August 14, 1994
There were a number of statements with which I strongly disagreed in David Ehrenstein's piece on E. Lynn Harris' novels "Invisible Life" and "Just As I Am" (July 10)--that Harris lacks a sense of humor, that he does not movingly and convincingly deal with the subject of AIDS, that the African-American community is hostile to the gay and lesbian movement. But my overriding concern is that Ehrenstein failed to give readers of your newspaper an actual review of either book. In his rush to put his agenda on the table, the reviewer managed to write an article that maligned African Americans (gay and straight)
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July 25, 2009 |
E. Lynn Harris, a bestselling author of popular black fiction who shattered barriers by writing about gay characters in novels such as "Invisible Life" and "Just As I Am: A Novel," died Thursday night at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was 54. Harris, who divided his time between Atlanta and Fayetteville, Ark., became ill at the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills during a visit to Los Angeles, his publicist, Laura Gilmore, said Friday.
July 4, 1999
Gena Davis, marketing consultant: "Abide With Me" by E. Lynn Harris (Doubleday). "Though his books are fiction, Harris has really opened up the issue of African American homosexuality. This is the concluding novel in a trilogy that uniquely blends intimacy, love, friendship and sexuality." **** Jill Nevins, homemaker-bookseller: "Corelli's Mandolin" by Louis De Bernieres (Vintage).
April 7, 1996
The first Los Angeles Times Festival of Books will be held April 20 and 21 at UCLA's Dickson Plaza. Admission is free; parking at UCLA is $5. Times are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on April 20 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 21. A full schedule of events, ranging from author panels to children's book and poetry readings, will appear in a special section in The Times on Sunday, April 14.
August 6, 2000 |
There is never a dull moment or a dull character in "Fierce Invalids Home From Hot Climates," the latest audio book from Tom Robbins. (Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio, unabridged fiction, 10 cassettes, 16 hours and 15 minutes, $39.95, read by Keith Szarabajka.) Switters is a fiercely intelligent, unabashedly eccentric CIA operative who will gleefully inform you of the popularity of sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll within that government agency.
February 16, 2001 |
It's hard to believe that it's been only nine years since Terry McMillan started what amounted to a reading and publishing revolution. It was 1992 when her seminal novel, "Waiting to Exhale," struck its first blow among single women who identified with that book's four female protagonists and their search for love. The novel spent more than six months on various bestseller lists and spawned a virtual sub-genre of fiction, the "girlfriend" novel, that influenced everyone from E.