The Houston Public Library invites you, your friends and neighbors to an ongoing author series where you will meet well-known authors from several genres.
Wednesday, February 13, 2013 | 6 PM
Julia Ideson Building | 550 McKinney St., 77002
Join us for as special visit from Attica Locke, who will discuss and sign copies of her latest novel, The Cutting Season.
Caren Gray manages Belle Vie, a sprawling antebellum plantation that sits between Baton Rouge and New Orleans. The estate's owners have turned the place 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. As the investigation gets under way, the list of suspects grows. But when fresh evidence comes to light and the sheriff's department zeros in on a person of interest, Caren has a bad feeling that the police are chasing the wrong leads.
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.