Leslie Esdaile Banks passed away this week. I heard about it when it first happened. I live in New Hope, Bucks County, PA, and it’s a northern suburb of Philly. So I keep in touch with a lot of local authors. I also have a great eye doctor near Penn Presbyterian, not far from U of Penn, and Ms. Banks didn’t live far from there. It’s a close community, and sad news like this spreads fast.
I haven’t posted until now because I was waiting for solid information and details. I hate putting anything down in writing unless I have all the facts and the reputable sources.
Here’s a link to Ms. Banks’s web site, and below is the announcement. There’s going to be a celebration of her life on Saturday, August 6th, at Smokey Joe’s Bar at the U of Penn campus on 208 S. 40th Street. I have a prior commitment that day. But it’s in Philly and I’m hoping I can get a chance to stop in later that evening.
My heart goes out to all her family and friends. And also to her readers. She’s going to be missed, both locally here in the Philly area and internationally.
Aug 2, 2011
It is with profound sadness that I announce that Leslie Esdaile Banks, our Queen literary passed this morning. I will share details of funeral arrangements as soon as they become available.
Leslie Esdaile Banks FanClub