Do you think there are any authors today that will stand the test of time?Do you think there are any authors today that will stand the test of time? Yvette #questionnaire
Isabel Allende, Stephen King, Margaret Atwood come to mind. I’m sure others will too as I give it some thought.
Thanks I could not think of a one as I sit reading Jules Verne Paris in the Twenith Century & Mark Twain Report from Paradise.
Barbara Kingsolver also
Stephen King, JK Rowling for her Harry Potter books.
Gabriel Garcia, Margaret Atwood, Toni Morrison….. I could go on and on.
Wendell Berry, Silas House
Both from Kentucky!!
Stephen King. Even if his style falls out of popularity, he will always be an icon. And J. K. Rowling. She changed the YA game forever.
Kristin Hannah, Junot Diaz, Stephen King
Time will tell ahaha
Stephen King, JKR, and John Irving.
JK Rowling, Diana Gabaldon
Yea…Me. I’m working on my second one..why not?? ???
Well done Frank! I’ll have to look for this book. Good luck with #2.
I’m donating the proceeds to St. Jude’s.
Thats very kind of you. Is that a children’s charity?
Barbara Kingsolver, Sue Miller, Sue Monk Kidd, Cormac McCarthy. And now I am thinking too hard. As previously noted, there are so many texts that will be discussed in future college literature courses. they reflect the times and settings they were written in. I love books!
Yes Barbara Kingsolver!
I have a notebook I try to write my books in. Sometimes I forget before they have to go back to the library
wrong feed, copy and paste, lol.
@Tracy we have all done it and then hurry to delete ahah
Meeee tooo. I also over check out and have to return some before I read them. I am so sad when that happens. The curse of being a slow reader
Bernard Cornwell. Ken Bruen.
Yes. Ray Bradbury.
I already consider Bradbury’s works to be classics.
Yes. It is pretty pessimistic to think no. There are a lot of gifted writers today who are as beautiful with the language as those of the classics. Some are even better.
J. K. Rowling. (Check out her adult novels.)
Definitely. J.K. Rowling and Neil Gaiman come to mind and I am sure there are some that few would currently anticipate but in 20 or 50 years something they wrote will resonate surprisingly well with the new time and the book will become widely read and studied.
Love Rowling and Gaiman! Gaiman’s writing especially is beautifully done.
Jules Verne’s Paris in the 20th Century comes to mind. It lost manuscript found. It reads similar to 1984 Brave New World
Those are two that immediately came to mind.
I think both will be read by future generations just as A Wrinkle in Time is read now.
I’m loving new author Jane Harper also Andy Weir.
I love Jane Harper too!
Lauren Geoff. Read “Florida.”
Karen Coppe Karen, I have read that book four times. Amazing.
Definitely Barbara Kingsolver. I would think also Annie Proulx, Wally Lamb, and some of the British mystery writers such as Ruth Rendell, P.D. James, Elizabeth George probably.
I read the first few lines of a Wally Lamb book at a thrift store and was smitten right on the spot
Yes to Wally Lamb and Annie Proulx. The Shipping News is one of my favorite books
Back again. I should be on the beach reading. Under the Banyan Tree, Lisa Rush. A Fine Balance , Rohinton Mistry. Whoever started this thread, should be in trouble. I need to go read.
John Irving and F. Scott Fitzgerald
Considering that Fitzgerald died nearly 80 years ago, I don’t think he can be considered one of today’s authors.
Richard Powers, Zadie Smith
Of course I do
John Irving, Murikami, Allende, Conroy, Zadie Smith, Toni Morrison just to get started.
Is this a serious question?
Did you mean current authors, not deceased?
I don’t think it matters. Share what you love
May not agree with her at times but Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is likely the best writer on the planet. Better than Neil Gaiman and J.K. Rowling.
I <3 Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie but I <3 Neil Gaiman too!
@Carly Of course, why did I not think of Chimanda? I enjoy here books so.
As a student of the Eddas and Sagas of the Norse Tradition, I find Gaiman’s writing a disservice.
If Dan Brown is considered classical literature in a hundred years I will laugh and cry in my grave.
I love Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
Joyce Carol Oates
Neil Gaiman, Sandra Cisneros
The House on Mango Street. Timeless, a classic.
Amy Tan, Margaret Atwood
OMG- so many- Kurt Vonnegut, John Irving, JK Rowling…I could go on and on!
Kudos! Kurt Vonnegut if FABULOUS
I just found her a few years ago. Wonderfully thought provoking. I really enjoyed her NPR interview as well. A neat lady
Living authors that will stand the test of time: Zadie Smith, Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie, Isabel Allende, Alice Munro, Junot Diaz, Toni Morrison, Atwood, Kate Morton, Alice Hoffman, Kristin Hannah,Amor Towles.
