Attica Locke

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Attica Locke
Author Attica Locke
Author Attica Locke
Born 1974 (age 44–45)
Houston, Texas, United States
Language English
Genre Fiction, television, film

Attica Locke (born 1974 in Houston, Texas) is an American author of fiction and television. In 2018 she won an Edgar Award for her fourth novel, Bluebird, Bluebird, a mystery featuring a black Texas Ranger as protagonist. She was a writer and producer for the television series Empire when she published her early novels.[1] Her first novel, Black Water Rising, was nominated for the Edgar and five other awards, including the short list of the Orange Prize.

Writing life

A graduate of Northwestern University, Locke was a fellow at the Sundance Institute's Feature Filmmakers Lab in 1999, studying screenwriting and directing.[2][3] She has written scripts for Paramount, Warner Bros., Disney, 20th Century Fox, Jerry Bruckheimer Films, HBO, and DreamWorks. She has most recently been a writer and producer on the Fox drama Empire.[4]

Her first novel, Black Water Rising, was nominated for a 2010 Edgar Award, an NAACP Image Award, and a Los Angeles Times Book Prize. It was shortlisted for the prestigious Orange Prize in the UK (now the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction).[5][6]

Her subsequent novels were The Cutting Season (2012), which won the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence; Pleasantville (2015) (longlisted for the 2016 Bailey's Women's Prize, and winner of the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction);[7] and Bluebird, Bluebird (2017), the winner of the 2018 Edgar Award for Best Novel. Locke is currently writing an adaptation of "Bluebird, Bluebird" titled "Highway 59" for FX.[8]

Personal life

Locke is a member of the academy for the Folio Prize in the UK and is also on the board of directors for the Library Foundation of Los Angeles.

A native of Houston, Texas, Locke lives in Los Angeles, California, with her husband and daughter.

She is member of the Writers Guild of America, West.



Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence 2013 - The Cutting Season, the award is sponsored by the Baton Rouge Area Foundation and was established in 2007 to honor Ernest Gaines' legacy.

Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction, 2016 - Pleasantville - the award is sponsored by the University of Alabama School of Law and the American Bar Association Journal.

Edgar Allan Poe Award 2018 for Best Novel of the Year - Bluebird, Bluebird


For The Cutting Season:

For Black Water Rising:


  1. ^ "Novelist Adds Fresh Perspective To Election Result Spin". NPR. November 9, 2016.
  2. ^ Lopez, Steve (July 19, 1999). "Sundance Summer". Time.
  3. ^ Weems, Wend, "Attica Locke on Murder and Race in East Texas", Publishers Weekly, July 7, 2017.
  4. ^ "About", Attica Locke website.
  5. ^ "Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction". Archived from the original on 2016-02-26. Retrieved 2016-02-12.
  6. ^ "Harper Collins Publishers".
  7. ^ "Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction Announces 2016 Longlist".
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External links

  • Attica Locke's website
  • Attica Locke on IMDb
  • "Q&A with Attica Locke", Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction.
  • Robert Birnbaum, "Attica Locke", The Morning News, November 29, 2012.
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