Romance, Historical, Contemporary, Paranormal, Young Adult, Book reviews, industry news, and commentary from a reader's point of view Announces Its Winners

banksla9490.jpgEssence held its first annual Literary Award ceremony last night. The Storyteller of the Year Award was given to LA Banks, author of the Vampire Huntress series. The Storyteller of the Year award is voted on by the ESSENCE readers.

It has awarded the The Pirate’s Daughter by Margaret Cezair-Thompson its first ever Essence Literary Award for fiction.

Terry McMillan was given the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award. There was a certain synergy in this award since McMillan had won ESSENCE’s first ever college-writing contest in 1974.

All other winners can be seen at the site.

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. Seressia
    Feb 09, 2008 @ 00:56:20

    Major congrats to LA Banks. She deserves it, and it couldn’t have happened to a nicer woman.

  2. Barbara B.
    Feb 09, 2008 @ 07:51:35

    Thanks for the info, Jane. Very interesting.

  3. Kristen
    Feb 09, 2008 @ 09:09:53

    CONGRATS to LA! I agree there’s not a nicer chick in the biz.

  4. roslynholcomb
    Feb 09, 2008 @ 13:52:16

    Woot! Woot! I don’t normally do the neck biters, but I do like hers.

  5. Angela
    Feb 10, 2008 @ 04:09:46

    Yeah L.A.! Love her VHL series!

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