Popular novelist E. Lynn Harris, who wrote about black gay life, died today. He was 54 years old.
Essence.com has posted an obituary.
I never read any of Mr. Harris’s writing. But I’ve always respected his impact on the book publishing business. He paved the way for the Black Lit boom of the last 15 years... even though major publishers at first rejected his work.
I’m streaming a 4-minute audio bite from E. Lynn Harris’s 2003 memoir, “What Becomes of the Brokenhearted” (read by Richard Allen).
To listen, click here.