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Time 100’s ‘Most Influential’ Book People

TIMETime magazine has released its annual list of the “100 Most Influential People in the World,” and this year features six fabulous authors, all deserving of their place on the prestigious list. Continue reading to learn more about these authors and their works.

Donna Tartt Readers had to wait twelve long years for The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, and it has proven to be the masterpiece we had hoped for, winning the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and many other accolades. Set in modern Manhattan, the novel tells the story of a young orphan coming to terms with the death of his mother. Read the Time article here.

Alice Waters Chef, restaurateur, activist, and author, Alice Waters has written several books on food and cooking, including  The Art of Simple Food and In the Green Kitchen: Techniques to Learn by Heart. She is one of the most well-known food activists in the world. Read the Time article here. John Green YouTube video blogger, creator of online educational videos, and author of young adult fiction, including The New York Times bestselling novel The Fault in Our Stars, John Green is both an artist and innovator. Read the Time article here. Arundhati Roy Dubbed “the conscious of India,” Arundhati Roy is a political activist famed for her involvement in human rights and environmental causes, and a Man Booker Prize-winning author for her novel The God of Small Things. Read the Time article here. Barbara Brown Taylor The writer of thirteen books on faith and spirituality, Barbara Brown Taylor is one of the United States’ best known preachers. In her recent novel, Learning to Walk in the Dark, she urges readers to confront their worst fears and to find strength for life’s journey. Read the Time article here. Binyavanga Wainaina Winner of the third Caine Prize For African Writing for his short story Discovering Home, Binyavanga Wainaina is considered the best-known Kenyan writer of his generation, and lauded for demystifying and humanizing homosexuality in a country that demonizes it. His memoir One Day I Will Write About This Place evokes family, tribe, and nationhood in joyous, ecstatic language. Read the Time article here. Can you think of any other authors worthy of a place on this list?