Attica Locke

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Attica Locke
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Author Attica Locke
Born 1974 (age 43–44)
Houston, Texas, United States
Language English
Nationality American
Genre Fiction, television, film
Website
atticalocke.com

Attica Locke (born 1974 in Houston, Texas) is an American author of fiction and television. She was a writer for the television series Empire.[1]

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 in 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).

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.

Bibliography

Awards

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

Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction, 2016 Pleasantville - the award sponsored by the University of Alabama School of Law and the [[ABA Journal

|American Bar Association Journal]].

Nominations

For The Cutting Season:

For Black Water Rising:

References

  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
  6. ^ "Harper Collins Publishers". 
  7. ^ "Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction Announces 2016 Longlist".
  8. ^ Indiebound.org

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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