The annual celebration of Rex Stout and his creation, the genius detective Nero Wolfe, will take place in New York City beginning one month from today, on Friday evening, December 4. It's a full weekend of activities, sponsored by the Wolfe Pack's New York raceme (an orchid term), including a lavish gala banquet.
You can find a full description of the weekend's activities here, on the Wolfe Pack's site, but some of the highlights include:
- A Friday night dinner and a program described as a "Rex Stout and Nero Wolfe Media Fest," with rare television footage of Rex Stout and an excerpt of the newest Nero Wolfe TV incarnation - an Italian production, with subtitles;
- "The Black Orchid Assembly," a feature of Saturday afternoons during these weekends, with presentations on a range of topics dealing with Stout and Wolfe;
- The 38th Annual Black Orchid Banquet, a gala program with a keynote speech by Terry Teachout, of the Wall Street Journal, plus the usual assortment of quizzes, toasts, song parodies and the like;
- A Sunday morning brunch to wrap up the weekend festivities.
I'm looking forward to the whole program. If you're from the New York metro area, I encourage you to join us for the banquet. They are great fun - and, if you're a fan of Rex Stout, Nero Wolfe and the whole pack of 35th Street Irregulars, you'll find yourself in highly congenial company. If you're interested, here's a registration form. I hope to see you there.