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Think the world’s great literary minds would eschew Twitter’s 140-character limit? Think again. Here, our five favorite authors to follow.

Who: Gary Shteyngart (@Shteyngart)
Why: The popular Russian writer is known for his sarcastic, pun-filled observations about the literary profession.
Sample tweet: My hegemonic discourse brings all the boys to the yard.

Who: Margaret Atwood (@MargaretAtwood)
Why: Atwood jumped on the social media bandwagon early and frequently asks her followers for writing help.
Sample tweet: What should be on my next book cover? a) Flowers b) Snakes c) Zeb d) Blue naked people e) Ring where I spilled coffee f) All of above

Who: Ruth Reichl (@ruthreichl)
Why: The former Gourmet editor’s tweets about dinner menus read like poetry.
Sample tweet: Brisk, bright Sunday. Shad roe, lightly sautéed. Butter. Lemon. So tender. Small surprising figgy bursts of flavor. Spring’s on its way.

Who: Paulo Coelho (@paulocoelho)
Why: Look no further than this Brazilian novelist for your daily dose of spiritual guidance.
Sample tweet: No one is in charge of my happiness but myself. And I treasure this.

Who: Jennifer Weiner (@jenniferweiner)
Why: Weiner is an unabashed (and funny!) feminist. She also live-tweets The Bachelor with biting commentary.
Sample tweet: I’d like to #tellafeministthankyou for advancing the radical notion that books by women are not inherently less worthy than books by men.

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