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by Andy TowleJuly 24, 2009 | 12:16pm
July 24, 2009 at 12:32 pm
July 24, 2009 at 12:41 pm
Tragic. A reminder to everyone to take care of your health.
July 24, 2009 at 12:46 pm
Sad! He was such a gifted author
Lito S. says
July 24, 2009 at 1:08 pm
July 24, 2009 at 1:27 pm
A hole in the story is that there are no July book tour dates on his site, and he did West Coast readings in February so chances are he wouldn’t do it again now.
Call me in denial, but it’s still just a rumor.
July 24, 2009 at 1:28 pm
This saddens me greatly. His books have helped and entertained a lot of people…or at least they did so for me.
Rest In Peace
July 24, 2009 at 1:41 pm
R.I.P. *sigh* I’m so tired of writing that.
July 24, 2009 at 1:58 pm
DAMN… E. Lynn got me through so much growing up… so sad to see such a great writer pass on. RIP.
July 24, 2009 at 2:00 pm
I am shocked. He was a favorite author of mine and a damned good writer. What a shame. I pray that he is at peace. God bless his soul.
July 24, 2009 at 2:08 pm
Sad, sad, sad. He meant a lot to his readers… gay Black men, Black women, and so many more. One of the writers who helped me face myself and come out so many moons ago.
I met him three times in NYC — one book signing, once walking around Midtown and once out in Chelsea. He always had a big smile, was always a bit flirty, and just had love for all the brothas. He was just a good spirit.
R.I.P. E. Lynn
July 24, 2009 at 2:10 pm
His death has been confirmed by his publishers, Random House. What more do you want?
July 24, 2009 at 2:15 pm
WOW. What’s going on???
I’m getting over one and then another.
God bless and rest in peace dear man.
July 24, 2009 at 2:28 pm
That’s so sad. His memoir moved me to tears, as well as a couple of his books. His other books were guilty pleasure for me. I got to interview him a few years ago for a queer newsmag & he was so kind. MJ’s death did not affect me very much but this will.
frankie blackenstein says
July 24, 2009 at 4:24 pm
E. Lynn Harris Hand Carved Ceramic Art Tile
July 24, 2009 at 5:01 pm
I am going to go out on a limb here and assume that there are a lot of Towleroaders who have no idea who Harris is but he had a quiet impact on the lives of a many young gay men of color through his NYT’s best sellers.
July 24, 2009 at 5:53 pm
I read a number of his books and met him at a book signing in the Castro. He was a great writer. He will be missed.
July 24, 2009 at 7:38 pm
@Larry Bob–the “book tour” mis-info was in the first newsreport and no one has corrected it. He was not on a book tour. He was in LA having meetings about film/tv projects.
July 24, 2009 at 9:15 pm
I think you’re right. I might be jaded but I think we are so divided as a community that his death will not get a lot of coverage in the mainstream Gay community which is sad. I admit that I don’t read a lot of Gay fictions but I always heard when E Lynn Harris had a novel coming out. He was called the Tyler Perry of novels. (Not sure if bad or good) I know that this website is geared towards White Gay people but this is a loss to the whole Gay community.
July 24, 2009 at 9:43 pm
rest in peace e. lynn harris. your books opened up a world not many knew of. in some ways it created more paranoia for blk women but at least opened up a dialog. thank you. thank you thank you. you got black people reading again.
July 27, 2009 at 5:06 am
Are you suggesting that a lot of Towleroaders don’t know who Harris is/was because he’s a black author?
I think you don’t give your fellow Towleroaders enough credit.
I saw him speak at the LGBT Center in NYC years ago. While I never read any of his books, I certainly was aware of him, who he was and what he meant to so many people.
July 27, 2009 at 9:02 am
i bought my first e. lynn novel at a gay bookstore in boston before i had come out and before you could probably find his books in the mainstream bookstores. i purchased my last one very recently in Borders, where it had it’s own display. BTW, i am white and i love his books.
July 27, 2009 at 8:56 pm
He was a great writer. I have seven of his books and look forward to reading the rest of them. His stories are easy to identify with whether you are gay, straight, black, white, male, female etc. Truly an outstanding voice for our community.
Shing Shing says
July 28, 2009 at 12:50 am
By reading very little comments on his death here proves Giovanni right.
And your point is???
Some of them have no concern about E Lynn he’s doesn’t cater to what they like.
I guess you can call it assimilation.
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