Two tributes set for E. Lynn Harris in Atlanta

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Best-selling author E. Lynn Harris will be remembered during two upcoming events in Atlanta, one of which serves as the posthumous launch of a national tour to promote his 12th and final novel.

The first event celebrating the black gay Atlanta author comes Sunday during Black Gay Pride celebrations in the city, with several local writers reading selections from Harris’ boy of work. The event is set for 7:30 p.m. at Outwrite Bookstore & Coffehouse with scheduled guests including Duncan Teague, J.L. King, Fiona Zedde, Anthony Antoine and Harris’ personal assistant, Laura Gilmore.

Harris died July 23 after suffering a heart attack during a West Coast swing to negotiate getting his work to the silver screen. The prolific writer—his work includes 11 novels and a memoir—left behind a franchise that could reach $100 million to $250 million in motion pictures, television movies, DVDs and musicals, according to a recent report from BET.

On Sept. 22, the national tour to promote “Mama Dearest” kicks off at Outwrite. The evening, which begins at 7:30 p.m., is scheduled to feature nationally-recognized authors including Eric Jerome Dickey, Clarence Nero, RM Johnson and Tina McElroy Ansa. Gilmore is also scheduled to take part in the event.

In “Mama Dearest,” Harris takes readers on a passion-filled tour of the entertainment world. The work includes Yancey Harrington Braxton, one of Harris’ most memorable characters, as she works her way back to Broadway and beyond with the drama you’d expect from a diva.

View the event listings for the Sept. 6 and Sept. 22 tributes in the Project Q Atlanta community calendar.

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