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  During the month of March, we’re celebrating Women in Literature. Today’s #LitDiva is Bernice L. McFadden (@queenazsa). Bernice McFadden is the author of nine critically acclaimed novels including Sugar, Loving Donovan, Nowhere Is a Place, The Warmest December, Gathering of Waters (a New York Times Editors’ Choice and one of […]

Lit Diva Spotlight: Bernice L. McFadden



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Leslie Esdaile Banks (December 11, 1959 – August 2, 2011) was an American writer. She wrote in various genres, including African American literature, romance, women’s fiction, crime suspense, dark fantasy/horror and non-fiction. Leslie wrote under the pseudonyms LA Banks,Leslie Esdaile, Leslie Banks and Leslie Esdaile Banks. She won several literary awards, including the 2008 Essence Literary Awards Storyteller of the […]

Leslie Esdaile Banks, Story Teller