1911 - Bel Kaufman
American teacher and author best known for her 1965 bestseller Up the Down Staircase.
1915 - Monica Dickens
English author who wrote both adult and children's books; the great-granddaughter of Charles Dickens.
1919 - T. Berry Brazleton
American pediatrician and author of parenting books.
1933 - Barbara Taylor Bradford
English author whose 27 novels have all been bestsellers.
1934 - Richard Peck
American young adult novelist, winner of the 2001 Newbery for A Year Down Yonder.
1940 - Wayne Dyer
American self-help author and motivational speaker.
1947 - Caroline B. Cooney
American author of young adult suspense, romance, horror and mystery.
1953 - Christopher Paul Curtis
American author of children's books, best known for his Newbery award winning Bud, Not Buddy.
1955 - Rick Steves
American travel writer and television personality.
1967 - Jon Ronson
Welsh journalist and author of non-fiction books like The Men Who Stare at Goats.
1967 - John Scalzi
American science fiction author best known for his Old Man's War series.
1950 - John Gould Fletcher
1990 - Walker Percy
2005 - Elizabeth Orton Jones