Robert Lopresti. Authorfella.

I am honored to report that my book WHEN WOMEN DIDN'T COUNT won the Margaret T. Lane / Virginia F. Saunders Memorial Research Award.

This is my first non-fiction volume, the result of years of research in the government information sections of libraries. WHEN WOMEN DIDN'T COUNT reveals how women have been overlooked and misplaced in federal statistics, going all the way back to the first census in 1790 where only male heads of households were counted by name.

You will find chapters about marriage and motherhood, factory and farm work, homemakers and heads of household, victims and criminals, war workers and female soldiers.

I was a government information librarian for forty-one years, ending in 2018. See, for example, my American Libraries article How Overdue Books Caused the Civil War.

My other publications are mysteries. Mostly funny. More than seventy of my short stories have been published, almost half of them in Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine. "The Cop Who Liked Gilbert and Sullivan" (Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine, issue #23) is the winner of the 2018 Derringer Award for Short Story.

Oh yes, also two novels, including GREENFELLAS, which was named one of the best mysteries of 2015 by Kings River Life Magazine.

Along the way I have been a finalist for the Derringer Award five times, winning three, and have also picked up a Black Orchid Novella Award, an Anthony nomination, and more rejection slips than you can imagine.

Freebie! I have been blogging for ten years. Recently I collected more than fifty of these essays into a free, informal, online textbook on writing short fiction.  You can find A Textbook Case here.

My story "Street of the Dead House," which appeared in the anthology nEvermore!, was reprinted in both BEST AMERICAN MYSTERY STORIES 2016 and in YEAR'S BEST DARK FANTASY & HORROR: 2016.