Lisa Lucas on Equity in Publishing and Becoming Comfortable in Her Anger
From The Quarantine Tapes Podcast with Paul Holdengräber
Hosted by Paul Holdengräber, The Quarantine Tapes chronicle shifting paradigms in the age of social distancing. Each day, Paul calls a guest for a brief discussion about how they are experiencing the global pandemic.
On Episode 105 of The Quarantine Tapes, Paul Holdengräber is joined by Lisa Lucas. As the incoming senior vice president of Pantheon and Schocken Books, Lisa talks about her experiences in publishing and her excitement about the potential of her new position. Their conversation covers equity in publishing for people of color and other marginalized groups, and how Lisa has found herself feeling newly comfortable in her anger in recent months. Lisa offers up a thoughtful perspective on what needs to change in publishing and what role she hopes to play in that change. She and Paul discuss the importance of publishing more translations in the US and Lisa’s commitment to increasing access to books for all.
From the Episode:
Lisa Lucas: There are people from different backgrounds inside of publishing, critical apparatus, and bookstores. There are conversations where we are included, but how strongly our voices are considered, and whether or not we have the power to leverage change from the seats at the table we have earned and been given—I think that there’s a lot of work there.
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