It's true, it seems. E. Lynn Harris, well loved author of many novels as well as a critically praised memoir, died this morning. He was only 54.
There's no clear report yet about what happened. He was on a West Coast book tour for his newest novel, Basketball Jones, which is about an NBA player who is gay. Another contribution, now, sadly, the last, to Harris's unique oeuvre.
This was a writer whose work made a difference, in my opinion. This is bad, bad news.