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Beverly Jenkins, slayer of words

RWA, like many other writers' organizations, has annual awards. The organization has also instituted a Lifetime Achievement Award, named after Nora Roberts (who outsells Stephen King on the regular).

Beverly Jenkins, who has published some 40+ books over the course of 25+ years*, is RWA 2017 Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award. The video below is from the livestreamed ceremony, cued to the beginning of her acceptance speech. It's well worth listening to.

"You have no idea what it means to be a descendant of a people who, by law, were denied access to the written word; and be here before you this evening as a celebrated, award-winning author. So now, here I stand, Beverly Elaine Hunter Jenkins. First of her name, descendant of slaves, daughter of Delores, slayer of words and the 2017 Recipient of RWA's Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award!"

Aside: Ms Jenkins is fundraising to make a movie based on her novel, Deadly Sexy. Here's a link to the fundraising page.

* Here's her Wikipedia page.
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