Author Reading and Book Signing

FORMER CHARLOTTE JOURNALIST HOLDS BOOK SIGNING MARCH 2 CHARLOTTE- La Toya Hankins, former features editor of The Charlotte Post, will host a book signing and author reading March 2, 2014 at the Zetas of Charlotte, 4248 Beatties Ford Road, Charlotte, 27616. The event will start at 2 p.m. and admission is free. Hankins will be selling and reading from her novels, SBF Seeking and K:Rho-The Sweet Taste of Sisterhood. “I write because I refuse to let the world define me or refuse to acknowledge I and my sisters exist,” Hankins said. “I am a black lesbian sorority girl from a small Southern town. So many times, I don‘t see my stories presented and I feel I can‘t not let others speak for me when I have a voice to share. Hankins, a current resident of Raleigh, NC, focuses on life in North Carolina among African Americans females living for themselves instead of up to the standards of others. Her work has been described as “Waiting to Exhale with a side of grits and NC barbecue” and “School Daze” meets “Waiting to Exhale” by readers. Named as one of “Four Authors You Need to know” by Outlook Columbus, Hankins served as the featured speaker for the LGBT Center of Raleigh‘s Library One year anniversary program October 2012 and panelist for the Ladies of Literature workshop held in Atlanta September 2013. Her work has been added to permanent collection of various North Carolina library systems. “I‘m excited about holding my reading during the CIAA weekend. My first novel, SBF Seeking features a pivotal scene that takes places during the tournament and the main character‘s parents, sister, and best friends attending schools that play during the tournament,” Hankins said. “The CIAA weekend always fills the city was such energy. I am pleased to be able to participate by holding my reading and I hope to see many familiar faces in the place as well as some new ones.” Holding her first reading in Charlotte holds special meaning for Hankins. She began her journalism career in Gastonia at The Gaston Gazette then moved to The Charlotte Post. She also belonged and served as an officer of the Delta Zeta chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Hankins plans to donate a portion of book sales to the Zetas of Charlotte Foundation. For more information about Hankins, visit or follow her on Twitter @hankinslatoya. Review copies of her books can be obtained by emailing