Category: Fiction

Coulton, Mia

Born: June 19, 1950 Ohio Connection: Resident Shaker Heights Mia Coulton has combined her passion for teaching reading with her love of pets in creating the “Danny” books, which chronicle the escapades and misadventures of Danny, Coulton’s five-year-old Labrador retriever. Danny, who harbors a penchant for Velveeta cheese chunks, is often thwarted in his attempts to sample …

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Grafton, Sue

Born: April 24, 1940 Died: December 28, 2017 Ohio connection: Former Resident Cincinnati Sue Taylor Grafton was born in Louisville, Kentucky April 24, 1940, to Author C. W. Grafton and Vivian Harnsberger (both of whom were raised in China as children of Presbyterian Missionaries).  Ms. Grafton graduated University of Louisville, BA 1961 with a major in English Literature, …

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Harper, Karen

Born: April 6, 1945 Ohio connection: Birth Toledo Bestselling author Karen Harper is a former college instructor and high school literature and writing teacher.  She was born in Toledo, the daughter of Robert A. (an engineer and draftsman) and Margaret (a teacher) Kurtz.  She is married to Don T. Harper and has three adult children.  …

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Himes, Chester

Born: July 29, 1909 Died: November 12, 1984 Ohio connection: Former Resident Cleveland Chester Himes, son of Joseph Sandy and Estelle (Bomar) Himes, was born in 1909 in Jefferson City, Missouri. His father was African-American and his mother racially mixed. He was raised in a middle-class home in Missouri and later, Ohio. He attended East High School …

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Holbrook, Sara

Born: September 15, 1949 Ohio connection: Birth Mentor Sara E. (Traynor) Holbrook was born September 15, 1949, and has lived in Ohio for more than 20 years having earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Mount Union College (Alliance, OH). She began writing poetry for her two daughters (now adults with children of their own) …

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Howells, William Dean

Born: March 1, 1837 Died: May 11, 1920 Ohio connection: Birth Martins Ferry William Dean Howells, son of William Cooper and Mary Dean Howells, was born in 1837 in Martins Ferry, Ohio. His father worked as an editor for several publications, including the Hamilton Intelligencer, the Harrison Democrat, and Retina. This certainly had an effect on young William, who …

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