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September 25 Writer Birthdays

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September 25 Writer Birthdays

  • 1860 - Charles Edward Russell, Pulitzer Prize-winning American journalist, editor, columnist, and activist.

  • 1881 - Lu Xun (魯迅), pen name for Zhou Shuren, leading Chinese poet, novelist, editor, literary critic, translator, and short-story writer.

  • 1897 - William Faulkner, American writer of Southern literature, Nobel Laureate and two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize "for his powerful and artistically unique contribution to the modern American novel."

  • 1923 - Robert Laxalt, Basque-American writer whose novels focused on the Basque experience in Nevada and the American West.

  • 1929 - Barbara Walters, American broadcast journalist and author.

  • 1930 - Shel Silverstein, American poet, lyricist, playwright, and bestselling author and illustrator of children's books; he wrote the song "A Boy Named Sue," which Johnny Cash made a hit, as well as several classic books for children, including The Giving Tree and Where the Sidewalk Ends.

  • 1935 - Maj Sjöwall, Swedish author and translator, best known for her crime fiction.

  • 1947 - Jim Murphy, Newbery Honor-winning American author of children's books about history.

  • 1952 - Gloria Jean Watkins (better known by her pen name, Bell Hooks), American author, feminist, and social activist.

  • 1955 - Luanne Rice, bestselling American author whose fiction tends to deal with nature, the sea, love, and family relationships.

  • 1956 - Miroslav Volf, Croatian theologian, author, and professor.

  • 1960 - Kristin Hannah, American author from the Seattle area.

  • 1960 - Andrzej Stasiuk, Polish novelist, essayist, travel writer, and critic.

  • 1963 - Andrea Davis Pinkney, American editor and children's book author who won the Coretta Scott King award; her books aim to cultivate pride in African-American culture and achievements.

  • 1964 - Ruth Ohi, Canadian author and illustrator of children's picture books.

  • 1964- Carlos Ruiz Zafón, Spanish author who has written for adults and teens; he is considered one of Spain's most successful contemporary novelists.

  • 1969 - Bill Simmons, American sports columnist, analyst, and author, recently suspended from ESPN for criticizing NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

Hannah - Fly AwayFaulkner - The Sound & The Fury
Silverstein - The Giving TreeZafon - Shadow of the Wind

Happy Birthday to all of today's authors!