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Hometown:
Milwaukee, WI
About Me:
Gary Warren Niebuhr is the Library Director for the Village of Greendale in Wisconsin. He holds a Master of Arts Degree in Library Science from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. He is the 2005 Margaret E. Monroe Award winner from the American Library Association in recognition of his contribution to the development of adult services in libraries.

Gary is married to Denice Niebuhr, a kindergarten teacher. They live in Milwaukee with their cat Groucho. Besides his love for the mystery, Niebuhr is an avid motor racing fan and a gardener.

He operates P. I. E. S. (Private Investigator Entertainment Service), a mail order catalog of new and used private eye fiction, and a publishing effort under the My Books imprint. The catalog can be visited at http://www.execpc.com/~piesbook/piescatalog.html.

He is the author of READ 'EM THEIR WRITES: A HANDBOOK FOR MYSTERY BOOK DISCUSSIONS published by Libraries Unlimited in 2006. He proves that "mystery book club" is no misnomer, and that when it comes to the mystery genre, there is indeed a great deal to talk about. He also reveals how to organize your group, get participants, select book club titles, prepare for the meeting, and conduct discussions. Everything you need is here--book club themes, inside tips, and background material, as well as provocative questions for 100 of the best mystery titles for discussion. The same questions can also serve as models for discussing countless other mysteries. A list of 50 additional mystery titles to discuss and an index conclude the work. Here are two pieces of PR about the book.

He is the author of a guide to the mystery genre for librarians called MAKE MINE A MYSTERY published by Libraries Unlimited in 2003. Make Mine a Mystery won the Macavity Award for Best Biographical / Critical Mystery Work for 2004 from the Mystery Readers International . Make Mine a Mystery won the Anthony Award for Best Critical / Non-fiction Work for 2004 from Bouchercon 35: the World Mystery Convention held in Toronto, Ontario, Canada in October of 2004. Make Mine A Mystery received The Kenneth Kingery Scholarly Book Award from the Council for Wisconsin Writers in 2004. Booklist Magazine's review said, "Niebuhr's type-of-detective approach is a useful way of classifying the factors that appeal to mystery readers, and the indexes offer alternative pointers to titles that readers might like. Among guides to mystery fiction, this one stands out as being thorough and current. Essential for public libraries." Midwest Book Review said, "an impressive, 605-page reference offering summaries and capsule descriptions of hundreds of popular mystery and detective fiction titles. Sub-genres, tag lines and icons informing the browser of the relative level of violence, sexuality, and general theme matter of individual titles, and more, set Make Mine A Mystery apart into a class of its own as a distinctive and first-rate resource for librarians and dedicated mystery readers searching for the appropriate and quality stories of mystery and suspense." MYSTERY NEWS said, "It belongs on the shelf of every mystery fan."

He is the author of A READER’S GUIDE TO THE PRIVATE EYE NOVEL published by G. K. Hall in 1993. This work was nominated for an Anthony Award as one of the best reference books of 1993 at the Bouchercon, the World Mystery Conference, held in Seattle in 1994. The book was also listed as one of the top twenty best mystery reference book by Jon Breen in THE ARMCHAIR DETECTIVE BOOK OF LISTS, 2nd ed.

His private eye short story, OVER THERE, appears on the Summer 2004 issue of HARDLUCK STORIES found on the Hardluck website . "Gary's story snuck up on me. I'm reading it, not thinking too much of it at first, and then BAM! it hit me. "Over There" is masterfully written with an extremely strong emotional payoff. I know this is Gary's first, and he should be proud of it. I know I'm proud that I was able to publish it." Dave Zeltserman, Hardluck Editor. "Damn! I think that bears repeating: Damn! If this story doesn't hit one of the "Best Of" anthologies next year, I'll eat my hat...The characters are so well drawn with so little (apparent) effort that I felt like I knew them. Mr. Niebuhr spends only a few sentences with Old Mrs. Jobim, but those sentences make her a living, breathing human being. And the relationship between Mrs. Jobim and her son, I could feel that as fully as I could have had I been standing there with them...I also liked the way Mr. Niebuhr brought the personal life of the detective into the story. This could have been any detective with any personal life, or none at all. But the way his life connected with the Jobims' elevated the story one more step...Anything else I say will be gilding the lily. If you haven't already read this story, click on the link above. You'll thank me for it." Bob Tinsley, 12/11/04, http://theshortofit.blogspot.com.

He was a contributor and the co-editor and co-publisher (with Orietta A. Hardy-Sayles) of THE BIG JACUZZI: A COLLECTION OF SHALLOW SHORT STORIES (c1992) and FAREWELL, MY LOBBY: A COLLECTION OF SHAMELESS SHORT STORIES (c1993) published by Bootleg Press and P. I. E. S. He is the editor and a contributor to THE LADY IN THE 10,000 LAKES: A COLLECTION OF DEEP BUT STILL MEANINGLESS SHORT STORIES (c1996), THE LITTLE SISTER IN CRIME: A HISTORICAL YET HYSTERICAL COLLECTION OF SHORT STORIES (c1997), and THE LONG GOOD CRY, OR I’D RATHER BE IN PHILADELPHIA: A MOVING ANTHOLOGY OF MYSTERY SHORT STORIES BY CONTRIBUTORS TO DOROTHYL published by My Books, his own publishing effort.

He is a regular contributor of articles, interviews, and reviews to various mystery publications including CRIMESPREE,DAPA-EM, MYSTERY*FILE and MYSTERY NEWS. His essay on Ken Kuhlken is a part of the publication, THEY DIED IN VAIN, published by Drood Review in 2002, winner of The Agatha Award, Anthony Award and Macavity Award for Best Non-Fiction in 2002. He contributed essays on Robert Crais and Robert J. Randisi to the ST. JAMES CRIME AND MYSTERY WRITERS, 4th ed. (c1996).

