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DATE: December 7, 2012 3:29:21 PM PST
WWU's Robert Lopresti Wins Black Orchid Novella Award

Contact: Robert Lopresti, WWU Librarian, at (360) 650-3342, or Robert.Lopresti@wwu.edu

BELLINGHAM – Western Washington University librarian Robert Lopresti is this year’s winner of the Black Orchid Novella Award for his novella, “The Red Envelope.”

The Black Orchid Novella Award is the major prize for mysteries in the novella length (15,000-20,000 words).  It is presented each year by the Wolfe Pack, in cooperation with Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine.  The Wolfe Pack is the organization of admirers of author Rex Stout and his most famous character Nero Wolfe.  The prize consists of $1,000 and publication in Hitchcock's.

Lopresti's entry, "The Red Envelope," is set in Greenwich Village in 1958.  It will appear in the July/August 2013 issue of Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, which will be available in April.  It will be his 22nd appearance in Hitchcock's.

"Rex Stout is my favorite author of detective fiction, so it is a great honor to be recognized for writing in his tradition.  I am grateful to the Wolfe Pack and editor Linda Landrigan of Alfred Hitchcock's for choosing my novella,” said Lopresti, Librarian for Environmental Sciences, Environmental Studies, Canadian-American Studies, Government Information and Maps at Western Libraries.

For more information about Lopresti, please visit his website at: http://home.nas.com/lopresti/

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