August 6th, 2013
10:03 AM ET
Fans of celebrated author Elmore Leonard are sending him well wishes as he recovers in a Detroit-area hospital after suffering a stroke.
According to the Detroit News, Leonard's stroke happened last Monday.
“He’s doing better every day, and the family is guardedly optimistic," Leonard's researcher, Gregg Sutter, told the paper. "He’s showing great spirit. He’s a fighter, and we’re glad to see that.”
At 87, Leonard is still churning out stories filled with his signature prose and unforgettable characters. At the time of his stroke, the incredibly prolific author behind novels like "Out of Sight" was hard at work on book No. 46.
Last year, the National Book Foundation awarded Leonard with the 2012 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters in recognition of his fiction.
"For over five decades, Leonard’s westerns, crime novels, serialized novels, and stories have enthralled generations of readers," the Foundation said in a statement.
Leonard's work has also enthralled Hollywood. The latest adaptation of his work, based on his book "The Switch," will be called "Life of Crime" and is set to debut at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 14. Written and directed by Dan Schechter, "Life of Crime" stars John Hawkes, Yasiin Bey (a.k.a. Mos Def), Jennifer Aniston and Isla Fisher.
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