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Star Wars: Women of the Galaxy Book Coming Out in October

Jaime Herndon


Jaime Herndon finished her MFA in nonfiction writing at Columbia, after leaving a life of psychosocial oncology and maternal-child health work. She is a writer, editor, and book reviewer who drinks way too much coffee. She is a new-ish mom, so the coffee comes in extra handy. Twitter: @IvyTarHeelJaime

As a huge Star Wars fan, I love the fact that there’s literally a whole galaxy about which to learn—and within that galaxy, millions and millions of stories and characters. Each time I scratch the surface of something, it turns out there’s a whole world underneath, and then backstories to that world, too. It’s actually kind of mind-blowing to me, and I love that it’s a continuous process to learn more and more about something I love.

My favorite Star Wars character will always, always be Leia. To me, there would be no Star Wars without her. That being said, there are so many fascinating female characters, especially strong women: Ahsoka Tano, Padme Amidala, Maz Kanata, Rose Tico and her sister Paige, Captain Phasma, Jaina Solo, Korr Sella…I could really go on and on. Which is why I’m especially excited for the new book coming out in October from Chronicle Books, Star Wars: Women of the Galaxy, by Amy Ratcliffe.

star wars women of the galaxy cover

I may have audibly gasped when I saw the article, and then glimpsed the gorgeous cover done by Jen Bartel. The book will feature 75 women of Star Wars from the cartoons, novels, movies, comics, and video games. If that’s not awesome enough, the team of illustrators is made up of women and nonbinary artists, including Annie Wu, Little Corvus, Alice X. Zhang, Jenny Parks, and Sarah Wilkinson.

Since this book doesn’t come out until October, you’ll have to find other ways to get your Star Wars fix (which isn’t too difficult, tbh). If you need more Star Wars female goodness, I’d suggest the (unrelated to this book) website 365 Days of Star Wars Women, spearheaded by Amy Richau, and check out the awesome docu-series–in-the-making, Looking for Leia.