Elmore is Buried Today on His Birthday
Today would have been Elmore’s 91st Birthday.. What makes this birthday different, it is the day he is finally buried. Elmore died over three years ago, on August 20, 2013, but it was his wish to be buried in Greenwood Cemetery in Birmingham, Michigan, a little over a mile from his house in Bloomfield Township. It took three years, but Greenwood finally opened up new plots, allowing Elmore to have his wish and be buried there.
Elmore’s ashes were interred at 10:30 AM this morning, in a brief ceremony lead in prayer by Monsignor John P. Zenz, Pastor of Holy Name Church in Birmingham. In attendance, under a red canopy, were several members of Elmore’s family.
Elmore grave marker gives his name and the years of his birth and death. At the bottom, is the inscription, “The Dickens of Detroit,” a phrase used to describe Elmore over the years that he actually found a bit puzzling. In a 1997 article in the San Jose Mercury News, he said about the tag: “That has more to do with alliteration than truth, … I wonder what they would have called me if I was from Buffalo.”
For those of you planning a visit, Elmore is buried in Section G, Lot R, Grave 2.
Elmore Leonard Forever
October 11, 1925 - August 20, 2013
Elmore Leonard Podcasts
I did 6 podcasts with Elmore between 2005 and 2007.
The Enduring Appeal Of Elmore Leonard and Deputy US Marshal Raylan Givens
Elmore Leonard wrote some of the classic crime novels of the twentieth century. Notably inspired by Higgins’s THE FRIENDS OF EDDIE COYLE, (1972), Leonard was an adept dialogue writer and master of the tight scene. I’ll use Leonard’s character Raylan Givens, one of his great characters, to exemplify his use of the Western inside the body of crime fiction.
Raylan Givens first appeared in Elmore Leonard’s novel PRONTO (1993). His short story “Fire in the Hole” (2012) then became the basis for the television series Justified. He also appeared in the novels RIDING THE RAP (1995) and RAYLAN (2012), Leonard’s final work, from which several plot lines were adapted by the writers of Justified. Raylan is described as forty years old, thin, and almost perpetually wearing a cowboy hat. With his laconic style and old-fashioned views, he occupies a position somewhere between a modern law enforcer and a Western cowboy. But most of all he is a hard enforcer of the law.
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EPIX® Reimagines ‘Get Shorty’ for Television Produced by MGM Television
Produced by MGM Television, the Original Series is a Dark Comedy Slated to Start Production Fall 2016
May 24, 2016 05:09 PM Eastern Daylight Time
NEW YORK—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Premium TV network EPIX® announced today it will go into production on Get Shorty from MGM Television. Created and executive produced by Davey Holmes (“Shameless,” “In Treatment,” “Damages”), the one hour drama series is a reimagining of Elmore Leonard’s 1990 New York Times best-selling novel of the same name. Production on the series is anticipated to begin this fall and air summer 2017.
“We’re excited to be working with MGM on Get Shorty”
In Get Shorty, Miles Daly works as muscle for a murderous crime ring in Nevada. For the sake of his daughter, he attempts to change professions and become a movie producer, laundering money through a Hollywood film. But instead of leaving the criminal world behind, he accidentally brings it with him to Los Angeles.
“We’re excited to be working with MGM on Get Shorty,” said Mark S. Greenberg, President and CEO, EPIX. “I had the pleasure of working with Elmore Leonard early in my career and I am a big fan of his writing. Davey Holmes is a tremendous talent and has created a fantastic new series that is in the spirit of Leonard’s unique brand of social satire and strong narrative voice. Get Shorty promises to be yet another example of the type of high-end, premium TV that EPIX is committed to delivering to its subscribers.”
“Davey has created a modern-day re-envisioning of Elmore Leonard’s timeless cult classic where organized crime and Hollywood collide in very funny ways. We are thrilled to bring these irreverent characters to fans and audiences around the globe with our fantastic partners at EPIX,” said Mark Burnett, President, Television and Digital Group, MGM and Steve Stark, President, Television Development and Production, MGM.
