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“An Evening with…Author Attica Locke”

An African American History Month Presentation at the Houston Public Library

In celebration of African American History Month the Houston Public Library presents an “An Evening with…” award-winning author Attica Locke on Wednesday, February, 13, 2013 at 6 PM in the Julia Ideson Building, 550 McKinney, 77002. Locke will discuss and sign copies of her latest novel, “The Cutting Season.” This program is free and open to the public. For more details visit or call 832-393-1313.

About the Book
In“The Cutting Season” Caren Gray manages Belle Vie, a sprawling antebellum plantation that sits between Baton Rouge and New Orleans. The estate owners have turned the plantation into an eerie tourist attraction, complete with full-dress re-enactments and carefully restored slave quarters. Outside the gates, a corporation with ambitious plans has been busy snapping up land from struggling families and replacing local employees with illegal laborers. Tensions mount when the body of a female migrant worker is found in a shallow grave on the edge of the property, her throat cut clean. Caren has a bad feeling that the police are chasing the wrong leads. Putting herself at risk, she unearths startling new facts about an old mystery—the long-ago disappearance of a former slave—that has unsettling ties to the modern-day crime. In pursuit of the truth about Belle Vie’s history—and her own—Caren discovers secrets about both cases that an increasingly desperate killer will do anything to keep hidden.

About the Author
Attica Locke’s critically-acclaimed first novel, “Black Water Rising,” was nominated for an Edgar Award, an NAACP Image Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and a Strand Magazine Critics Award. It was also shortlisted for the prestigious Orange Prize and was a finalist for the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award. In addition to writing fiction, Attica has spent many years working as a screenwriter. She was a fellow at the Sundance Institute’s Feature Filmmakers Lab and is a graduate of Northwestern University. A native of Houston, Attica lives in Los Angeles, with her husband and daughter.

About African American History Month
Harvard-trained historian Carter G. Woodson (1875-1950) founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History in 1915 and Negro History Week in 1926 to promote research and awareness of contributions by people of African descent. In 1976, fifty years after the first celebration, the Association’s celebration was expanded to become Black History Month. Woodson originally choose the week in February which included the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, reflecting his belief that the history of African Americans was American history. The Association, now known as the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, honors Woodson with this year’s theme, “Black Women in American Culture and History.” For more information, go to the Association’s website

“An Afternoon with…” Pulitzer Prize Winning Author Isabel Wilkerson
Saturday, February 23 | 2 PM
Julia Ideson Building | Auditorium, 550 McKinney St., 77002 | 832-393-1662

Presented in partnership with the Houston Museum of African American Culture (HMAAC), the Houston Public Library hosts the annual HMAAC Spring Literary Lecture, featuring Pulitzer Prize winning author Isabel Wilkerson who will discuss “The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration.”

About the Book
In the tradition of works by Taylor Branch and J. Anthony Lukas, “The Warmth of Other Suns” chronicles a watershed event in American history: the decades-long migration of African Americans from the South to the North and West, from World War I through the 1970s—through the stories of three individuals and their families. Over a decade in the writing and research, and drawing on archival materials and over 1,200 interviews, “The Warmth of Other Sun” traces the lives of Ida Mae Gladney, George Starling and Robert Foster, from their difficult beginnings in the South, to their critical decisions to leave behind all they know and look for a better life in Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles.

About the Author
Isabel Wilkerson won the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing for her work as Chicago Bureau Chief of “The New York Times” in 1994, making her the first black woman in the history of American journalism to win a Pulitzer Prize and the first African American to win for individual reporting. Wilkerson also won a George Polk Award, a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship for her research into the Great Migration, and was named Journalist of the Year by the National Association of Black Journalists. She has lectured on narrative writing at the Nieman Foundation at Harvard University and has served as Ferris Professor of Journalism at Princeton University and as the James M. Cox Jr. Professor at Emory University. She is currently Professor of Journalism and Director of Narrative Nonfiction at Boston University. During the Great Migration, her parents journeyed from Georgia and southern Virginia to Washington, D.C., where she was born and reared. “The Warmth of Other Suns” is her first book.

About the Houston Public Library
The Houston Public Library (HPL) operates 35 neighborhood libraries, three HPL Express Libraries, a Central Library, the Houston Metropolitan Research Center, the Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research, The African American Library at the Gregory School, and the Parent Resource Library located in the Children’s Museum of Houston. Serving more than 4 million customers per year, HPL is committed to excellent customer service and equitable access to information and programs by providing library customers with free use of a diverse collection of printed materials and electronic resources, Internet, laptop and computer use, and a variety of database and reference resources with live assistance online 24/7.

For further information, visit the Houston Public Library at or call 832-393-1313.

Sandra Fernandez
Manager of Public Relations
Houston Public Library
832.393.1381; cell 713.435.9448

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