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A Conversation with Houston Native, Novelist and Screenwriter Attica Locke

Locke talks about her love of writing legal fiction, her work on the Fox television series Empire, and her novel Pleasantville.

Attica Locke - Pleasantville Book CoverHouston native Attica Locke has written three crime novels and more than a dozen screenplays. But her biggest claim to fame so far has come as a writer for the Fox television series Empire.

We talk with Locke about the series and about efforts to engage viewers on important subject matter in the context of a primetime soap opera about a hip hop music and entertainment company.

We also discuss her book Pleasantville, which garnered her the American Bar Association Journal’s 2016 Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction.

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Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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