University of Arizona Campus  •  March 10 - 11, 2018  •  9:30am to 5:30pm
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Lisa Lucas


Ms. Lucas is sponsored by the Hudson Group

Lisa Lucas was previously the publisher of Guernica, an arts magazine with an international and often political focus. Before that, she had worked at other nonprofit cultural institutions, including the Tribeca Film Festival and the Steppenwolf Theater in Chicago.

Ms. Lucas is the executive director of the National Book Foundation at a time of increased scrutiny of artistic diversity, from the recent discussion about nominees for the Oscars to the literary world, in which organizations like VIDA keep a close eye on the number of bylines given to women and minority writers. Ms. Lucas said the foundation had already made progress in that regard, and would proceed with “a continued sense of inclusivity” and “thinking about audiences at large.”

“We live in the world that we live in,” Ms. Lucas said, and need to continue offering an “invitation to participate” to all. “Readers are everything, readers are everyone. It should be about building one big massive audience that’s reflective of where we live.”

The National Book Awards have been issued since 1950, but the National Book Foundation was formed in 1986. Its first executive director, Neil Baldwin, served until 2003. Harold Augenbraum, his successor, announced last year that he would be leaving the post. Ms. Lucas officially began in the new role on March 14, 2016.


Scheduled events:
National Book Award Salute
The National Book Award exists to "celebrate the best of American literature, to expand its audience, and to enhance the cultural value of good writing in America. "Seven of the 2016 honorees, including the winners for fiction and nonfiction, are welcomed to the Festival by Lisa Lucas, Executive Director of the National Book Foundation.

Student Union North Ballroom (Seats 567)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 11, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Multigenre
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Student Union North Ballroom Foyer (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Adam Cohen, Paulette Jiles, Ibram X. Kendi, Grace Lin, Elizabeth McKenzie, Andrés Reséndez, Colson Whitehead
Moderator: Lisa Lucas

Named Sponsors

Arizona Daily Star
University of Arizona

Presenting Sponsors

Tucson Medical Center

Major Sponsors

Friend of the Festival
Pima County Public Library
Stocker Foundation
University of Arizona BookStores
University of Arizona - Facilities Management

Key Sponsors

Brucker Trust
Marshall Foundation
Monark Premium Appliance Company
William & Mary Ross Foundation
Western National Parks Association

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