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Author Attica Locke Visits Gaines Center Tuesday, April 5

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The Ernest J. Gaines Center and the Paul and Lulu Hilliard Art Museum are pleased to announce that Attica Locke, 2013 Gaines Award Winner and writer and producer for the Fox hit television show Empire, will be giving two book talks in April on the University of Louisiana at Lafayette campus.

Locke’s first novel, Black Water Rising, was nominated for an Edgar Award, an NAACP Image Award, and was short-listed for the prestigious Orange Prize in the U.K. Her second novel, The Cutting Season, won the Gaines Award for Literary Excellence, and her latest novel, Pleasantville, was short-listed for the CWA Dagger Award. Locke is a former fellow at the Sundance Institute’s Feature Filmmaker’s Lab and worked as a screenwriter before becoming a novelist. She has penned scripts for many major studios such as Paramount, Warner Bros. and Disney.

Locke will read her latest novel, Pleasantville, on Tuesday, April 5, 2016, at 2 p.m., at the Ernest J. Gaines Center on the 3rd floor.

On Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at 6 p.m., Locke will read from The Cutting Season at the Lulu Hilliard Art Museum, with both talks featuring a question and answer period after.

Both events are free and open to the public. Visitors may park in the Girard Park Circle Parking Garage.

For more information, contact Cheylon K. Woods, Director of the Ernest J. Gaines Center, at