Jacob Pitts, Jere Burns, Michael Shamberg, Erica Tazel, Walton Goggins, Greg Sutter, Andrea Grossman, Peter Leonard, Timothy Olyphant, Carla Gugino, Graham Yost, Stacey Sher and Joelle Carter attend the Writers Bloc Presents A Tribute to Elmore Leonard on January 21, 2014 in Santa Monica, California.
Late author Elmore Leonard was known for his sense of humor, so it only makes sense that a night dedicated to him would be filled with laughter provided by some of the people who keep his work alive.
Castmembers of FX’s “Justified” and others gathered at the New Roads School in Santa Monica Jan. 21 to read excerpts and pay tribute to the novelist/screenwriter, who died in August of last year.
Nonprofit literature organization Writers Bloc presented the evening with help from Leonard’s researcher, Gregg Sutter. The org’s founder, Andrea Grossman, served as host and explained how the event came to be.
“When Elmore died this past summer, I was stricken,” she said. “I loved that guy. My 20-year-old daughter told me to get a grip, stop whining, call Gregg Sutter and plan a tribute.”
She also acknowledged that many of the people present were missing something else: the third episode of the new season of “Justified” which aired that night. “Thank God for DVRs,” she jested.
Before handing the microphone off, she let the man of the hour have the stage, showing a video of Leonard accepting his National Book Awards Medal for distinguished contribution to American letters.
“The review I think has the most stimulating, if not a realistic, appraisal of my work comes from New Music Express in London who calls me ‘the poet laureate of wild assholes with revolvers,’” he read, and paused for the audience to laugh. “You hope in vain you see a quote like that on the back cover on your book.”
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