|Birth: ||Jun. 20, 1955|
|Death: ||Jul. 24, 2009|
Everett Lynn Harris was born in Flint, Michigan, but was raised with in Little Rock, Arkansas, with three sisters. He attended the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville where he was the school's first black yearbook editor and first black male Razorbacks cheerleader, and the president of his fraternity. He graduated with honors with a degree in journalism.
After graduation, he became a computer salesman working with IBM, Hewlett-Packard, and AT&T for thirteen years while living in Dallas, Washington, D.C., and Atlanta. He finally quit his sales job to write his first novel, Invisible Life, but, failed to find a publisher. He then decided to publish it himself in 1991 and sold it mostly at black-owned bookstores and beauty salons. Anchor Books soon discovered the talented authot and published Invisible Life as a trade paperback in 1994, It was at this time his career as an author began.
Invisible Life was followed by Just As I Am (1994), And This Too Shall Pass (1996), If This World Were Mine (1997), Abide with Me (1999), Not A Day Goes By (2000), Any Way the Wind Blows (2001), A Love of My Own (2002), I Say A Little Prayer (2006) and Just Too Good To Be True (2008), all published by Doubleday. All ten of Harris's novels have hit the New York Times bestseller list, and they have also appeared on the bestseller lists of the Wall Street Journal, Publishers Weekly, USA Today, Entertainment Weekly, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times. In 2003, Harris published his first work of nonfiction, a memoir entitled What Becomes of the Brokenhearted, which was also a New York Times bestseller. Today, there are more than four million copies of his books in print
Harris won numerous accolades and prizes for his work. Just As I Am was awarded the Novel of the Year Prize by the Blackboard African-American Bestsellers, Inc. If This World Were Mine was nominated for a NAACP Image Award and won the James Baldwin Award for Literary Excellence. Abide with Me was also nominated for a NAACP Image Award. His anthology Freedom in this Village won the Lambda Literary Award in 2005.
Harris was a member of the Board of Directors of the Hurston/Wright Foundation and the Evidence Dance Company. He was the founder of the E. Lynn Harris Better Days Foundation, a nonprofit company that provides support to aspiring writers and artists.
Books by E. Lynn Harris
Invisible Life (1991 Self Published – 1994 Mass Marketed)
Just As I Am (1995) *
And This Too Shall Pass (1997)
If This World Were Mine (1998) **
Abide With Me (2000)
Not A Day Goes By (2000)
Money Can't Buy Me Love (2000)
From the Book Got to Be Real - 4 Original Love Stories by Eric Jerome Dickey, Marcus Major, E. Lynn Harris and Colin Channer
Any Way the Wind Blows (2002) *
A Love Of My Own (2003) *
What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted – A Memoir (2004)
I Say a Little Prayer (2006)
Just Too Good To Be True (2008)
Basketball Jones" (2009)
Harris died suddenly on July 23, 2009 at the age of 54 while in Los Angeles promoting his new book "Basketball Jones". He was found unconscious at the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, and was pronounced dead at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles
Haven of Rest Cemetery
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Record added: Jul 24, 2009
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