MONDAY, APRIL 11, 2016

Shad RoeOne of the Wolfe Pack’s oldest traditions is back!  This spring, we will share again in Nero Wolfe’s enjoyment of shad roe as one of his chef’s signature dishes.  Additional menu options will be the Archie Alternative of rotisserie chicken, and the Vegetarian Alternative of vegetable risotto. 

The 2016 Shad Roe Dinner will be held on Monday, April 11, 2016 at Café Centro, located in the MetLife Building (former Pan Am building) at East 45th Street and Park Avenue.  We will meet at the Cafe Centro Bar (cash bar) at 5:45 p.m. and sit down to dinner at 6:30 p.m. 

Cost for the Shad Roe Dinner is $55.00 including gratuity but excluding drinks.  The event is open only to Wolfe Pack members and guests. Click here for membership information.

The evening will also feature the traditional Isaac Asimov Memorial Limerick Contest. Attendees may read their limericks at the dinner and prizes will be awarded. (If you cannot attend the dinner but wish to submit a limerick, please send it to jrlevine1@aol.com by April 4, 2016.) 

Shad Registration FormPlease send registration form including your dinner choice of shad roe, rotisserie chicken, or vegetable risotto, with check for $55.00 per attendee payable to the Wolfe Pack to be received by March 28, 2016. If there are any questions, please e-mail werowance@nerowolfe.org.

MONDAY, MAY 2, 2016

35 mm CameraWolfeans will gather for an evening of video and audio clips featuring author Rex Stout and his creation, Nero Wolfe. Highlights include interviews of Rex Stout on The Dick Cavett Show and Book Beat as well as other video and audio clips featuring Mr. Stout and his family. Also included are extensive video and audio excerpts of television and radio adaptations of the Nero Wolfe stories from Italy, Germany, Russia, and the United States. The media clips total about two and one-half hours.

Wolfe Pack Media Night will be held at Pete’s Tavern, East 18th Street at Irving Place, on Monday, May 2, 2016, beginning at 6:30 p.m. A hot buffet dinner will be served.  The cost is $45.00 including gratuity and open bar. (limited to beer, wine & soft drinks). Attendance is open only to Wolfe Pack members and guests. 

Note – this Media Night evening was first held as part of the Black Orchid Banquet weekend in December. The very popular event was oversubscribed and hence we are offering a reprise of it this spring. Due to capacity limitations of the room, attendance will be strictly limited to 35 people. 

Shad Registration FormPlease send registration form with check for $45.00 per attendee payable to the Wolfe Pack to be received by April 25, 2016. [Registration may close sooner depending on availability. Sign up early so you’re not shut out!]  If there are any questions, please e-mail werowance@nerowolfe.org.

JUNE 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 and extensive files of correspondence with his publishers, editors, and fans – are archived at the Burns Library of Boston College.  In June 2016, members of the Wolfe Pack will again visit the library to conduct research in these files.  Our previous visit to this archive in 2011 yielded a variety of interesting discoveries.  Depending on attendance and interest, the trip may also include a Wolfean themed dinner to be shared with our New England area members and a tour of Boston.  Dates for this event will be announced soon.  If you are interested, please e-mail werowance@nerowolfe.org.

AHMMStill time to submit and 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.

  • NYC metro
  • Baltimore area
  • Northern New England (Acton, MA)
  • Southern New England (Hartford, CT)
  • Clarence, NY (Western NY/Buffalo)
  • Wolfe Pack Facebook Page (online discussion)
  • Washington, DC Metro (now forming)
  • Chicago Metro (now forming)

Re-Designed Web Site

Here it is -- the newly designed web site. It has taken a few hundred hours and a few dozen weeks to enable all the pages to display optimally on devices of various sizes:

  • Smart TVs (36” to 72+” screens)
  • Desktop PC monitors
  • Laptop/Portable screens
  • I-Pads, tablets, phablets (Android, Apple, etc.)
  • Smart Phones & I-Phones
  • Smart Watches (if you have one, please test the site on it!)

We hope you will jump right in to discover loads of fun information about our favorite fatty AND, if you spot any problems or issues, notify the webmaster (webmaster at nerowolfe dot org).

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.

When Colonel Phillips begins his final game of golf, his greatest problem in life is that he has begun to slice the ball. Playing with his nephews and lawyer, Phillips fights his way back into the game, and is on the verge of victory when he keels over. He clutches his chest, mumbles a few words, and is dead in minutes. The club physician has no doubt: the Colonel was poisoned. Finding the killer falls to the President of the club, amateur detective Canby Rankin, who will do whatever it takes to find the killer on the links.

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