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June 24 Writer Birthdays

Lasky - Guardians of Ga'Hoole
Today's Writer Birthdays

1542 - St. John of the Cross, Spanish mystic and poet; a priest and Carmelite friar who was canonized in 1726.
1813 - Henry Ward Beecher, American clergyman, social reformer, author, speaker, and abolitionist leader.
1842 - Ambrose Bierce, American journalist and writer best known for his short story, An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge. (Gregory Peck played him in the movie, The Old Gringo.)
1909 - Betty Cavana, journalist and author of teen "problem" novels and mysteries who was a two-time runner-up for the Edgar Allan Poe Award; she sometimes published under pseudonyms Betsy Allen and Elizabeth Headley.
1912 - Mary Wesley, English novelist who had her first novel published when she was 70 and wrote 10 bestsellers in the last 20 years of her life; her books are known for quirky humour, frank sexuality and emotional turbulence.
1915 - Fred Hoyle, controversial English astronomer and science fiction author; he coined the term "Big Bang" but rejected the Big Bang Theory.
1916 - John Anthony Ciardi, American poet, translator,columnist, editor, TV host, and etymologist; he wrote several volumes of children's poetry, directed the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, and published a groundbreaking book on how to read, write, and teach poetry.
1934 - Rodney Darrell Peppé, British author and illustrator of children's fiction; he also writes how-to books about crafts.
1937 - Anita Desai, Indian novelist, shortlisted for the Booker Prize three times.
1938 - Lawrence Block, American crime and mystery writer.
1941 - Julia Kristeva, Bulgarian-born, French-based philosopher, literary critic, psychoanalyst, sociologist, feminist, and novelist.
1944 - Kathryn Lasky, prolific Newbery Award-winning American author of novels for children and teens.
1946 - Robert Reich, political economist, professor, author, and former U.S. Secretary of Labor.
1947 - Clarissa Dickson Wright, English television chef and author who was one of the Two Fat Ladies; she was also a lawyer and a cricket umpire; her full name was Clarissa Theresa Philomena Aileen Mary Josephine Agnes Elsie Trilby Louise Esmerelda Dickson Wright!
1950 - Mercedes Lackey, bestselling American fantasy author.

Bierce - Civil War StoriesLackey - Beauty and the WerewolfReich - Aftershock, the Next Economy & America's Future