, so that we can make arrangements with the library staff, book a hotel with the optimal group rate, select and reserve a restaurant, etc.

The general plan is that attendees will:

  • travel on June 8 and can begin research at the Library that afternoon if they wish
  • meet in the Library (hours are 9 am to 5 p.m.) on June 9 & 10
  • optionally stay at the Boston hotel to be selected by The Wolfe Pack, making their own reservations, and travel together between the hotel and the library via MBTA streetcar (a list of hotels nearer the college will be provided)
  • consult the finding aids to the collection (links below) in advance and let us know in advance of any specific areas of interest so we can request that the relevant boxes be brought into the library area in advance [time saver for you; additional boxes can be requested while we are on site, but that will take time]
  • provide us with copies of any interesting discoveries for sharing with other members on our website and in The Gazette
  • optionally meet for dinner in Boston with attendees (including Re Stout's daughter, Rebecca Stout Bradbury) and Boston area Wolfe Pack members.

Black Orchid Weekend
December 2, 3, 4, 2016

Details and Registration Form will follow

Friday evening, December 2: Book Discussion of Too Many Cooks, with dinner accompanied by sauccisse minuit prepared for The Wolfe Pack by a New York sausage company from the recipe in The Nero Wolfe Cookbooks.

Location: Honors Bridge Club, 133 E. 58 Street (12th floor) (just West of Lexington Avenue) (handicapped accessible) Buffet Dinner with with Sauccisse Minuit followed by Book Discussion
  • Buffet Dinner: 5:45 -- 6:30 p.m.
  • Book Disucssion about 6:45 p.m.

Saturday, December 3: Black Orchid Assembly (afternoon) and Banquet (evening) at Arno's Ristorante.. 141 West 38 Street

  • Assembly 2:00 to 4:30 p.m. featuring presentations relating to the world of Nero Wolfe and Rex Stout, and a swap 'n’ shop at the coffee break [bring any Wolfe-related materials you would like to sell]
  • Cocktails (cash bar) 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.
  • Thirty Ninth Annual Black Orchid Banquet 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. featuring full dinner (including sauccisse minuit served family style with the Salad Corodina, toasts, a quiz, the traditional song parodies, presentations of the Nero and the Black Orchid Novella literary awards, and keynote speech by Michael Bourne, celebrated NY radio host, writer, and interviewer of Rex Stout.

Sunday, December 4: Brunch (11:30 a.m.) a historic Pete's Tavern, East 18th Street & Irving Place (just south of Gramercy Park


An Interview with Robert Goldsborough

Conducted by noted author and The Wolfe Pack's Black Orchid Novella Award Chair, Jane K. Cleland

Click here to read the interview at Criminalelement.com


DEADLINE: MAY 31, 2016
Still time to submit an entry to the
Tenth Annual
Black Orchid Novella Award Contest

Jointly Presented by
The Wolfe Pack
Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine

Each entry must be an original unpublished work of fiction that conforms to the tradition of the Nero Wolfe series.

First prize*:  $1,000 ... and publication in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. Entries must be 15,000 to 20,000 words in length, and must be postmarked by May 31, 2016. The winner will be announced at The Wolfe Pack’s Annual Black Orchid Banquet in New York City, December 3, 2016.

For Full details, see:
Submission Rules & Procedures

*If no acceptable candidates are received, AHMM and The Wolfe Pack reserve the right to declare no winner in any given year.

Schedule of Book Discussions

See the Book Discussion Page or Calendar for the schedules for the areas listed below. For information on starting a local Wolfe Pack Book Discussion Group (a raceme) read the Raceme Page and then send us an e-mail.


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If so, please send an e-mail to "webmaster at nero wolfe .org" (in e-mail format) with your name, an image of the cover of your latest book in .jpg or other format, its title, a BRIEF blurb (30 words or less), and your web site address.

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The Last Drive And Other Stories

by Rex Stout
Edited by Ira Brad Matetsky

A collection of Rex Stout stories never before available in book form

The Last Drive & Other StoriesPublished nearly a century ago, “The Last Drive,” the story that inspired Fer-de-lance, the first Nero Wolfe novel, is clever, charming, and absolutely baffling. In short, it is vintage Rex Stout. Never before published in book form, it and the other stories in this volume represent the early efforts of a modern genius.

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