Thurston Moore, Ian MacKaye, Jonathan Lethem Head Up Brooklyn Book Festival


Hard to figure out who’s missing from the Brooklyn Book Festival’s superlative lineup—Pynchon? DeLillo? The event, which takes place over the improbable course of one day—Sunday, September 14—around Brooklyn’s Borough Hall, is if nothing else a humiliatingly accurate diagnosis of the neighborhood’s literary tastes: Thurston Moore and Ian MacKaye discussing the “parallel worlds of independent music and book publishing”; local geographer Jonathan Lethem reading fiction with George Pelecanos; Richard Price, rounding out the ex-Wire-writer group, teaming with A.M. Holmes to talk about going the F. Scott Fitzgerald route and writing for the screen.

Joan Didion is there, talking politics no less, representing the New York Review of Books on a panel about the next administration (is she for Obama, hopefully?). Local fiction writers Rivka Galchen and Ed Park (who’s already threatening to tell some sort of first-name–based joke, given that he’s on a panel with both Chuck—ne Charles—Klosterman and Charles Bock) prove someone over there is still reading books in 2008. Top-shelf dudes Jonathan Franzen and Russell Banks provide gravitas; Jimmy Breslin and John Manbeck hold it down for old New York.

The list of confirmed authors is long, and ridiculous, and can be found after the jump. Will this be the day you finally meet your wife?

The full roster:

Henry Alford
Jose Eduardo Agualusa
Dorothy Allison
Russell Banks
Moustafa Bayoumi
Mo Beasley
Paul Beatty
Ross Benjamin
Charles Bock
Philip Boehm
Mirko Bonne
Jimmy Breslin
Breyten Breytenbach
Geoff Canada
Susan Choi
Kate Christensen
Melissa Clark
Gabriel Cohen
Ta-Nehisi Coates
Celine Curiol
Frank Delaney
Stacey D’Erasmo
Joan Didion
Robert Draper
Nathan Englander
Rachel Fereshleiser
Nick Flynn
Jonathan Franzen
David Frum
Andrew Sean Greer
Ben Greenman
Philippe Grimbert
Paul Guest
Pete Hamill
Theodore Hamm
Kathryn Harrison
Matthea Harvey
A.M. Homes
Pico Iyer
Steven Jenkins
Oonya Kempadoo
Porochista Khakpour
Josh Kilmer-Purcell
Lily Koppel
Jonathan Lethem
Tao Lin
Sandra Tsing Loh
Leonard Lopate
Phillip Lopate
John R. MacArthur
Ian MacKaye
John Manbeck
Alice Mattison
Patrick McGrath
Terry McMillan
Joe Meno
Thurston Moore
Arthur Nersesian
Jay Neugeboren
Fae Myenne Ng
Elizabeth Nunez
D. Nurkse
Joseph O’Neill
Ed Park
Jose Luis Peixoto
George Pelecanos
Arthur Phillips
Darryl Pinckney
Katha Pollitt
Kevin Powell
Richard Price
David Rakoff
Elizabeth Reddin
Nathaniel Rich
Simon Rich
Steven Rinella
Cristy C. Road
Carl Hancock Rux
Linda Sanchez
Loretta Sanchez
Esmeralda Santiago
Said Sayrafiezadeh
Ken Siegelman
Amy Shearn
Owen Sheers
Robert Silvers
Larry Smith
Patricia Smith
Amanda Stern
Manil Suri
Paco I. Taibo II
Paul Tough
Nikki Turner
Linn Ullmann
Matt Weiland
Jacob Weisberg
Sean Wilsey
Dirk Wittenborn
Naomi Wolf
Peter Wortsman
Kevin Young
Gary Younge

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