Since 1999, Time magazine has published a list of whom it considers to be the 100 most influential people of the year.
For 2013, the magazine is inviting the public to narrow down its longlist of 153 candidates by voting on whether each person deserves inclusion. Among this year’s contenders are Canadian writer Sheila Heti, whose pseudo-autobiographical novel How Should a Person Be? is called one of the “most-talked-about books of 2012.”
Other authors that made the list include George Saunders, Neil Gaiman, Gillian Flynn, E.L. James, and Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg.
Voting ends April 12 with the final 100 revealed on April 18.