20 Literary Twitter Feeds to Follow Right Now

The Twitterati will keep you in the literary know.


Whether you’re looking for great reads or entertaining tweets, the Twitterati have something for everyone. From authors like Margaret Atwood, Salman Rushdie, and Joyce Carol Oates, who all interact with fans (and detractors) through Twitter, to hilarious faux accounts like Edgar Allan Poe and 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 @need2read!


Alain de Botton

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

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.


Edgar Allan Poe

This faux-account imagines what everyone’s favorite maudlin poet would’ve tweeted in this day-and-age.


Joyce Carol Oates

The prolific novelist Joyce Carol Oates somehow makes time in her busy schedule to curate a very entertaining Twitter feed.


The Paris Review

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.


Vita Sackville-West

This account is a breath of fresh air, tweeting out entries from the diaries of famous gardner (and poet) Vita Sackville West, accompanied by beautiful photographs of her garden at Sissinghurst Castle.


Salman Rushdie

Mega-author Salman Rushdie occasionally responds (!) to readers and reviewers through his Twitter account.


Margaret Atwood

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.


Ruth Franklin

Critic Ruth Franklin, who is hard at work on a biography of the writer Shirley Jackson, shares incredible finds from her research and interesting reads on the art of biography.


The Millions

Keep up with The Millions‘ excellent coverage of all things literary on their official Twitter account.


Erik Larson

The author of The Devil in the White City describes himself as a “writer, tennis addict, lover of: red wine, Hendrick’s martinis, clear and spare prose,” on his Twitter bio.


Electric Lit

This literary site claims to “save literature, one reader at a time,” and offers free, new short fiction every Wednesday.


NYRB Classics

The New York Review Books Classics‘ Twitter handle loves to get involved in literary debates.


Colson Whitehead

Novelist Colson Whitehead keeps things lively with his wickedly smart take pop culture and more on his Twitter account.


Moby Dick at Sea

This Twitter account tweets out Herman Melville’s masterpiece Moby Dick, sentence by sentence.


Maris Kreizman

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

The wit of Oscar Wilde is alive and well on this scathingly funny account.


Neil Gaiman

Writer Neil Gaiman manages his insane fan-base through Twitter, where he boasts 2.3 million followers.


Phillip Gourevitch

The author of the critically-acclaimed book on the Rwandan genocide, Tomorrow We Wish to Inform You That We Will Be Killed With Our Families, tweets his insights on literature, politics, and more.


Carolyn Kellogg

The Los Angeles Times journalist who covers books and culture shares delightful tweets on reading and authors.