RIP Elmore Leonard Print

Photo of Leonard outdoors, sitting on a log with his elbows on his knees

Elmore Leonard, the novelist known for snappy dialogue and gritty realism, passed away this morning at age 87 (Tuesday, August 20) from complications from a recent stroke.  Born in 1925, Leonard spent most of his childhood in Detroit where his father worked for General Motors.  Leonard's hard-boiled style sets the paradigm for this genre; many of his novels are set in seamy Detroit or Miami, but he also wrote numerous successful screenplays and some pulp Westerns.  His writing influences include Ernest Hemingway, John Steinbeck and Raymond Carver; in 1997, he published a slim volume entitled Elmore Leonard's 10 Rules of Writing with advice on how to remain invisible when writing which includes "never open a book with weather" and "if it sounds like writing, I rewrite it."  Here is a link to Elmore Leonard's works in the library catalog if you'd like to read as a tribute and a wonderful biography posted on his website.