First reported in the Arkansas Times, E. Lynn Harris has died at the age of 54 on July 24, 2009. His novels include Basketball Jones, Just As I Am, If This World Were Mine, Any Way The Wind Blows. "They all tended to feature the glamorous and gritty lives of Black strivers, closeted and openly gay men. Harris, a former IBM executive became one of the country's most popular writers. His book signings were often standing room only events."