Two prestigious awards were presented Friday evening at the 36th Annual Black Orchid Banquet of the Wolfe Pack in New York.
The Black Orchid Novella Award, BONA for short, went to Susan Thibadeau for "The Discarded Spouse." The award, presented in conjunction with Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, is given to the author of a novella, the intermediate-length form employed so effectively so often by Rex Stout for his Nero Wolfe stories. The award includes a $1000 prize, with the award-winning novella to be published next summer in AHMM.
The Nero Wolfe Award for the best American mystery of 2012 goes to Chris Knopf for Dead Anyway. Knopf's next novel will be published in the spring.
The awards were the highlight of a day-long celebration of Rex Stout's life and work, held annually on the first weekend in December. Banquet-goers were also treated to a keynote address by Robert Goldsborough, who has been writing additional Nero Wolfe/Archie Goodwin novels, with the blessing of the Stout family and estate.
Congratulations to the winners!