Join the American Writers Museum and the Chicago Public Library in welcoming U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor to celebrate the release of her two new children’s books, TURNING PAGES: My Life Story and THE BELOVED WORLD OF SONIA SOTOMAYOR.
Sotomayor will discuss her life story, from her birthplace in the South Bronx through her journey to become the first Hispanic and third woman appointed to the Supreme Court. Her picture book TURNING PAGES, vibrantly illustrated by Lulu Delacre, shares how Sotomayor’s life was shaped and propelled forward by her family, her own determination, and the books she read. THE BELOVED WORLD OF SONIA SOTOMAYOR is the middle grade adaptation of My Beloved World, her #1 New York Times-bestselling memoir. In sharing her own story, Sotomayor encourages children to read widely and dream big.
Following a discussion of the books with AWM Board Member and former U.S. Ambassador Carolyn Curiel, Sotomayor will answer questions submitted in advance during a Q&A portion of the event. To submit questions for the event, please e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions must be received by Oct. 1 to be considered.
WHEN: Friday, October 12th, 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: The Chicago Public Library’s Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State Street, Chicago IL 60605. This event will be held in the Winter Garden.
Free, non-ticketed admission to the event is first-come, first-seated. Signing line is ONLY available with book purchase. Books will be sold at the event. Sotomayor will not personalize books nor sign memorabilia. Personal photos are NOT allowed.
IMPORTANT: Please note that this is an after-hours event at the Harold Washington Library Center with limited seating. To obtain an entry ticket, guests must line up in order of arrival outside the Harold Washington Library Center's 401 S. Plymouth Court entrance doors, located on the west side of the building regardless of rain or inclement weather. Entry and ticketing begins at 5:30 p.m. and outside lineup begins no earlier than 3 p.m. If the Winter Garden fills to capacity, limited overflow seating will be available where guests will view the event by live simulcast. If you choose to leave the event after admittance, re-entry is not allowed. This event is limited to 700 total guests.
SONIA SOTOMAYOR was born in Bronx, New York. She earned a B.A. in 1976 from Princeton University, graduating summa cum laude and receiving the university’s highest academic honor. In 1979, she earned a J.D. from Yale Law School where she served as an editor of the Yale Law Journal. She served as Assistant District Attorney in the New York County District Attorney’s Office from 1979–1984. She then litigated international commercial matters in New York City at Pavia & Harcourt, where she served as an associate and then partner from 1984–1992. In 1991, President George H.W. Bush nominated her to the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, and she served in that role from 1992–1998. President Bill Clinton nominated her to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, where she served from 1998–2009. President Barack Obama nominated her as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court on May 26, 2009, and she assumed this role August 8, 2009.