Mary Hartnett (co-author with Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Wendy W. Williams of My Own Words, and one of RBG’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.
ABOUT THE BOOKS:
I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark by Debbie Levy Get to know celebrated Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg–in the first picture book about her life–as she proves that disagreeing does not make you disagreeable
Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has spent a lifetime disagreeing: disagreeing with inequality, arguing against unfair treatment, and standing up for what’s right for people everywhere. This biographical picture book about the Notorious RBG, tells the justice’s story through the lens of her many famous dissents, or disagreements.
My Own Words by Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Mary Hartnett, Wendy W. Williams
The first book from Ruth Bader Ginsburg since becoming a Supreme Court Justice in 1993–a witty, engaging, serious, and playful collection of writings and speeches from the woman who has had a powerful and enduring influence on law, women’s rights, and popular culture.
My Own Words offers Justice Ginsburg on wide-ranging topics, including gender equality, the workways of the Supreme Court, being Jewish, law and lawyers in opera, and the value of looking beyond US shores when interpreting the US Constitution. Throughout her life Justice Ginsburg has been (and continues to be) a prolific writer and public speaker. This book’s sampling is selected by Justice Ginsburg and her authorized biographers Mary Hartnett and Wendy W. Williams. Justice Ginsburg has written an introduction to the book, and Hartnett and Williams introduce each chapter, giving biographical context and quotes gleaned from hundreds of interviews they have conducted. This is a fascinating glimpse into the life of one of America’s most influential women.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
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.
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.