Ruth Bader Ginsburg Book of Essays and Speeches Lands at Simon & Schuster

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'My Own Words,' which will be published in January, is the Supreme Court Justice's first since taking a seat on the nation's top court in 1993.

Simon & Schuster has landed Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's upcoming nonfiction book, My Own Words.

The book, which will publish in January, is Ginsburg's first since becoming a Supreme Court Justice in 1993.

World rights were acquired by Alice Mayhew, vp and editorial director of Simon & Schuster, from ICM Partners' Esther Newberg.

The deal marks a career highlight for Newberg, one of the giants of the literary agency field, who attended the Court's abortion hearings in Washington last week and promptly signed Ginsberg.

My Own Words will feature a selection of essays and speeches by Ginsburg on wide-ranging topics, including gender equality, the inner workings of the Supreme Court, being Jewish, opera and the value of looking beyond U.S. shores when interpreting the U.S. Constitution.

Throughout her life, Ginsburg has been — and continues to be — a prolific writer and public speaker. The writings will be selected by her and her authorized biographers: Mary Hartnett, an adjunct professor at Georgetown Law; and Wendy W. Williams, a professor emerita at Georgetown Law.

Ginsburg will write an introduction to the book, and Hartnett and Williams will write introductions to each of the chapters, giving brief biographical context with quotes from a few of the hundreds of interviews they have conducted for their forthcoming biography of Ginsburg, which Simon & Schuster also will publish at a date to be determined.

"Simon & Schuster is proud and thrilled to publish My Own Words by Justice Ginsburg in anticipation of her authorized biography," Mayhew said. "Justice Ginsburg is one of the most important and articulate legal thinkers and interpreters in the country. She is also a witty and engaged writer and speaker, and I am personally delighted to have another opera lover onboard."

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