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August 18 Writer Birthdays

Danziger - Amber Brown Is Not a Crayon
August 18 Writer Birthdays

  • 1450 - Marko Marulic. Croatian national poet, Christian humanist, and judge who wrote under several names, including Marko Marulić Splićanin ("Marko Marulić of Split"), Marko Pečenić, Marcus Marulus (or de Marulis) Spalatensis, and Dalmata; he also wrote nonfiction works in Latin which were widely published throughout Europe; he is considered to have coined the term, "psychology."

  • 1841 - Robert Williams Buchanan, Scottish poet, novelist, and dramatist.

  • 1908 - Edgar Faure, French Prime Minister who was also an author, essayist, historian, memoirist, and lawyer.

  • 1908 - Armijn Pane, influential Indonesian novelist, poet, nonfiction author, and playwright who also wrote under the names Adinata, A. Soul, Empe, A. Mada, A. Banner, and Kartono.

  • 1912 - Elsa Morante, Italian novelist; her work, mostly set in the south of Italy, often deals with persecution and injustice, and is influenced by 19th-century French and Russian novels.

  • 1922 - Alain Robbe-Grillet, French novelist, publisher, screenwriter, and filmmaker of the Nouveau Roman movement;

  • 1925 - Brian Aldiss, English author of fiction and science fiction who has won multiple Hugo and Nebula Awards and was awarded the designation Grand Master by the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America.

  • 1934 - Vincent Bugliosi, American attorney and author of nonfiction crime books, best known for the successful prosecution of cult leader and mass murderer Charles Manson.

  • 1934 - Sonia Levitin, German novelist, essayist, playwright, and lyricist who is best known for her books for children.

  • 1944 - Paula Danziger, American children's author, best known for the novel The Cat Ate My Gymsuit and her "Amber Brown" series; she also lived in the UK and was a regular presenter on children's literature for the BBC.

  • 1945 - Lewis Burwell Puller, Jr., American Marine Corps officer and attorney whose autobiography won a Pulitzer Prize.

  • 1961 - Huw Edwards, Welsh journalist and news presenter.

  • 1967 - Brian Michael Bendis, American comic book writer, best known for his work in the Ultimate Marvel universe.

  • 1972 - Victoria Elizabeth Coren, British author, reviewer, columnist, quiz show host, and professional poker player.

  • 1974 - Nicole Krauss, American novelist who was a National Book Award finalist and was listed in New Yorker's "20 Under 40" fiction writers to watch; she is married to author Jonathan Safran Foer.


Puller - Fortunate SonMorante - Arturo&apos;s IslandLevitin - The CureKrauss - History of Love

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My Son's Going to Hamilton

August 17th, 2018 (11:07 am)




Jon Morgan won the Hamilton lottery! A limited number of $20 tickets to see a matinee production of Hamilton were available to T.C. Williams juniors and seniors. We received word last night that he's got one.

He has to attend a one-day seminar the week before school starts. And then he'll be one of the students bused over to the Kennedy Center one day in mid-September to see the production during the school day.

Sure wish there were chaperone tickets available, too....

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Moving On Up. Or Not.

Did I mention that we're moving? At least, we're trying to. We've been searching for months for a larger house in our own neighborhood, the Del Ray area of Alexandria. Unfortunately, houses for sale in Del Ray are few and far between. And when they do go on the market, they tend to be either no larger than our own, or in the $1 million-plus price range.

So unfortunately we have had to broaden our search a bit to include houses in adjacent neighborhoods. We have found a few that might work, though I'll be loathe to leave Del Ray, if it comes to that.

But we can't make an offer on a house until our own is nearly ready to put on the market. And we're still not there. For one thing, the house needs repairs. We've had a handyman here to work on some of them, and he's made quite a bit of progress, but he's been busy on other jobs and hasn't been over lately.

The other thing we have to do is to move a lot of stuff out of the house before it is considered market-ready. We've filled a 10x10-foot storage unit, and begun on a second unit. I've also filled my book shed with more tubs of books -- and a few filled with other belongings. And a few days ago, a friend of my son's came over, and I went through boxes in the basement to throw things out and pack up other items, while the two teenage boys carried them out to the garage. The photo shows some of the piles of stuff now in the garage; it will be a long time before the car can fit in there again!

