NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Nearly 80 authors will be featured at the inaugural New Orleans Book Festival next year. Organizers announced Wednesday that 30 more authors agreed to participate in the festival which will be held March 19-21 at Tulane University. The latest group includes several names familiar to the New Orleans community, including Poppy Tooker, John Pope, Susan Langenhenning, Cheryl Gerber and Chris Granger. Event Co-chair Cheryl Landrieu says the list of new participants meets the festival’s goal of connecting emerging and well-established writers with diverse readers in the New Orleans community.

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