U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor Stops by Walnut Hills High School to Discuss Her New Childrens' Book

The free event from Joseph-Beth Booksellers is currently sold-out

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Sonia Sotomayor
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor is stopping by Cincinnati to promote her new kids’ book, Just Ask! Be Different, Be Brave, Be You.

Hosted by Joseph-Beth, the event will feature a discussion of the book in which Sotomayor, the first Hispanic and Latina Justice, discusses how our differences make us unique.

In Just Ask!, children work to build a community garden with assorted plants and flowers and inquire about each other’s differences.

Sotomayor was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when she was a child and in this NPR interview, recalls a time when someone assumed she was injecting drugs in a bathroom when she was in fact giving herself an insulin shot:

Sotomayor stopped, turned around, and said: "Madam, I am not a drug addict. I am diabetic, and that injection you saw me give to myself is insulin. It's the medicine that keeps me alive. If you don't know why someone's doing something, just ask them. Don't assume the worst in people."

That interaction helped inspire her book, which is available in English and Spanish.

The free signing and discussion at Walnut Hills High School is currently "sold-out," but call the bookstore at 513-396-8960 for book purchasing options.

7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4. Free. Walnut Hills High School, 3250 Victory Parkway, Evanston, josephbeth.com.

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