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The book world rose up in a chorus of celebration when Lisa Lucas, formerly the publisher of Guernica, was appointed executive director of the National Book Foundation. At the helm of the 30-year-old organization, she plans to expand its efforts towards inclusivity and advocacy. “Readers are everything,” she recently told the New York Times, “readers are everyone.” You just accepted a new job! What do you hope to accomplish at the National Book Foundation? I love...
Last week, Lisa Lucas, publisher of Guernica and member of the Brooklyn Literary Council, the organizing body of the Brooklyn Book Festival, sat down with Brooklyn Magazine to talk a little bit about the upcoming week. How did you get involved with the Brooklyn Book Festival? I think I’ve been going to the festival for all ten years. It’s one of my favorite days of the year. I actually started working on it about three years...
We’re pretty firmly of the mind that no matter how grim things seem in the world at large, life will always be at least kind of OK as long there’s something good to read. And so, lucky for us, even if the last five years have had their ups-and-downs, we’ve always been able to find an escape. Here, then, are the 25 books—all by Brooklyn authors—that have allowed us—and some other notable people in...

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