Ernest Gaines Award en Writer Attica Locke Cuts Deep With Latest Thriller Attica Locke writes the kind of rooted-in-truth crime story that satisfies both your intellect and your need to have the hair on your neck stand up.<p>With only her second novel under her belt, she's won praise from other thriller writers like James Ellroy and George Pelecanos. And she just received another high honor: She was awarded the Ernest J. Wed, 29 Jan 2014 17:50:00 +0000 editor 21894 at THURSDAY: Gus Weill, Political Consultant, and Attica Locke, author of "The Cutting Season" <p>Jim Engster interviews political consultant Gus Weill about Senator David Vitter's intent to run for governor in 2015, and Attica Locke, winner of the 7th Annual Ernest Gaines Award, &amp; author of "The Cutting Season"</p><p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 16:33:27 +0000 Jim Engster 21610 at Author Pens Stories of African American Life in Rural North Carolina <p>Stephanie Powell Watts will be accepting this year’s Ernest Gains Award for Literary Excellence from the Baton Rouge Area Foundation.</p><p>Watts is being recognized for her collection of 10 stories, “We Are Taking Only What We Need," chronicling the lives of African Americans in rural North Carolina.</p><p>Watts writes from experience.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 16 Jan 2013 23:10:32 +0000 Ashley Westerman 4609 at Author Pens Stories of African American Life in Rural North Carolina THURSDAY: Superintendent John White, Author Stephanie Powell Watts <p>Jim talks with Stephanie Powell Watts, this year's recipient of the Ernest J. Gaines Award for literary excellence, for her book, "We Are Taking Only What We Need"</p><p>Louisiana Superintendent of Education John White&nbsp;discusses the many changes in Louisiana's public education system, and&nbsp;legal challenges some of those initiatives are facing.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><em> Wed, 16 Jan 2013 16:18:21 +0000 Jim Engster 4870 at