The Followables: 10 Literati All-Stars You Should Follow on Twitter

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The world of Twitter can be hard to navigate. We know that you’re already following us @flavorpill, but we decided it would be fun (and possibly helpful) if we rounded up some of our other Twitter favorites in a series we call “The Followables.” This eighth installment, inspired by the new that Maya Angelou (who already has 385,000 Facebook fans) plans to launch her Twitter account at a belated 82nd birthday party, spotlights the tweeting literati we love. (If you want to learn about critics and publishers as well as authors, we’ve got a list for that, too.) Do us a favor and leave a comment with anyone who you enjoy who didn’t make our list.

@paulocoelho

Who: The prolific Brazilian novelist is the world’s bestselling Portuguese-language writer and the author, most recently, of The Winner Stands Alone

Why: His tweets are nearly as lyrical as his literature, and he’s always good for an insightful aphorism.

@susanorlean

Who: The New Yorker staff writer whose book, The Orchid Thief, was the inspiration for the Spike Jonze-Charlie Kaufman collab Adaptation

Why: Because she’s lighthearted and fun, especially for a highbrow type, and she’s always interacting with her followers.

@augusten

Who: Augusten Burroughs, author of memoirs such as Running with Scissors and Dry.

Why: Because he’s funny in a conceptual, off-kilter kind of way that fans of his books are sure to enjoy.

@MagaretAtwood

Who: Yes, the author of the dystopian feminist classic The Handmaid’s Tale tweets.

Why: Once you get over the basic fact of how awesome it is to find Atwood on Twitter, you’ll be impressed by her engagement with politics and current events.

@dougcoupland

Who: The author and cultural critic who coined the term “Generation X”

Why: He may be more sporadic than most tweeters, but when he’s around, he posts great links.

@emilymandel

Who: Rising literary fiction star and author of the novels Last Night in Montreal and The Singer’s Gun

Why: Her tweets are all lit-geek all the time. You know you love it.

@colsonwhitehead

Who: Author of acclaimed novels including The Intuitionist and Sag Harbor

Why: He’s funny, culturally literate, and… it looks like he’s a Lostie!

@hannahtinti

Who: Editor of the fantastic One Story magazine and author, most recently, of the novel The Good Thief

Why: She says what she means, and we love her Brooklyn-oriented literary Twitpics.

@S___Elliott

Who: Editor of culture-nerd mecca The Rumpus and writer whose books include the novel Happy Baby and the memoir The Adderall Diaries

Why: He’s constantly tweeting about everything from politics to literature.

@amandastern

Who: Curator of New York’s Happy Ending Music & Reading Series and author of the novel The Long Haul.

Why: Her events are among the best literary bashes in the city, and her tweets are full of insider info on upcoming themes and guests.