Next Book in 'Rad Women' Series Coming this Summer

Cover detail of 'Rad Girls Can' by Kate Schatz and Miriam Klein Stahl. (Miriam Klein Stahl)

The Bay Area-based duo behind the New York Times best-selling Rad Women books have announced the third installment in the series, Rad Girls Can, coming this summer.

Kate Schatz and Miriam Klein Stahl
Kate Schatz and Miriam Klein Stahl in 2018 (Casey Orr)

The new illustrated book from author Kate Schatz and artist Miriam Klein Stahl continues the theme of the series' previous titles: telling inspiring stories of accomplished women. In Rad Girls Can, all of the profiles are about "incredible girls who've done great things before the age of 20," according to Schatz.

"Some are from ancient history, some are now grown women, and many in the book are young women right now, in 2018, taking charge and leading the way in all kinds of fields," Schatz said.

Schatz said that she and Stahl didn't mean for their first book, 2015's Rad American Women A to Z, to kick off an entire series. A teacher and published author, Schatz says she initially collaborated on the book with Stahl, an artist and co-founder of the Arts and Humanities Academy at Berkeley High School, because Schatz wanted a book about empowered women for her daughter to read.

"But after its unexpected success, we quickly realized that we were on to something," Schatz said. "And that something is an ongoing desire for bold, honest, accessible books that celebrate diverse women and all they've done and can do."

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Schatz and Stahl went on to publish the second in the series, Rad Women Worldwide, the following year. It, too, became a bestseller. Last year, the pair released an illustrated journal called My Rad Life that "encourages its owners to think, create, reflect, and explore their own radness."

After the release of Rad Girls Can in July, Schatz and Stahl say they plan to work on more books. There's even hope that the series could be converted into a television show.

"That would be rad," Schatz said.

Schatz and Stahl celebrate the release of 'Rad Girls Can' at Laurel Book Store in Oakland on July 17, and at The Booksmith in San Francisco on July 19.

'Rad Girls Can' is released July 17.

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