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June 7 Writer Birthdays

June 7 Writer Birthdays

* 1879 - Knud Rasmussen, Danish author, anthropologist, and polar explorer; the first European to cross the Northwest Passage via dog sled.
* 1899 - Elizabeth Bowen, Irish novelist and short-story writer.
* 1917 - Gwendolyn Brooks, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet who served as U.S. Poet Laureate.
* 1935 - Harry Eugene Crews, American novelist, playwright, short-story writer, columnist, and essayist, known for darkly comic, bitingly satirical, grotesquely populated, and almost preternaturally violent novels.
* 1941 - Georgess McHargue, National Book Award-winning American poet and auhor of fiction and nonfiction; she wrote mostly for children and teens.
* 1943 - Nikki Giovanni, American poet, writer, commentator, civil rights activist, and educator.
* 1945 - Deborah Tannen, American sociologist, linguist, author, and academic, known for her analysis of conversational discourse, especially in her bestselling book, You Just Don't Understand.
* 1952 - Orhan Pamuk, Nobel Prize-winning Turkish novelist and screenwriter.
* 1954 - Louise Erdrich, National Book Award-winning American poet, novelist, and children's book writer who explores Native American themes in her work; she was married to bestselling novelist Michael Dorris.
* 1968 - Sara Sheridan, bestselling Scottish author who writes mystery and historical romance.
* 1974 - Bear Grylls, British adventurer, extreme-sports enthusiast, television personality, and author of memoirs and survival guides.

Bowen - To The NorthCrews - A Feast of SnakesErdrich - Love MedicineTannen - You Just Don't Understand