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Lucy Maud Montgomery
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Birthdate: November 30, 1874
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New London, Canada
Died: April 24, 1942
Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery is best remembered for her iconic novel Anne of Green Gables and its sequels. She had also authored countless short stories, poems, and essays. Most of her novels are set in her native Prince Edward Island. She was honored with the OBE.
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Margaret Atwood
(Poet, Novelist, Literary Critic & Environmental Activist)
Margaret Atwood
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Birthdate: November 18, 1939
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Ottawa, Canada

Margaret Atwood is a Canadian poet and novelist. Her works encompass themes, such as religion and myth, climate change, and gender and identity. An award-winning writer, many of Atwood's works have been made into films and television series; her work, The Handmaid's Tale, has had several adaptations. Perhaps, Margaret Atwood's most important contribution is her invention of the LongPen device.

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Malcolm Gladwell
(Author of 'The Tipping Point', 'Blink', and 'Outliers')
Malcolm Gladwell
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Birthdate: September 3, 1963
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Fareham, United Kingdom
Malcolm Gladwell is best known for his bestselling books The Tipping Point, Blink, and Outliers. He has also written for The New Yorker and The Washington Post. His writings encompass subjects such as psychology, economics, and sociology. Gladwell has also co-founded a podcast company and hosts the podcast Revisionist History.
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Jordan Peterson
(Canadian Clinical Psychologist and Author)
Jordan Peterson
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Birthdate: June 12, 1962
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Edmonton, Canada

Canadian clinical psychologist, writer and YouTuber, Jordan Peterson became internationally known in the 2010s for his views on cultural and political issues. He propogates his views and ideas primarily through YouTube and podcasts. He has shared many videos and podcasts that have received millions of views.

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Alice Munro
(Canadian Short Story Writer and Winner of 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature)
Alice Munro
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Birthdate: July 10, 1931
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Wingham, Canada
Died: May 13, 2024

Her mother’s struggle with Parkinson's disease pushed Alice Munro into reading as an escape route. Munro later became a housewife, but soon soared to fame for her short story collections such as Too Much Happiness. The Canadian author later won the Nobel Prize and the Man Booker Prize, too.

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William Gibson
(Science-Fiction Writer Known for His Novel ‘Neuromancer’ and a Pinoeer of 'Cyberpunk' Genre)
William Gibson
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Birthdate: March 17, 1948
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Conway, South Carolina, United States

William Gibson is an American-Canadian essayist and speculative fiction writer. He is widely credited with pioneering cyberpunk, a science fiction subgenre. His early works, which he produced during the late-1970s and early-1980s, helped create an iconography for the information age even before the dawn of the Internet in the 1990s. William Gibson is also credited with coining the term cyberspace.

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Jane Jacobs
(Journalist and Author Best Known for Her Book ‘The Death and Life of Great American Cities’)
Jane Jacobs
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Birthdate: May 4, 1916
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Scranton, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: April 25, 2006

American-Canadian journalist Jane Jacobs is best known for her book The Death and Life of Great American Cities. A specialist in urban culture and its issues, she was one of the few women who excelled in a male-dominated field. The Vincent Scully Prize winner was initially scorned at as a housewife.

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Naomi Klein
(Canadian Author and Activist Best Known for Her Books: ‘No Logo’, ‘The Shock Doctrine’ and ‘This Changes Everything’)
Naomi Klein
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Birthdate: May 5, 1970
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Montreal, Canada

Canadian author, social activist, and filmmaker Naomi Klein is known for her criticism of corporate globalization and capitalism. She became internationally known following the release of her alter-globalization book No Logo. She often appears on global and national lists of top influential thinkers and is the recipient of the 2016 Sydney Peace Prize. She is a prominent environmentalist as well.

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Saul Bellow
(Writer)
Saul Bellow
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Birthdate: June 10, 1915
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Lachine, Montreal, Canada
Died: April 5, 2005
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Win Butler
(Songwriter, Singer, Composer, Poet, Guitarist)
Win Butler
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Birthdate: April 14, 1980
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Truckee, California, United States

Win Butler is an American-Canadian multi-instrumentalist, musician, singer, and songwriter. He is credited with co-founding the popular Canadian indie rock band, Arcade Fire. Also a humanitarian, Butler contributed to a charity record named Do They Know It's Hallowe'en as part of a UNICEF benefit project. A multi-talented personality, Win Butler often participates in the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game.

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Robin Sharma
(Writer, Public Speaker)
Robin Sharma
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Birthdate: June 16, 1964
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Port Hawkesbury

Canadian writer Robin Sharma is best known for his The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari book series. A qualified lawyer, he is an alumnus of the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University. He has published several books on stress management and spirituality. He is the founder of the training company Sharma Leadership International.

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Yann Martel
(Canadian Author Best Known for the Man Booker Prize–Winning Novel 'Life of Pi')
Yann Martel
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Birthdate: June 25, 1963
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Salamanca, Spain

Canadian author Yann Martel gained international fame with his Booker Prize-winning novel Life of Pi, which was later made into an Oscar-winning movie. Born to a diplomat and poet father, Martel lived in places such as Spain and France in childhood and worked odd jobs before he began writing.

