How to See Sonia Sotomayor at the Texas Book Festival

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor will be in conversation about her new picture book, Just Ask! Be Different, Be Brave, Be You in the House Chamber at the Texas Book Festival on Sunday, October 27 at 11:30AM. Afterwards, she will sign books.

Please read all of the below information if you would like to attend the event or book signing.

The Speaking Portion of the Event

Seating for the speaking portion of the event in the House Chamber is free and is first come, first served. Seating is limited.

Admission to the House Chamber does NOT guarantee a spot in the signing line. 

Doors to the Capitol building will open at 9:00AM on Sunday 10/27. Doors to the House Chamber will open at 11:00AM.

We do expect this event to fill up. Staff and volunteers will monitor the line for the speaking portion of the event and will cut it off when we reach capacity.

The Book Signing

Following the Conversation, Sotomayor will sign copies of her new book, Just Ask!/¡Solo pregunta!, inside the Capitol. Additionally, she will also sign copies of her other authored books. Spots in the signing line are limited.

Wristbands are required to join the signing line. Wristbands will only be distributed to attendees who have a copy of Just Ask!/¡Solo pregunta!

We will begin to distribute wristbands in the Adult and Children’s Book Sales Tents when the Festival opens on Saturday 10/26 at 10:00AM. Wristbands will be available until they run out. 

Books will only be available for purchase in BookPeople Sales Tents. They will NOT be available inside the Capitol. If you would like to buy a book and receive a wristband, you must do so in advance in the BookPeople Sales Tents. Both the Spanish and English editions of the book will be available.

Wristbands are first come, first served. We will make an announcement on our website and social media when we run out of wristbands. In order to join the signing line on Sunday 10/27, you must be wearing a wristband and have a copy in hand of Just Ask!/¡Solo pregunta!

Additional Information

If it’s important to you to have a book signed, we strongly recommend coming to the Festival on Saturday 10/26 to pick up a wristband. Again, only people who have a copy of Just Ask!/¡Solo pregunta! will be given a wristband and permitted in the signing line. 

There are four entrances to the Capitol: North, East, West, and South. The South entrance facing 11th Street is the busiest, so try another entrance if you see long lines.

Photography and video recording will NOT be permitted during the speaking or signing.

The Texas Book Festival’s presence in the Capitol is a privilege. Please respect all Capitol rules. No food or drink. Please keep all food and water/drink bottles tucked away in your purse or backpack.

If you have questions, please contact the Texas Book Festival: 512-477-4055