So now a big section of the basement is now empty, but there is still so much more to do! The next job: to finish clearing out my home office.


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August 14 Writer Birthdays

August 14 Writer Birthdays


  • 1863 - Ernest Thayer, American writer and poet who wrote "Casey at the Bat."

  • 1867 - John Galsworthy, Nobel Prize-winning English novelist and playwright.

  • 1904 - Kar de Mumma (birth name Erik Harald Zetterström) - Swedish playwright and humorous writer.

  • 1910 - Nathan Alterman, Warsaw-born Israeli poet, playwright, journalist, and translator who was influential in Socialist Zionist politics,

  • 1914 - Stieg Ivar Trenter, Swedish journalist and popular crime writer, often described as the Agatha Christie of Sweden.

  • 1925 - Russell Baker, Pulitzer Prize-winning American writer of satirical commentary and self-deprecating prose, best known for his autobiography Growing Up.

  • 1926 - René Goscinny, French comics writer and editor.

  • 1928 - Anatoly Fedorovich Kasheida, Ukrainian writer, poet, and journalist.

  • 1940 - Alexei Panshin, American science fiction author and critic, winner of both the Hugo and Nebula awards.

  • 1941 - Lynne Ann Cheney, novelist and conservative scholar who is the wife of former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney.

  • 1945 - Steve Martin, American comedian, actor, musician, producer, and writer.

  • 1947 - Danielle Steel, the pen name of blockbuster American romance novelist Danielle Fernandes Dominique Schuelein-Steel.

  • 1950 - Gary Larson, syndicated cartoonist best known for "The Far Side."

  • 1952 - Alex van Warmerdam, Dutch screenwriter, film director, actor, and painter.

  • 1964 - Andrew Kevin Walker, American screenwriter.

  • 1965 - Brannon Braga, award-winning American television producer, director, and screenwriter, best known for his work on Star Trek.

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August 9 Writer Birthdays

August 9 Writer Birthdays


  • 1593 - Izaak Walton, English writer and fisherman, best known for the book The Compleat Angler.

  • 1762 - Mary Randolph, born in Colonial America, author of The Virginia House-Wife (1824), one of the most influential housekeeping and cookbooks of the nineteenth century; she was the first recorded person to be buried at what became Arlington National Cemetery, was related to both Mary Custis and Thomas Jefferson, and was a direct descendant of Pocahontas.

  • 1839 - Bruno Paulin Gaston Paris, multiple-time Nobel Prize-nominated French writer and scholar who was a schoolteacher and a professor of Medieval French Literature.

  • 1896 - Jean Piaget, Swiss developmental psychologist and biologist known for studies of cognitive development in children.

  • 1899 - P.L. Travers, Australian-born novelist whose books about the magical English nanny Mary Poppins inspired a famous film as well as stage productions.

  • 1909 - Vinayaka Krishna Gokak (ವಿನಾಯಕ ಕೃಷ್ಣ ಗೊಕಾಕ್), a major writer in the Kannada language of India and a scholar of English and Kannada literature; a recipient of Jnanpith Award for his epic Bharatha Sindhu Rashmi, one of the longest epics written in any language in the 20th century.

  • 1910 - Robert Hans van Gulik, Dutch orientalist, diplomat, musician, and writer, best known for the Judge Dee mysteries, the protagonist of which he borrowed from the 18th-century Chinese detective novel Dee Goong An.

  • 1914 - Tove Jansson, Finnish novelist, short-story writer, painter, cartoonist, and illustrator, best known for her Moomin books.

  • 1922 - Philip Larkin, English poet, novelist, and librarian whose poems were noted for their highly structured but flexible verse forms.

  • 1926 - Frank M. Robinson, American science-fiction and techno-thriller writer who was the son of a check forger.

  • 1927 - Daniel Keyes, American author best known for his Hugo and Nebula-winning work Flowers for Algernon.

  • 1927 - Robert Shaw, English actor, novelist, and playwright.

  • 1941 - Shirlee Busbee, celebrated American romance author.

  • 1944 - Pat McKissack, American children's writer who wrote more than 100 books.

  • 1945 - Barbara Delinsky, bestselling American writer of romantic suspense novels; she has also written under the pen names Bonnie Drake and Billie Douglass.

