This Sept. 17, 2012 photo shows author Elmore Leonard, 86, stands at his Bloomfield Township, Mich., home. Leonard says he's thrilled to receive one of the literary world's highest honors, The National Book Foundation's Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. The crime novelist will be presented with the medal in New York on Nov. 14. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

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