New York Metro Book Discussion
The Silent Speaker
Monday, May 21

The Wolfe Pack’s next New York Metro Area book discussion will be held on Monday evening, May 21, at Playwright’s Tavern, 202 West 49th Street, in Manhattan. We will be discussing the novel The Silent Speaker (1946). Order dinner and drinks off the restaurant’s regular menu; separate checks; no reservations required. For the complete schedule of book discussions in New York City, Northern New England, Southern New England, Mid-Atlantic, and Upstate New York, please visit the book discussion page.

2018 Bouchercon Banquet
St. Petersburg, FL
September 7, 2018

Once again, the Wolfe Pack will be hosting a banquet at this year’s Bouchercon, theWorld Mystery Convention, which is being held from September 6-9, 2018 in St. Petersburg, Florida.  Our Wolfe Pack Bouchercon Banquet is patterned on the Black Orchid Banquet held in New York in December each year, including great food, Wolfean toasts, song parodies, and a keynote address.  This year’s Banquet will be held on Friday evening, September 7, 2018.  Cost is $135.00 per person.  Reservations for the Banquet are necessary and can be made online at

You need not register for Bouchercon to attend the banquet, but many of our members have attended past conventions and enjoyed them.  Further information on Bouchercon can be found at Registration costs $225, and includes all Bouchercon programming, details of which can be found at  Bouchercon registration does not include the Banquet which must be registered for and paid separately.

Hotel accommodation at conference rates is available at the Hyatt Place St. Petersburg ($169/night, including breakfast and parking), Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront ($139/night with discounted parking available), and Hampton Inn St. Petersburg ($154/night, including breakfast).

We hope that many of you will join us!

The Wolfe Pack's Literary Awards

Al Lamanda for With Six You Get Wally

Nero Award Finalists:

Death at Breakfast -- Beth Gutcheon
Home -- Harlen Coben
Surrender, New York -- Caleb Carr

2017 Black Orchid Novella Award Winner
Mark Thielman for "The Black Drop of Venus"

(to be published in the July/August 2018 Issue of
Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine)

A Favorite Event Returns
Brunch Hunt
Saturday, June

For many years, one of the Wolfe Pack’s signature events was the Brunch Hunt. The Brunch Hunt is akin to a treasure hunt. A group of members meet at a central location and are given envelopes with clues that, when deciphered, lead them to different places of interest around the neighborhood. (The last clue in each sequence is a giveaway; we’ve never lost anyone yet!) The final location is a restaurant at which the members reunite for brunch and drinks. A moderate amount of walking is involved; if you do not wish to hunt, you can join us for the brunch itself at the restaurant.

The Brunch Hunt will be held on Saturday, June 2. We will meet at Fairway, 550 Second Avenue at East 30th St. in Manhattan, between 10:00 and 10:15 a.m. (Just inside the Fairway entrance is a 'coffee bar' area with self-serve urns of various flavors. Take the escalator to the lower floor where there is an area large enough to gather, including nearby bathrooms.) Teams will be organized and supplied with instructions and clue envelopes before the hunting begins at 10:30 a.m.

We will sit down for brunch beginning about 12:00 noon. Brunch options at the restaurant will include several breakfast- and lunch-style meals, including dessert, as well as unlimited soft drinks and coffee and a beer option. A full wine and liquor bar (à la carte) is also available. The price for this event is $30.00. Please use the form below to register, or e-mail with any questions. The brunch location will be supplied privately to those who indicate Brunch Only on the registration. All registered attendees will receive a confirmation e-mail before the event.

Save the Dates – 2018 Black Orchid Weekend
November 30, December 1 & 2, 2018

The 41st Black Orchid Weekend will be held in New York from Friday evening, November 30 to Sunday, December 2, 2018.  The events will include a Friday night book discussion including a film or TV adaptation of one of the Wolfe stories; the Saturday afternoon Assembly featuring presentations of Wolfean interest; the Black Orchid Banquet at Arno Ristorante; and a Sunday brunch.  Further details and registration information will be circulated in the fall.

Call for Submissions
2018 Black Orchid Novella Award

Send us your 15,000 to 20,000 word novella that celebrates the literary excellence of Rex Stout’s Nero Wolfe stories.

Click the links below for full details and prize information. Deadline: May 31, 2018.

Direct from the Offices of The Gazette
Video Presentations from Lon Cohen & Jean Quinn

Wolfe's Montenegrin Cookbook (in PDF format)



(also on YouTube)