E. Lynn Harris dead at 54
News broke this afternoon of the sudden death of E. Lynn Harris, author of 10 consecutive New York Times best-selling popular novels. Harris died while on the West Coast tour for his latest book, Basketball Jones. One of the first of the wave of African American pop novelists that emerged in the late 1990s and early 2000s, Harris rose from self-publishing to become one of the most read novelists of his day. He characteristically wrote about romance in black life, including gay romance, as well as sports. Born in Flint, Mich., and raised in Little Rock, Ark., he won many awards for novels such as Invisible Life, Just as I Am, and Just Too Good to be True.