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June 18 Writer Birthdays

Van Allsburg - Polar Express
June 18 Writer Birthdays

  • 1812 - Ivan Alexandrovich Goncharov, Russian novelist and government official.

  • 1838 - Auberon Edward William Molyneux Herbert, British writer and philosopher.

  • 1862 - Carolyn Wells, American poet and author.

  • 1903 - Raymond Radiguet, French novelist and poet.

  • 1922 - Donald Lawrence Keene, American-born Japanese scholar, historian, teacher, writer, and translator of Japanese literature.

  • 1937 - Gail Godwin, American novelist, nonfiction author, and  short-story writer; three of her books were finalists for the National Book Award.

  • 1941 - Delia Smith, English cook and television presenter who is the UK's bestselling cookbook author.

  • 1942 - Roger Ebert, Pulitzer Prize-winning American journalist, film critic, and screenwriter.

  • 1942 - Pat Hutchins, English author and illustrator of children's books.

  • 1946 - Russell Ash, British author of art, humor, and reference books.

  • 1946 - Lidia Jorge, Portuguese novelist, essayist, children's book author, short-story writer, columnist, and playwright.

  • 1947 - Pam Conrad, American author of books for children and teens; a Newbery Medal finalist.

  • 1949 - Chris Van Allsburg, American author and illustrator of children's books, two-time Caldecott Medal winner, for The Polar Express and Jumanji.

  • 1951 - Vivian Vande Velde, Edgar Award-winning American author of children's and young adult fiction.

  • 1957 - Richard Powers, National Book Award-winning American writer of literary novels that explore issues of science and technology; he was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

  • 1961 - Angela Johnson, American poet and children's book author whose stories explore the African American experience.

  • 1985 - Alex Hirsch, American screenwriter, storyboard artist, and animator for Disney and the Cartoon Network.

Godwin - Unfinished DesiresAsh - Bizarre BooksJohnson - Heaven

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