News | 20 March 2015

UC Santa Cruz alum writes first children’s book in City Lights’ 60-year history


“American history is filled with stories of brave and powerful men, but have you ever wondered where the women are?”

So begins Rad American Women A-Z: Rebels, Trailblazers, and Visionaries Who Shaped Our History…And Our Future, a new book for kids by UC Santa Cruz alumna Kate Schatz.

It features the stories of 26 women who have had a major impact on American life–from artists and abolitionists, to scientists and sports heroes, to rock stars and writers.

It also has the distinction of being the first children’s book published by San Francisco’s famed City Lights Publishers in the company’s 60-year history.

“I decided to write this book so that my daughter would have something fun, informative, and empowering to read when she was old enough,” said Schatz. “But the more I talked to friends about the idea, the more I felt their enthusiasm around it, and realized the legitimate need for a book like this.”

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