Elmore Leonard

Novelist, screenwriter Elmore Leonard

Elmore John Leonard Jr. is an American novelist and screenwriter. His earliest published novels in the 1950s were westerns, but Leonard went on to specialize in crime fiction and suspense thrillers, many of which have been adapted into motion pictures. Among his best-known works are Get Shorty, Out of Sight, Hombre, Mr. Majestyk and Rum Punch, which was filmed as Jackie Brown.
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Think you know 'Get Shorty'? Well-made and beautifully played Epix series goes its own way with the story
LATimes - 7 months
There is a moment about halfway through the 10-episode run of "Get Shorty," a new series premiering Sunday on Epix, when a guard wishes good morning to a "Mr. Palmer" as he drives through the gate of a Hollywood studio. It's a quick, rare nod to the 1990 Elmore Leonard novel on which the television...
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The Most Clichéd And Most Exclamation-Prone Authors, By The Numbers
Huffington Post - 11 months
The numbers don’t lie: James Patterson loves clichés. He deploys 160 for every 100,000 words he publishes. Yikes! In a new book, Nabokov’s Favorite Word Is Mauve, statistician Ben Blatt runs the numbers on bestselling and classic literature, coming to some startling ― and not-so-startling ― conclusions. In a Publishers Weekly article, Blatt shared a few of the stats from his book, revealing the most, and least, cliché-prone, exclamation-point-heavy, and weather-obsessed authors. “If you have a body of literature, stats can now serve as an x-ray,” he writes. Some of the revelations are hardly surprising. Patterson, who has his name on over 200 novels, many of them bestsellers, isn’t known for his innovative prose. After crosschecking 50 classic and bestselling authors against Christine Ammer’s The Dictionary of Clichés, Blatt found that the crime writer took top prize for most clichés. Certain literary writers known for pushing the style envelope weren’t far behind, however....
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How To Win Those Pesky Book Challenges
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Worried about not having enough time to read? Feel that a book challenge is going to get you reading just like an exotic Good Morning America diet will finally make you lose that stubborn belly fat? Book challenges are everywhere at the end of the year, as threatening as holiday dinner with in-laws you don't even like getting texts from. Pick a random blogger and you can find more than a handful, including the ever-popular Goodreads Reading Challenge. Melanie Jo Moore wrote a funny blog about failing that one. She only read 13 books of 36. Sad, right? But life, you know, it kind of intervened. Well, there's a secret to winning the Goodreads Challenge or any of them: Don't waste your time. The whole idea is flawed. Why should you set yourself up for failure like so many other people do? They think a book challenge will make them better readers, people, dog owners, parents, citizens, whatever -- and they end up feeling miserable. If you need this kind of motivation does th...
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Shivshankar Menon on Books and Writing
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Shivshankar Menon is a distinguished fellow at the Brookings Institution, a think tank. Ambassador Menon previously held various positions with the Indian Foreign Service and served as India's National Security Advisor from 2010 to 2014. This interview has been edited lightly. Your book "Choices: Inside the Making of India's Foreign Policy" has just been published. Would you tell us a little bit about it? It is a book about five major foreign policy choices that the government of India made in the recent past, and what they say about India's present and future behavior as a great power. The choices include the first border-related agreement on pacifying the border with China, the civil nuclear negotiations with the U.S. which helped transform the India-U.S. relationship, and the decision not to use overt force against Pakistan after the Mumbai terrorist attack. Why did you decide to write this book? The idea of the book came to me from a study group that I took at Ha...
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'The Drifter,' A Conversation with Nicholas Petrie
Huffington Post - about 2 years
Photo Troye Fox Nicholas Petrie received his MFA in fiction from the University of Washington. While an undergraduate and the University of Michigan, he won a Hopwood Award for short fiction. His story, "At the Laundromat," won the 2006 Short Story Contest in the Seattle Review. The Drifter is his debut novel. In The Drifter, Peter Ash returns from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan with what he calls "white static," claustrophobia from Post-traumatic Stress Disorder that causes him to live in the mountains and sleep under the stars. After a Marine friend commits suicide, Peter returns to civilization to help the man's widow with some home repairs. Beneath her porch, he finds a huge dog, a suitcase stuffed with $400,000, and explosives. When he begins investigating this discovery, Peter lands in the middle of something far greater and menacing than he could have ever imagined; and he is thrust back into a world he thought he'd left behind. Your protagonist, Peter Ash, is ...