I agree with all minus Kristin Hannah. The Nightingale was good, but her other books aren’t as well-written.
Just finished A Man without a country. Very good
The one by Edward Everett Hale published in 1888?
@Patricia no it was published in 2000
@Rita Who wrote it?
He is on my TBR list. I have been seeing his name all over the literary circuit. I wish I could read faster.
Agree completely. This is the name that came into my head as soon as I saw the question.
We read the Japanese Lover for book club. It was devine!
What do you mean?
Michael Connelly will stand out in his genre.
King improved his writing after quitting drugs and alcohol.
Such a great writer!! My sister gave me the Wisdom Bus. And I had to have more!!
CJ Box,interesting voice
I am loving the C.J. Box series! Just finished Savage Run. The reader for the audio books rocks!
@Gina I agree,so unlike what I read for book club
@Cheryl yessss mine too. I like a deep read but I need some variety. I like steak but I will never pass on a bag of chips!
@Cheryl have you read the Longmire series by Craig Johnson. Same kind of book but the protagonist is the sheriff in this one.
I agree. I love Michael Connelly’s and Barbara Kingsolvers books.
I’ve seen Barbara Kingsolver listed here several times, but I’ve never read any of her books. Which one do you recommend I start first?
He was my first thought too!
James Lee Burke,@Andrew
Yes, of course. Philip Roth, George Saunders, Amor Towels, Zadie Smith, etc etc
Cormac McCarthy. Pat Conroy
I think Craig Johnson and the Longmire series has a shot. I have been trying to buy the books and they are pricey for the used ones!
Have you heard about the future library project? https://www.futurelibrary.no/#/years/2017 They are having one author per year contribute a book that will not be read until 2114. Margaret Atwood was the first writer to contribute in 2014. I think it’s fascinating to think about writing for an unknown future audience. And to put yourself out there when you know you won’t get accolades while you are alive. I do think she will stand the test of time but it is interesting to try to envision how the books I love would sound in a hundred years.
That is marvellous♡♡♡ Thank you for sharing that
Wow, how interesting! Only a true artist is going to be up for that I imagine.
Joyce Carol Oates, Pat Conroy,
Yes, kingsolver, Conroy, King, Irving, and others
I think Larry McMurtry will be read…. he won the Pulitzer
charles bukowski <3
My money is on Toni Morrison
Lois McMaster Bujold… four time Hugo award winner, including best sci fi series
Geraldine Brooks, Barbara Kingsolver, Louise Penny
Geraldine Brooks for sure. Also agree with Kingsolver.
Amor Towles, Neal Stephenson, Stephen King, Greg Isles.
A fellow Stephenson fan!! Anathem is on my personal top 10 list.
Ken Follett , JK Rowling, Pat Conroy, Michael Connelly
I actually think many will.
Not exactly of this moment, but Doctorow should for some novels.
What a great question! As most of us grew up we had to deal with the dreaded Out of Print status. But with the advent of the Internet and online book stores etc. etc. plus the Gutenberg project… Nothing ever seems like it will be out of print again. You can find it somewhere.
Since I mostly read classics. I rarely read contemporary literature, it’s fun to think which modern day authors will last into the next century. Who will we still be reading? Did Charles Dickens ever think that he would survive till the year 2018 that people are still reading and discussing his books?
One of my favorite Contemporary authors is ANNE Tyler. Her books are so quirky and personal, heartbreaking and joyful at the same time. I see people reading her 100 years from now. Plus she has written a lot of books. I also think that’s a mode of survival when an author has quite a few titles to their name. They won’t get lost in the shuffle. If you don’t like one book you might like another by that author.
Another author I think that has timeless books is Madeline L’engle. She is great in any century! In fact I think her books could go back in time and people would be reading them in the 12th century and enjoying them! LOL
Anne Tyler was one of my first thoughts. Her slice of life stories and ordinary-extraordinary characters will continue to illuminate just being human in this day and age.
Ronda Krasowski, totally agree. I see her bringing enjoyment to readers for centuries to come!
Stephen King is compared to Dickens.
Like Dickens, he is considered a hack writing about miserable people. Dickens was derided by his peers as a writer of minimal talent who was admired by commoners. He was not writing classics. Now everything he ever wrote is considered to be classic, despite his tendency to be maudlin, spotlighting the wretched, the dreadful, the basest of the classes.
Toni Morrison, Alice Walker , JK Rowling.
