Books Deaths Newsy

Author E. Lynn Harris Dies at 54


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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Books Models

Model Watch: SI Swimsuit Beauty Jessica White Writing Book About Abused Past


Sports Illustrated swimsuit stunner and Maybelline spokesmodel Jessica White will become an authoress, writing her first novel.

While celebrating her 25th birthday on Monday, White revealed to New York’s Daily News that her foray into the world of literature will be autobiographical, specifically about a sexually abused young girl.

“I am all about empowering women to bounce back from being abused, because I was abused when I was younger,” she said, before adding that her untitled, yet scribed book will be a movie that will star her.

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First LOOK: Fashion Designers Call Michelle Obama ‘Our Shining Hope’ in New Style Book

First Lady Michelle Obama has caused an uproar with her fashion sense–even her choice of sleeveless dresses ruled headlines last week.

And now the first lady’s trademark, contemporary, all-American style is being spun into a book–like a love letter to the style maven from the fashionistas who have (and hope!) to dress her.

“Our shining hope for the future!” says designer Isaac Mizrahi in the Michelle Obama style guide (due out May 5). But Glamour has a few pages from Michelle Style: Celebrating the First Lady of Fashion, which features sketches, interviews and style tips from fashion heavy-hitters like Carolina Herrera, Catherine Malandrino, Tommy Hilfiger, Behnaz Sarafpour, Isabel Toledo, and Jason Wu.

“Michelle Obama is a true independent,” explains Nicole Miller. “She isn’t locked into wearing couture or super expensive clothes.

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America's Next Top Model Books Tyra Banks

America’s Next Top Model Offers Tyra-like Advice In “Fierce Guide To Life” Book

If you’ve ever wanted to stand before Tyra Banks and her panel of photographers, stylists and retired models to receive life-changing advice and tips that will help you become a model or just be fierce like one then “America’s Next Top Model: Fierce Guide to Life” is the book for you.

Covering everything from “runway etiquette” to applying makeup, improving self-image, the business of modeling and really important things like how to look your best while wearing a crop top, “Fierce Guide to Life” is like Tyra mail and a season of ANTM rolled into one glossy book.

“Fierce Guide to Life” is due in stores in April.

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Books Michelle Obama ObamaNation

Ann Coulter Slams Michelle Obama As Jackie O Imitator in New Book

Right-wing commentator Ann Coulter calls future First Lady Michelle Obama an imitator of former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis in her new book Guilty: Liberal ‘Victims’ and their Assault on America.

Coulter writes “Her obvious imitation of Jackie O’s style – the flipped-under hair, the sleeveless A-line dresses, the short strands of fake pearls – would have been laughable if done by anyone other than a media-designated saint.”

The controversial pundit then praises former Republican candidate John McCain’s wife Cindy saying she “dressed well without freakishly imitating famous First Ladies in history,” even though Project Runway’s Tim Gunn has previously declared McCain “looks like she’s duct-taped.”

Coulter even takes jibes at the President-elect saying the media “literally wanted to have sex with him.”

Guilty lands in bookstores this week.

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Rosario Dawson on Twilight Books: ‘It’s Ridiculous, It’s Like Crack Cocaine’

Blindie can remember when we first got hooked on the Twilight saga, dedicating entire days to reading the four books by author Stephenie Meyer. Now it seems there’s another victim to the vampire series: Rosario Dawson!

“I just read the first book, it’s ridiculous, it’s like crack cocaine. I read it for 10 hours straight until I finished it,” Dawson, told People magazine at the Seven Pounds premiere Monday.

“My dad is going to hate me, because I spend zero time with him, reading these books,” the 29-year-old beauty added. “It’s like Judy Blume and Anne Rice had a child and made this book. I’m so attracted.”

PHOTO CREDIT: Associated Press

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Books Gossip Girl Jessica Szohr TV

Gossip Girl Author Wishes ‘Vanessa Was Like She Is In The Books’

The original Gossip Girl, author Cecily von Ziegesar, thinks the CW’s interpretation of her teen books are “great,” but has one criticism: the character of Vanessa played by the wonderful Jessica Szohr.

“I think Vanessa is one character they ruined,” von Ziegesar tells “In the book, she’s kick-ass and has a shaved head and wears lots of black … and I think a lot of the readers who don’t usually read teen fiction indentify with Vanessa. Even though I don’t like Vanessa’s character, it’s nothing against [actress] Jessica [Szohr]. I just wish Vanessa was like she is in the books a bit more.”

While von Ziegesar disapproves of Szohr’s casting, she’s in love with the other bevy of beauties: “Leighton Meester is totally perfect for Blair, and Blake [Lively] is perfect for Serena. I was more worried they would insert Barbie-doll-looking people, which they didn’t. I think the actors do a brilliant job.”

But Blindie does agree with the author on one thing: the yummy Ed Westwick. “Chuck is my favorite character,” she says, “and the way he looks and acts is in keeping with how he is in the beginning of the series.”

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