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'Written in Fire,' A Conversation with Marcus Sakey
Huffington Post - about 2 years
Photo: Jay Franco Marcus Sakey's thrillers have been nominated for multiple awards, including an Edgar Award nomination for Brilliance, the first book in the Brilliance Trilogy. His novel Good People was made into a movie starring James Franco and Kate Hudson. Brilliance is now in development with Legendary Pictures. After graduating from college, Markus Sakey worked in advertising and marketing. His debut thriller, The Blade Itself, was published to wide critical acclaim, allowing him to work full-time as a writer. Written in Fire is the gripping conclusion of The Brilliance Trilogy (following Brilliance and A Better World). In 1986, incredibly gifted people known as brilliants or abnorms were born, and thirty years later, constitute one percent of the U.S. population. Federal agent Nick Cooper (an abnorm) has been assigned to a special task force designated to control renegade abnorms. He realizes a government official--Secretary of Defense, Owen Leahy--has become a...
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The Altercation Black Friday Gift-Giving Guide, Part I
Huffington Post - about 2 years
So my extremely occasional blog, "Altercation" has migrated here. I use it largely to follow up on things that I couldn't include in my Nation columns and write about music, books, theater, etc, but mostly music. It's pretty lazy, to tell the truth. But I do hope the recommendations are worthwhile. Anyway, below are links to my last few Nation columns, and what I hope are helpful recommendations for gift-giving this year, which I'm doing early because Hannuka comes so early this year. Here are the column links. The guide starts just below together with some live music recommendations. Hope you find it worth this click. The Crazier the Republican Candidates Sound, the More Popular They Become Meet Paul Ryan, Media Darling. He's Sensible, Serious, and Totally Made-Up. 2 Things You Won't Learn From the New Steve Jobs Film The Altercation Gift Giving Guide: The Beatles Video Collection It is a rite of passage, I suppose, to discover the magic of the Beatles; abou...
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'Death Ship,' A Conversation With Joseph Badal
Huffington Post - over 2 years
Photo: Joseph Badal Joseph Badal served for six years in the U.S. Army as a highly decorated commissioned officer in sensitive, classified positions, including tours of duty in Greece and Vietnam. He holds degrees in business from Temple University and the University of New Mexico, and graduated from the Defense Language Institute and from Stanford University Law School's Director College. He had a forty-year career in finance, sixteen of which were with a NYSE listed company. He's authored nine suspense novels and has won many awards for his writing. Death Ship, the fifth book in the Danforth series, introduces Robbie Danforth, the fifteen-year-old son of Michael and Miriana Danforth, and the grandson of Bob and Liz Danforth. A leisurely cruise on the Ionian Sea turns into a nightmare when terrorists hijack a yacht with members of the family aboard. Evidence surfaces that something far more sinister than a hijacking is in play. The CIA and U.S. military, with Michael Danf...
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The 10 Books At Garage Sales You Should Never Pass Up
Huffington Post - over 2 years
Since used toasters may not work and nobody really wants to wear someone else's old sneakers, some of the best buys at garage sales are books. There's never a question of fit and you won't get them home and discover a big old dent in the bottom. While we do run the risk of picking up something that we read years ago, garage sales are our favorite place to get some new reads for cheap. Most hardcovers are sold for $2 and if you buy in quantity, you can probably negotiate down from there. 1. The Black Echo by Michael Connelly. Those who discovered master mystery writer Michael Connelly with The Lincoln Lawyer series shouldn't overlook his earlier novels. This prolific writer of almost 30 published novels debuted in 1992 with The Black Echo, a book that promptly scooped up the Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award. Black Echo introduces readers to the principal character LAPD Detective Hieronymus "Harry" Bosch. This folks, is where the Connelly dynasty started. His newest book, ...
