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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:

Nick Abadzis

Dorothy Allison

Steve Almond

Kurt Andersen

Lemon Andersen

Sam Anderson

Jabari Asim

Russell Banks

Sandra Rodriguez Barron

Colin Beavan

Jennifer Belle

Alafair Burke

Joyce Carol Oates

Rosanne Cash

Henry Chang

Lan Samantha Chang

Susan Choi

Kate Christensen

Josh Clover

Michael Connelly

Sloane Crosley

Siddhartha Deb

Jennifer Egan

Stephen Elliott

Martin Espada

Laura Flanders

Nick Flynn

Mary Gaitskill

Cristina Garcia

Feryal Ali Gauhar

Myla Goldberg

Amy Goodman

Jessica Hagedorn

Pete Hamill

Paul Harding

Adam Haslett

Peter Hedges

John Hodgman

Marlon James

Paul Krugman

Anna Lappe

Reif Larsen

Dennis Lehane

Martin Lemelman

Jonathan Lethem

Ada Limon

Sam Lipsyte

Leonard Lopate

Phillip Lopate

Karen Lord

Bernice L. McFadden

Maaza Mengiste

Steven Millhauser

Thurston Moore

Josh Neufeld

Elizabeth Nunez

Sigrid Nunez

Stewart O’Nan

Miyun Park

Benjamin Percy

Jayne Anne Phillips

Katha Pollitt

Francine Prose

Sofia Quintero

Joanna Smith Rakoff

David Rees

Paul Reyes

Charles Rice-Gonzalez

Rahna Reiko Rizzuto

Heather Rogers

Esmeralda Santiago

Rakesh Satyal

Jon Scieszka

Daniel Serrano

Gary Shteyngart

Mona Simpson

Tracey K. Smith

Scott Spencer

Amanda Stern

Peter Straub

Elizabeth Streb

Terese Svoboda

Rebecca Traister

David L. Ulin

Luis Alberto Urrea

Jean Valentine

Melvin Van Peebles

Jess Walter

Robin Wells

Tracy White

Colson Whitehead

Jacqueline Woodson

Xiaoda Xiao

Alia Yunis


Mike Cavallaro

Brian Floca


Adele Griffin

Lauren Oliver

Mitali Perkins

Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich

Chris Raschka

Matthew Reinhart

Sergio Ruzzier

John Rocco

Rebecca Stead

Francisco X. Stork

Jon Scieszka

Laura Toffler-Corrie

… and so will Colson Whitehead (see here at last year's festival kickoff party).
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