AtticaLocke

ABOUT ATTICA LOCKE

Attica Locke is the 2013 winner of the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence for her second novel, The Cutting Season, published by Dennis Lehane books. A national bestseller, The Cutting Season was also named an Honor Book by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association and long-listed for the Chautauqua Prize. Her first novel, Black Water Rising, was nominated for a 2010 Edgar Award, an NAACP Image Award, as well as a Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and was short-listed for the prestigious Orange Prize in the UK (now the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction). A graduate of Northwestern University, Locke was a fellow at the Sundance Institute’s Feature Filmmakers Lab. She spent many years as a screenwriter, writing scripts for Paramount, Warner Bros, Disney, Twentieth Century Fox, Jerry Bruckheimer Films, HBO, and Dreamworks. She 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, she lives in Los Angeles with her husband and daughter.