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To celebrate Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s 85th birthday, Mary Hartnett (co-author with RBG and Wendy W. Williams of My Own Words, and one of Justice Ginsburg’s authorized biographers) and Debbie Levy (author of I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark) will be in conversation about the delights and challenges of writing about Justice Ginsburg. They’ll share little-known anecdotes, big-picture issues, and how their two bestselling books, one for adults and the other for children, came about.
Mary Hartnett has been at Georgetown Law since 1998, first as Executive Director of the Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellowship Program (WLPPFP), and now as an Adjunct Professor of Law and Advisory Board Member of WLPPFP. Professor Hartnett is co-author, with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Wendy W. Williams, of My Own Words (Simon & Schuster, 2016) and together with Professor Williams is one of Justice Ginsburg’s authorized biographers. Prior to her positions at Georgetown, Professor Hartnett was of counsel to the international law firm Coudert Brothers. Professor Hartnett has a special interest in international women’s rights issues, having lived in Bahrain, Norway, Russia, Ireland, Latvia, Uzbekistan, and Georgia, and is the 2009 recipient of the American Bar Association’s Rasmussen Award for the Advancement of Women in International Law, and the 2005 recipient of the Grinnell College Alumni Award.
Debbie Levy is the award-winning author of nonfiction and fiction books for young people, including New York Times best-selling I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark, winner of the 2017 Sydney Taylor Book Award and 2016 National Jewish Book Award; and We Shall Overcome: The Story of a Song, a 2014 Jane Addams Award Honor Book and Bank Street College Best Book. She also wrote The Year of Goodbyes, a 2010 Sydney Taylor Honor Book and Kirkus Reviews Best Book. Her most recent book is Soldier Song: A True Story of the Civil War, a Publishers Weekly and Huffington Post Best Picture Book of 2017. Debbie is a former lawyer and newspaper editor, and lives in Maryland with her husband. www.debbielevybooks.com.