Cell at Eastern State

Cell at Eastern State

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Fundraiser for Leslie "LA" Banks

Come on out to a unique Writers’ Bash on Saturday, August 6th, beginning at 7 p.m. and going on till closing at Smokey Joe’s bar located at 208 S. 40th Street in University City on the University of Pennsylvania campus. You can just show up, or reserve your spot now by clicking here.

At the bash, enjoy music and munchies, discounted drinks, and chances to bid on amazing silent auction items including full manuscript critiques by top New York literary agents and editors! (*Just added to auction list: scholarship to the Backspace Conference in NY!) Admission to the event, which is sponsored by the Liars Club, is $20, $10 for college students with I.D. All proceeds go toward the expenses of ill author, Liars Club member and wonderful friend Leslie Esdaile Banks (who writes under the name L.A. Banks). Leslie is battling a rare cancer.


Leslie (L.A. Banks), a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author, has written over 40 novels and 21 novellas. She was honored by the University of Pennsylvania Black Alumni Society as “A Living Legend,” and Mayor Nutter appointed her to the Philadelphia Free Library Board as a commissioner on the Mayor’s Commission on Literacy. In 2010, as a single mom and freelancer faced with a massive increase in her insurance bills, she fired off an eloquent email to the White House. President Barack Obama took notice, and Leslie had the distinct honor of introducing the President when he came to Philadelphia to talk about health care reform.

Ironically, just a few months ago Leslie learned she had late stage adrenal cancer, and that her insurance is inadequate, leaving her family facing massive expenses. Please come out for our event - you can meet some great local writers, network with agents and editors, and support an amazing Philadelphia native. Leslie is a University City resident, and a Penn and Temple graduate. “She’s truly one of our own,” Maberry says, “and we hope everyone will come out in full force to Smokey Joe's on the Penn campus to honor this amazing woman and help her family at this difficult time.”

Monday, July 4, 2011

Guest Blogging and Great News

I have another post over at The Abbot Gran Old Tyme Medicine Show. This time it's about Alice Crimmins, called The Medea of Kew Gardens. Check it out!

Also got some great news this week: We sold the film rights to Dope Thief. I think it'll be a lot of fun watching the process of the books being adapted for film.

More details soon!