10 Bookish Accounts to Follow on Twitter

For some writers, social media is just another tool to be used for promotion, marketing, and brand-building. For others (I’m looking at you, Jonathan Franzen) it is seen as a waste of time and brain cells. But for a growing number of authors and other citizens of the publishing world, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and the like offers a candid opportunity to connect with fans, champion projects, and give readers more of what they love. From the absurd to the acerbic; the witty to the wise, here are some of the literary people who put the social back in social media. Give them a follow; they won’t disappoint.

Margaret Atwood

The queen of Canadian fiction is just as prolific on the screen as she is on the page. What to expect: politics, activism, beer, book talk, and humor.


J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter’s birth mother offers followers book news, politics, and hilarious rebuttals to ridiculousness.

Neil Gaiman At nearly 86k tweets, you can expect a bit of everything from this down-to-earth author.

New York Public Library The NYPL Twitter account is a fantastic book world resource, sharing news, events, trivia, and events in both NYC and beyond.

Salman Rushdie Politics, activism, strong opinions, and a lot more humour and levity than you might be expecting from the outspoken author.

Stephen King Stephen King is a fairly new (2013) addition to Twitter, and was a little slow with tweets out of the gate, but he’s great fun now. Book news, social commentary and the occasional dog tweet make him great fun to follow.

Amy Tan The best-selling author likes to tweet about books, sports, current events, her dog, and occasionally, fashion.

Ayelet Waldman Social commentary, news about her latest projects, and a healthy dose of honesty from the feisty writer keeps this account interesting.

Margaret Bail Literary agent Bail is a fantastic follow for new authors, as she offers advice, insight, and a regularly-posted #10queries feature, which is kind of like speed-dating for hopeful writers.

Terry McMillan Feminist, funny, feisty. Everything you love about McMillan’s books, 140 characters at a time.

Have I missed any of your favorite bookish follows?

    Karen Green

    Karen Green is a freelance writer and big city ex-pat now living in rural Ontario. She writes for numerous print and online publications, and considers her library card to be one of her most valuable possessions.

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