Elmore Leonard: Four Later Novels - Available August 30, 2016
Elmore Leonard: Four Novels of the 1970s
Fifty-Two Pickup | Swag | Unknown Man No. 89 | The Switch
Edited by Gregg Sutter
Elmore Leonard: Four Novels of the 1980s
City Primeval | LaBrava | Glitz | Freaky Deaky
Edited by Gregg Sutter
Available, August 30, 2016
Elmore Leonard: Four Later Novels
Get Shorty | Rum Punch | Out of Sight | Tishomingo Blues
Edited by Gregg Sutter
Author Jim Harrison dead at 78
The Washington Post
By Hillel Italie
(Jim and Elmore were good friends.)
NEW YORK — Jim Harrison, the fiction writer, poet, outdoorsman and reveler who wrote with gruff affection for the country’s landscape and rural life and enjoyed mainstream success in middle age with his historical saga “Legends of the Fall,” has died at age 78.
Spokeswoman Deb Seager of Grove Atlantic, Harrison’s publisher, told The Associated Press that Harrison died Saturday at his home in Patagonia, Arizona. Seager did not know the cause of death. Harrison’s wife of more than 50 years, Linda King Harrison, died last fall.
The versatile and prolific author completed more than 30 books, most recently the novella collection “The Ancient Minstrel,” and was admired worldwide. Sometimes likened to Ernest Hemingway for the range and kinds of his interests, he was a hunter and fisherman who savored his time in a cabin near his Michigan hometown, a drinker and Hollywood scriptwriter who was close friends with Jack Nicholson and came to know Sean Connery, Orson Welles and Warren Beatty among others. He was a sports writer and a man of extraordinary appetite who once polished off a 37-course lunch, a traveler and teller of tales, most famously “Legends of the Fall.”
James O. Born Interviewed for Elmore Leonard Documentary
Author Jim Born Interviewed for Elmore Leonard: The Dickens of Detroit Documentary in Miami
MIAMI - Feb 29, 2016—For more than seventeen years with the U.S. Marshals Service, DEA, and Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Jim Born has seen just about everything Florida crime and criminals can throw at him. Elmore Leonard first met Jim Born when he was a DEA agent stationed in South Florida. Jim’s dad, Judge John Born was friends with Leonard’s close friend Judge Marvin Mounts. Jim gave Leonard technical advice on a number of books starting with Get Shorty.
For more info: http://www.dickensofdetroit.com
James W. Hall Interviewed for Elmore Leonard Documentary
James W. Hall interviewed by John Mulholland in Key Largo for the upcoming Elmore Leonard Documentary—The Dickens of Detroit. Hall is an American author and professor who has written eighteen novels that include Under Cover of Daylight, Hard Aground, Gone Wild, Buzz Cut, Red Sky at Night, Rough Draft, Off the Chart and Silencer.
Mike Sandy aka Max Cherry Interviewed for Elmore Leonard documentary
Max Cherry from Rum Punch was modeled on
West Palm Beach Bail Bondsman Mike Sandy
Mike Sandy, a West Palm bail bondsman, remembers meeting Elmore Leonard in the late ’80s.
“Marvin Mounts and Dutch Leonard walked into my office,” said Sandy. “My office was on Banyan, and he was just finishing ‘Maximum Bob.’ Dutch was interested in doing a book about a bail bondsman and said, ‘Can I ask for your help?’ And I said, ‘Absolutely not.’ “He was a little startled and said, ‘Why not?’
“Because everything I’ve ever seen, heard or read about bail bondsmen is negative and I don’t want to contribute to that.”
“I’ll make you a deal,” he said. “Share your files with me, and I promise you that whatever I write about your business will be positive.”
Leonard began borrowing files from Sandy, one of which involved a stewardess arrested for drug trafficking. From that came “Rum Punch,” later made into the movie “Jackie Brown” by Quentin Tarantino.
Read more at: http://richardzampella.blogspot.com/…/mike-sandy-max-cherry…