1628 – Charles Perrault, French author and member of the Académie française who collected pre-existing folk tales to lay the foundations for a new literary genre, the fairy tale.
1874 – Laura Adams Armer, Newbery Medal-winning American artist, author, and photographer.
1876 – Jack London, American journalist, activist, and author of adventure fiction, best known for his Alaskan gold-rush novels The Call of the Wild and White Fang.
1945 – Nancy Pearl, American author and Seattle-based librarian who was the model for the Librarian Action Figure.
1948 – William Nicholson, Oscar-nominated British screenwriter, playwright, and author of fiction and science fiction.
1949 – Haruki Murakami, bestselling Japanese writer of fiction and nonfiction, and translator of English works into Japanese.
1952 – Walter Mosley, American writer of crime fiction, known for the “Easy Rawlins” series set in Los Angeles.
1954 – Sharon Lechter, American accountant, author, businesswoman, investor, motivational speaker, philanthropist, and appointee to the U.S. President’s Advisory Council on Financial Literacy.
1957 – Celia S. Friedman, American speculative fiction author and former costume designer.
1969 – David Mitchell, English novelist, recently well known for his 2004 novel Cloud Atlas.
1972 – Lê Thị Diễm Thúy, Vietnamese poet, novelist, and performer.
1973 – A. Lee Martinez, American fantasy and science-fiction author.