1881 - T.S. Stribling
Amercan lawyer and writer whose novel The Store won the Pulitzer Prize in 1933.
1906 - Meindert DeJong
Dutch-American author of children's books; multiple winner of the Newbery Award.
1914 - Barbara Newhall Follett
American child prodigy novelist whose first two books were published when she was twelve and fourteen. She disappeared at age 25.
1928 - Alan Sillitoe
English writer; one of the "Angry Young Men" of the 1950's.
1940 - David Plante
American novelist of high cultural history.
1948 - James Ellroy
American author of crime fiction, a few of whose works have been adapted into films.
1953 - Geoff Nicholson
British satirical novelist in the tradition of Evelyn Waugh.
1953 - Peggy Rathman
American author and illustrator of children's books.
1953 - Daniel Woodrell
American novelist; coiner of the term "country noir" to describe his work.
1965 - Khaled Hosseini
Afghan-born American writer and physician, whose 2003 novel The Kite Runner was an international bestseller.
1966 - Dav Pilkey
American author and illustrator of children's books, most notably the Captain Underpants series.
1940 - Hamlin Garland
1963 - William Carlos Williams
2003 - Sébastien Japrisot
2016 - Pat Conroy