BOOKSMITH: Kate Schatz & Miriam Klein Stahl in conversation with Marisa Lagos / Rad American History A-Z: Movements and Moments that Demonstrate the Power of the People

Tuesday, March 10, 2020 - 7:00pm

front cover of Rad American History A-ZBooksmith hosts Kate Schatz and Miriam Klein Stahl for their new book, Rad American History A-Z: Movements and Moments that Demonstrate the Power of the People. They'll be in conversation with KQED's Marisa Lagos. Please join us!

From the New York Times bestselling team behind Rad American Women A-Z comes an illustrated collection of radical and transformative political, social, and cultural movements in American history.

“An engaging, fascinating, and necessary book that speaks truth to power.” – Congresswoman Barbara Lee

In Rad American History A-Z, each letter of the alphabet tells the story of a significant moment in America’s progressive history–one that isn’t always covered in history classes: A is for Alcatraz, and the Native occupation of 1969; C is for the Combahee River Raid, a Civil War action planned in part by Union spy Harriet Tubman; Z is for Zuccotti Park, and the Occupy movement that briefly took over the world. 

Paired with dynamic paper-cut art by Miriam Klein Stahl, the entries by Kate Schatz explore several centuries of politics, culture, art, activism, and liberation, including radical librarians, Supreme Court cases, courageous youth, punk rocker grrrls, Southern quilts, and modern witches. In addition to the twenty-six core stories, short sidebars expand the discussion, and dictionary-style lists refer readers to additional key moments. So while F is for Federal Theater Project, a New Deal-era program that employed thousands of artists, F is also for Freedom Rides and First Amendment. E is for Earth First!, but also for Endangered Species Act and Equal Rights Amendment. 

There are tales of triumph, resilience, creation, and hope. Each engaging, fact-filled narrative illustrates an eye-opening moment that shows us how we got to now–and what we need to know about our histories to create a just and sustainable future.

“I wish I’d had Rad American History A–Z when I was growing up; it’s a book I hope to read to my children one day. In such chaotic political times, this is a critical tool for young people to know how change happens, and to know that they, too, can make change happen. This book belongs on all library shelves as a transformative approach to history as we know it.”– Alicia Garza, cofounder of Black Lives Matter Global Network

photo of Kate Schatz courtesy of the artistKate Schatz is a feminist writer, activist, and educator. With illustrator Miriam Klein Stahl, she is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Rad American Women A–Z and Rad Women Worldwide, as well as My Rad Life: A Journal and Rad Girls Can. Kate is the co-founder of Solidarity Sundays, a nationwide network of feminist activist groups, and she speaks often about politics, resistance, feminism, race, parenting, and more.

Miriam Klein Stahl by Casey OrrMiriam Klein Stahl is an artist, educator, and activist. She is the illustrator of the New York Times bestsellers Rad American Women A–Z and Rad Women Worldwide, as well as My Rad Life: A Journal and Rad Girls Can. In addition to her work in printmaking, drawing, sculpture, and paper-cut and public art, she is also the co-founder of the Arts and Humanities Academy at Berkeley High School, where she has taught since 1995. Photo by Casey Orr. 

photo of Marisa LagosMarisa Lagos is a correspondent for KQED’s California Politics and Government Desk and co-hosts a weekly show and podcast, Political Breakdown. At KQED, Lagos conducts reporting, analysis and investigations into state, local and national politics for radio, TV and online. Every week, she and co-host Scott Shafer sit down with political insiders on Political Breakdown, where they offer a peek into the lives and personalities of those driving politics in California and beyond. Previously, she worked at the San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Examiner and Los Angeles Times. Lagos was nominated for a Peabody and won several other awards for her work investigating the 2017 wildfires. In 2011, she won a special award for extensive and excellent work in covering California justice issues from the National Council on Crime and Delinquency. A UC Santa Barbara graduate, she lives in San Francisco’s Bernal Heights neighborhood with her two sons and husband.

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Rad American History A-Z: Movements and Moments That Demonstrate the Power of the People (Rad Women) By Kate Schatz, Miriam Klein Stahl (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Kate Schatz, Miriam Klein Stahl (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781984856838
Availability: Out of Stock - Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Ten Speed Press - March 3rd, 2020