Tag: Columbus

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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Ayres, Katherine

Born: October 15, 1947 Ohio connection: Birth Columbus Katherine Ayres was born in Columbus to Ray and Betty Kent.  Ayres has been a lover of books since early childhood, when she began inventing stories before she could write them.  Ayres completed her undergraduate studies at the College of Wooster and earned an M.A. from Tufts University.  Her childhood home …

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Avery, Ellis

Born: October 25, 1972 Ohio connection: Former Resident Columbus Ellis Avery grew up in Columbus, attending the Columbus School for Girls until the age of eleven, when her family moved to New Jersey. Avery is the author of two novels, a memoir and a book of poetry. Her novels,  and her work has been translated into six languages. …

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Martin, Lee

Columbus Born: October 5, 1955 Ohio connection: Resident The only child of Roy Martin (a farmer and storyteller) and Beulah Read Martin (teacher), Lee Martin was born October 2, 1955.  Martin grew up on a farm in Lukin Township, Illinois (Lawrence County).  When Lee was only a year old, his father lost both of his hands in …

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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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Abbott, Lee K.

Born: October 17, 1947 Ohio connection: Resident Columbus Lee Kittredge Abbott, writer and educator, has been a professor of English for more than three decades, teaching at Case Western Reserve University in Ohio for twelve years before transferring to Ohio State University in 1989 where he taught until his retirement in 2012.  Abbott was born in the Panama Canal …

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