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June 27 Writer Birthdays

Keller - Story of My Life
June 27 Writer Birthdays


  • 1850 - Lafcadio Hearn, international writer best known for his books about Japan, where he was known as Koizumi Yakumo, and for his writings about New Orleans, Louisiana; he was named after the island of Lefkada (a Greek Island in the Ionian Sea) where he was born.

  • 1872 - Paul Lawrence Dunbar, African-American poet, novelist, and playwright, much of whose work was written in dialect.

  • 1880 - Helen Keller, American author, educator, journalist, and political activist for the deaf and blind, for labor rights, and for women's suffrage; her early autobiography was adapted into several works about her; she was the first deaf and blind person to earn a bachelor's degree

  • 1896 - Helen Sewell, Caldecott Honor-winning American children's book author and illustrator; among many other works, she illustrated the first editions of Laura Ingalls Wilder's "Little House" books.

  • 1906 - Catherine Cookson, British novelist, known for her fiction based in northeast England; she also wrote under the pen names Catherine Marchant and Katie McMullen, and was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire; in her lifetime, was the top-selling UK novelist ever.

  • 1928 - James Lincoln Collier, Newbery Honor-winning American musician, and author of children's books of historical fiction.

  • 1929 - Peter Maas, American journalist and author of non-fiction books, notably several mafia biographies.

  • 1936 - Lucille Clifton, American poet, writer, educator, and National Book Award winner; a Poet Laureate of Maryland.

  • 1938 - Alan Coren, English humorist, writer, satirist, and panelist on TV and radio quiz shows.

  • 1939 - Ivan Doig, American novelist, best known for regional historic fiction set in Montana.

  • 1949 - James P. Hogan, Locus Award-winning British author of hard science fiction.

  • 1951 - Anita Diamant, bestselling American author of non-fiction and fiction books; her works deal with issues of Jewish practice and the role of women; she is best known for her debut novel, The Red Tent.

  • 1953 - Alice McDermott, National Book Award-winning American novelist, essayist, and professor.

  • 1956 - Scott Cunningham, American author of books on Wicca, new age practices, and alternative religions.

  • 1966 - J.J. Abrams, TV producer and writer, best known for Lost and Fringe.

  • 1970 - Cecily von Ziegesar, American author best known for the Gossip Girl books.

  • 1971 - Jo Frost, English nanny, television personality, and author of books on child rearing.

  • 1975 - Teju Cole, Nigerian-American writer, photographer, and art historian.

  • 1985 - Paul Downs Colaizzo, American playwright.


Hogan - Bug ParkMcDermott - Charming BillyDiamant - The Red Tent