Author E. Lynn Harris Dies at 54

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Best-selling author E. Lynn Harris has died at the age of 54 during a West Coast book tour.

Harris, an openly gay writer, self-published his first novel “Invisible Life” in 1991, selling copies from the trunk of his car. He became known for his novels about young, urban professionals and the portrayal of black men living as closeted gay men or on the “down low”.

A graduate of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, Harris was the school’s first black male cheerleader and the first black yearbook editor.

The Doubleday writer was promoting his eleventh novel, “Basketball Jones,” a story about a gay love affair with an NBA player. All of Harris’ previous novels including “Just As I Am” (1995), “And This Too Shall Pass” (1996), and “I Say a Little Prayer” (2006) have made it onto the New York Times bestseller list

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