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Boyer, Dwight

Born: November 18, 1912 Died: October 15, 1978 Ohio connection: Birth Elyria It was perhaps fate that an Elyria native, born in the same year as the tragic sinking of the Titanic, should devote his life to authoring books about life and death on board ships. Dwight Boyer was born in Elyria, Ohio on November …

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Burnett, William Riley

Born: November 25, 1899 Died: April 25, 1982 Ohio connection: Birth Springfield Although an author of Westerns and a successful screenwriter, William Riley Burnett is best known as the originator of the gangster novel. The underworld icons of sleek cars, flashy clothes, bootleg liquor, and tommy guns find their origins in Burnett’s first novel, Little Caesar (1929). …

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Congratulations to 2017 Ohio Poetry Out Loud Northeast Region Finalists

Congratulations to 2017 Ohio Poetry Out Loud Northeast Region Finalists

On Saturday, February 25, 2017, the weather was pleasant, mild—certainly not your typical winter day in Cleveland, Ohio. However, for 10 high school students and an audience that included their family members and teachers who gathered at the Cleveland Public Library, the day contained just the right atmosphere for an exceptional  event. To view/print/download the program, …

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Bourjaily, Vance Nye

Born: September 17, 1922 Died: August 31, 2010 Ohio connection: Birth Cleveland Born in Cleveland, Ohio, on September 17, 1922, Bourjaily’s family moved several times during his youth; he grew up in Connecticut, New York, and Virginia. His parents separated when he was eleven; they were both writers. Bourjaily’s Lebanese-born father was a journalist and publisher, and …

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Borden, Louise

Born:  October 30, 1949 Ohio connection: Birth Cincinnati Louise Walker Borden was born in Cincinnati on October 30, 1949 to William Lee and Louise (Crutcher) Walker.  Inspired by a grandmother who loved history, Borden grew up fascinated by the stories of ordinary people and their relation to historical events. An avid reader of nonfiction and historical …

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Birmingham, Stephen

Born: May 28, 1932 Died: November 15, 2015 Ohio connection: Former Resident Cincinnati Stephen Birmingham was born in 1932 in Hartford, Connecticut, son of Thomas and Editha (Gardner) Birmingham. He received a B.A. degree from Williams College in 1953, and also studied for a time in England. He married Janet Tillson in 1953 with whom he had three …

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Bilgere, George

Born: July 4, 1951 Ohio connection: Resident Cleveland Born July 4, 1951, poet and educator George Bilgere grew up in St. Louis, Missouri, and Riverside, California. He received a B. A. from the University of California, Riverside, and an M.A. in English Literature from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, before earning a Ph.D. in contemporary …

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Biggers, Earl Derr

Born: August 26, 1884 Died:  April 5, 1933 Ohio connection: Birth Warren Earl Derr Biggers was born and raised in Warren, Ohio, the son of Robert J. Biggers and Emma Derr Biggers. He received a B.A. from Harvard University in 1907. He was a columnist and drama critic for the Traveler newspaper in Boston, Massachusetts, from 1908 until …

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