The Writer’s Bloc held a tribute to Elmore Leonard on January 21st in Santa Monica. Many of the stars of Justified participated in the tribute.
Before the event began a video was played of Leonard accepting the National Book Awards Medal for distinguished contribution to American Letters He quoted a review, which he stated, had the most stimulating, if not realistic, appraisal of his work. New Music Express in London called Leonard “the poet laureate of wild assholes with revolvers,’” He loved seeing that on the back cover of his book.
Justified producer, Graham Yost and Leonard’s son, Peter Leonard each spoke about the author. Then passages from his work were read by Justified star Timothy Olyphant as well as Walton Goggins, Erica Tazel and Jere Burns.
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Olyphant seems to take delight in the humor Leonard infused in his stories, as he reads from “The Swag”. Olyphant put his own swagger and charm into the reading of the piece.
Watch Olyphant charm the audience in the video below!