Margaret Atwood, Maya Angelou, Amy Tan, Louise Erdrich
J. K Rowling
Warsan Shire http://amberjkeyser.com/2015/11/warsan-shire/
Sue Monk Kidd
Katherine Ryan Hyde.
Stephen King, Joyce Carol Oates, John Irving,JK Rowling to name a few
Certainly. Among them Stephen King, JK Rowling, Tana French, Kate Atkinson and others. Very likely James Lee Burke also.
Jk Rowling. Harry Potter will have the staying power of Alice in Wonderland or Anne of Green Gables.
I love Lisa See’s books!
As well as Margaret Peterson Haddix for YA.
Jean Auel and Diana @Gabaldon
Stephen King, Jodi Picoult, Nicholas Sparks, John Grisham
Please not Picoult or Sparks. So saccharine.
Barbara Kingsolver, Stephen King, John Grisham, J.K. Rowling, Toni Morrison , Pat Conroy and numerous others!
Really great choices. Wish I had thought to mention these authors.
Rowling but for HP series- not others
But I liked very much the Accidental Vacancy.
@Elba so did I.
@Cheryl, the ending took me by surprise. I was like, no way, what did I missed.
The Galbraith books stand on their own, but not in the same orbit as HP.
Yes, Marilyn Robinson, many others from 100 list. A GENTLEMAN IN MOSCOW. A SEPARATE PEACE. TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD. Can’t come up with more right now, but the general answer to your question is YES, I BELIEVE SO..
Kristan Hannah, Stephen King, Fredrick Backma
Yes, yes, yes. For Kristan Hannah. I don’t like peanut butter or Stephen King. He’s all yours.
As I’m reading Americanah, I think Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has the potential to enlighten for years to come. Although I haven’t read her other work, I’m finding her honest and insightful and her writing style is fluid and engaging.
Well be reading it for a book club read this year. Can’t wait. Wanted to read it before now, but well, you know how that goes. Will promise to enjoy it. Know what it is about.
I love her work!
One of my students, now my doctor told me about MCCARTHY. Read straight through his work from beginning to end read sentences over again, just to hear him say it once more.
He was my choice too.
@Wendy so great a writer. Glad to find a fellow reader who loved his work.
George RR Martin
Winston Graham..he kinda already has.
Who is he, can’t remember his work. Nuts. Tell me, Holly.
Poldark. I haven’t read the books yet, but love the Amazon Prime series.
@Rolanda the books and programs are very alike. Well worth your time.
No wonder I’d forgotten that he was author of the five of his books I’ve read.
@Judy thank you. I’m looking forward to reading them!
Thank you. I never dreamt I’d get so much response. I couldn’t think of one author when posting this.
J.K. Rowling, Stephen King, Margaret Atwood, Barbara Kingsolver, Toni Morrison, George R.R. Martin, Alice Hoffman.
Read and loved these, all but everyone’s favorite, Stephen King. Read 11/22/63. Or whatever. Couldn’t put it down.
@Judy Stephen King went through a bad period when he was doing drugs, but most of his books are excellent. “Needful Things” is one of my favorites. I also recommend “Sleeping Beauties,” which he wrote with his son, Owen King.
@Holly OK, Holly, I’ll try one of these suggestions. Should give him another chance. Will let you know how this effort goes.
@Judy just avoid the 1980’s timeframe. Especially Tommyknockers. I hope you like them!
@Holly thanks. I will follow your title suggestions, Holly.
@Judy This is the most intellectual book he has written. Took me a little while to get into it, but once I did, couldn’t help thinking how history will always reassert itself and reset to the correct timeline.
@Kim who. Sorry. I need a reminder from you. Thank you.
@Kim I really appreciated this read. WAS absolutely putting off doing other important jobs because I was in this book up to my ears, maybe deeper. Thanks for your kind response.
@Holly those were two of my favorites, also.
I also agree with McCarthy and Rowling. I mean if Tolkien is still big now there’s no reason Rowling won’t be in 50 years (and her universe is more efficient and colorful), and McCarthy’s prose is incredible.
Although I haven’t read All the Pretty Horses in about 20 years, I still consider some portions around 2/3 of the way through the book to be the some of the best writing I’ve ever had the pleasure to enjoy.
I agree with all your comments. Art, I made the mistake of going to see ALL THE PRETTY HORSES. LEFT. WAS TOO DISAPPOINTED TO STAY.
I have intentionally never watched the movie. I didn’t want to ruin my visualization of the scenes which were vivid. I can still remember some now and it’s been decades. It might be time for another read…
@Art right. Count on my never messing up my own staging, costuming, and living these titles. I agree time for reread. Going to do it next. Rereading THE HAMILTON AFFAIR right now. Have to discuss it Thursday night. Then I’m on MCCARTHY as you suggested. I’m so glad you did. Thank you.
