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Gangbanger, cop and author speaks in October

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Author and police officer Mona Ruiz will speak in Woodland as part of Woodland Reads. Courtesy photo

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From page A3 | October 01, 2013 |

Mona Ruiz, the author of “Two Badges” — the story of her life as both a gangbanger and a cop — will visit local students and address the public on Thursday, Oct. 17.
The book covers Ruiz’s growing affiliation with a Santa Ana gang, her life as a gang member and her transition to becoming a cop in her hometown. Ruiz’s autobiography has been selected as the Woodland Reads 2013 community book selection.
Woodland Reads promotes communitywide reading events. Each year a book is selected for high school students, book club members and the community to read. Then the author visits Woodland to talk with readers.
Ruiz will talk to community members at an 11:30 a.m. luncheon at Woodland Community College, 2300 E. Gibson Road, and at a 7 p.m. presentation in the Leake Room of the Woodland Public Library, 250 First St. During school hours she will meet with Woodland and Pioneer high students.
The book title refers to the two badges that Ruiz wears: her police badge and a tattoo that is a reminder of where she has come from.
Books and luncheon tickets may be purchased at two Woodland stores: The Gifted Penguin, 716A Main St., 530-668-8215, and Terry’s Hallmark, 375 W. Main St., 530-666-4431. Books also are available at The Avid Reader in Davis, 617 Second St.
Woodland Reads provides copies of the book to area high schools with the support of local organizations and individuals. To date, Yocha DeHe Community Fund and Sunrise Rotary of Woodland have provided funding for “Two Badges.”

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