Legendary and prolific author Elmore Leonard has died at the age of 87. The acclaimed and influential writer worked in various genres, and over twenty movies were based on his books. Notable adaptations include Out of Sight, 3:10 to Yuma, Get Shorty, and Jackie Brown, which was based on Leonard’s Rum Punch. Leonard’s writing also crossed over to TV with Maximum Bob, Karen Sisco, and the beloved FX series Justified.
I’m deeply ashamed to admit that I’ve never read any of Leonard’s books, but it would be foolish for anyone to ignore his impact on modern American writing. Our deepest condolences go out to Mr. Leonard’s family and friends. [THR]