1897 - Marjorie Flack
American children's author, best known for her book The Story About Ping.
1904 - Harvey Penick
American golf professional, whose instructional Little Red Book became a bestseller late in his life.
1942 - Michael Crichton
American author of bestselling thrillers.
1961 - Laurie Halse Anderson
American author of children's and young adult novels.
1963 - Gordon Korman
Canadian author of children and young adult fiction.
1965 - Augusten Burroughs
American writer best known for his memoir Running With Scissors.
1969 - Trudi Canavan
Australian fantasy author, best known for her Black Magician trilogy and Age of the Five.
1974 - Aravind Adiga
Indian author and journalist whose debut novel, The White Tiger, won the 2008 Man Booker Prize.
1939 - Zane Grey
1964 - Frank Luther Mott
1990 - Thomas Williams