Many of you are familiar with Leslie, or L.A. Banks, through her wonderful books.  You might have also gotten to know her at conventions, or through our interview with her, or at the recent Wildclaw/DCA panel on Women in Horror.  She was a classy lady with an infectious spirit…filled with love, humor, kindness, and toughness as well.  We loved her and based on her rabid and loyal fan base, you loved her too.  She will be sorely missed.

There is a nice remembrance article in her hometown newspaper.  Please read it and consider hitting the memorial event for her or donate to help her family with the medical bills.

The event details….

The Liars Club is sad to report that our dear friend Leslie lost her battle with cancer and passed awayon August 2nd. Please join us at the Writers’ Bash to celebrate her life, her laughter, and her hugs. All funds will now go toward her family’s needs.

The Writers’ Bash is a benefit for New York Times bestselling author and Philadelphia native L.A. Banks. Come out and enjoy $2 beers, $3 wines, great music and tasty munchies. If you are a writer, you must be at this event. Meet bestselling authors and bid on great silent auction items such as manuscript critiques by leading editors and literary agents. But most of all, just be there. Why? Because our friend Leslie “L.A.” Banks, the woman who introduced President Obama when he came to Philadelphia to speak out for healthcare, fought her own healthcare battle. And by spending just a little at this event, we can all help Leslie’s family a lot.

Writers’ Bash
A Benefit For L.A. Banks
Saturday August 6th, 7 pm
Smokey Joe’s Bar
208 S. 40th St., Philadelphia
$20 admission – $10 for college students (with ID) 

All Writers’ Bash proceeds go toward the final expenses of author and Liars Club member L.A. Banks. Silent Auction items include manuscript critiques; ebook and print-on-demand manuscript design services; tickets and a backstage tour for Jersey Boys on Broadway; full scholarships to writer’s conferences; and signed books by New York Times bestselling authors such as Charlain Harris, Heather Graham and Sherrilyn Kenyon. Tickets are available at the door, but they’re going fast, so order yours now. For more information or to donate, Click here.