Category: Fiction

Chesnutt, Charles Waddell

Born: June 20, 1858 Died: November 15, 1932 Ohio connection: Birth Cleveland Charles Waddell Chesnutt was born in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1858, the son of two free African Americans, Andrew Jackson and Ann Maria (Sampson) Chesnutt. The Chesnutts had moved from Fayetteville, North Carolina, in 1856. Charles’ grandparents were of mixed race, bringing a complexity to his life that was …

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Chaon, Dan

Born: June 11, 1964 Ohio connection: Resident Cleveland Heights Born in Omaha, Nebraska, Dan Chaon is the acclaimed author of the novels Ill Will (2017), Await Your Reply (2009) You Remind Me of Me (2004) and the short story collections Fitting Ends (1996), Among the Missing (2001) and Stay Awake (2012). Among the Missing was a finalist for the 2001 National Book Award and was …

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Catrow, David J.

Born: December 16, 1952 Ohio connection: Resident Springfield International cartoonist and children’s book illustrator, David J. Catrow was born in Richmond, Virginia. As a boy, his favorite subject in school was drawing… in math class!   Even though he intended to pursue a “sensible” profession, drawing silly pictures turned out to be Catrow’s destiny. He attended Kent …

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Cary, Alice

Born: April 26, 1820 Died: February 12, 1871 Ohio connection: Birth Mount Healthy Alice Cary was born in 1820 in Mt. Healthy, Ohio, the daughter of Robert and Elizabeth Jessup Cary. She was the fourth of eleven children and a sister of author Phoebe Cary. She had a very difficult childhood, with much sorrow and loss in …

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Buckley, Michael

Born: August 16, 1969 Ohio connection: Birth Akron Michael Buckley is the New York Times bestselling author of The Sisters Grimm series, The N.E.R.D.S series, Kel Gilligan’s Daredevil Stunt Show, and the Undertow trilogy. Before becoming a best-selling author of children’s books, Buckley worked as a stand-up comic, singer in a punk rock band, advertising copy …

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Brown, Fredric

Born: October 29, 1906 Died: March 11, 1972 Ohio connection: Birth Cincinnati Fredric Brown was born in 1906 in Cincinnati, Ohio. His father, S. Karl Lewis, was a newspaperman and his mother, Emma Amelia, was a homemaker. Brown’s early life was difficult. His mother passed away in 1920, when he was fourteen years old. His father …

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Bromfield, Louis

Born: December 27, 1896 Died: March 18, 1956 Ohio connection: Birth Mansfield Louis Bromfield, a Pulitzer-Prize-winning novelist, Hollywood screenwriter, and farmer, was born on December 27, 1896, in Mansfield, Ohio. Having lived on his grandfather’s farm his last year in high school and proud of his family’s rural beginnings, Bromfield attended Cornell University Agricultural College in 1914 …

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