Sunday, November 23, 2014

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

Saturday, November 22, 2014

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

Friday, November 21, 2014

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

Thursday, November 20, 2014

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

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

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

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

November 18


1874 - Clarence Day
American author best known for his autobiographical Life with Father and its sequels.

1882 - Wyndham Lewis
English author and painter.

1912 - Hilda Nickson
Prolific British author of romance novels.

1939 - Margaret Atwood 
Canadian novelist, known for her speculative fiction with titles like The Handmaid's Tale and Oryx and Crake.

1946 - Alan Dean Foster
American science fiction and fantasy author, known for movie novelizations.

1950 - Michael Swanwick
American science fiction author.

1953 - Alan Moore
English comic book author, known for his works Watchmen and V is for Vendetta.

1971 - Terrance Hayes
American poet who won the 2010 National Book Award for Poetry for his collection Lighthead.

1922 - Marcel Proust
1999 - Paul Bowles

Monday, November 17, 2014

November 17


1916 - Shelby Foote
American Civil War historian and novelist.

1939 - Auberon Waugh
British journalist; eldest son of Evelyn Waugh. Wrote fiction as well as his other writings.

1969 - Rebecca Walker
American feminist writer, daughter of author Alice Walker.

1983 - Christopher Paolini
American author best known for his Inheritance Cycle, which he began writing when he was 15.

1932 - Charles W. Chesnutt
1968 - Mervyn Peake