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Women's Museum of California

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Second Sunday Author Series with Sylvia Mendoza

Second Sunday Author Series with Sylvia Mendoza


Event Date:
Sunday, December 10 2017

What is the event about?

Second Sunday Author Series: Women’s Voices, Women’s Stories A Collaboration of the Women’s Museum of California and San Diego Writers, Ink 4:30-5:30 pm at the Women’s Museum, Barracks 16, Liberty Station, $5.00

This monthly series features women writers of fiction, nonfiction, memoir, poetry, and other genres who will read from or perform their work and engage in dialogues with audience members.

With the commitment to bring diverse voices and a variety of stories from local and visiting authors, the series will include both published and unpublished works from writers well known, unknown, and all the places in between. The occasional pairings of multiple voices for cultural and literary resonance will add another dimension to the series, the aim of which is to celebrate the diversity of women’s voices, provide a venue for literary expression, and acknowledge the importance and validity of every woman’s story, however it is told.

This month we welcome Sylvia Mendoza, author of Sonia Sotomayor: A Biography

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About the Author: 

Sylvia Mendoza is a writer, editor, and speaker on the Latino experience and gender issues. She has won several awards and distinctions for her writing and journalism, including first place in the 2014 International Latino Book Awards, first place in Non-fiction for The Book of Latina Women from the National Federation of Press Women, and first place for Non-Daily Reporting & Writing/Multicultural Stories from the Society of Professional Journalists. Mendoza has written for the Los Angeles Times, Writers’ Journal, Hispanic Outlook, and more. She has also been a featured speaker for the National Women’s History Project and has appeared on C-Span’s Book-TV, the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, Book Expo America, and The Essence of Latinas Tour.

About the Book: 

Arguably one of the most prominent US Supreme Court Justices at the moment, Sonia Sotomayor has paved her own way to enact profound changes and reforms, despite the obstacles that stood in her way. And she certainly has had her share of adversity: she was diagnosed with diabetes when she was just eight years old, lived in housing projects in the Bronx in her youth, and fought (and still is fighting) against blatant discrimination throughout her career. Now in her early 60s, Justice Sotomayor has already made history in being appointed to the Court as the first Latina justice, the third woman justice, and one of the three youngest justices in this position. 

In this new biography, journalist Sylvia Mendoza chronicles the true story of Sotomayor’s incredible journey in a narrative format. Readers will follow along to see how this powerhouse of a woman came to be who she is today, from growing up as a young girl reading Nancy Drew mysteries and learning to give herself insulin injections to attending school at Princeton, and finally to wearing the black robes of a Supreme Court Justice. Through courage, perseverance, and an indomitable spirit, Sotomayor proves that anyone can take hold of her own destiny if she works hard and stays true to herself