Usually I’d think “oh no, I don’t want the pressure of prompting someone to read something” but McCarthy is immune from that feeling.
@Art absotively absolutely, essential.
Alice Walker, Toni Morrison
Absolutely. If you all keep these suggestions of great authors I’ve read, I’m in trouble. I will be reading all of them over again. Your suggestions, all of you and all of them have been stellar.
Patrick Rothfuss, GRRM
What about James Lee Burke?
DON t Know Burke, sorry.
Absolutely, James Lee Burke. One of our great authors living today.
@Jean and give me a must read title
Don’t know him. Sorry.
The Tin Roof Blowdown takes place right after Katrina is a great one. I
know French magazine writer who thinks he the “greatest American wordsmith “ Warning: he can be addicting “
I forgot to mention Leon Iris and Richard Ford. Don’t think any of us has reminded others of these two writers.
Try URIS . My phone spells what it wishes.
Neil Gaiman, Markus Zusak, Louise Penny, JK Rowling
Alice Hoffman, Ann Patchett, Ann Tyler, John Irving, Pat Conroy.
We are really on a roll, aren’t we. And the question sounded as though the writer was worried we wouldn’t have great writer’s to remember in years to come. Guess we’d all better think about more shelf space or carefully managed stacks.
David Mitchell, Cormac McCarthy, Haruki Murakami, J.K. Rowling, N.K. Jamison, George R.R. Martin, Nnedi Okorafor, and Thomas Pynchon
Thank you very much.
Never heard of him.?
Yes, but time will tell. I am glad for more recent book selections on this list.
Larry McMurtry, Follett
Yes, I do.
Off the top of my head:
Sorry. I need to write these down and get busy trying them on. Thank you so much.
@Judy, aside from Dillard and Morrison, and Carver, the rest are poets (I read more poetry and non-fiction than fiction, so my list here is more skewed to that area of literature).
@Joshua my poetry books don’t get so much attention. I read same poets over and over like I was visiting with a close friend. Thanks for your reminding me about my loving poets. Thanks.
@Judy Start with Carver
I cared a lot about Toni Morrison and Annie Dillard are important contributions. Don’t know the other authors. Sorry
I think her place in letters is already well established, but, as far as non-fiction goes, Hannah Arendt is one of the greatest thinkers of the late 20th century.
Toni Morrison, Zadie Smith, Anne Tyler, Ted Kooser, Wendall Barry, James Richardson, James Longenbach, William Logan, Dana Gioia, Rita Dove, Carol Ann Duffy, Mary Jo Salter, Mary Oliver, and several others.
Thank you so much.
Luis Alberto Urrea
Nope. and history is on my side..Most famous authors of their day totally forgotten.
For children’s authors: Katharine Applegate!
Stephen King. Many have copied but he owns the horror genre.
So important. Thank you for reminder.
Stephen KIng, Margaret Atwood, Tess Gerristen, possbily Anne Rice and Dean Koontz.
All authors I know but just did not think of when posted question. Very possible
Live her work. Wouldn’t miss a new title.
Stephen King. Esp. his later, non -horror work.
I agree on King but disagree on which ones. His later work is off and on. Some of it quite dull. His early work is fabulous.
Diana Gabaldon, Lianne Moriaty, Kristen Hannah. . .
Ken Follette, Bryce Courtney ( especially in Australia: he’s their man for many generations.)
There already are 🙂
For sure. Great reminder.
Irving, Tom Wolf, King
New to me: John Bowen author of “Death Stalks Kettle Street”.
Sorry, don’t know,this author at all.
Rowling, King, Gaiman.
Anne Tyler, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Luis Alberto Urrea, Anna Quindlen – to name a few.
Of course!!! Every classic was once a newly published work.
I do believe some will stand the test of time.
King for sure. Rowling, Follett, Tyler, and I am putting votes in for Lisa See.Kristin Hannah, and Jodi Picoult.
Yessss I was going to say Kristin Hannah!
Stephen King, Ann Pachet (Bel Canto), Celeste Ng
Absolutely. Some authors (Jane Austen) and artists (Vincent Van Gogh) were not successful in THEIR lifetimes. That could also be the case with today’s authors. On the more recent, although sadly passed, Harper Lee comes to mind. Just an outstanding work.
Is there supposed to be funny?
Tomi Adeyemi, Kelly Barnhill, Neil Gaiman,
Margaret Atwood comes to mind.
