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When We Were Colored author in Manteca Sunday
Eva Ruthland, author of "When We Were Colored: A Mother's Story," will be at the Manteca Library for a book presentation. - photo by Photo Contributed
Eva Ruthland is a lady with class — and a story to tell.

The Sacramento woman is appearing in Manteca Sunday at the Manteca Library, 320 W. Center St., for a 3 p.m. presentation on her book “When We Were Colored: A Mother’s Story.”

Ruthland, 91, first published the book in 1964. It tells of raising her family as a struggling young mother during a time of rampant racial discrimination. One of the things she tried to do raising her children was to teach them to try and “not return hate with hate.”

The author is now legally blind. She will be in attendance, however, while her daughter Ginger Ruthland and granddaughter Eva Fields will make the presentation. The 168-page book, which was a finalist for the Benjamin Franklin award, will be sold for $12.95.

She has authored more than 20 novels and is currently working on a new memoir called “The Trouble With Being a Grandma.”

The presentation takes place in the McFall Room of the library.

It is part of the Stockton-San Joaquin County Library System’s celebration of Black History Month. The author will be appearing at all nine libraries including:

• Ripon, 333 W. Main St., Ripon, Saturday, Feb. 7, at 3 p.m.

• Weston Ranch, 1453 W. French Camp Road, Stockton, Saturday, Feb. 21, at 3 p.m.