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January 16 Writer Birthdays

Fossey - Gorillas in the MistI've been lax with the writer birthday lists lately, but I couldn't skip today, since it's also my son's birthday. Here are some writers who share it with him.

January 16 Writer Birthdays

  • 1749 - Vittorio Alfieri, Italian Count who was a dramatist and poet; considered the founder of Italian tragedy.

  • 1874 - Robert W. Service, British-Canadian poet known as the "Bard of the Yukon."

  • 1882 - Margaret Wilson, Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist.

  • 1901 - Laura Riding, American poet, critic, novelist, and essayist who lived with poet Robert Graves.

  • 1918 - Stirling Silliphant, Oscar-winning screenwriter.

  • 1923 - Anthony Hecht, American poet whose work often focused on WW2 & the Holocaust.

  • 1928 - William Kennedy, novelist, and journalist who often wrote about a fictional Irish-American family.

  • 1932 - Dian Fossey, American zoologist who studied & wrote about gorillas in Rwanda.

  • 1933 - Susan Sontag, writer, filmmaker, activist, and literary icon.

  • 1947 - Kate McMullan, prolific author of children's picture books, nonfiction books, and young-adult books who often collaborates with her husband, illustrator Jim McMullan. She has also written joke books under the name Katy Hall, and the "Dragon Slayers' Academy" series under the name K.H. McMullan.

  • 1947 - Magdalen Nabb, British author of detective novels.

  • 1948 - Ruth Reichl, American food writer, editor, memoirist, and TV food-show producer.

  • 1952 - Julie Anne Peters, author of young-adult fiction.

  • 1955 - Mary Karr, American poet, essayist, and bestselling memoirist.

  • 1958 - Marla Frazee, children's book author and illustrator; 2-time Caldecott Honoree.

  • 1968 - Rebecca Stead, Newbery Award-winning author of children's and young-adult books.

  • 1970 - Garth Ennis, Northern Irish comic book writer.

Wilson - The Able McLaughlinsFrazee - Boss BabyKennedy - IronweedStead - When You Reach Me