1832 – Horatio Alger Jr., American author known for his “rags-to-riches” children’s books about impoverished boys who improve their situations through courage, honesty, and hard work.
1901 – A.B. Guthrie Jr., Pulitzer Prize-winning American writer best known for his novel The Way West.
1926 – Michael Bond, English author most famous for his children’s books about Paddington Bear.
1926 – Amanda Cross, pen name of bestselling American mystery writer and professor Carolyn Gold Heilbrun, who also wrote academic works on feminism under her own name.
1931 – Flora Nwapa, Nigerian novelist, poet, publisher, and activist.
1933 – Shahnon Ahmad, Malaysian novelist and satirist.
1951 – Frank Peretti, American author of Christian fiction, often involving the supernatural.
1955 – Jay McInerney, American novelist, short-story writer, screenwriter, editor, and wine columnist.
1957 – Lorrie Moore, award-winning American author known for her humorous and poignant novels and short stories.