New York Times Best Sellers by Author Statistics

The Roar Meter is a weekly story in numbers.

  • Number of authors whose books hit no. 1 on the New York Times Fiction Best Seller List in 2016 (including co-writers): 29
  • Number of those authors who are women: 11
    • The list includes 12 named women; Nora Roberts and J.D. Robb are the same person
  • Number of 2016 Best Selling Fiction authors who are people of color: 1
    • Sylvia Day is Japanese-American
  • Number of authors whose books hit no. 1 on the New York Times Non-Fiction Best Seller List in 2016 (including co-writers): 27
  • Number of those authors who are women: 4
  • Number of 2016 Best Selling Non-Fiction authors who are people of color: 6
    • Ta-Nehisi Coates is African-American, Lin-Manuel Miranda is Puerto Rican, Paul Kalanithi, Siddhartha Mukherjee, and Dinesh D’Souza are of Indian descent, and Joanna Gaines is Lebanese- and Korean-American.
    • Paul Kalanithi’s memoir, When Breath Becomes Air, which was published posthumously, also won a Pulitzer.
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Annika Barranti Klein is a writer, knitter, women’s banked track roller derby referee, and radical homeschooling mother. Her work has appeared at The Toast, The Establishment, and on Book Riot. She is a cis, white, bi-furious intersectional feminist.

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