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Some of the greatest writers of our day live in Brooklyn, but it’s far too rare that talents hailing from elsewhere make the borough a stop on their book tours. With the fourth season of its “Eat, Drink and Be Literary” series, however, the Brooklyn Academy of Music is looking to put an end to that.

When tickets go on sale Monday, the hungry, thirsty and bookish will be able to secure a night with learned literati including George Saunders, Fran Lebowitz and Poet Laureate of the United States Charles Simic (pictured at left).

“One of the reasons that we started this was that there was a need in Brooklyn for a very visible literary series,” said Harold Augenbraum (pictured at right), one of the moderators of the series and the executive director of the National Book Foundation. “One of the things about Brooklyn is that it’s become recognized as one of the great literary centers of the United States and this is a reflection of that.”

The series, which opens on Jan. 17 with Saunders and runs through next May, goes beyond the everyday reading series by offering a full dinner and wine in addition to the scholarly entertainment for just $48 — which most talented writers could sink on booze alone.

“Eat, Drink and Be Literary” will kick off on Jan. 17 with George Saunders. Tickets to all events are $48 and go on sale Nov. 19. For information, call (718) 636-4100 or visit

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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