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Truth in Fiction: Navigating History

Thursday, July 8, 2010
Episode Summary
Two brilliant young writers-both daughters of the 1960s and '70s civil rights, black power and feminist political movements-read and discuss the inspiriation for their fiction.

Participant(s) Bio
Attica Locke is a writer whose first novel, Black Water Rising, was nominated for a 2010 Edgar Award, a 2010 NAACP Image Award, as well as a Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Attica is also a screenwriter who has written movie and television scripts for Paramount, Warner Bros, Disney, Twentieth Century Fox, Jerry Bruckheimer Films, HBO, Dreamworks and Silver Pictures. She was a fellow at the Sundance Institute's Feature Filmmakers Lab and is a graduate of Northwestern University.

Danzy Senna's debut novel, Caucasia, was the LA Times Book of The Year and became an instant national bestseller. Her second novel Symptomatic was published in 2003, and her latest work is the memoir: Where Did You Sleep Last Night? A Personal History, in which she reconstructs a long-buried family mystery that illuminates her own childhood, her enigmatic father, and the power and failure of her parents' interracial union.