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Brazos Valley Reads

Brazos Valley Reads (BVR) is a community effort organized by Texas A&M University’s Department of English with extensive support from various groups in the University and the community. The program was started in 2005 to encourage bridge building between Texas A&M’s students and staff and the Brazos Valley community at large. Over the years, BVR has invited internationally recognized authors including Geraldine Brooks, Ernest Gaines, Sandra Cisneros, Tim O’Brien, Sherman Alexie, Maxine Hong Kingston, Julia Alvarez, Colson Whitehead, and Elizabeth Acevedo to College Station for a public reading and to meet with members of the community.

The Department of English at Texas A&M University is pleased to present the 2022 Brazos Valley Reads keynote speaker Attica Locke discussing "Bluebird, Bluebird and the Souls of Black Texans."

Locke will speak to the Brazos Valley community on April 6th, 2022 via Zoom from 7-8 PM CDT. The event is a free webinar open to the public, but online registration is required here. Once registered, you will receive a direct email link to connect to the webinar on April 6th. Additional reminders will be sent leading up to the event, including the day before the presentation. The Zoom application is required to enjoy this presentation.

Attica Locke’s latest novel Heaven, My Home (September 2019) is the sequel to Edgar Award-winning Bluebird, Bluebird. Her third novel Pleasantville was the winner of the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction and was also long-listed for the Bailey’s Prize for Women’s Fiction. The Cutting Season was the winner of the Ernest Gaines Award for Literary Excellence. Her first novel Black Water Rising was nominated for an Edgar Award, an NAACP Image Award, as well as a Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and was short-listed for the Women’s Prize for Fiction.  A former fellow at the Sundance Institute’s Feature Filmmaker’s Lab, Locke works as a screenwriter as well.  Most recently, she was a writer and producer on Netflix’s When They See Us and the also the Hulu adaptation of Little Fires Everywhere and the upcoming Netflix adaptation of From Scratch. A native of Houston, Texas, Attica lives in Los Angeles, California, with her husband and daughter. For more information about Attica Locke and her work, please visit her official website.

Brazos Valley Reads 2022 is organized & sponsored by the Texas A&M University Department of English with additional support from LAUNCH Undergraduate Research, Honors, and Learning Communities, The Eagle, Barnes & Noble Bookstore, Clara B. Mounce Public Library, and Larry J. Ringer Library. Arrangements for the appearance of Attica Lock made through HarperCollins Speakers Bureau, NY, NY.