Whether you’re looking for great reads or entertaining tweets, the Twitterati have something for everyone. From authors like Margaret Atwood and Joyce Carol Oates, who all interact with fans (and detractors) through Twitter, to hilarious faux accounts like the Wit of Wilde, or books coverage from some of the greatest literary magazines out there, Twitter is a quick and convenient way to keep your literary savvy up to date.
We’ve gathered 20 accounts any avid reader should be following on Twitter right now. So click that Follow button to your heart’s content—and make sure to follow us on Twitter @EarlyBirdBooks!
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Alain de Botton
Loneliness so often goes unmentioned: those without anyone feel shame, those with someone (a background) guilt.
— Alain de Botton (@alaindebotton) January 3, 2017
The philosopher and author of The Art of Travel and The Architecture of Happiness shares useful articles from his website The Book of Life.
The New Yorker Page-Turner
— NYer Page-Turner (@pageturner) December 13, 2016
Keep up with all things related to books on The New Yorker through the Twitter account for their blog on books and reading, The Page Turner.
There could have never been two hearts so open, no tastes so similar, no feelings so in unison, no countenances so beloved ~ Jane Austen
— Jane Austen (@JaneAustenLIVES) December 11, 2016
Featuring everything from quotes to crafts, this literary feed will delight Jane Austen fans everywhere.
Joyce Carol Oates
"No one sets out to be a bankrupt or a drunk." Ray Carver
— Joyce Carol Oates (@JoyceCarolOates) January 2, 2017
The prolific novelist Joyce Carol Oates somehow makes time in her busy schedule to curate a very entertaining Twitter feed.
The Paris Review
“Part of the thrill of being told a story is the chance of being hoodwinked.” —John Cheever https://t.co/epbTbKwLD5
— The Paris Review (@parisreview) January 1, 2017
Literary quarterly The Paris Review was founded by George Plimpton in 1953. Still going strong, the Twitter feed includes quotes from the magazine’s famous interviews with writers.
David Foster Wallace Quotes
she was just too Goddamn-all petrifyingly pretty to approach any other way but liquored up past all horror
— David Foster Wallace (@DFWquotes) December 12, 2016
This tribute to the late great DFW shares favorite quotes from across his body of work.
When life imitates book cover art pic.twitter.com/TatuklPBUM
— Melville House (@melvillehouse) December 14, 2016
Melville House is one of the wittiest publishers on Twitter—and their posts are sure to make you learn and laugh.
— Margaret E. Atwood (@MargaretAtwood) December 21, 2016
The author of The Handmaid’s Tale and The Blind Assassin, Margaret Atwood keeps up with her fan base through her Twitter account, where she posts upcoming events and reviews.
— Poetry Foundation (@PoetryFound) November 11, 2016
Poetry lovers can find daily inspiration and reading suggestions in the Poetry Foundation’s feed.
— The Millions (@The_Millions) December 31, 2016
Keep up with The Millions‘ excellent coverage of all things literary on their official Twitter account.
— Book Riot (@BookRiot) January 6, 2017
Dedicated to all things bookish, Book Riot engages their dedicated community of readers through book lists, literary news, essays on reading and the best of daily ebooks deals. And also lots of cats!
— Electric Literature (@ElectricLit) January 2, 2017
This literary site claims to “save literature, one reader at a time,” and offers free, new short fiction every Wednesday.
— NYRB Classics (@nyrbclassics) December 14, 2016
The New York Review Books Classics‘ Twitter handle loves to get involved in literary debates.
Just set my out-of-office reply to "stun."
— colson whitehead (@colsonwhitehead) November 1, 2016
Novelist Colson Whitehead keeps things lively with his wickedly smart take on pop culture and more on his Twitter account.
— Tin House (@Tin_House) December 7, 2016
As one of the nation’s top literary journals, Tin House features beautiful writing, book covers, and carefully selected lists of the best modern literature has to offer.
Book resolution for 2017: read to learn and empower and resist, but also to escape.
— Maris Kreizman (@mariskreizman) December 27, 2016
The woman behind the immensely popular Tumblr Slaughterhouse 90210 (which is also now a book!) is laugh-out-loud funny with her tweets on publishing culture.
Wit of Wilde
I am the only person in the world I should like to know thoroughly.
— Oscar Wilde (@Wit_of_Wilde) January 2, 2017
The wit of Oscar Wilde is alive and well on this scathingly funny account.
Whew! Exhausted after nonstop talking for an hour on Facebook Live and Periscope. Thank you all for the questions.
— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) December 21, 2016
Writer Neil Gaiman manages his insane fan-base through Twitter, where he boasts 2.3 million followers.
— Paperback Paradise (@paprbckparadise) December 20, 2016
Have you ever looked at a campy book cover and thought “This needs a witty caption”? If so, Paperback Paradise will be your new favorite.
In case you were wondering, students actually do email journalists and critics and ask us to write their papers for them.
— Carolyn Kellogg (@paperhaus) December 8, 2016
The Los Angeles Times journalist who covers books and culture shares delightful tweets on reading and authors.