Credit: Tom Wolfe: Jim Cooper/AP

See, we read! Or, well, I’m sure we intended to read books by authors Tom Wolfe (left), Gore Vidal, Michael Chabon, and Jonathan Franzen at some point. But now we don’t have to — since they’ll all be imparting their compositional wit and wisdom as guest stars on The Simpsons. Yes, the show’s producers have somehow located the four boldface names who have yet to stop by Springfield. The episode won’t air for a year, giving us time to actually read all their award-winning books.

The L.A. Times‘ Steven Barrie-Anthony wins best-sound-bite honors for getting Chabon’s father on the phone for this hilarious tidbit: “Robert Chabon said that he always expected Michael to win a Pulitzer (which he did in 2001 for The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay). ‘And I still think he’s going to win the National Book Award,’ said the Kansas City, Kan., pediatrician. ‘But him being on The Simpsons is beyond my wildest dreams. You envision certain successes for your children, but this kind of success — I never envisioned.'”

So, who’s left for “this kind of success”? Who would you like to see guest on The Simpsons?

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