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July 6 Writer Birthdays

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July 6 Writer Birthdays

  • 1859 - Carl Gustaf Verner von Heidenstam, Nobel Prize-winning Swedish poet and novelist.

  • 1878 - Eino Leino, Finnish journalist and poet; considered one of the pioneers of Finnish poetry.

  • 1886 - Marc Bloch, influential Medieval historian and author who was killed by the Gestapo for being a leader in the French Resistance.

  • 1890 - Dhan Gopal Mukerji, Indian autobiographer, poet, playwright, and Newbery Medal-winning children's book author; before entering the Brahmin priesthood as a teenager he spent two years as a beggar in order to understand how other people lived; eventually he gave up the priesthood to study and become a writer.

  • 1892 - Will James, Canadian-born American cowboy, rustler, artist, and Newbery Medal-winning book writer.

  • 1900 - Kathryn Hulme, American novelist, memoirist, nonfiction writer, and relief worker.

  • 1930 - Gloria Skurzynski, American author of YA and children's books, best known for her nonfiction books about science and her novels with science-related themes.

  • 1935 - Norman Sherry, British-born American novelist, educator, and biographer, best known for his 3-volume biography of author Graham Greene.

  • 1935 - Lhamo Thondup, the 14th (and current) Dalai Lama, also known by his religious name Jetsun Jamphel Ngawang Lobsang Yeshe Tenzin Gyatso, or Tenzin Gyatso for short; Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader and book author.

  • 1937 - Bessie Head, South African-born teacher, journalist, nonfiction writer, short-story writer, and novelist who is considered Botswana's most influential author.

  • 1944 - Bernhard Schlink, German novelist, short-story writer, and lawyer, best known for his bestselling book The Reader, which has been called one of the greatest triumphs of German literature since The Tin Drum.

  • 1951 - Cheryl Harness, American author and illustrator of children's and young adult books, best known for historical fiction.1952 - Hilary Mantel, English novelist, essayist, film critic, and memorist who is a two-time winner of the Booker Prize; best known for her historical novels.

  • 1951 - Mickey Kaus, American journalist, blogger, author, and pundit.

  • 1954 - Kathi Appelt, American poet, teacher, and children's book author.

  • 1955 - William Wall, Irish novelist, poet, and short-story writer.

  • 1957 - Susan Ford Bales, American author, photojournalist, public health activist, and former nonprofit chairman; the daughter of U.S. President Gerald Ford.

  • 1962 - Peter Hedges, American novelist, screenwriter, and film director; best known for writing both the novel and screenplay for What's Eating Gilbert Grape; married to poet and actress Susan Bruce Titman.

  • 1962 - Andrew Martin, British journalist and crime-fiction author.

  • 1971 - Josh Elliott, American sports journalist.

  • 1972 - Laurent Gaudé, French playwright and novelist.

Head - When Rain Clouds GatherMukerji - Gay Neck, the Story of a PigeonDalai Lama - Beyond Religion

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