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January 4, 2007

ULM alum signs copies of new book

Author Zeretha Jenkins, a ULM alum and Wossman High School graduate, is celebrating her new book “Walking by Faith: An Afro-American Trilogy – Revised Edition.” Jenkins, who graduated from ULM in 1981 with a B.A. in psychology, will sign copies of her book at two book stores in Shreveport.

On Jan. 5 from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m., she will appear at Barnes & Nobles, located at 6646 Youree Dr., and on Jan. 6 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., she will appear at Christian Life Tapes & Books, located at 8026 Jewella Ave.

Jenkins, who received an M.F.A. in dramatic writing from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, now resides in New York City.

Her new book is a collection of original plays highlighting the African-American experience that explores both the trials and triumphs of African-Americans. The book, which features a mixture of colorful characters that are educational, comical, and enlightening, consists of three plays: “Trial of the Race;” “Conversations with History;” and “Afro-Americans: Our Pride Is Showing Game Show.” The book stresses a critical and potent message that one’s history and present are invaluable gems that pave the way to one’s future and ultimate survival.

Micki Grant, an award-winning writer, actor and Grammy-winning composer, praised Jenkins’ new book. “Zeretha Jenkins is a writer after my own heart. In her Afro-American Trilogy, she educates while entertaining and entertains while giving us a history lesson. Her humor keeps you just enough off-kilter to keep you turning pages, or in your seat. It should be a welcome addition to school drama departments as well as to material hungry African-American theatre groups of all stripes.”

Copies of Jenkins new book are available at Blessings Bookstore and More in West Monroe, located at 2934 Cypress St., and at

For more information about her book, visit

To contact Zeretha Jenkins, e-mail her at

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