June 1

Colleen McCullough (1937) The Thorn Birds, Bittersweet


June 2

Thomas Hardy (1840) Tess of the D’urbervilles, Jude the Obscure, Far from the Madding Crowd

Dorothy West (1907) The Wedding, The Richer, the Poorer


June 3

Allen Ginsberg (1926) Poet, Howl

Larry McMurtry (1936) Lonesome Dove, Texasville, The Last Picture Show


June 5

Federico García Lorca (1898) Poet, Bodas de Sangre, Poet in New York

Richard Scarry (1919) Busy World series

Ken Follett (1949) Pillars of the Earth, Eye of the Needle


June 6

Thomas Mann (1875) The Magic Mountain, Buddenbrooks, Death in Venice

Maxine Kumin (1925) Poet, children’s author

Cynthia Rylant (1954) Henry and Mudge series, Mr. Putter and Tabby series


June 7

Nikki Giovanni (1943) Poet, Acolytes, Rosa

Gwendolyn Brooks (1917) Poet, We Are Shining, In Montgomery


June 8

Sara Paretsky (1947) V.I. Warshawski mystery series


June 9

Kate Petty (1951) Kate the Great series, Ha Ha Baby

Patricia Cornwell (1956) Kay Scarpetta mystery series


June 10

Saul Bellow (1915) The Adventures of Augie March, Humboldt’s Gift

Maurice Sendak (1928) Where the Wild Things Are, In the Night Kitchen


June 11

William Styron (1925) The Confessions of Nat Turner, Sophie’s Choice


June 12

Johanna Spyri (1829) Heidi

Anne Frank (1929) The Diary of a Young Girl

Rona Jaffe (1932) The Best of Everything, Mazes and Monsters


June 13

William Butler Yeats (1865) Poet

Dorothy L. Sayers (1893) Lord Peter Wimsey mysteries


June 14

Harriet Beecher Stowe(1811) Uncle Tom’s Cabin

John Bartlett (1820) Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations

Jerzy Kosinski (1933) Being There

John Edgar Wideman (1941) Writing to Save a Life: The Louis Till File


June 15

Brian Jacques (1939) Redwall series


June 16

John Howard Griffin (1920) Black Like Me

Erich Segal (1937) Love Story, Oliver’s Story

Joyce Carol Oates (1938) We Were the Mulvaneys, Smooth Talk


June 17

James Weldon Johnson (1871) The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man, The Creation

John Hersey (1914) A Bell for Adano, Hiroshima


June 18

Gail Godwin (1937) Evenings at Five, Unfinished Desires

Chris Van Allsburg (1949) The Polar Express, Jumanji


June 19

Tobias Wolff (1945) This Boy’s Life, Old School

Salman Rushdie (1947) Midnight’s Children, The Satanic Verses


June 20

Lillian Hellman (1905) Playwright, The Children’s Hour, The Little Foxes


June 21

Jean-Paul Sartre (1905) Philosopher, Playwright, No Exit, Being and Nothingness

Mary McCarthy (1912) The Group, The Company She Keeps

Ian McEwan (1948) On Chesil Beach, Atonement, Saturday


June 22

Erich Maria Remarque (1898) All Quiet on the Western Front

Anne Morrow Lindbergh (1906) Gift From the Sea, Against Wind and Tide

Octavia E. Butler (1947) Parable of the Sower, Mind of My Mind, Clay’s Ark


June 23

Jean Anouilh (1910) Playwright, Antigone, The Lark, Becket

David Leavitt (1961) The Two Hotel Francforts, The Man Who Knew Too Much


June 24

Ambrose Bierce (1842) The Devil’s Dictionary


June 25

George Orwell (1903) 1984, Animal Farm

Dorothy Gilman (1924) Mrs. Pollifax mysteries

Eric Carle (1929) The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Very Busy Spider, The Very Quiet Cricket


June 26

Pearl S. Buck (1892) The Good Earth, The Eternal Wonder

Colin Wilson (1931) The Outsider, Supernatural: Your Guide Through the Unexplained, the Unearthly, and the Unknown


June 27

Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872) Poet, Lyrics of Lowly Life

Helen Keller (1880) The Story of My Life, The World I Live In

Frank O’Hara (1926) Poet, Lunch Poems, Meditations in an Emergency

Lucille Clifton (1936) Poet, Blessing the Boats, Good Woman

Alice McDermott (1953) That Night, Charming Billy


June 28

Jean Jacques Rousseau (1712) Philosopher, The Social Contract

Mark Helprin (1947) Winter’s Tale, Freddy and Fredericka


June 29

Antoine de Saint-Exupery (1900) The Little Prince


June 30

David McPhail (1940) Ben Loves Bear, Baby Pig Pig Walks