1900 - Holling C. Holling
American author and illustrator best known for the book Paddle-to-the-Sea, which was a 1943 Caldecott Honor book.
1924 - James Baldwin
African-American writer, known for novels like Go Tell it on the Mountain and collections of essays like Notes of a Native Son.
1942 - Isabel Allende
Chilean-American writer whose novels like House of the Spirits often include some form of magic. She was awarded the National Literature Prize of Chile in 2010.
1946 - James Howe
American author of children's and young adult books; notably the Bunnicula series.
1947 - Lawrence Wright
American author best known for his Pulitzer Prize-winning 2006 book The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11.
1955 - Caleb Carr
American novelist and military historian, whose fiction is often set in Gilded Age or Victiorian Times.
1964 - Ken MacLeod
Scottish science fiction writer of space opera and hard sci-fi.
1955 - Wallace Stevens
1963 - Oliver La Farge
1972 - Paul Goodman
1988 - Raymond Carver
1990 - Norman Maclean
1997 - William S. Burroughs