1083 – Anna Komnene (also spelled Comnena), a Greek princess, scholar, doctor, hospital administrator, and the daughter of Emperor Alexios I Komnenos of Byzantium; she wrote the Alexiad, a historical account of her father’s reign.
1886 – Rex Stout, American writer of detective fiction, known for the character Nero Wolfe.
1895 – Henry Williamson, English author known for his natural and social history novels.
1942 – John Crowley, American author of fantasy and science fiction.
1948 – Azar Nafisi (Persian: آذر نفیسی), Iranian-born American writer and professor of English literature, best known for her book Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books, which was on the New York Times Bestseller list for 117 weeks.
1949 – Jan Brett, American author and illustrator of children’s books, focused mainly on Scandinavian cultures.
1956 – Claire Chazal, French romance writer, journalist, and television news director.
1958 – Candace Bushnell, American author of the international best-selling book, Sex and the City.
1960 – Sergio F. Bambaren, Peruvian writer, noted for his love of the ocean and unknown horizons, and for his books related to surfing.
1964 – Jo Walton, Hugo Award-winning Welsh-Canadian science-fiction and fantasy author, best known for her novel, Among Others.