MERCED — UC Merced's African Diaspora Graduate Student Association invites the public to a reading by poet and playwright Judy Juanita.
On June 4, Juanita will read from her debut novel "Virgin Soul" at Merced's Multicultural Arts Center, 645 W. Main St., from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
There will be a book signing and reception after the reading, according to a news release.
"Virgin Soul," published by Viking Press, recounts the story of Geniece, an undergraduate who joins the Black Panthers. "Virgin Soul" is the moving tale of one young woman's life spinning out of the typical and into the extraordinary during one of the most politically and racially charged eras in America.
"Virgin Soul" will resonate with readers of Monica Ali and Ntozake Shange, the release said.
In the late 1960s, Juanita was a college undergraduate in the Bay Area and editor of a Black Panther Party newspaper.
Juanita's poetry and fiction have been published widely, and her plays have been produced in the Bay Area and New York City. She has taught writing at Laney College in Oakland since 1993.
For more information, contact Kim McMillon at firstname.lastname@example.org.