1869 - Felix Salten
Austrian author best known for the novel Bambi: Ein Lebensgeschichte aus dem Walde (a Life in the Woods.)
1928 - Robert M. Pirsig
American writer and philosopher, well known for his novel Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.
1931 - Bud Shrake
American author of fiction and non-fiction, possibly best known for his collaborations on golf books with Harvey Penick.
1955 - Raymond Benson
American author best known for being the official author of the James Bond novels from 1997 to 2003.
1963 - Alice Sebold
American novelist, most well known for her 2002 work The Lovely Bones.
1964 - Douglas A. Blackmon
American writer whose Slavery By Another Name won a 2009 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction.
1968 - Christopher Brookmyre
Scottish novelist of wit and social commentary.
1969 - Tony DiTerlizzi
American children's author, known for his works The Spiderwick Chronicles and his current Wondla series.
1972 - China Miéville
English fantasy author known for difficult-to-categorize works.
1907 - Sully Prudhomme
1994 - James Clavell
1997 - P.H. Newby
2007 - Madeline L'Engle