Meet Linda Beckstrom and Angalia Bianca, co-authors of “In Deep: How I Survived Gangs, Heroin, and Prison to Become a Chicago Violence Interrupter.”
“In Deep” has been nominated for 2019 best traditional Non-Fiction book of the Year by the Chicago Writers Association.
Angalia Bianca is one of Chicago’s foremost authorities on violence interruption and prevention. She has received international recognition and was honored by the City of Chicago. But, before all of that, she was a criminal, a master manipulator, a brilliant con artist. Bianca spent twelve years in prison for forgery, embezzlement, drug dealing, and theft. She crawled out of the deepest hole and, now, through her work with CeaseFire/Cure Violence, 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 life of grit and gang violence that seems inescapable. Her story is at once fascinating, terrifying, and ultimately full of hope.
Linda Beckstrom has built a successful freelance career as an executive speechwriter through her company, the Beckstrom Group, for over 25 years. In addition to coauthoring IN DEEP, released October 2, 2018 by Chicago Review Press, Linda has written a novel, FAÇADE, that she expects to be released in the next year. She is currently working on her third book. Linda has been writing short stories for many years, and is a Moth Story Slam winner, has appeared in the Moth Grand Slam, and in many other live storytelling events around Chicago. She lives in Chicago with her husband.