1919 - Antonio Frasconi
Uruguayan-American artist and Caldecott Honor recipient.
1926 - Harper Lee
American author known for her only novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, which won the 1961 Pulitzer Prize for Literature.
1934 - Lois Duncan
American author of children's and young adult books.
1934 - Diane Johnson
American writer whose novels often feature American heroines living abroad in France.
1944 - Alice Waters
American chef and author, founder of the Berkeley, California restaurant Chez Panisse.
1946 - Kit Williams
English artist, illustrator and author best known for his 1979 real-life treasure hunt book Masquerade.
1947 - Christian Jacq
French author and Egyptologist.
1948 - Terry Pratchett
British author of comic fantasy, particularly the Discworld series.
1953 - Roberto Bolaño
Chilean novelist and poet.
1960 - Ian Rankin
Scottish crime writer, author of the Inspector Rebus series.
1965 - Jennifer Rardin
American author of urban fantasy novels, known for the Jaz Parks series.
1976 - Richard Hughes
1992 - Iceberg Slim
1994 - Berton Roueché
1997 - Anne Petry
2000 - Penelope Fitzgerald