EventsJust Help! How to Build a Better World with author U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor

Just Help! How to Build a Better World with author U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM


Join Chicago Public Library in welcoming U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor to celebrate the release of her new children's book, Just Help: How to Build a Better World. The book is also available in Spanish as ¡Solo Ayuda!: Como construir un mundo mejor. 

Sotomayor will appear in conversation with award-winning Chicago author and sociologist of education Dr. Eve L. Ewing. Sotomayor will discuss her life, writing, and inspiration behind her latest book, Just Help! In this story inspired by her own family's desire to help others, Sonia Sotomayor takes young readers on a journey through a neighborhood where kids and adults, activists and bus drivers, friends and strangers all help one another to build a better world for themselves and their community. 

Sotomayor will answer questions submitted in advance during a Q&A portion of the event. To submit questions for the event, please email to and include your name and age. Questions from children are encouraged. All questions must be received by January 28 to be considered.

The Book Cellar is CPL's bookstore partner for this event. If you would like to purchase a signed copy of the book, visit their website to buy signed copies of Just Help! / Solo Ayuda! or Sotomayor's other books including Turning Pages, My Beloved World and Beloved World of 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 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 to ever hold such a high position. She is the author of Turning Pages, My Beloved WorldThe Beloved World of Sonia Sotomayor and Just Ask!

Dr. Eve L. Ewing is a sociologist of education and a writer from Chicago. She is the award-winning author of four books: the poetry collections Electric Arches and 1919, the nonfiction work Ghosts in the Schoolyard, and most recently a novel for young readers, Maya and the Robot. She is the co-author (with Nate Marshall) of the play No Blue Memories: The Life of Gwendolyn Brooks. She has written several projects for Marvel Comics, most notably the Ironheart series as well as Marvel Team-Up and Champions. Ewing is an assistant professor at the University of Chicago Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice. Her work has been published in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New York Times, and many other venues. Currently she is working on her next book, Original Sins: The (Mis)education of Black and Native Children and the Construction of American Racism, which will be published by One World.

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