June 14 Writer Birthdays

1811 – Harriet Beecher Stowe, American abolitionist and author, known for the novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin.

1899 – Yasunari Kawabata, Nobel Prize-winning Japanese novelist and short-story writer.

1904 – Margaret Bourke-White, American photographer, documentary photographer, and autobiographer.

1923 – Anne Judith Kerr, German-born British writer and illustrator of children’s picture books and teen novels.

1928 – Che Guevara, Argentine Marxist revolutionary, physician, guerrilla leader, diplomat, and military strategist who chronicled his travels in a memoir.

1928 – Janice May Udry, American author of children’s books.

1929 – Lensey Chao Namioka, Chinese-born mathematician and American writer of children’s books.

1933 – Jerzy Kosiński, National Book Award-winning Polish-born American novelist.

1939 – Peter Mayle, British author best known for his semi-autobiographical novels about living in Provence.

1945 – Joan Silber, American novelist and short-story writer.

1947 – Kat Martin, American romance novelist who also writes under the pen names Kathy Lawrence and Kasey Marx.

1948 – Laurence Yep, Newbery Award-winning Chinese-American author of novels for children and teens.

1949 – Harry Turtledove, American novelist known for his historical fiction, alternate history, science fiction, and fantasy.

1957 – Mona Simpson, American novelist and PEN/Faulkner Award finalist who first met her brother, the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, when she was 25 years old.

1978 – Diablo Cody, American author and Oscar-winning screenwriter.

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