  • 1947 - John Varley, American science-fiction novelist, short-story writer, and screenwriter.

  • 1949 - Jonathan Kellerman, award-winning American psychologist and bestselling suspense novelist.

  • 1957 - Deborah Solomon, American art critic, journalist, and biographer

  • 1966 - Linn Ullmann (born Karin Beate Ullmann), Norwegian novelist, journalist, and literary critic; she is the daughter of actress/author/director Liv Ullmann and director/screenwriter Ingmar Bergman.

  • 1973 - Gene Yang, Chinese American author of graphic novels and comics.

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August 8 Writer Birthdays


August 8 Writer Birthdays


  • 1857 - Henry Fairfield Osborn, geologist, paleontologist, and eugenist who was president of the American Museum of Natural History.

  • 1884 - Sara Teasdale, American lyric poet who won the Columbia University Poetry Society Prize, which later became known as the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.

  • 1896 - Marjorie Rawlings, Pulitzer Prize-winning American author whose best-known work was The Yearling, a young-adult novel written before young adult was considered a separate genre.

  • 1927 - Maia Wojciechowska, Newbery Award-winning Polish-born American author of children's and young adult books who also wrote under the name Maia Rodman. In addition to writing, she spent time as a matador, an undercover detective, and a motorcycle racer; by age 11 she had parachuted out of an airplane three times; at age 12 she fled the Nazis through Romania and Italy to reach France, where her father was chief of staff of the Polish air force.

  • 1952 - Robin Ophelia Quivers, American radio personality, author, and actress, best known as the long-running news anchor and co-host of The Howard Stern Show.

  • 1952 - Valerie Sayers, American novelist, short-story writer, essayist, critic, and professor.

  • 1954 - Elizabeth Ann Tallent, Pushcart Prize-winning American short-story writer, professor, and critic, known for her poetic style, vivid settings, and complex themes.

  • 1964 - Anastasia M. Ashman, American author who resides in Turkey and writes on ex-pat women's issues.

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August 7 Writer Birthdays

August 7 Writer Birthdays

  • 1831 - Frederic William Farrar, Indian-born cleric, schoolteacher, author, and poet; he was a pallbearer at the funeral of Charles Darwin in 1882.

  • 1848 - Alice James, American diarist; she was the daughter of theologian Henry James, Sr., and sister of psychologist William James and novelist Henry James,

  • 1890 - Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, labor leader, activist, and feminist who played a leading role in the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) and was Chair of the Communist Party USA; she was a founding member of the American Civil Liberties Union and a visible proponent of women's rights, birth control, and women's suffrage.

  • 1903 - Louis Leakey, British archaeologist and author who helped establish the theories of early human evolution beginning in Africa.

  • 1906 - Nelson Goodman, influential American philosopher.

  • 1928 - James Randi, Canadian-American stage magician and skeptic, whose writings debunk pseudoscience and paranormal subjects.

  • 1928 - Betsy Byars, American author of children's fiction who has won a Newbery Medal, the National Book Award, and an Edgar Award; she is best known for her novel Summer of the Swans.

  • 1933 - Jerry Pournelle, American science-fiction writer who also writes in the technology and computer field; he is best known for his collaborations with Larry Niven, including The Mote in God's Eye.

  • 1942 - Garrison Keillor, American author, poet, and radio personality, best known for his long-running show A Prairie Home Companion.

  • 1949 - Matthew Francis Parris, South African/British journalist and politician.

  • 1950 - Alan Lee Keyes, American conservative political activist, author, and perennial candidate for public office.

  • 1950 - Terry Randolph Hummer, American poet, critic, essayist, editor, and professor.

  • 1952 - Larry J. Sabato, political scientist, analyst, and prognosticator who is a University of Virginia professor.

  • 1953 - Anne Fadiman, National Book Critics Circle Award-winning American author.

  • 1955 - Vladimir Sorokin, popular Russian poet and dramatist.

  • 1957 - Paul Dini, comic-book author, screenwriter and producer who works in the television and comic-book industries.

  • 1960 - David Duchovny, American actor, writer, producer, director, and novelist; he is best known for his role as Fox Mulder in the TV series, The X-Files.

  • 1960 - Deborah Ellis, Canadian author and anti-war activist.

