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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

A Long Career

Writer Elmore Leonard published his first novel back in 1953! It was a western. He's been publishing ever since!

The books he is most recognized for are his mysteries, especially the ones that have been made into movies, like Get Shorty [F LEO and DVD GET]. We have several dozen of his novels on our shelves [F LEO].

One of Leonard's western short stories, "Fire in the Hole," is now being made into a tv series called "Justified." It premiered last week on FX, and a review can be found here. You can read the original story on the Harper Collins' website.

Leonard was interviewed on All Things Considered recently, and it's fun to listen to him talk about his characters and the actual locations that inspired his work. One of the things I learned from the radio segment was that the films 3:10 to Yuma were based on a Leonard novel (we have both the 1957 and 2007 film versions [DVD THR]).

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