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Leonard comes out to ‘Play’

Author on hand at L.A. Festival of Books

Elmore Leonard stopped by the Los Angeles Press Club Thursday night to kick off his appearances at the L.A. Times Festival of Books and to sign his new short story collection “When the Women Come Out to Play.” The oft-adapted novelist, who has been described as “the poet laureate of wild assholes with guns,” told journos and industryites that he stopped writing screenplays several decades ago because they “weren’t any fun” compared to novels. Robert Forster, star of Leonard’s “Jackie Brown,” was among well-wishers at the Roosevelt Hotel reception. Also spotted were “Twin Peaks” thesp Chris Mulkey, who just wrapped “Radio,” and wife Karen Landry, who guest-starred on last week’s “Six Feet Under.”

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