Well, most of my favorite authors are long-since dead. So these are not only the ones whose books I will pick up, knowing nothing about them, but they are also those whose recommendations I trust.
  1. Marilynne Robinson
  2. Neil Gaiman
  3. Zadie Smith
  4. Erik Larson
  5. Natasha Tretheway
    Not a huge connoisseur of poetry, but if she writes or recommends it I will read it. HIGHLY recommend Native Guard if you either already love poetry or want to love poetry
  6. George Saunders
  7. Sarah Bessey
    Seriously hoping she joins List App
  8. Jill Mansell
    Thanks for reminder of Sophie Kinsella too @evak