This event is open to the public, but tickets are required.*
Book purchase is not required to attend the event, but a copy of Just Ask! or ¡Solo pregunta! is required to join the signing line at the event. Books can be purchased with tickets and at the event.
East City Bookshop welcomes U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor discussing her new book, Just Ask! Be Different, Be Brave, Be You, with Carmen Iguina Gonzalez at Eastern High School. Having been diagnosed with diabetes as a child, Sotomayor uses her own experiences to write about kids with all sorts of challenges, and the special powers those children have as well.
The conversation will be followed by an audience Q&A and book signing. Attendees may submit questions when they arrive to the venue.
Those wishing to enter the signing line must have a copy of Just Ask! Be Different, Be Brave, Be You or ¡Solo pregunta! Sé Diferente, Sé Valiente, Sé Tú, the Spanish edition. In addition to signing these new books (required to enter the signing line), Sotomayor will also sign copies of her other books: My Beloved World, Mi Mundo adorado, Turning Pages, Pasando páginas, The Beloved World of Sonia Sotomayor, and El mundo adorado de Sonia Sotomayor. To ensure we get through everyone in the signing line, there will be no personalization and no photos with the author.
Those who pre-purchase a book but cannot attend the event may pick up their book at East City Bookshop starting at noon on September 22, the day following the event. You can also email us to arrange to have it shipped to you. Orders not picked up by 3 months after the event date will be forfeited.
To avoid distracting others during the event, photos and the use of recording or electronic devices will not be allowed. No large bags or backpacks are permitted into the event. All bags are subject to search.
If you require a sign language interpreter, please contact us at least seven (7) days before the event to make arrangements.
*A limited number of free tickets are available. If ticket price presents a hardship, please contact us for more information.
ABOUT JUST ASK!
Sonia Sotomayor and award-winning artist Rafael López create a kind and caring book about the differences that make each of us unique.
Feeling different, especially as a kid, can be tough. But in the same way that different types of plants and flowers make a garden more beautiful and enjoyable, different types of people make our world more vibrant and wonderful.
In Just Ask, United States Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor celebrates the different abilities kids (and people of all ages) have. Using her own experience as a child who was diagnosed with diabetes, Justice Sotomayor writes about children with all sorts of challenges--and looks at the special powers those kids have as well. As the kids work together to build a community garden, asking questions of each other along the way, this book encourages readers to do the same: When we come across someone who is different from us but we're not sure why, all we have to do is Just Ask.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Sonia Sotomayor was born in the Bronx, New York. She earned a BA from Princeton University and a JD from Yale Law School. She served as Assistant District Attorney in New York County, and then as a litigator at Pavia & Harcourt. In 1991, President George H.W. Bush nominated her to the US District Court, Southern District of New York. In 1997, President William Jefferson Clinton nominated her to the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. 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, becoming the first Latina Justice on the Court. She is the author of My Beloved World, Turning Pages, and The Beloved World of Sonia Sotomayor.
ABOUT THE MODERATOR
Carmen Iguina Gonzalez is an associate at Jones Day in its Issues & Appeals Practice, where she represents clients in complex trial and appellate matters before federal, state, and administrative courts. Carmen also maintains an active pro bono docket, representing asylum seekers in matters before the Immigration Courts and Board of Immigration Appeals. Before arriving at Jones Day, Carmen served as a law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Before arriving in D.C. for that clerkship, Carmen wasa staff attorney at the ACLU of Southern California, where she litigated landmark immigrants’ rights and criminal justice cases. Carmen received the 2014 Jack Wasserman Memorial Award from the American Immigration Lawyers Association and was named a 2016 California Lawyer of the Year. Carmen graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University and New York University School of Law, where she was a Root-Tilden-Kern Scholar, and was an Equal Justice Works Fellow. She was born and raised in Puerto Rico, and now lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband and son.