  • 1963 - Rochelle Alers, American writer of romance novels who has also written under the pen names Susan James and Rena McLeary.

  • 1968 - Francesca Gregorini (born Countess Francesca McKnight Donatella Romana Gregorini di Savignano di Romagna), Italian screenwriter and film director;she is the daughter of former Bond girl Barbara Bach, and is the stepdaughter of Beatles drummer Ringo Starr,  .

  • 1969 - Scott Hanford Stossel, American journalist who is editor of The Atlantic magazine.

  • 1983 - Brit Heyworth Marling, American actress, screenwriter, and film producer.

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August 5 Writer Birthdays


August 5 Writer Birthdays


  • 1813 - Ivar Andreas Aasen, Norwegian philologist, lexicographer, playwright, and poet, best known for having assembled from dialects one of the two official written versions of the Norwegian language, Nynorsk.

  • 1850 - Guy de Maupassant, French writer who is known as one of the fathers of the modern shorty story; he also wrote travel books, novels, poetry, and horror.

  • 1880 - Ruth Sawyer, Newbery Award-winning American storyteller, best known as the author of Roller Skates.

  • 1889 - Conrad Aiken, Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist and poet.

  • 1906 - John Marcellus Huston, American screenwriter, film director, and actor who wrote the screenplays for most of the 37 feature films he directed, many of which are considered classics.

  • 1910 - Jacquetta Hawkes, British archeologist, public official, nature writer, playwright, poet, educator, and activist for nuclear disarmament. She was the daughter of Nobel Prize-winning biochemist Sir Frederick Gowland Hopkins, cousin of the poet Gerard Manley Hopkins, wife of archeologist and writer Christopher Hawkes (her first husband), and wife of novelist and playwright Jack Priestley (though she disliked his work).

  • 1910 - J. Erik Lindegren, Swedish author, poet, translator, librettist, editor, and opera critic.

  • 1916 - Peter Viereck, Pulitzer Prize-winning American political writer, professor, and poet.

  • 1929 - Al Alvarez, English poet, novelist, essayist, and critic.

  • 1934 - Wendell Berry, American writer and ecological activist, much of whose writing centers around his home state of Kentucky and the South in general.

  • 1960 - David Baldacci, American lawyer and author of blockbuster thrillers; his sister Sharon Baldacci is also an author.




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August 4 Writer Birthdays

August 4 Writer Birthdays

  • 1792 - Percy Bysshe Shelley, English romantic poet who is considered one of the finest lyric and epic poets in the English language; he was married to novelist Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, who is best known as the author of Frankenstein.

  • 1839 - Walter Horatio Pater, English essayist, literary and art critic, fiction writer, and humanist whose advocacy of “art for art’s sake” became a key doctrine of the Aestheticism movement.

  • 1841 - William Henry Hudson, author, naturalist, and ornithologist.

  • 1859 - Knut Hamsun, Nobel Prize-winning Norwegian novelist.

  • 1904 - Witold Marian Gombrowicz, Polish novelist, short-story writer, and playwright whose works are characterised by deep psychological analysis, satire, existentialism, and anti-nationalist thought.

  • 1913 - Robert Hayden, essayist, educator, and the first African-American U.S Poet Laureate.

  • 1913 - Noboru Nakamura, Oscar-nominate Japanese film director and screenwriter.

  • 1918 - Iceberg Slim, pen name for Robert Beck, a reformed pimp and American author of urban fiction.

  • 1920 - Helen Thomas, American author and news service reporter, opinion columnist, and "Dean of the White House Press Corps."

  • 1951 - Stephen Kinzer American author, journalist, academic, and New York Times foreign correspondent.

  • 1960 - Joby Warrick, multiple Pulitzer Prize-winning American journalist and author; he writes for the Washington Post on the Middle East, diplomacy, and national security.

  • 1961 - Barack Obama, 44th U.S. President and the first African-American to hold the office; he has also written several books.

  • 1965 - Dennis Lehane, American author of popular novels.

  • 1969 - Jojo Moyes, English journalist and romance novelist.

  • 1977 - Yuuko Kohara, Japanese manga artist and writer.


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August 2 Writer Birthdays


August 2 Writer Birthdays

  • 1865 - Irving Babbitt, American academic and literary critic; a founder of the New Humanism movement.

