Lisa Lucas is a rare combination: a high-energy bookish extrovert.
“If I can convince a small fraction of people to feel the same way that I feel about reading," she said, "then I’ve done my job.”
It was only her third day as head of the National Book Foundation, the third person to lead it in three decades. And while it’s her job to keep the National Book Awards and the foundation's other programs going, she is clearly poised to bring the organization to a new level.
“People who like movies watch the Oscars,” she said. “Why don’t we celebrate books in the same...