Time magazine's 100 most influential people of 2013 list was announced today, and two fiction authors made the cut: Hilary Mantel and George Saunders.
It's the tenth anniversary of the list, which in previous years has included Ann Patchett, E.L. James and Suzanne Collins. Praise for each entrant is usually written by another famous name in the person's field. Saunders' entry was written by writer Mary Karr, in which she describes him as "a stiff tonic for the vapid agony of contemporary living," while Mantel's, which calls her "a novelist of great power, wit and intelligence," was written by Dickens biographer Claire Tomalin.
Sheila Heti made the shortlist of 151 but wasn't on the final list.
23 of the final 100 are known to have written or are writing books, including Lena Dunham, President Obama, Gabrielle Giffords, Rand Paul, Sheyl Sandberg and Jay Z.