Lisa Lucas, Executive Director of the National Book Foundation, will join Pantheon and Schocken Books as Senior Vice President, Publisher.
“I’ve loved watching Lisa deploy her formidable skills and boundless energy on behalf of the National Book Foundation; her work as an advocate for writers and readers has been truly inspiring,” said Reagan Arthur, Executive Vice President, Publisher, Knopf, Pantheon, and Schocken. “And I’ve always deeply admired Pantheon, long a home to vitally important and exciting voices, from Günter Grass, Marguerite Duras, Michel Foucault, and Simone de Beauvoir, to Studs Terkel, Art Spiegelman, Mark Z. Danielewski, Laila Lalami, Randall Kennedy, Chris Ware, Alexander McCall Smith, and Marjane Satrapi.
“When I thought about Pantheon’s rich legacy and imagined ways to build on that for the future, the first name that came to mind was Lisa’s. I’m delighted to know that Pantheon will continue to thrive and evolve under her leadership, in concert with our incredible team of editors, marketers, and publicists.”
“The National Book Foundation gave me the opportunity to simultaneously celebrate great literature and imagine just how big the audience for excellent books could be if we only dared to dream bigger,” said Lucas. “In this same spirit, I look forward to joining Pantheon and Schocken, with an aim of building on the rich publishing history of those imprints and judiciously remixing their lists. I am excited to work alongside Dan Frank and the entire Pantheon and Schocken team. Together, we will publish thoughtfully and creatively, elevate a community of established and new writers, and consider who our next readers can and will be.”
“I am thrilled that Lisa will be taking up the publishing reins of Pantheon and Schocken,” said Frank, Vice President and Editorial Director, “and very much look forward to helping her set out on this new chapter. Both of these imprints have a storied history, but history is made by moving forward and in new directions, and I am confident in the forward direction Lisa will take us.”