1902 - Curt Siodmak
German-American novelist and screenwriter, whose Donovan's Brain was made into a classic horror movie.
1903 - Ward Moore
American author whose most famous work is the 1953 alternate history Bring the Jubilee.
1912 - Jorge Amado
The "best-known of modern Brazilian writers," Amado's works have been translated into 49 different languages.
1924 - Nancy Buckingham
The pen name of Nancy Joyce Buckingham, who wrote gothic and romance fiction in collaboration with her husband John Sawyer. They also wrote using the pseudonyms Christina Abbey, Erica Quest, Nancy John and Hilary London.
1930 - Barry Unsworth
British writer known for his historical fiction, winner of the 1992 Booker Prize for Sacred Hunger.
1953 - Mark Doty
American poet and memoirist; winner of the National Book Award for Poetry in 2008 for Fire to Fire.
1962 - Suzanne Collins
American novelist, best known as the author of the wildly popular Hunger Games trilogy.
1961 - Julia Peterkin
1999 - Jennifer Paterson