How come you stole my list of influences? Are there contemporary authors you'd add to the list? I wonder if they'd match mine: Barbara Kingsolver, Louise Erdrich, and Larry Watson for fiction; John Krakauer and Tim Egan for non-fiction.
I think your answers for nonfiction represent the gold standard, Mark. My fiction influences would differ a bit. I'm interested in the sweet spot where literary worthiness meets compelling storytelling, and so I tend to veer toward authors like Jonathan Evison, Stewart O'Nan, Jennifer Egan, etc. I don't worship the sentence; I worship the story.