Saturday, June 27, 2015

June 27

Born:



1850 - Lafcadio Hearn
Ionian-born international writer best known for his books about Japan, where he was known as Koizumi Yakumo.







1872 - Paul Lawrence Dunbar
African-American writer much of whose work was written in dialect.








1880 - Helen Keller
American author and political activist for the deaf and blind. Her early autobiography, Story of my Life, was adapted into a number of works about her.






1896 - Helen Sewell
American children's book author and illustrator whose The Thanksgiving Story was a 1955 Caldecott Honor book.







1906 - Catherine Cookson
British novelist, known for her fiction based in northeast England. She also wrote under the pen names Catherine Marchant and Katie McMullen, and was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1993.






1928 - James Lincoln Collier
American musician and author of children's book like My Brother Sam is Dead, which was a 1974 Newbery Honor book.







1929 - Peter Maas
American journalist and author of non-fiction, notably several mafia biographies.








1936 - Lucille Clifton
American poet and writer, winner of the 2000 National book award for Poetry and Poet Laureate of Maryland from 1979 to 1985.




1939 - Ivan Doig
American novelist, known for his regional historic fiction.  His Montana series, including Dancing at the Rascal Fair, are his best known works.








1949 - James P. Hogan
British author of hard science fiction.





1951 - Anita Diamant
American author who began in non-fiction, writing Guides about contemporary Jewish practice. She had a big hit with her debut novel, The Red Tent, which became a New York Times bestseller.







1953 - Alice McDermott
American author who won the National Book Award for her 1998 novel Charming Billy.







1956 - Scott Cunningham
American author of books on Wicca and alternative religions.








1971 - Jo Frost
English nanny, television personality and author of books on child rearing.




Died:
1946 - Wanda Gág
2001 - Tove Jansson
2005 - Shelby Foote
2017 - Michael Bond

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