On behalf of the SMFS, I contacted Lawrence Block to inform him he had received the Hoch Memorial Golden Derringer, recognizing his lasting contribution to short mystery fiction.
Gerald, what a treat! Thanks so much. Ed Hoch was a good friend and beloved colleague, and that makes the award doubly sweet.
I don't know if I'll be able to attend B'con this year; if I do, it'll be a pleasure to receive the plaque, but it's the honor itself that means the most, and I accept that now with abiding gratitude.