Los Angeles – ESSENCE Magazine best-selling author Terrance Dean is celebrating in Los Angeles with two special book signings in conjunction with his latest release, “Visible Lives: Three Stories In Tribute To E. Lynn Harris” (Dafina Books – May 2010) . “Visible Lives” is Dean’s literary tribute to his friend and mentor, the late E. Lynn Harris. Dean will autograph copies of “Visible Lives” on Monday, May 24th at 3:15pm at Cal State Los Angeles, in the Los Angeles Room A, 3rd Floor, U-SU at 5154 State University Drive. Then on Tuesday, May 25, the release date for “Visible Lives,” he will make an appearance from 7:30 pm to 9:00pm for the In The Meantime Book Club at Catch One in the Village Health Foundation Community Room at 4067 W. Pico Blvd.
New York Times Best-selling author E. Lynn Harris passed away in July of 2009. His novels about successful and glamorous black men with sexual identity conflicts, and the women and men who love them, made him one of the nation’s most popular writers. Dean’s own explosive debut, his memoir entitled Hiding In Hip Hop: On the Down Low in the Entertainment Industry – from Music to Hollywood (Atria/ Simon & Schuster May 2008) has positioned him as one of the entertainment industry’s most talked about authors of late. Bravely unmasking the deep secrets of a prominent gay sub-culture within not only the entertainment community, but within the confines of Hip Hop, Hiding in Hip Hop became the runaway sensation of the year.
“Visible Lives” is a powerful tribute to the late Harris in which three authors present new novellas in the genre E. Lynn helped to create. Dean conceived the idea and concept for the tribute book, “Visible Lives” and enlisted the contributions of fellow authors Stanley Bennett Clay and James Earl Hardy.
In “Visible Lives,” readers are introduced to three novellas House of John, The Intern and Is it Still Jood to Ya. In House of John, Jesse Templeton is a thirty-eight year old freelance photographer still reeling from a recent breakup with his live-in boyfriend Sean. He thinks he’s done with love -that is until finds he starts falling for a gorgeous local at an annual sex retreat in Santo Domingo. In The Intern, workaholic television executive Chase Kennedy finds himself drawn to the office’s new intern, sexy college student and basketball star Quincy Thornberry. Things couldn’t be going better until Chase learns that Quincy’s father may be the man he lost both his virginity and his heart to years prior. Lastly in Is It Still Jood to Ya?, actor Raheim Rivers is anxious to be reunited with his lover Mitchell Crawford after being away a long time. Uncertain about the future of their relationship, Raheim and Mitchell are forced to confront their issues and each other when a summer blackout strands them together in New York.
Author, speaker, educator and now advice columnist, Detroit native, Terrance Dean also pens a weekly feature for the Black Planet site, “Hello Beautiful” ( http://www.hellobeautiful.com ) entitled, “Straight, From Your Gay Best Friend,” which is also the title of his new highly anticipated advice book due out later this year from Agate/Bolden Books. Dean offers advice served with a mix of sass, wit, and humor to the thousands of women who write in seeking answers to everything from love, relationships, career, and family.
“I love Los Angeles,” proclaims Dean. “Its always been such a beautiful city and the energy here is infectious. I am looking forward to meeting and greeting everyone at the book signings and continuing the wonderful literary legacy of my great friend, E. Lynn Harris. I know he is smiling at the beauty of it all!”