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January 12 Writer Birthdays

January 12 Writer Birthdays

  • 1628 - Charles Perrault, French author and member of the Académie française who collected pre-existing folk tales to lay the foundations for a new literary genre, the fairy tale.

  • 1874 - Laura Adams Armer, Newbery Medal-winning American artist, author, and photographer.

  • 1876 - Jack London, American journalist, activist, and author of adventure fiction, best known for his Alaskan gold-rush novels The Call of the Wild and White Fang.

  • 1945 - Nancy Pearl, the author and actual librarian who was the model for the Librarian Action Figure.

  • 1948 - William Nicholson, Oscar-nominated British screenwriter, playwright, and author of fiction and science fiction.

  • 1949 - Haruki Murakami, bestselling Japanese writer of fiction and nonfiction, and translator of English works into Japanese.

  • 1952 - Walter Mosley, American writer of crime fiction, known for the Easy Rawlins series set in Los Angeles.

  • 1954 - Sharon Lechter, American accountant, author, businesswoman, investor, motivational speaker, philanthropist, and appointee to the U.S. President's Advisory Council on Financial Literacy.

  • 1957 - Celia S. Friedman, American speculative fiction author and former costume designer.

  • 1969 - David Mitchell, English novelist, recently well known for his 2004 novel Cloud Atlas.

  • 1972 - Lê Thị Diễm Thúy, Vietnamese poet, novelist, and performer.

  • 1973 - A. Lee Martinez, American fantasy and science-fiction author.