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A celebration of writers and writing on this day through history.


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Kevin Kiely

Kevin Kiely was born on June 2, 1953. Kiely is an author of fiction and poetry, a critic and a contributer to many literary magazines. He has been controvertial in his defence of Francis Stuart in his book Francis Stuart:Artist and Outcast His novel Mere Mortals was short listed for the Hughes & Hughes Fiction Prize in 1990.


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Carol Shields

Carol Shields was born on June 2, 1935 and died on May 16, 2003. Carol Shields won the Pulitzer Prize and the Governor General's Award in Canada for The Stone Diaries, published in 1993. It won the National Book Critics Circle Award and was nominated for the Booker Prize. More


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Barbara Pym

Barbara Pym was born on June 2, 1913, and died on January 11, 1980. Barbara Pym is best known for her novel Excellent Women a humorous tale of English village life.


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Thomas Hardy

Thomas Hardy was a poet and a novelist who was born in Bockhampton, near Dorset, England in 1840. Hardy died in 1928. More

Authors to have made their mark on June 2


1975 Salvatore Scibona, American author
1968 Andy Cohen, American television host and author
1965 Jim Knipfel, American journalist and author
1965 Sean Stewart, American-Canadian author
1953 Cornel West, American philosopher, author, and academic
1938 Kevin Brownlow, English historian and author
1935 Carol Shields, American-Canadian author, poet, and playwright d. 2003
1929 Norton Juster, American architect, author, and academic
1927 W. Watts Biggers, American author, screenwriter, and animator d. 2013
1924 June Callwood, Canadian journalist, author, and activist d. 2007
1920 Marcel Reich-Ranicki, Polish-German author and critic d. 2013
1918 Kathryn Tucker Windham, American journalist and author d. 2011
1913 Barbara Pym, English author d. 1980
1907 Dorothy West, American journalist and author d. 1998
1857 Karl Adolph Gjellerup, Danish author and poet, Nobel Prize laureate d. 1919
1840 Thomas Hardy, English author and poet d. 1928


2009 David Eddings, American author b. 1931
1996 Leon Garfield, English author b. 1921
1994 David Stove, Australian philosopher, author, and academic b. 1927
1991 Ahmed Arif, Turkish poet and author b. 1927
1970 Orhan Kemal, Turkish author b. 1914
1962 Vita Sackville-West, English author and poet b. 1892
1901 George Leslie Mackay, Canadian missionary and author b. 1844
1701 Madeleine de Scudery, French author b. 1607

Other events through the years on June 2


In Denver, Timothy McVeigh is convicted on 15 counts of murder and conspiracy for his role in the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, in which 168 people died. He was executed four years later.


Guglielmo Marconi applies for a patent for his wireless telegraph.

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