My personal favorite is Curtis Jobbling. Jobbling captures scenes in a way that makes perfect sense to me and i enjoy that. Im not a big reader by any means but his scripts actually make me like them and that my friends is a miracle.
I mostly read programming books so I don't necessarily have a favorite author. I like the Bible series of programming books though as well as the missing manual series. I also have been getting into Apress quick scripting references that tend to help out a lot with understanding and grasping the concept at once.