He is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Private Eye Writers of America, and Mystery Readers International. He was a 1997-1999 member of the board of directors of the Mystery Writers of America - Midwest.

He has served as chair of the Private Eye Writers of America Shamus Award Committee for best novel, best first novel (twice) and best short story (twice). He served on the Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award Committee for Best Critical/Biographical Award published in 1997.

He is a regular participant in mystery fiction conferences. On October 18, 2002, Niebuhr received the Don Sandstrom Memorial Award for Lifetime Achievement in Mystery Fandom presented by Deadly Pleasures Mystery Magazine. He serves on the Bouchercon, the World Mystery Conference Standing Committee (1997-present). He was the co-coordinator, with Ted Hertel, of the 1999 Bouchercon, the World Mystery Conference, held in Milwaukee in October of 1999. He was the assistant coordinator of Bouchercon XII, the World Mystery Conference, when it was held in Milwaukee in 1981. During 1997, he chaired a national effort to revise the Bouchercon by-laws and create an executive secretary position.

In 1995, Niebuhr was the conference coordinator for the first ever conference to honor the Private Eye Writers of America. The conference, EYECON’95, was held in Milwaukee from June 15th to the 18th with Sue Grafton as the Guest of Honor.

He was the Fan Guest of Honor at the 2004 Bouchercon: the World Mystery Convention held in Toronto, Canada. He was the Fan Guest of Honor at Magna Cum Murder, at Ball State University in Muncie, IN, in 1995.
I Am A:
Reader, Writer, Librarian, Critic
Website:
http://garywarrenniebuhr.com
Books And Authors I Like:
Dead guy: Raymond Chandler
Live guy: Michael Connelly

I am obsessed by the private eye. I own 6,000 P. I. novels.
Movies And TV Shows I Like:
I like any kind of movie. Except horror, slasher films. Except dumb comedies. But they have to be really dumb.

TV Shows: Lost, Battlestar, Heroes, and My Name is Earl.

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At 10:09am on August 12, 2009, Preetham Grandhi said…
Hi Gary, I want to introduce you to my debut novel "A Circle of souls" which is a murder, mystery, psychological thriller and a tale of justice and hope. Do visit www.acircleofsouls.com to read more about the book. Make sure you sign up to win an autographed copy of the book. You can also read more reviews by clicking on the More Reviews button at the website. Thanks for your time in advance.

Best regards

Preetham Grandhi

Early Endorsements for “A Circle of Souls”

Linda Fairstein, NYT Bestselling Author: "A fascinating debut - this novel takes the reader to the darkest places in the human soul, from a writer with the authenticity to lead us there. A stunning thriller and an important read."

Judge Judy Sheindlin, star of the Judge Judy Show: "The seminal work of this fine author kept me glued to my chair until the adventure was over and the mystery solved. A great read!"

Book Synopsis:

The sleepy town of Newbury, Connecticut, is shocked when a little girl is found brutally murdered. The town s top detective, perplexed by a complete lack of leads, calls in FBI agent Leia Bines, an expert in cases involving children.

Meanwhile, Dr. Peter Gram, a psychiatrist at Newbury s hospital, searches desperately for the cause of seven-year-old Naya Hastings devastating nightmares. Afraid that she might hurt herself in the midst of a torturous episode, Naya s parents have turned to the bright young doctor as their only hope.

The situations confronting Leia and Peter converge when Naya begins drawing chilling images of murder after being bombarded by the disturbing images in her dreams. Amazingly, her sketches are the only clues to the crime that has panicked Newbury residents. Against her better judgment, Leia explores the clues in Naya s crude drawings, only to set off an alarming chain of events.
In this stunning psychological thriller, innocence gives way to evil, and trust lies forgotten in a web of deceit, fear, and murder.
At 1:13pm on October 31, 2007, MysteryDawg said…
Welcome aboard and greetings from Southern California
At 7:14am on October 14, 2007, Barbara Fister said…
Sounds as if I'll be seeing you next month in Wisconsin - that's some program!
At 7:11am on October 14, 2007, Jeffrey Marks said…
Gary!!
At 2:16pm on August 18, 2007, Barbara Fister said…
Hiyah, Gary. Good to see you here. I enjoyed hearing you speak at Bouchercon in Madison last September. At least, I think that's where I heard you talk about book discussions. (A memory would come in so handy.)
At 11:32am on August 18, 2007, Eric Stone said…
Thanks. I've loved libraries my whole life. When my first book came out, it was, of course, really exciting walking into a bookshop and seeing a copy for sale. But the first time I walked into a library and saw one I almost got all teary eyed.
At 10:34am on August 18, 2007, Patricia said…
Hey Gary...nice to see you here.
At 3:50am on August 18, 2007, Eric Stone said…
Good name for a cat. Having been a youthful Marxist - in the late '60s and early '70s - I have since become something more of a Groucho Marxist. Welcome to this thing.
At 3:21am on August 18, 2007, Naomi Hirahara said…
Hey, Gasa-Gasa Gary--

Can't make it to Bouchercon this year. I'm bummed. Those photos posted by the convention organizers look amazing.

I'm going to save my pennies for Charm City. Hopefully the stars will align so that I can go and see you then!
At 12:11am on August 18, 2007, Sandra Balzo said…
Hey, Gary--welcome! You need to post your award-winning photos here!
 
 
 

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