This is a highly unscientific list of some of the many, many events at the Brooklyn Book Festival on Sunday, compiled on the basis of nothing more than our casual interest in these writers for one reason or another. The full schedule is here.
1. Téa Obreht, author of The Tiger’s Wife.
2. Siddhartha Deb, author of The Beautiful and the Damned: A Portrait of the New India.
3. Teju Cole, author of Open City.
4. Amitav Ghosh, author of Sea of Poppies and River of Smoke, chatting with Nuruddin Farah, author of Crossbones (the final novel in the Past Imperfect trilogy.)
5. Author Norton Juster and illustrator Jules Feiffer on the 50th Anniversary of The Phantom Tollbooth.
6. Kenyan writer Binyavanga Wainaina (One Day I Will Write About This Place), talking with Paula Fox (News From the World) and Phillip Lopate (At the End of the Day).
7. Pulitzer Prize-winners from Brooklyn, Jake Bernstein and Jesse Eisinger, from ProPublica.
8. Evan Hughes sharing anecdotes from his book about the Brooklyn’s literati, Literary Brooklyn.
9. Jhumpa Lahiri, author of Unaccustomed Earth, Interpreter of Maladies (Pulitzer Prize 2000) and The Namesake, in conversation with Times book critic Liesl Schillinger.
10. Deborah Eisenberg, Fran Lebowitz, and Wallace Shawn who are supposedly answering the question “USA 2011: Where are we?”
11. Lucette Lagnado, Wall Street Journal reporter and author of the memoir The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit, discussing its sequel, The Arrogant Years.
12. Larry McMurtry (do we need to say anything except for Lonesome Dove?) and Diana Ossana (who wrote the screenplay for Brokeback Mountain with him) talking about screenwriting.
13. The above t-shirts, from Novel-T, featuring Walt Whitman, Brooklyn literary hero.