evamarie85 (evamarie85) wrote in multcolib,

90-year-old blind black female writer is having a booksigning this weekend

My grandma, Eva Rutland www.evarutland.com, just republished her memoir "When We Were Colored, a
Mother's Story." Originally published in 1964, it tells the story of a middle class black woman who grew up in Atlanta, GA before the Second World War, moved West after the war and raised her children in Sacramento, CA in the 1950s and 1960s. It is not the story of lynchings and sit-ins, it's the story of being the first black man in a prominent position previously all-white work place, the first black woman in the PTA, the first black child in the classroom. Grandma wrote the book while her kids were in school and she was worried about her children entering a newly integrated world that was a little scared of black children. In her book, Grandma tried to tell white mothers that her children were no different than their children, just as precious and just a vulnerable and to be nice to them. Eva Rutland is now 90-years-old and blind but she continues to write and has published over 20 novels.

She will be signing books in Portland on:

Saturday July 28th 4:00 PM
Talking Drum Bookstore
446 NE Killingsworth St.
Portland, OR 97211
(503) 288-4070

Sunday July 29th 6:30 PM
the Old Oregon Book Store
Located inside the Fine Arts Building
1017 SW Morrison, Ste 414
Portland, OR 97205
(503) 997-1980

Please come. It should be GREAT my grandmother is AMAZING!!!!
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