Gary Warren Niebuhr was born, raised and has lived his life in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. He is retired and enjoys his hobbies that include making art, taking photographs, traveling, gardening, NASCAR, Golden Age Hollywood movies, theater, music and reading. He is married to Denice Niebuhr, a retired four-year-old kindergarten teacher. They live with their cats Biakabutuka and Boginskaya.
He was the Library Director for the Village of Greendale in Wisconsin for 36 years. He holds a Master of Arts Degree in Library Science from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee.
MAKE MINE A MYSTERY II: A READER'S GUIDE TO MYSTERY AND DETECTIVE FICTION, Libraries Unlimited, 2011.
CAUGHT UP IN CRIME: A READER'S GUIDE TO CRIME FICTION AND NONFICTION, Libraries Unlimited, 2009.
READ 'EM THEIR WRITES: A HANDBOOK FOR MYSTERY BOOK DISCUSSIONS, Libraries Unlimited, 2006. READ 'EM was nominated for an Anthony Award for Best Criticcal / Non-fiction Work at the 2007 Bouchercon: the World Mystery Convention.
MAKE MINE A MYSTERY, Libraries Unlimited, 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.
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.
He was the co-author of the chapter Everything Crime Stories with Jessica E. Moyer INTEGRATED ADVISORY SERVICE: BREAKING THROUGH THE BOOK BOUNDARY TO BETTER SERVE LIBRARY USERS, Libraries Unlimited, 2010.
His private eye short story, OVER THERE, appeared in the Summer 2004 issue of HARDLUCK STORIES found on the Hardluck website. .
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.
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).
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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 conference coordinator for the first ever conference to honor the Private Eye Writers of America in 1995. 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 assistant coordinator of Bouchercon XII, the World Mystery Conference, when it was held in Milwaukee in 1981.
He was the Fan Guest of Honor at the 2004 Bouchercon: the World Mystery Convention held in Toronto, Canada.
He received the Don Sandstrom Memorial Award for Lifetime Achievement in Mystery Fandom presented by Deadly Pleasures Mystery Magazine on October 18, 2002.
He was the Fan Guest of Honor at Magna Cum Murder, at Ball State University in Muncie, IN, in 1995.
He was a 1997-1999 member of the board of directors of the Mystery Writers of America - Midwest.
He has served on the Private Eye Writers of America Shamus Award Committees for best novel (twice), 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 served on the Bouchercon, the World Mystery Conference Standing Committee (1997-2005).
He was has appeared as a fictional character in the following books:
AQUARIUS DESCENDING by Martha C. Lawrence
THE COLD HEART OF CAPRICORN by Martha C. Lawrence
FOOL'S PARADISE by Steve Brewer
GRACE UNDER PRESSURE by Julie Hyzy
HEAVEN'S KEEP by William Kent Krueger
IN THE SHADOW OF THE ARCH by Robert J. Randisi
INVASION OF PRIVACY by Jeremiah Healy
MAJIC MAN by Max Allan Collins
THE NIGHT MEN by Keith Snyder
ONE SHOT by Lee Child
PAID IN FULL by D. C. Brod
TANGLED JUNE by Neil Albert
U. S. MARSHALLS by Max Allan Collins
VULTURE CAPITAL by Mark Coggins
WINTER AND NIGHT by S. J. Rozan
The book CHICAGO CONFIDENTIAL by Max Allan Collins is dedicated to Theodore B. Hertel, Jr., and GWN
AWARDS AND HONORS
Margaret E. Monroe Award, 2005, American Library Association
in recognition of his contributions to the development of adult services in libraries
Wisconsin State Fair Grand Champion Best in Show photographer, 2009
Wisconsin State Fair Grand Champion Best in Show photographer, 2011
To celebrate the Quay Brothers’ career retrospective and film series at New York’s Museum of Modern Art (August 2012 – January 2013), Zeitgeist Films conducted a Quay Brothers-inspired Photo Contest. The photo "A Bind" was selected by the internet voters as one of six runners up to the contest winner.