The publishing world had a lot to be excited about when it was announced that Guernica’s Lisa Lucas would be the National Book Foundation’s new executive director.

If there is one thing clear to anyone speaking to Lucas, it is her passion and enthusiasm for books and reading. And it’s infectious. With Lucas at the forefront of the National Book Foundation and Awards, the future of publishing looks very bright. On Monday, the National Book Foundation announced their longlist for Young People’s Literature for the 2016 National Book Awards. (Poetry, Fiction, and Non-Fiction honorees will be announced this week.)