|E. Lynn Harris|
OMG! I'm so excited about this latest book, no I haven't read the book, I'm reading it for the first time with you. I'm excited because I love this author. He was a wonderful spirit and great writer who brought his characters to life. I have read well over half of his books.
E. Lynn Harris was a giant of a man. He really was! He lit up every room he entered. I'm happy to have met and worked with him before his death. He was just as down to earth and authentic as anyone could possibily be. A Black Gay man, who worked hard on himself, to love himself and then he shared that love with the rest of us through his writings. He was determined to get the story out. He sold his first book out of the back seat of his car. For Real! Now that is determination.
He made the issue of the "Down Low" i.e. black men who have sex with men and relationships with women an important topic in the African-American community. He did it because he believed that it was time that WE ALL took ownership and our culpability, gay and straight. Invisible Life and Just As I am were ground breaking works that helped to give black gay men in the closet voice and society as a whole a better understanding of the way.
|Chef Wilbert Jones|
So this is the deal. Wilbert was a very close friend of E. Lynn Harris and I'm happy to also call Wilbert my friend. He has teamed up with Cuisine Noir Magazine and the Publisher, St. Martin Press to keep E. Lynn's Literary works alive.
RLT Reads is happy to join in this tribute. E. Lynn's last book, In My Father's House is what we will begin reading ASAP! As usual, I will host an on-line discussion of the book, on Thursday July 19, 2012, at 7:00 CST, 8:00 P.M. EST.
On Friday, July 20th at noon, Me and one lucky person will join Wilbert and eight guests (friends and colleagues of E. Lynn's) in his Gold Coast Neighborhood for a book discussion of In My Father's House. Cuisine Noir Magazine will photograph and publish the afternoon. How cool is that?
Wilbert is an incredible host, I've had the pleasure to dine in his home. This lay out for Cuisine Noir is on how to host a book club discussion in your home. This is so exciting!
So how do you get picked? Great Question! Write a 250 max word essay of What E. Lynn Harris Literary Works Mean to You. Wilbert will read your essay and decide the lucky person. E-mail your essay to me no later than June 30th at midnight firstname.lastname@example.org The essay will also be featured on the Diva Living With AIDS Blog along with your picture, the day we announce the winner.
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Again, the selected winner will be invited to attend the book luncheon at the home of Chef and cookbook author Wilbert Jones (who was a friend of E. Lynn's), in Chicago's Gold Coast Neighborhood.
NOTE: The selected winner must provide his/her own transportation and accommodations, if traveling from out of town...
The Amazon Link to the paperback book HERE