The Greatest Living Writers & Most Famous Authors Today

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Authors and writers who are still alive. Vote up the best, most talented, living writers.
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If you consider yourself a bibliophile, this list of the absolute best living authors should be of great interest to you. It features contemporary authors who have forever shaped the literary world, producing many books that will go down in history as classics. The people below are some of the best writers today. The art form of literature and writing usually attempts to depict the changing world around us in one aspect or another. That makes these famous writers today powerful tools for preserving the times. It's important to understand the times in which we live and forever record that for the next generation to read. That's where these best modern writers come in. Who are the best living writers attempting this feat? 

The novelists on this list are some of the most famous writers in history, not just in modern times. Many of the books these famous modern authors have written have been made into blockbuster films, while others are simply modern day literary classics, that need to be read to be truly appreciated. These contemporary writers, and their works, will be remembered for generations to come. Who are your favorite famous current authors

This list features the best living writers who are producing some of the world’s best written work including, Philip Roth, J.K. Rowling, Suzanne Collins, Stephen King, James Patterson, Nicholas Sparks, and Tom Wolfe. This list is all famous authors who are still alive. Vote up the best living authors below and see how the writers you think are the best rank!

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  • Stephen King
    5,813 votes
    The Shining, The Stand, Carrie
  • Haruki Murakami
    3,459 votes
    A Wild Sheep Chase, Norwegian Wood, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
  • Rick Riordan
    1,636 votes
    The Lightning Thief, The Sea of Monsters, The Red Pyramid
  • Kazuo Ishiguro
    1,675 votes
    The Saddest Music in the World, The White Countess, The Unconsoled
  • J. K. Rowling
    6,546 votes
    Harry Potter series, The Casual Vacancy
  • Neil Gaiman
    2,214 votes
    Stardust, The Graveyard Book, American Gods