The Wolfe Pack Celebrates with a Spanish Dinner at Cafe Salamanca

Archie Goodwin says that Nero Wolfe rarely leaves his house, but anyone who has studied the Corpus knows this is more hyperbole than reality.  Not only does Mr. Wolfe leave the Brownstone more often than he would care to admit, but several times he leaves New York City altogether, traveling to far-flung places such as upstate New York, Long Island, Texas, California, West Virginia, Montana, and even Montenegro.  And in an earlier life he traveled all over Europe – including a mysterious stay in Spain during which he had the great culinary experience of discovering saucisse minuit.  

This fall, the Wolfe Pack will hold a special event in homage to the wanderlust that beats, however well-concealed, inside Mr. Wolfe’s heart.

Monday, October 29, 2018, 7:00 p.m., Venue: Café Salamanca, 79-05 Northern Boulevard, Jackson Heights, Queens

This restaurant is easy for Manhattanites to reach via public transportation.  Those interested can meet at the clock in Grand Central Terminal at 6:15 p.m. and take the 7 train together.  Car and/or public transportation directions will be e-mailed to anyone requesting them.  

This excellent Spanish restaurant will allow us to feast on the cuisine that Mr. Wolfe enjoyed while visiting the Iberian peninsula.  The three-course dinner will include a choice from three types of soup or a salad; a choice of one of four entrées (including paella valencia); and dessert and coffee.  A vegetarian option will also be available.  A well-stocked cash bar will available throughout the night.  As a bonus addition to the menu, we will enjoy that most classic of Spanish pork products – Chorizo.  It is rumored that the chef’s grandfather, who was also a noted chef, was given the recipe for chorizos by Jerome Berin.       

The evening will include a quiz on Travel in the Corpus with prizes for the winners.  In addition, since the theme is Mr. Wolfe’s travels, each attendee will be asked to comment on his or her favorite or least favorite book or story in which Mr. Wolfe leaves the safe confines of the Big Apple.  A lengthy discourse is not expected but a few comments on why you like or dislike that adventure will be welcome.  Highlights will appear in a future issue of The Gazette.

This event continues the Pack’s tradition of culinary inclusiveness.  Last year we dined on French, German, and Italian comestibles in tribute to the three cuisines of Fritz Brenner’s native Switzerland.  Previously we have also enjoyed such other cuisines as Tibetan, Montenegrin, and Turkish.  If Mr. Wolfe can travel to Montana and Montenegro, we hope you will travel to Queens (no passport required) and join us for a fun evening of good company, frivolity, and fine food.

The cost for this event is just $32.00 (including food, tip, and coffee but not other beverages).  Please register and pay in advance using the form at the end of this newsletter.  Reservations should be received by October 20, 2018 so we can give a count to the restaurant.  For further information call or e-mail Jonathan Levine: 718-397-0223 or

Soldiers of the Pen: The Writers' War Board in World War II by Thomas Howell

The little-known story of the WW II efforts of The Writers' War Board and its president, Rex Stout

Coming January, 2019 from The University of Massachusetts Press

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Time To Make Reservations!
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 (11/30) book discussion of "Help Wanted, Male" & "Instead of Evidence" (with a video presentation of the A&E TV Series Episode of "Help Wanted, Male") and buffet dinner including beer, wine, & soda at Pete's Tavern
  • the Saturday afternoon Assembly featuring presentations of varied topics relating to the Wolfe World
  • the Black Orchid Banquet at Arno Ristorante
  • a Sunday brunch

Click here to for full details and to register.
Exciting Discovery: Lost Pilot
Nero Wolfe 1958 Pilot with William Shatner & Kurt Kasznar
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Featuring the 1959 pilot episode for CBS' Nero Wolfe, starring Kurt Kasznar as the title character, with William Shatner co-starring as Archie Goodwin

USE THIS LINK to read Rex Stout's correspondence regarding this CBS Project


The next Wolfe Pack Book Discussion – New York City will be held on Fridat evening, November 30, 2018 at Pete's Tavern, 129 East 18th Street (corner of Irving Place). Following the discussion of the two novellas from Trouble in Triplicate: “Help Wanted, Male” and “Instead of Evidence,” we will show the extended, "European" version of the A&E TV series episode, “Help Wanted, Male.” We will serve a buffet dinner (vegetarian selection included) with an open bar (beer, wine, and soft-drink selections). Room capacity is limited – please register early!  We hope to see many of you there.

The Wolfe Pack also has an active book discussion groups in the mid-Atlantic (MACABRe) and groups in formation in San Francisco and elsewhere.  We also have a Facebook book discussion group at  For the current schedule of book discussions, please visit the Wolfe Pack website at

Newly discovered homage article to Rex Stout in
Firsts: The Book Collector's Magazine
(April, 2006, Vol. 16, No. 4)

  • Click here to read the article, "Rex Stout: An American Original" by Kathryn Smiley
  • Click here to read "A Checklist of Primary First Editions" by Robin H. Smiley, including approximate First Edition prices of all Rex Stout books (1929 -- 1975)

    2018 Nero Award Finalists Announced

    The 2018 finalists are listed below. The winner will be presented with the award at the Black Orchid Banquet on December  1.
    • The Dime by Kathleen Kent (Mulholland Books/Little, Brown)
    • The Lioness is the Hunterby Loren D. Estelman (Forge)
    • Gone to Dustby Matt Goldman (Forge)
    • August Snow by Stephen Mack Jones (Soho)
    • Blood for Wine by Warren C. Easley (Poisoned Pen Press)

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Video Presentations from Lon Cohen & Jean Quinn

Wolfe's Montenegrin Cookbook (in PDF format)



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