Multnomah County Library, Portland Community College to Host U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor Sept. 7

Shawn Cunningham
Director of Communications and Strategic Initiatives Multnomah County Library
Desk: 503.988.3097 | Cell: 503.781.5410

Kate Chester
Director, Public Relations and Community Engagement Portland Community College
Desk: 971.722.8233 | Cell: 503.296.9235

Cover of Just Ask!
PORTLAND, Ore. — August 26, 2019 — On Saturday, September 7, Multnomah County Library and Portland Community College will welcome U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor to Portland to celebrate the release of her new children's book, Just Ask! Be Different, Be Brave, Be You.

Members of the public are invited to a free event with Sotomayor at the Gymnasium at Portland Community  College, Sylvania Campus Saturday, September 7 at 5:30 pm. Free tickets are required for entrance and are available online.

The event will include a welcome and introduction from PCC President Mark Mitsui and Director of Libraries Vailey Oehlke, a conversation with Sonia Sotomayor moderated by iHeart Radio and KATU-TV lifestyle host Tra’Renee Chambers, followed by an audience Q&A and book signing.

Books will be available for purchase from Broadway Books at the event and for pre-sale online with tickets. People who wish to enter the signing line must have a copy of Just Ask! or ¡Solo pregunta!. Sotomayor will also sign her other authored books. No photographs or recordings will be permitted.

** All media interested in covering the event must RSVP here. **

Entry begins at 4:00 pm. Outside lineup begins at 2:30 pm. No re-entry is allowed. Oversized bags, backpacks, and shopping bags are not allowed, and all bags are subject to search.

About Just Ask! Be Different, Be Brave, Be You
U.S. Supreme Court Justice 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, Sotomayor celebrates the different abilities kids (and people of all ages) have. Using her own experience as a child who was diagnosed with diabetes, 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 Sonia Sotomayor
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 U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York. In 1997, President William Jefferson Clinton nominated her to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. President Barack Obama nominated her as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States on May 26, 2009, and she assumed this role August 8, 2009, becoming the first Latina to ever hold such a high position. She is the author of My Beloved World, Turning Pages, and The Beloved World of Sonia Sotomayor.