Wednesday, November 25, 2015

November 25


1893 - Joseph Wood Krutch
American writer and naturalist whose The Measure of Man won the 1955 National Book Award for Nonfiction.

1895 - Helen Hooven Santmeyer
American author of novels and poetry, whose And Ladies of the Club was a bestseller.

1904 - Ba Jin
Pen name of Chinese writer Li Feigan, one of the most important Chinese writers of the 20th century.

1909 - P.D. Eastman
American screenwriter and children's author.

1926 - Poul Andersen
American science fiction author, winner of seven Hugo and three Nebula awards.

1946 - Marc Brown
American children's book author, creator of the Arthur series.

1951 - Charlaine Harris
American mystery author, famous for her Southern Vampire series and it's protagonist Sookie Stackhouse.

1951 - Arturo Pérez-Reverte
Spanish novelist and journalist, best known for his Alatriste series.

1952 - Crescent Dragonwagon
American author (born Ellen Zolotow) who primarily writes cookbooks and childrens's books.

1953 - Mark Frost
American writer, known in the television world for Twin Peaks and Hill Street Blues, and in the literature world for fiction and golf books.

1950 - Johannes Vilhelm Jensen
1968 - Upton Sinclair
1970 - Yukio Mishima

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

November 24


1713 - Laurence Sterne
Anglo-Irish novelist and clergyman, best known for his novel The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman.

1849 - Frances H. Burnett
English playwright and author whose children's stories like The Secret Garden are considered classics.

1888 - Dale Carnegie
American writer and lecturer whose most famous work is How to Win Friends and Influence People.

1925 - William F Buckley Jr.
American conservative author, who founded the magazine National Review.

1935 - Mordecai Gerstein
American children's book author and illustrator, winner of the 2004 Caldecott Medal for The Man Who Walked Between the Towers.

1948 - Spider Robinson
American born Canadian science fiction author.

1961 - Arundhati Roy
Indian author and political activist, best known for her 1997 book The God of Small Things.

1975 - Thomas Kohnstamm
American author and travel writer.

1980 - Herbert Agar
1990 - Dodie Smith
2004 - Arthur Hailey
2004 - Joseph Hansen

Monday, November 23, 2015

November 23


1914 - Wilson Tucker
American mystery and scifi author who coined the term "space opera."

1915 - Marc Simont
Paris-born American children's book ilustrator, who won a Caldecott Medal in 1957 for the illustrations to Janice May Udry's A Tree is Nice.

1923 - Gloria Whelan
American children's and YA author; winner of the 2000 National Book Award for Young People's Literature for Homeless Bird.

1929 - Hal Lindsey
American evangelist and author, known for his 1970 book The Late, Great Planet Earth.

1936 - Robert Barnard
English crime writer whose main series revolved around detective Charlie Pearce.

1950 - Carlos Eire
Cuban-born American professor and author of the National Book Award-winning Waiting for Snow in Havana, a memoir of the Cuban Revolution.

1953 - Rick Bayless
American chef and author who specializes in regional Mexican cuisine.

1955 - Steven Brust
American scifi and fantasy author of the Vlad Taltos series.

1980 - Ismael Beah
Former Sierra Leonean child soldier and author of the memoir A Long Way Gone: Memoir of a Boy Soldier.

1958 - Johnston McCulley
1974 - Cornelius Ryan
1976 - André Malraux
1984 - Leonard Baker
1990 - Roald Dahl

Sunday, November 22, 2015

November 22


1819 - George Eliot
Pen name of Many Anne Evans, English novelist and one of the leading writers of the Victorian era.

1869 - André Gide
French author, winner of the 1947 Nobel Prize for Literature "for his comprehensive and artistically significant writings,in which human problems and conditions have been presented with a fearless love of truth and keen psychological insight."

1883 - Martin Flavin
American writer who won the 1944 Pulitzer for Fiction for his novel Journey in the Dark.

1896 - David J. Mays
American lawyer and author; winner of the 1953 Pulitzer Prize for Biography for Edmond Pendleton 1721-1803.

1904 - Fumio Niwa
Japanese novelist, most famous in the west for his work The Buddha Tree.

1917 - Jon Cleary
Australian writer possibly best known for his novel The Sundowners.

1943 - William Kotzwinkle
American author known for the Walter the Farting Dog series as well as writing the novelization of the screenplay for E.T.

1943 - Roger L. Simon
American author and screenwriter, known for the Moses Wine detective series.

1947 - Valerie Wilson Wesley
African-American author of mysteries and children's books.

1969 - Marjane Satrapi
Iranian-born French graphic novelist, known for her autobiographical work Persepolis.

1886 - Mary Boykin Chesnut
1916 - Jack London
1963 - Aldous Huxley
1963 - John F. Kennedy
1963 - C.S. Lewis
1993 - Anthony Burgess

Saturday, November 21, 2015

November 21


1694 - Voltaire
Pen name of François-Marie Arouet, French Enlightenment writer known for works like Candide.

1902 - Isaac Bashevis Singer
Polish-born Jewish-American author, winner of the 1978 Nobel Prize for Literature "for his impassioned narrative art which, with roots in a Polish-Jewish cultural tradition, brings universal human conditions to life."

1908 - Leo Politi
Italian-American children's author, winner of the 1950 Caldecott Medal for Song of the Swallows.

1908 - Elizabeth George Speare
American children's author, two time winner of the Newbery medal.

1924 - Christopher Tolkien
Youngest son of J.R.R Tolkien, known as the editor of much of his father's work.

1932 - Beryl Bainbridge
English author of psychological fiction.

1940 - Richard Marcinko
Retired Navy SEAL commander, now known for his military fiction.

1945 - Ellen Glasgow
1989 - Margot Zemach
1999 - Quentin Crisp
2011 - Anne McCaffrey

Friday, November 20, 2015

November 20


1858 - Selma Lagerlöf
Swedish author, first female to win the Nobel Prize in Literature, in 1909 "in appreciation of the lofty idealism, vivid imagination and spiritual perception that characterize her writings."

1886 - Bray Hammond
American author of Banks and Politics in American from the Revolution to the Civil War, winner of the 1958 Pulitzer Prize for History.

1923 - Nadine Gordimer
South African writer, recipient of the 1991 Nobel Prize in Literature because she "through her magnificent epic writing has - in the words of Alfred Nobel - been of very great benefit to humanity."

1926 - John Gardner
English spy and thriller novelist, best known for continuing the James Bond series.

1936 - Don Delillo
American novelist and two-time Pulitzer finalist.

1937 - Rhys Isaac
South African-born Australian historian who won the Pulitzer Prize for History in 1983 for his book The Transformation of Virginia, 1740-1790.

1910 - Leo Tolstoy 
2000 - Kalle Päätalo
2006 - Donald Hamilton
2013 - Sylvia Browne

Thursday, November 19, 2015

November 19


1899 - Allen Tate
American poet; Poet Laureate of the U.S. from 1943-44

1907 - Jack Schaefer
American author known for westerns like Shane.

1942 - Sharon Olds
American poet; winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Peotry.

1958 - Annette Gordon-Reed
American historian; winner of the 2009 Pulitzer prize for History (as well as 15 other awards) for her work on the Hemings family at Monticello.

1887 - Emma Lazarus
1955 - Marquis James
1974 - Louise Fitzhugh
1988 - Peggy Parish
2004 - Trina Schart Hyman
2011 - Ruth Stone