  • 1867 - Ernest Christopher Dowson, English poet, novelist, and short-story writer associated with the Decadent movement.

  • 1884 - Rómulo Ángel del Monte Carmelo Gallegos, Venezuelan novelist and politician who was the first cleanly elected president in his country's history.

  • 1894 - Francis James Westbrook Pegler, American journalist and columnist famed for his opposition to the New Deal and labor unions.

  • 1900 - Holling C. Holling, American children's book author and illustrator best known for the book Paddle-to-the-Sea, a Caldecott Honor book; he also wrote and illustrated a comic strip.

  • 1924 - James Baldwin, important, prolific, and influential African-American author and civil-rights activist, known for novels, plays, poetry, short stories, and essays, and considered one of the greatest writers of his generation.

  • 1934 - Stephen Sandy, American poet and professor.

  • 1942 - Isabel Allende, award-winning Chilean-American novel best known for her works of magic realism; she is considered the most widely read Spanish-language author, but is also fluent in English. Awards include Chile's National Literature Prize and the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom. Her father was first cousin to Salvador Allende, President of Chile from 1970 to 1973.

  • 1946 - James Howe, American author of children's and young adult books, notably the Bunnicula series about a vampire rabbit who sucks the juice out of vegetables.

  • 1947 - Lawrence Wright, Pulitzer Prize-winning American author and screenwriter best known for his book The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11.

  • 1949 - Bei Dao (aka Zhao Zhengkai) Beijing-born poet now living in exile in the U.S.; one of the few Chinese writers to have an international audience.

  • 1954 - Ken MacLeod, Scottish science fiction writer of space opera and hard sci-fi who has been nominated for Hugo and Nebula Awards.

  • 1955 - Caleb Carr, American novelist, screenwriter, and military historian.





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July 31 Writer Birthdays

Premchand - The Voice of Truth
July 31 Writer Birthdays

  • 1880 - Munshi Premchand (pseudonym for Dhanpat Rai), Indian novelist and short-story writer who is one of the foremost writers of modern Hindustani literature.

  • 1904 - Bret Halliday, the most famous pseudonym of American author Davis Dresser, who wrote in the mystery, romance and western genres; he wrote under a variety of names, including Asa Baker, Matthew Blood, Kathryn Culver, Don Davis, Hal Debrett, Anthony Scott, Peter Field, and Anderson Wayne.

  • 1912 - Milton Friedman, influential American free-market economist, statistician, writer, and professor.

  • 1912 - Irv Kupcinet (known as "Kup"), American newspaper columnist, talk-show host, author, and Chicago Bears football commentator.

  • 1919 - Primo Levi , Italian chemist, author, and poet who is best known for writing about his time in a Nazi concentration camp; the Royal Institution of Great Britain named his book The Periodic Table the greatest science book ever written.

  • 1926 - Hilary Whitehall Putnam, American philosopher, author, professor, mathematician, and computer scientist who is a central figure in analytic philosophy.

  • 1929 - Lynn Reid Banks, British author of novels for children and adults and of biographies about the Bronte family; Banks is best known for her bestselling children's book, The Indian in the Cupboard.

  • 1933 - Cees Nooteboom, Dutch novelist, poet, translator, travel writer, and journalist who is considered a Nobel Prize contender.

  • 1938 - Muriel Feelings, American writer and educator whose picture books aimed to introduce children to African culture; a Caldecott Honor Book winner and American Book Award nominee.

  • 1943 - Susan Cheever, American novelist, nonfiction author, columnist, essayist, biographer, literary critic, and teacher; novelist and short-story writer John Cheever was her father.

  • 1944 - Jonathan Dimbleby, British writer, political commentator, filmmaker, and radio and TV presenter; he is the son of prominent war correspondent and news commentator Richard Dimbleby.

  • 1952 - Faye Kellerman, bestselling American mystery author.

  • 1956 - Lynne Rae Perkins, Newbery Medal-winning American author and illustrator of children's books.

  • 1959 - Andrew Marr, British broadcaster, journalist, political commentator, and actor.

  • 1965 - Joanne K. Rowling, phenomenally successful British author best known for the Harry Potter fantasy books, which make up the bestselling book series ever and on which are based the highest-grossing movie series ever; she has written under the names J.K. Rowling and Robert Galbraith. (Her character Harry Potter has his birthday today, too!)

