This relevant article from Time explores one of the surprisingly frequent discussions we find ourselves in with patrons, supporters, donors and the general public, alike. Do people still read books? Lisa Lucas, the executive director of the National Book Foundation, gives her opinion in this short essay from Time’s 2019 Optimists issue. And her answer is optimistically resolute.
Books aren’t just about reading, they’re about connection to and exploration of the world around you. They’re about hope. As Ms. Lucas so eloquently reminds us, “Storytelling is fundamental to human beings. It is how we explore and make sense of this world and understand one another. Literature strengthens our imagination. If we all have the tools to try to imagine a better world, we’re already halfway there.”
-Foundation Admin, Vanessa