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Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) has announced the line-up for the second annual “LitFilm: A BPL Film Festival About Writers.” The free week-long festival showcases films providing an inside look at the private lives and creative processes of legendary writers and literary figures from Maya Angelou, Larry Kramer, Wole Soyinka, and Pablo Neruda, to Samuel Beckett, Margaret Atwood, and Naguib Mahfouz, to the creators of the beloved Curious George, Hans and Margret Rey. “LitFilm” will also feature director Q&As, and panel discussions with filmmakers, critics, and scholars, including a keynote discussion with Jonathan Alter, John Block, and Steve McCarthy, the directors of HBO’s Breslin and Hamill: Deadline Artists, about Jimmy Breslin and Pete Hamill’s courageous writing that defined New York City journalism. Tracy Heather Strain, director of Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart: Lorraine Hansberry, will hold a public conversation about the film and the acclaimed artist’s work. A talkback with Pablo Neruda! Presente! filmmaker Mark Eisner on creating a work about on Latin America’s most colorful character. An introduction to the film Zora Neale Hurston: Jump at the Sun by the film’s producer and writer Kristy Anderson. The second edition of “LitFilm” is part of BPL’s ongoing spring season of cultural programming, continuing the library’s commitment to providing civic literacy through access to educational, economic, and artistic enrichment opportunities of the highest quality to the 2.6 million individuals who make Brooklyn home.