  • 1967 - Elizabeth Wurtzel, controversial bestselling American memoirist, essayist, and journalist.

  • 1978 - Tui T. Sutherland, Venezuelan-American children's book author who has written under pen names Heather Williams, Erin Hunter, and Rob Kidd, sharing some of those names with other authors who write for some popular series; she once won $46,000 as a two-day champion on the Jeopardy quiz show.


Rowling - HarryPotter & the Chamber of Secrets2Kellerman - Blind Man&apos;s BluffWurtzel - Prozac NationBanks - The Indian In the Cupboard


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July 29 Writer Birthdays

Tarkington - Alice Adams

July 29 Writer Birthdays


  • 1605 - Simon Dach, Prussian German lyrical poet and hymn writer.

  • 1805 - Alexis de Tocqueville, French historian, political thinker, and author, best known for his two-volume work Democracy in America.

  • 1849 - Max Nordau, Hungarian-born author, physician, social critic, and Zionist leader.

  • 1869 - Booth Tarkington, American novelist and dramatist best known for his novels The Magnificent Ambersons and Alice Adams.

  • 1878 - Don Marquis, American poet, humorist, journalist, novelist, playwright, and columnist.

  • 1900 - Eyvind Johnson, Nobel Prize-winning Swedish author.

  • 1900 - Antoine de Saint-Exupery (short for Antoine Marie Jean-Baptiste Roger, comte de Saint Exupéry), French aristocrat, writer, poet, and aviation pioneer, best known for his children's book, The Little Prince; the idea for the book came to him in dehydration-induced hallucinations after the plane he was piloting crashed in the Sahara Desert, stranding him and his navigator with no food and water except for the coffee and wine they had been carrying, until their rescue four days later.

  • 1905 - Stanley Kunitz, National Book Award-winning American poet who was twice named U.S. Poet Laureate.

  • 1909 - Samm Sinclair Baker, American author of many how-to and self-help books; notably The Complete Scarsdale Medical Diet; he also wrote books on gardening.

  • 1909 - Chester Himes, African-American writer who wrote a series of mystery novels with an African-American detective, a groundbreaking choice for the time; his books dealt with racism, and two of them have been made into movies.

  • 1918 - Edwin O'Connor, American radio personality, journalist, and Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist.

  • 1918 - Mary Lee Settle, National Book Award-winning American author who was founder of the PEN/Faulkner Award.

  • 1927 - Jean Karl, American author and editor, best known for science fiction books for young adults.

  • 1938 - Peter Jennings, Canadian/American journalist, author, and television news anchor.

  • 1941 - Goenawan Mohamad, Indonesian poet, columnist, and magazine editor.

  • 1945 - Sharon Creech, American author of children's fiction who has won both the Newbery Medal and the Carnegie Medal.

  • 1951 - Susan Blackmore, British writer, lecturer, and broadcaster on topics dealing with psychology and the paranormal.

  • 1952 - Kathleen Krull, American author and editor of children's books, best known for biographies.

  • 1959 - Connie Porter, American author of books for children and young adults; she wrote the "Addy" books in the American Girl series.

  • 1960 - Didier Van Cauwelaert, bestselling French author and libretto writer.

  • 1963 - Caroline Paul, American firefighter, journalist, and author of fiction and nonfiction; her identical twin sister is Baywatch actress Alexandra Paul; her brother Jonathan Paul is an activist who is considered a domestic terrorist by the U.S. government for his militant animal-rights activities.

  • 1965 - Chang-Rae Lee, Korean-American novelist and professor whose books often deal with the experiences of Asian immigrants in America.

  • 1969 - Nathalie Handal, Haitian-born American writer, poet, and playwright.

  • 1970 - Adele Griffin, American author of young-adult fiction who is a two-time National Book Award finalist.

  • 1970 - Lisi Harrison, Canadian author of young-adult novels.

  • 1972 - Wil Wheaton, American actor, writer, memoirist, web-series host, and general internet good guy; he is best known for the roles of Wesley Crusher in the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation, and Gordie in the Rob Reiner film, Stand By Me.


Johnson - Dreams of Roses and FireDe Tocqueville - Democracy in AmericaSettle - O Beulah LandCreech - Walk Two Moons

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