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Posts Tagged ‘Elmore Leonard’

Shrimp and Grits Helped Seal Deal for Elmore Leonard Collection

UniversitySouthCarolinaLogoAll five of late novelist Elmore Leonard‘s children are in Columbia, South Carolina today together with Otto Penzler, owner of New York City’s Mysterious Book Shop and several other invited guests. The occasion? The announcement by the University of South Carolina that it has acquired a large collection of Leonard’s papers and personal items.

Detroit News reporter Susan Whitall has a colorful account of how and why the Detroit-indebted Leonard chose this Southern institution over the University of Michigan. The collection includes a number of items the university is referring to as “realia” (typewriters, desk, Hawaiian shirts, etc.) and will reside alongside another collection connecting to a formative Leonard influence:

At one point in May 2013 [during Leonard's one and only visit to the University of South Carolina], gingerly holding a Hemingway first edition, Elmore told son Peter how he used to rewrite Hemingway stories “the way I’d want to do it,” with more of the humor he felt was lacking in his hero’s prose.

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What Elmore Leonard Really Thought of 3:10 to Yuma

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Elmore Leonard had rather more to say about 3:10 to Yuma than what’s used in the EPK, as Amy Alkon reports from Italy. The press kit has Leonard saying only,”It’s a good-looking picture”. Why? Probably because the flacksters thought this exchange might be a problem:

Q: Is there something about James Mangold that you admire about him being a director now and making a Western film?

EL: Well I wonder why he wanted to remake this one? That would be my first question. He should have remade one that didn’t work.

Leonard told the crowd at Festivaletteratura in Mantua that Kevin Cosner wants to remake Hombre.
He better hurry up or else he’s going to have to play the Frederic March role.

Flame-tressed Alkon also made out with Christopher Hitchens and mixed it up with Russell Banks over the dangers of radical Islamists, so her trip wasn’t totally wasted.