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US Supreme Court’s Sotomayor received $1.175 million book advance

By Lynn Herrmann     May 28, 2011 in Politics
Washington - US Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor reported she had received almost $1.2 million last year as an advance for writing a memoir, according to an annual disclosure filing detailing financial activities released on Friday
Sotomayor, the high court’s first Hispanic justice, will reveal in the memoir her rise from a childhood of Puerto Rican immigrants in a Bronx housing project through her journey in the Ivy League and ending with her place on the Supreme Court.
In a statement last July announcing the deal, Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group chairman and editor in chief Sonny Mehta said Sotomayor’s story “will prove an inspiration to readers around the world, according to the New York Times. Knopf described the book as a “coming-of-age memoir by an American daughter of Puerto Rican immigrants.”
Sotomayor was appointed by former President Bill Clinton to serve on the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, a position she held for 11 years. She was sworn in as the 111th Supreme Court justice in August 2009 in a high-profile ceremony which was the nation’s first such to be televised and brought with her more federal judicial experience than any justice in 100 years, the White House notes.
The book advance was $1.175 million, Wall Street Journal reports. A release date for the book, which will be written in English and Spanish, has yet to be set.
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