Where’d You Go, Bernadette, Maria Semple’s hilarious send-up of the precious, overachieving elite in her adopted hometown, continued to resonate with readers—both nearby and far-flung—with its paperback release in April. Now a movie based on the rollicking epistolary novel (and eventual love letter to Seattle) is in production, and the new question buzzing around the literary set is “Who’ll Play Bernadette?”
The Full List: Most Influential People of 2013
Their finger prints are all over Seattle. From protecting honeybees to regulating marijuana to popping and locking, these 54 men and women (and in one case, a machine) are shaping our neighborhoods, economy, attitudes and future. In the case of our person of the year—for the first time in our nine years of compiling this list, it’s a tie!—the impact is on a global scale. We may not always like the direction they are taking us in but it’s hard to deny: these folks are taking us somewhere.