Elmore Leonard (1925-2013) was an American author and screenwriter of Westerns, thrillers, and crime novels. He began his careers in the 1950s writing pulp Westerns, but was not widely known until the publication of his 1985 book Glitz. Some of his best known books include Get Shorty, Out of Sight, and Rum Punch. Many of his books and stories have been adapted for film and television. He has won a Gran Master Edgar Award, a National Book Award Medal for Distinguished Contribution, and a Peabody for the show Justified.