- a cultural touchstone of Black Literature, Eric Jerome Dickey died of cancer at the age of 59. His novels touched on more intimate and everyday moments of life featuring Black characters and his work has inspired a lot of young Black writers over the last few decades.
- interesting tidbit of trivia: he was software developer before changing career into standup comedy and then writing
Though I never read his work, when I was a little kid, I had vivid memories of my mother and her friends or at the hair salon and the lively discussions about his books, talking about "did you get the new one?", "did you finish it?" we gotta talk about it." Rest in Peace to a literary giant.