Bestselling author to discuss black sexuality Feb. 18 at Vanderbilt University

New York Times best-selling author L.A. Banks will be at Vanderbilt University on Thursday, Feb. 18. Banks will address the Black Student Alliance on a panel about black sexuality during the group’s weekly lunchtime gathering.

Banks has penned more than 35 novels and 12 novellas in a wide range of genres, including the (Black) Vampire Huntress series and the Soul Food series. She is the recipient of the 2008 Essence Magazine Storyteller of the Year Award, as well as the 2008 Best 50 Women in Business Award for the State of Pennsylvania.

The panel on black sexuality will be held at noon in the Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center auditorium. The event is free and open to the public. Banks will hold a reading and book signing immediately afterwards.

Banks is currently penning a 12-book Vampire Huntress Legend series for St. Martin’s Press that Publishers Weekly calls “a scorchingly hot-blooded vampire series.” She recently started a new werewolf series, Crimson Moon Novels and plans on moving into graphic novels for the Vampire Huntress Legends series, as well as a young adult paranormal “she”roes and heroes series.

The Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center provides educational and cultural programming on the African and African American experience for the Vanderbilt and Nashville communities. The Center represents one of Vanderbilt’s numerous efforts at acknowledging and promoting diversity. For more information about the center, visit

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