Lessons from a life reformed

Summary of author talk on 6/24

Summary of June 24, 2019 author talk of In Deep: How I Survived Gangs, Heroin and Prison to Become a Chicago Violence Interrupter

Compassion series

As part of our series on exploring compassion, co-authors Angalia Bianca and Linda Beckstrom read passages from their book In Deep: How I Survived Gangs, Heroin and Prison to Become a Chicago Violence Interrupter. They answered questions that revolved around how Bianca, whose mother left the house when she was five, became unmanageable and turned to a life of drugs and crime in order to feed her addictions and craving for the fast life. After spending over a total of 12 years in prison, Bianca turned her life around and came clean. She now leads a life dedicated to helping others, using her street sense and her networking skills to reach those in trouble. Co-author Linda Beckstrom met Bianca at a writer's workshop, and the two became close friends. She was struck that not only had Bianca reformed her life - in itself a feat - but how she has also dedicated herself to preventing violence by interrupting it. The receptive audience probed into many parts of Bianca's complex life.

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From the Chicago Review Press summary (publisher of In Deep ):

Before Angalia Bianca became one of Chicago's foremost authorities on violence interruption and prevention, receiving international recognition and a Resolution for Bravery from the City of Chicago, she was a criminal, a master manipulator, and a brilliant con artist. Bianca spent twelve years in prison for forgery, embezzlement, drug dealing, and theft. But now she has gone far beyond the expectations for recovery to a life of service fueled by an unrelenting determination to make a difference. Bianca was once a gang member; now she puts her life on the line to interrupt gang violence. For thirty-six years she was a heroin addict; now she mentors people in recovery. She was homeless; now she appears as an invited guest to speak at events across the country and around the world. Bianca crawled out of the deepest hole imaginable; now through her work with the renowned violence prevention group Cure Violence, she climbs back down to change lives.In Deep is a blunt, honest look at Bianca's life. Her mind-blowing stories take readers deep into a world of grit and gang violence that seems inescapable. Her story is at once fascinating, terrifying, and ultimately full of hope. Readers will be inspired by Bianca's escape from the depths of depravity, and by her commitment to those facing the worst that the city of Chicago has to offer.

Created by Mary Williams on Jun 26th, 2019 @ 12:31 PM.
Updated on Jul 3rd, 2019 @ 5:47 PM.