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Anderson, Terry

Born: October 27, 1947 Ohio connection: Birth Lorain Terry Anderson is a retired journalist and former foreign correspondent in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.  He served as Chief Middle East Correspondent for the Associated Press, and has worked as a newspaper editor, television and radio reporter, and documentary producer.  Anderson is the author of the best-selling …

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Anderson, Sherwood

Born: September 13, 1876 Died: March 8, 1941 Ohio connection: Birth Camden Born in Ohio, Sherwood Anderson was a largely self-educated short-story writer and novelist. His formative years were spent in Clyde, Ohio, and he later lived for a number of years in Elyria. Although he published several novels, including Poor White (1920) and Many Marriages (1923), his most famous …

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Ames, Delano

Born: May 29, 1906 Died: January, 1987 Ohio connection: Birth Mount Vernon Delano L. Ames was born in Mount Vernon, Ohio, on May 29, 1906.  He was the son of Benjamin and Isabel Cooper (nee Kirk) Ames. Delano’s father was a prominent businessman in Knox County, but moved the family to New Mexico in 1917.  As a …

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Alger, Leclaire

(Sorche Nic Leodhas) Born: May 20, 1898 Died: November 14, 1969 Ohio connection: Birth Youngstown Born Leclaire Gowans on May 20, 1898, in Youngstown, Ohio, Alger wrote most of her books under the Gaelic pen-name Sorche Nic Leodhas (pronounced “Sore-ka Nik Le-oh-das”), which means “Claire, daughter of Louis.” Writing under the Gaelic pseudonym provided realism to her Gaelic tales …

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Alder, Elizabeth

Born: August 8, 1954 Ohio connection: Birth Painesville Elizabeth A. Alder was born on August 8, 1954 in Painesville, Ohio, daughter of Robert A., a lawyer who helped found the Lake County Public Defender’s Office and Angela V. Clair (nee Belew).  An award-winning author of historical fiction for children and young adults, Alder’s path toward becoming a …

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Albacete, M. J.

Born: July 23, 1939 Ohio connection: Birth Canton Manuel Joseph Albacete was born on July 23, 1939 in Canton, Ohio, son of Francisco Albacete (contractor) and Anna Siska Albacete.  Most of his life he has lived in Canton, except for a period of eight years when the family resided in Johnstown, PA from 1946 to 1954.   …

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Adoff, Jaime

Born: June 2, 1967 Ohio connection: Resident Yellow Springs Jaime Adoff was born in New York City. He was raised in Yellow Springs, Ohio where he continues to reside. Jaime is the son of the Newbery-Award-winning children’s author Virginia Hamilton and the equally renowned poet Arnold Adoff. He received a Bachelor of Music degree from Central State …

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Adoff, Arnold

Born: July 16, 1935 Ohio connection: Resident Yellow Springs A champion of multiculturalism and an accomplished poet and anthologist, Arnold Adoff was born in New York City. His father had immigrated to the United States from a town near the Polish-Russian border, and the Adoff family was well-read, with a keen sense of their Jewish heritage. At …

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Adkins, Jan

Born: November 7, 1944 Ohio connection: Birth Gallipolis Born in Gallipolis, OH, and raised across the river in Wheeling, West Virginia, author and illustrator Jan Adkins has said that he is “an explainer, a storyteller with words and images, an advocate for young minds, a resource for images, and a dinosaur holdout for simplicity and grace …

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Adams, John R.

Born: July 22, 1900 Died: April 25, 1994 Ohio connection: Birth Cincinnati John R. Adams was born July 22, 1900, in Cincinnati, son of Thomas (an engraver) and Margaret (Morse) Adams.  He earned a bachelor’s degree (1920) and a Master of Arts (1922) from the University of Michigan.  He married Jane Ford (a free-lance writer), June 26, …

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