Colin Higgins wrote Harold and Maude as the companion novel to the cult movie classic of the same name in 1971. The book tells the story of the love that blossoms between a 19-year-old boy who’s obsessed with death and a 79-year-old woman who’s bursting with life.
Higgins was an openly gay author, screenwriter, and director best known for writing and directing Foul Play (1978), 9 to 5 (1980), and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982). In 1985, he established the Colin Higgins Foundation for the fight against HIV and AIDS and the betterment of LGBT lives. The foundation has donated over $3 million to over 340 groups, including GLSEN and the Trevor Project, as well as providing a decade of scholarships. All royalties for this novel will be received by The Colin Higgins Foundation. Details: colinhiggins.org.—Bradley Donalson