1830 - Frédéric Mistral
French author in the Occitan language who won the 1904 Nobel Prize in Literature "in recognition of the fresh originality and true inspiration of his poetic production, which faithfully reflects the natural scenery and native spirit of his people, and in addition, his significant work as a Provençal phililogist."
1886 - Siegfried Sassoon
English poet, author and soldier, best known for his poetry describing the horrors of WWI military life.
1903 - Jane Arbor
The pen name of Eileen Norah Owbridge, a British author of doctor-nurse and foreign romance.
1924 - Grace Metalious
American author best known for her controversial novel Peyton Place.
1940 - Jack Prelutsky
American author of children's poetry; the American Children's Poet Laureate.
1945 - Jon Scieszka
Rhymes with "Fresca." American author of children's literature.
1947 - Ann Beattie
American short story writer and novelist.
1947 - Marianne Wiggins
American author known for unusual characters and storylines.
1954 - Michael Shermer
American science writer and notable skeptic. Also was a competitive long-distance cyclist.
1955 - Terry Tempest Williams
American author, conservationist and activist.
1962 - Christopher Klim
American novelist, best known for the novels Jesus Lives in Trenton and The Winners Circle.
1990 - Denys Watkins-Pitchford