Gumbo by E. Lynn Harris
A Celebration of African American Writing

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A literary rent party to benefit the Hurston/Wright Foundation of African-American fiction, with selections to savor from bestselling authors as well as talented rising stars.

Not since Terry McMillan’s Breaking Ice have so many African-American writers been brought together in one volume. A stellar collection of works from more than fifty hot names in fiction, Gumbo represents remarkable synergy. Edited by bestselling luminaries Marita Golden and E. Lynn Harris, this collection spans new and previously published tales of love and luck, inspiration and violation, hip new worlds and hallowed heritage from voices such as:

• Edwidge Danticat
• Eric Jerome Dickey
• Kenji Jasper
• John Edgar Wideman
• Terry McMillan
• David Anthony Durham
• Bertice Berry
…and many, many more

Also featuring original stories by Golden and Harris themselves, Gumbo heralds the debut of the Hurston/Wright Legacy Awards for Published Black Writers (scheduled for October 2002), and all advances and royalties from the book will support the Hurston/Wright Foundation. Combining authors with a variety of flavorful writing, Gumbo will have readers clamoring for second helpings.

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About E. Lynn Harris

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E. Lynn Harris is a former IBM computer sales executive and a graduate of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. He is the author of four novels, including Invisible Life, Just As I Am, and the New York Times bestsellers And This Too Shall Pass and If This World Were Mine. In 1996, 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 the 1997 NAACP Image Award and won the James Baldwin Award for Literary Excellence. Harris's column, "For All I Know," debuted in The Advocate in May 1998. He divides his time between Chicago and New York, where he is working on his memoirs.
Published January 14, 2003 by Broadway Books. 828 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Veteran editor Golden (The Edge of Heaven, 1998, etc.), president and founding director of Hurston/Wright, writes that “The African American writer has, of necessity, been visionary and witness, a channel for an individual sense of story even while recognizing that for Black people in America, wr...

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Erica Doyle, whose brief but potent "Fortune" hints at a love affair between two Trinidadian women, while Bryan Gibson's epistolary tour de force "Fear of Floating" features a housing project resident who inadvertently becomes a kind of therapist to his troubled neighbors.

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Harris generously credits far-flung friends who have provided ideas and recipes and sometimes re-creates their notes on the dishes, as in a letter from Chef Fritz Blank of Deux Cheminées restaurant in Philadelphia that arrived with his recipe for Pepperpot Soup with Seafood and Pumpkin.

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