Ms. Banks wrote the The Vampire Huntress Legend series, and I first discussed her fiction in a piece called "The Indisputably Black Vampires of Jewelle Gomez, L.A. Banks, and Octavia Butler." That Examiner.com article includes video of Ms. Banks addressing a science fiction group in New Jersey.
If you follow HBO's vampire series True Blood, you may have also seen the author "featured as a speaker on the HBO Special on Vampire Literature and Legends as a prelude to the True Blood premier," according to her bio. That HBO special is also available on YouTube.
From Galley Cat's report:
Leslie Esdaile wrote many novels under different pseudonyms, but published her popular Vampire Huntress Legend series and the Crimson Moon series under the name of L.A. Banks. The writer will be honored at a memorial event on August 6th.That event was apparently planned before her death and was partly a fundraiser to help with the author's growing medical expenses as she battled adrenal cancer. See the Philadelphia Liars Club blog for more information about the gathering.
You may check the author's Facebook fan page and possibly her website for more information about the memorial or funeral arrangements. In addition, you may donate to the fund to help her family pay her medical expenses here.
This news has really shaken me because I didn't know Ms. Banks was ill.
Update, August 3: Her obituary at Philly.com.