Joyce Carol Oates, Rosanne Cash, Paul Krugman and Melvin Van Peebles — plus a long list of usual suspects — are the literary luminaries that will fill Borough Hall with their talent at the Brooklyn Book Festival on Sept. 12.
Borough President Markowitz released the lineup for his fifth annual festival on Wednesday night, also doling out drinks and snacks to the borough’s literary types at his “literary mingle.”
Festival participants Leonard Lopate, Colson Whitehead, Rachel Resnick, Arthur Nersesian and Chuck Klosterman were seen making the rounds.
Those are just five of the 200 writers who are scheduled to appear, including Jonathan Lethem, Pete Hamill, Philip Lopate, Paul Harding (he won a little award called the Pulitzer Prize for fiction this year), and filmmaker Peebles (who, when announced at the mingle, elicited a “whoa” from the crowd).
“This is a great event,” said Klosterman. “The number of top-flight talent in the city is obviously massive. They seem to get everybody every year.”
Rakesh Satyal is also excited about Van Peebles’s appearance; the author and sometime cabaret performer will be performing with him at the event.
“Brooklyn has become such a literary borough,” said Satyal, a Fort Greene resident and author of “Blue Boy,” a coming-of-age comedy about a young Indian boy in Cincinnati. “This is the nexus of the literary world.”
For more on the Brooklyn Book Festival, go to www.brooklynbookfestival.com. The full list of confirmed participants follows:
Sandra Rodriguez Barron
Joyce Carol Oates
Lan Samantha Chang
Feryal Ali Gauhar
Bernice L. McFadden
Jayne Anne Phillips
Joanna Smith Rakoff
Rahna Reiko Rizzuto
Tracey K. Smith
David L. Ulin
Luis Alberto Urrea
Melvin Van Peebles
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