Fredrick Backman, Amor Towles
Alice Munro, Anne Lamott
Stephen King – Neil Gaimon-
Jodi Picoult; Elizabeth Berg; Geraldine Brooks.
Oddly enough, Susanna Clarke.
Anne Tyler, Ruth Rendell, Margaret Drabble, Umberto Eco.
Larry McMurtry, Cormac McCarthy, King
Margaret Atwood, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Haruki Murakami, Arundhati Roy etc.
Really loving Ruth Ware! Hope she does stand the test!
Stephen King, JK Rowlings Harry Potter series.
@Chester my typo hate that auto correct !
I’ve only read Cloud Atlas. I thought it was a great read, and I loved his use of different kinds of diction (real and imagined). I definitely want to explore more of his work. If his other novels are of the quality of Cloud Atlas, I’m inclined to agree with you!
The thousand autumns of Jacon de Zoet , one of my favourite books of all time!
JK Rowling, best guess
Lee Smith, Walter Mosely, Michael Chabon
Love Michael Chabon especially the Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, and have read several of his other works!
Your answer is the only correct answer
Marilynne Robinson, Geraldine Brooks, Ann Patchett, Luis Alberto Urrea, Anthony Doerr
We can only try!?
So many good ones on this thread. Want to add Jodi Picoult and Dean Koontz.
Isabel Allende, Stephen King
Sue Monk Kidd. So many excellent sentences per page.
Have you read The Invention of Wings? Phenomenal!
@Shannon yes! ❤️ Loved it!
I am on here to read the comments, I wonder how many other authors are on here??
Agree on Stephen King and J.K. Rowling. Maybe Neil Gaiman and George R. R. Martin.
Zora Neal Hurston
Yes too many to list!!
David Mitchell, Rohinton Mistry, Yann Martel.
Colum McCann maybe
Colum McCann Is wonderful!
His writing is brain candy. Pure literary yumminess!
I just read a novel that was so literary, I believe it will be something that is on school reading lists in the future. There There by Tommy Orange. A debut novel, he may be a writer to watch.
Thank you for recommending There There. Another debut novel that blew me away is, My Absolute Darling, by Gabriel Tallent!
Gabriel Talent or Tommy Orange?
@Betsey that is on my list, I’ll request it from library.
I got to hear Tommy Orange speak at PLA this spring, and he was interesting. I also got a free pre-something copy of the book. I know there’s a better word for it, but I can’t remember it.
@Betsey Tommy Orange. He was interviewed on the News Hour yesterday. I really want to read his book!
Barbara Kingsolver. !!!
Certainly not James Patterson.
Agree! Don’t know how he got on this list.
Agreed. They’re definitely getting worse. And he releases like 5 a month.
follow the money …War and Peace, Anna Karenia, etc
I think Stephen King will be more appreciated as a writer in time. Right now he’s considered middlebrow entertainment, but his insights into children’s thinking and married life are amazing and underappreciated.
Yes. I always look forward to a new book. There are a few that have such unforgettable characters. If you haven’t read Lisey’s Story you should.
Absolutely! He can’t write them fast enough for me.
You said it sister?
The Remains of the Day – book and film!
@Betsey That book is so beautifully written. Blew me away! Movie was very good too.
Cormac McCarthy and Pat Conroy
Elizabeth George for one
I love a lot of his work- I am reading Susannes Diary for Nicholas again now, he is very adept at writing from a woman’s POV
James Patterson that is
J.K. Rowling, Elizabeth Geogre, Tana French and Stephen King to name a few.
Murakami; David Mitchell; Michael Chabon; Nesmin; Rowling; Ondaatje; Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
J.k.Rowling was my 1st author then a little of Danielle Steel, not sure how to spell last name, j.m.montgomery
Frank Herbert (loved Dune series ) Stephen King Toni Morrison and Dennis Lehane
After my own heart there… I’m actually on Ian’s 13th case right now! Cheers!
Ian McEwan, Toni Morrison,
Stephen King, J.K. Rowling, Pat Conroy and a new writer we have yet to read??
Alice Walker. Toni Morrison.
Amazing Grace by Jonathan Kozol
Isabel Allende, Margaret Atwood, Toni Morrison, Kingsolver, Geraldine Brooks, Alice Walker, Jacqueline Windspear, Philippa Gregory, Sue Monk Kidd
Stephen King and JK Rowling for sure!
J.K. Rowling, Elizabeth George, Tana French,Stephen King, Liane Moriarty, David McCullough, Doris Keanrs Goodwin among others.
Ken Follett, Stephen King, Diana Gabaldon