Renowned Writers Elmore Leonard and son Peter Leonard Lecture and Book Signing
University of Detroit Mercy alumnus Elmore Leonard '50 will return to his alma mater with his son Peter Leonard, for a lecture followed by a question and answer session and book signing.
(Media-Newswire.com) - University of Detroit Mercy alumnus Elmore Leonard '50 will return to his alma mater with his son Peter Leonard, for a lecture followed by a question and answer session and book signing. This event will take place on Wednesday, February 27, in room 114 of the Chemistry Building on UDM's McNichols Campus. The lecture and Q&A will begin at 6 p.m. with a book signing and refreshments following at 7 pm.
Elmore Leonard studied Philosophy and English at University of Detroit and earned his bachelors degree in 1950. In 1997. Leonard was awarded an honorary degree from UDM, Doctorate of Human Letters. He was also awarded the UDM Alumni Achievement Award in 2007.
An author of more than 45 novels/screenplays, Leonard is currently executive producer for the television show Justified on FX, based on his novel "Fire in the Hole". Many of Leonard's novels have been adapted to film, such as Get Shorty, Out of Sight, Hombre, and "Rum Punch" which was filmed as Jackie Brown.
Leonard will discuss his latest novel "Raylan", as well as his life and career as a writer. Similar to his father, Peter Leonard is also a successful writer and has written six novels. He will discuss his most recent work "Voices of the Dead" and "Back from the Dead."
"Raylan" is the fourth installment of Leonard's mystery and crime series that follows U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens and his ongoing battle with corruption in a Kentucky coal-mining town.
The UDM Bookstore will have several of Elmore Leonard and Peter Leonardís novels available for purchase during the book-signing portion of the evening on Feb. 27.
Elmore Leonard was awarded the 2012 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters by the National Book Foundation. The award recognizes his outstanding achievement in fiction writing. Also, the film adaptation for Leonard's 1957 short story 3:10 to Yuma was one of 25 films to be added to the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress for 2012 and was chosen for preservation because of its cinematic importance and lasting cultural significance.
The University of Detroit Mercy is Michigan's largest private Catholic University, offering approximately 100 majors and programs in 60 academic fields. Sponsored by the Society of Jesus ( the Jesuits ) and the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, the University has three campuses located in downtown and northwest Detroit.
For the 12th consecutive year, UDM was ranked among the top tier of Midwestern master's universities in U.S.News & World Report's "Best Colleges," 2013 edition.
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