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June 17 Writer Birthdays

Gay - Read Me a Story, Stella
June 17 Writer Birthdays


  • 1797 - Alexandre Vinet, Swiss literary critic and theologian who advocated for religious freedom and the separation of church and state.

  • 1867 - Henry Lawson, Australian poet and short-story writer.

  • 1871 - James Weldon Johnson, American author, poet, educator, civil-rights activist, lawyer, diplomat, songwriter, and NAACP leader.

  • 1880 - Carl Van Vechten, American music and dance critic, novelist, and nonfiction writer; portrait photographer for some of the best-known writers, musicians, and intellectuals of his day; he was also a patron of the Harlem Renaissance and literary executor for Gertrude Stein

  • 1914 - John Hersey, American journalist whose first novel, A Bell for Adano, won the Pulitzer Prize.

  • 1933 - Harry Browne, author of books about investing; Libertarian Party nominee for U.S. President.

  • 1937 - Robbie Nell, Tilley Branscum, Edgar Award-winning American writer of children's books and young adult fiction.

  • 1947 - Linda Chavez, American author, commentator, columnist, and talk-show host.

  • 1945 - Art Bell, American author who hosts a paranormal-themed radio show.

  • 1952 - Marie-Louise Gay, Canadian children's book writer and illustrator.

  • 1955 - Alan Taylor, American historian and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner.

  • 1980 - Jeph Jacques, webcomic writer and illustrator.


Johnson - Black ManhattanHersey - Bell for Adano