Frederick Douglass was born around 14 February 1818 into slavery in Talbot County, Maryland. In 1881, Douglass published Life and Times of Frederick Douglass, which he revised in 1892. He taught other slaves on the plantation to read the New Testament at a weekly church service. Frederick Douglass married Anna Murray and they had five children. Frederick Douglass became the first African American nominated for vice president of the United States. Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey biography and profile.
Kate Chopin was born on February 8, 1850, in St. Louis, Missouri. Among her more than 100 short stories are “Désirée’s Baby” and “Madame Celestin’s Divorce.” The Awakening (1899), a realistic novel about the sexual and artistic awakening of a young mother who abandons her family, was initially condemned for its sexual frankness but was later acclaimed. Much of Chopin’s life was defined by the deaths of those close to her. Kate Chopin biography and profile.
Anthony Bourdain was born on June 25, 1956, in New York City. Bourdain eventually attended Vassar College for two years and then graduated from the world-renowned Culinary Institute of America in 1978. In 2002, Bourdain started his two-season run on the Food Network’s A Cook’s Tour, a series featuring Bourdain traveling the world seeking culinary adventures. Anthony Bourdain Biography and Profile.
Stephen King was born on September 21, 1947 in Portland, Maine, to Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. Stephen made his first professional short story sale (“The Glass Floor”) to Startling Mystery Stories in 1967. Stephen is the 2003 recipient of The National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters and the 2014 National Medal of Arts. Stephen Edwin King Biography and Profile.
Gabriel García Márquez was born in March 6, 1927 in the small town of Aracataca, situated in a tropical region of northern Colombia, between the mountains and the Caribbean Sea. “My books couldn’t have been written if I wasn’t a journalist. Because all my material was taken from reality.” García Márquez was the fourth Latin American and the first Colombian to win the Nobel Prize (1982). García Márquez Biography and Profile.
Gore Vidal, 3 October 1925, American writer, known for many popular screenplays, plays and novels, as well as other literary works. In 1958, his play The Death of Billy the Kid was adapted for the screenplay of The Left Handed Gun. Two years later, Vidal wrote the popular play The Best Man (1960). Among Vidal’s most famous works are his 1960s books Julian and Myra Breckinridge. He won the National Book Award; and 1995 memoir, Palimpsest. Gore Vidal Biography and Profile.
Candice Carty-Williams was born in 1989. In 2016, she created and launched the Guardian and 4th Estate BAME Short Story Prize, a prize that aims to find, champion and celebrate black, Asian and minority ethnic writers. She also contributes regularly to Refinery29 and i-D. Carty-Williams wrote the ‘Queenie’ book. Read Candice Carty-Williams Biography and Profile.
Toni Morrison, Writer, Editor, Literary Critic, Playwright, born Chloe Anthony Wofford, on February 18, 1931 in Lorain (Ohio), the second of four children in a black working-class family. Displayed an early interest in literature. Toni Morrison is a Nobel Prize- and Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist. Among her best known novels are ‘The Bluest Eye,’ ‘Song of Solomon,’ ‘Beloved’ and ‘A Mercy.’ Read Chloe Anthony Wofford Biography and Profile.
Born in New York City on14 August 1947, Danielle Steel embarked on a career in advertising before publishing her first novel, Going Home, in 1973. What I care about most: my children. They are my life and always have been. When they were younger, I was a full time, hands-on Mom by day, and wrote at night. The hardest thing that ever happened to me as many of you know was when my son Nick died, when he was 19, in 1997. Read Danielle Steel Biography and Profile.