Elmore Leonard http://michiganradio.org en ArtPod bids farewell to summer & to one of Michigan's great writers http://michiganradio.org/post/artpod-bids-farewell-summer-one-michigans-great-writers <p></p><p></p><p>This time on ArtPod, we say a sad goodbye to one of Michigan’s best writers, and wistfully wave to a summer packed with adventures, music, and general art goodness. &nbsp;</p><p>In today’s lineup:</p><p><strong>Elmore Leonard was the freaking man </strong></p><p>Detroit lost one of its greats yesterday. We’ve got an appreciation and a look back at the fabulous, game-changing career of the “Dickens of Detroit.”</p><p>After that, we’re going to go binge on<em> Justified</em> on Netflix as tribute. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Wed, 21 Aug 2013 21:23:18 +0000 Kate Wells 14097 at http://michiganradio.org ArtPod bids farewell to summer & to one of Michigan's great writers Remembering Elmore Leonard http://michiganradio.org/post/remembering-elmore-leonard <p>Detroit lost one of its greats yesterday.</p><p>Elmore Leonard, 87, will be remembered as the writer who rehabbed the Western, wrote great bad guys, and saw his stories made into movies like "3:10 to Yuma" and "Get Shorty."</p><p>So in honor of one of America’s most prolific crime writer, we're going to take a tip from the man himself: show, don’t tell.</p><p> Wed, 21 Aug 2013 15:49:46 +0000 Kate Wells 14082 at http://michiganradio.org Remembering Elmore Leonard In this morning's news: Detroit author dies, election confusion in Detroit, and Grand Rapids schools http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-detroit-author-dies-election-confusion-detroit-and-grand-rapids-schools <p><strong>Author Elmore Leonard dies</strong></p><p>Detroit writer <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/detroit-resident-and-hollywood-writer-elmore-leonard-dead-87">Elmore Leonard passed away</a> yesterday at age 87.&nbsp; Michigan Radio’s Kate Wells reports that Leonard was the author of 45 novels and was in the middle of number 46 when he suffered a stroke earlier this summer.&nbsp; Leonard’s work has often been adapted to well-known films such as <em>3:10 to Yuma</em>, <em>Out of Sight</em>, and the television series <em>Justified</em>.</p><p><strong>Detroit mayoral race has ballot counting issues</strong></p><p>In Detroit’s mayoral race earlier this month, Detroit Medical Center CEO Mike Duggan appeared to have a clear 16-point lead over Wayne County Sherriff Benny Napoleon.&nbsp; But now the results are being questioned because of ballot counting inconsistencies.&nbsp; Michigan Radio’s Sarah Cwiek <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/confusion-over-who-won-detroit-mayoral-primary">reports</a> that “votes are customarily counted with hash marks but some election workers used numbers instead.”&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Grand Rapids Public Schools show improvement</strong></p><p>Some Grand Rapids Public Schools have had difficulty meeting Michigan state educational standards for the past few years.&nbsp; Union High School previously hovered in the lowest one percent of schools in the state.&nbsp; It has now pulled itself up to within the lowest ten percent.&nbsp; Michigan Radio’s Lindsay Smith <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/state-data-shows-turnaround-consistently-low-performing-high-school-grand-rapids">reports</a> that the district’s superintendent said “it wasn’t just the district; this really has been a community effort.” Wed, 21 Aug 2013 12:21:06 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 14079 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news: Detroit author dies, election confusion in Detroit, and Grand Rapids schools Crime novelist Elmore Leonard suffers stroke http://michiganradio.org/post/crime-novelist-elmore-leonard-suffers-stroke <p><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">DETROIT (AP) - Acclaimed crime novelist Elmore Leonard is recovering at a hospital following a stroke last week.</span></p><p><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">Leonard's longtime researcher, Gregg Sutter, said&nbsp;</span><span class="aBn" data-term="goog_1789770505" style="border-bottom-width: 1px; border-bottom-style: dashed; border-bottom-color: rgb(204, 204, 204); position: relative; top: -2px; z-index: 0; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;" tabindex="0"><span class="aQJ" style="position: relative; top: 2px; z-index: -1;">Tuesday</span></span><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;that family members are guardedly optimistic about the 87-year-old author's condition.</span></p><p><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">Leonard lives in suburban Detroit. He has written 45 Westerns, crime novels and mysteries.</span></p><p><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">Sutter says Leonard has been at work on No. 46.</span></p><p><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">Many of his books - notably "Out of Sight," "Get Shorty" and "Be Cool" - have become films. "Life of Crime," which is based on Leonard's "The Switch," is to be screened at the Toronto Film Festival next month.</span></p><p><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">Leonard was given an honorary National Book Award last year.</span></p><p> Tue, 06 Aug 2013 18:55:51 +0000 Mark Brush 13858 at http://michiganradio.org Crime novelist Elmore Leonard suffers stroke