Just read that bestselling author Bebe Moore Campbell has died. (NY Times article).
She wrote many novels that I've enjoyed, such as Brothers and Sisters, 72-Hour Hold, Your Blues Ain't Like Mine, and others.
I got to meet Bebe Moore Campbell once, very briefly, during the West Hollywood Book Fair in Fall 2005. Very classy, intelligent, a great speaker, and someone I looked up to as a writer.
She's in that class of black writers from the early-to-mid 1990s, such as Terry McMillan, E. Lynn Harris, Eric Jerome Dickey, Connie Briscoe, who inspired and made me believe pursuing a literary career was possible.
Definitely made an impact.