Robert Lopresti. Authorfella.

My most recent book 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 have been a government information librarian for forty years, most of them at Western Washington University. My scholarly articles have been published in Library and Information History, Scientometrics, and Journal of Government Information, among other places. See also my American Libraries article How Overdue Books Caused the Civil War.


My other publications are mysteries. Mostly funny. More than sixty of my short stories have been published, almost half of them in Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine. For example, the November/December 2017 issue of AHMM has "The Chair Thief," a tale of office infighting. 


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 four times, winning twice, and have also picked up a Black Orchid Novella Award, an Anthony nomination, and more rejection slips than you can imagine. 



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.