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Review: 'Charlie Martz and Other Stories' by Elmore Leonard
Chicago Times - over 2 years
"Novelist Discovered After 23 Books" read the headline on a 1983 New York Times feature on Elmore Leonard. At a time when it's possible for a fiction writer to be tagged a major discovery before actually publishing anything, the idea of an artist plugging away for so many years may seem rather...
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'Justified' Creator Aims To Stay True To The Late Writer Elmore Leonard
NPR - almost 3 years
The FX series, now in its final season, is based on Leonard's novella Fire in the Hole. Showrunner Graham Yost says, "I look at this show as Elmore Leonard's show, and we're all in service of him." » E-Mail This
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15 unpublished Elmore Leonard stories coming out next year
NPR - over 3 years
They are early stories, written while Leonard worked as a copywriter at a Detroit ad agency.
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America Invades the Beatles
Huffington Post - about 4 years
As even your average rock in Central Park knows, it has been 50 years since The Beatles invaded America and thank God, we're still not over it. Frankly it's the one bug that I've been thrilled to have and for the chronic fan, like myself, while this is a time well worth celebrating, this week isn't really any different than any other because not an average hour goes by on any average week when I'm not either listening to or reading about them. The fact is that there is not a musician on the planet who is not channeling the fab four with every string plucked or every song sung. It's like we were one huge block soft, impressionable block of Graumann's Chinese Theater cement who have been forever imprinted by their scouser magic. Since 1964, our DNA has had a perfect joyful pitch. Have you seen the size of the giddy throngs at Paul McCartney concerts? I'm sure that the Pope watches and says, "Hey, how do I attract a crowd like that?" The next wave of fans are already gestating in uter...
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3 Punctuation Marks to Incorporate Into Your Writing Today
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Most people don't spend much time thinking about punctuation. We're not most people. When properly used, punctuation can enhance the rhythm of your writing or change its meaning entirely. And yet too many people rely on a scant handful of marks to express themselves. Commas and periods are the bread and butter of punctuation: familiar, safe...and bland. To spice things up, some writers throw in an exclamation point. Sometimes, to the horror of English teachers and proofreaders everywhere, they use more than one in a row. The late Elmore Leonard advised writers: "Keep your exclamation points under control. You are allowed no more than two or three per 100,000 words of prose." In proofreading parlance, an exclamation point is called a "bang," and the chronic overuse of them, particularly in text messages and emails, has earned the slang term "bangorrhea." In 2013, a Mental_Floss article extolling "13 Little Known Punctuation Marks We Should Be Using" made the rounds, but although s...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Elmore Leonard
  • 2013
    Age 87
    Leonard spent the last years of his life with his family in Oakland County, Michigan. He suffered a stroke on July 29, 2013.
  • 2012
    Age 86
    Later that same year, he married Christine Kent, and they divorced in 2012.
  • 1979
    Age 53
    His second marriage in 1979, to Joan Leanne Lancaster (aka Joan Shepard), ended with her death in 1993.
  • 1969
    Age 43
    He went on to write seventeen novels and stories in the mystery, crime, and more topical genres which were made into movies between 1969 and 2013.
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  • 1953
    Age 27
    He wrote his first novel, The Bounty Hunters, in 1953 and followed this with four other novels.
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  • 1951
    Age 25
    Leonard had his first success in 1951 when Argosy published the short story "Trail of the Apaches".
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  • 1950
    Age 24
    He graduated in 1950 with a bachelor's degree in English and philosophy.
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  • 1949
    Age 23
    He married Beverly Clare Cline in 1949, and they had five children together—three daughters and two sons—before divorcing in 1977.
  • 1946
    Age 20
    Enrolling at the University of Detroit in 1946, he pursued writing more seriously, entering his work in short story contests and sending it off to magazines.
  • 1943
    Age 17
    He graduated from the University of Detroit Jesuit High School in 1943 and immediately joined the Navy, where he served with the Seabees for three years in the South Pacific (gaining the nickname "Dutch", after pitcher Dutch Leonard).
  • 1925
    Born on October 11, 1925.
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