The Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction, presented by the University of Alabama Law School and the ABA Journal, will be given to Attica Locke. The prize, established by Harper Lee, author of To Kill a Mocking Bird, honors a novel that best illuminates the role of lawyers in society and their power to effect change. The winner receives a cash prize and a signed copy of To Kill a Mocking Bird.
Locke is being honored for her book Pleasantville (Harper, 2015). The novel is about a murder of a campaign staffer of a mayoral candidate case in Houston. Locke will be honored this September at a ceremony at the Library of Congress.
Locke is a graduate of Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. She is a writer and a producer for Fox Television’s hit drama Empire.