Individual Author Record
Name: E. Lynn HarrisPen Name: None Genre: Born: 1955 in Flint, Michigan Sites:
Illinois ConnectionHarris lived in Chicago. His book, ''And This Too Shall Pass'', was set in Chicago.
Biographical and Professional InformationE. Lynn Harris was an American author who rose from self-publishing to best-selling status. He was best known as a pioneer of gay black fiction. He authored ten consecutive books to make ''The New York Times'' Best Seller list. After graduating with honors from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville in 1977, Harris went to work as a sales executive for IBM. Five years later, he quit his job as a computer salesman and used $25,000 of his own money to print ''Invisible Life.'' It was published as a Doubleday paperback in 1994 and quickly soared to number one on the Blackboard Bestseller List of African American titles.Harris also edited two books, ''Freedom in the Village: Twenty-five years of Black, Gay Men's Writing'' in 2004 and ''Gumbo: A Celebration of African American Writers'' with Marita Golden in 2002. He founded the E. Lynn Harris Better Days Foundation, a nonprofit company that provides support to aspiring writers and artists.
*''Invisible Life'', Consortium Books, 1991*''Just As I Am, A Novel'', Doubleday, 1994*''And This Too Shall Pass'', Doubleday, 1996*''If This World Were Mine'', Doubleday, 1997*''Abide With Me'', Doubleday, 1999*''Not A Day Goes By, A Novel'', Doubleday, 2000*''Any Way the Wind Blows'', Doubleday, 2001*''A Love of My Own'', Doubleday, 2002*''What Becomes of the Brokenhearted, A Memoir'', Doubleday, 2003*''I Say a Little Prayer'', Doubleday, 2006*''Just Too Good To Be True'', Doubleday, 2008*''Basketball Jones'', Doubleday, 2009*''Mama Dearest'', Doubleday, 2009 - Released Posthumously*''In My Father's House'', Doubleday, 2010 - Released Posthumously*''No One in the World: A Novel,'' Simon and Schuster, 2011 - Released Posthumously