Tuesday, August 20, 2013

R.I P. ELMORE LEONARD





Here is the interview Megan did with him for the LA TIMES a few years back. Glad we did our Elmore Leonard day recently. I saw him several times over the last year and he never lost his zest for life although he'd grown fragile. Amazing writer. 

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

I don't know why we should be shocked - he was 87 - but it was still shocking when I read it.

I really liked that interview.


Jeff M.

le0pard13 said...

I'm still reeling over this news. He will be sorely missed.

John said...

He lived a long, satisfying life and wrote great books. Just heard it on ABC news and thought I'd be the first one to put up a notice on the crime fiction blogs. Now the news is all over the place.

Jack Bates said...

I've been telling people about his one and only literary festival. He was there, a lot of fun to listen to, and full of encouragement. I always said one of the neat things about the experience was Elmore Leonard read my screenplay,

Anders E said...

The thing is, I can't for the life of me recall which one was my first Elmore. I'm certain it was the late 80s - but was it FREAKY DEAKY, SWAG, GLITZ or STICK? I really have no idea.

pattinase (abbott) said...

FREAKY DEAKY for me but I should have been there long before.

Steve Oerkfitz said...

I met him several times when I worked at the Birmingham Bookstore in the 80's. An extremely nice guy. He will be missed.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Did Birmingham have its own bookstore before BORDERS. I can't even remember.

Kelly Robinson said...

Thanks for the link. It's a sad day for crime fiction fans.

Peter Rozovsky said...

This has not been Detroit’s best month.
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pattinase (abbott) said...

WIsh I could think of a month that was.

Steve Oerkfitz said...

Patti-The Birmingham Bookstore was a small store right around the corner from 222 Merril. It was sold and became a restaurant about 1992. There also was a bookstore for awhile next to the Birmingham Theater.

pattinase (abbott) said...

I think the BORDERS on Southfield Road was already there by then and that's where we went. GP had a few bookstores but mostly inadequate. Oh, for that golden era of bookstores in the eighties and nineties.

Ron Scheer said...

Enjoyed the interview. Thanks. He's right about the dialogue. That was already there in his first western novel 60 years ago. Was the Palm Springs novel ever published?

pattinase (abbott) said...

I think he was still working on it!