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Louise Penny
(Canadian Author of Mystery Novels Set in the Canadian Province of Quebec)
Louise Penny
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Birthdate: July 1, 1958
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
Once a CBC journalist, Louise Penny is now an award-winning mystery writer. Her bestselling Armand Gamache series of novels have been published in over 20 languages. The five-time Agatha Award-winning author has also launched an award for budding Canadian mystery writers. She had met her husband on a blind date.
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Albert S. Ruddy
(Film producer, Screenwriter)
Albert S. Ruddy
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Birthdate: March 28, 1930
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Montreal
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Keegan Connor Tracy
(Actress)
Keegan Connor Tracy
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Birthdate: December 3, 1971
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Windsor, Ontario Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)
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Mark Steyn
(Canadian Author and a Radio and Television Presenter)
Mark Steyn
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Birthdate: December 8, 1959
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

Canadian author Mark Steyn is best known for his bestselling books such as America Alone and After America. A political commentator and critic, too, he has been in the news for his controversial comments on the LGBT community. He has also hosted Fox shows such as Tucker Carlson Tonight.

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David Frum
(Journalist)
David Frum
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Birthdate: June 30, 1960
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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Serge Monast
(Journalist)
Serge Monast
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Birthdate: 1945 AD
Birthplace: Montreal, Canada
Died: December 5, 1996

Serge Monast was a Québécois investigative journalist, poet, and essayist. He was also known as a conspiracy theorist. He wrote extensively on the theme of the New World Order in the 1990s and was particularly inspired by the works of fellow conspiracy theorist William Guy Carr. Project Blue Beam (NASA) is one of his most popular works. 

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Diana Hart
(Model, Writer)
Diana Hart
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Birthdate: October 8, 1963
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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Paul Hellyer
(Politician, Ufologist, Writer)
Paul Hellyer
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Birthdate: August 6, 1923
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Waterford, Ontario
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David Shore
(Film director, Screenwriter, Film producer, Writer, Lawyer)
David Shore
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Birthdate: July 3, 1959
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: London
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John McCrae
(Poet and Soldier Best Known as the Author of War Memorial Poem 'In Flanders Fields')
John McCrae
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Birthdate: November 30, 1872
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Died: January 28, 1918

Best known for his iconic war poems such as In Flanders Fields, Canadian poet John McCrae was also an army physician. He was the first Canadian to serve as a consulting surgeon for the British Army and had earned the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Canadian Army.

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Emma Donoghue
(Novelist)
Emma Donoghue
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Birthdate: October 24, 1969
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland

Alex Awards winning Irish-Canadian playwright, literary historian, short story writer, novelist, and screenwriter Emma Donoghue is best known for authoring award winning novels like Room and Hood. Room, an international best-seller, was adapted into a film bearing same title that not only emerged as a critical and commercial success but also garnered four Oscar nominations at the 88th Academy Awards.

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Rupi Kaur
(Canadian Poet, Illustrator, Photographer, and Author)
Rupi Kaur
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Birthdate: October 4, 1992
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Punjab, India

Rupi Kaur is an Indian-born Canadian poet, photographer, illustrator, and author. Born in India, she moved to Canada at an early age. She began performing in 2009 and gained international fame through her Instagram posts. She often explores her South Asian identity and femininity in her work. Her latest poetry collection, Home Body, released in 2020, was a resounding success. 

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Tom Cochrane
(musician)
Tom Cochrane
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Birthdate: May 14, 1953
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Lynn Lake, Canada
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Manly Hall
(Canadian Author, Mystic, Astrologer, and Lecturer)
Manly Hall
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Birthdate: March 18, 1901
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Peterborough, Canada
Died: August 29, 1990
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A. E. van Vogt
(One of the Most Popular and Influential Practitioners of Science Fiction Writers in the Mid-20th Century)
A. E. van Vogt
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Birthdate: April 26, 1912
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Gretna, Canada
Died: January 26, 2000

A. E. van Vogt was a Canadian author whose bizarre narrative style had a major impact on many future science fiction writers like Philip K. Dick. One of the most influential and popular science fiction writers of the mid-twentieth century, van Vogt was inducted into the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame in 1996.

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Robert Munsch
(Author)
Robert Munsch
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Birthdate: June 11, 1945
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
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Stephen Leacock
(Canadian writer)
Stephen Leacock
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Birthdate: December 30, 1869
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Swanmore, Hampshire, United Kingdom
Died: March 28, 1944
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Steven Erikson
(Canadian Novelist and Anthropologist)
Steven Erikson
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Birthdate: October 7, 1959
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

Canadian novelist Steven Erikson is best-known for authoring the widely acclaimed ten-volume epic-fantasy series Malazan Book of the Fallen. Other notable works of Erikson include The Kharkanas Trilogy, a prequel to Malazan Book of the Fallen series; the Willful Child Trilogy, a spoof on Star Trek; and The Witness Trilogy, first novel of which is planned for a November-2021 release.

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Grey Owl
(Writer, Novelist)
Grey Owl
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Birthdate: September 18, 1888
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Hastings
Died: April 13, 1938
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Gail Simmons
(Canadian-American Cookbook Author and Food Writer)
Gail Simmons
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Birthdate: May 19, 1976
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
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Cory Doctorow
(Blogger, Journalist, and Science Fiction Author Who Served as Co-editor of the Blog Boing Boing)
Cory Doctorow
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Birthdate: July 17, 1971
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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Mike Clattenburg
(Director)
Mike Clattenburg
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Birthplace: Cole Harbour, Canada
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Mordecai Richler
(Canadian Writer)
Mordecai Richler
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Birthdate: January 27, 1931
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Montreal, Canada
Died: July 3, 2001
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Lisa Jakub
(Writer)
Lisa Jakub
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Birthdate: December 27, 1978
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
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Dan Hill
(Singer, Songwriter, Writer, Singer-songwriter)
Dan Hill
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Birthdate: June 3, 1954
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Toronto
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Anna Olson
(American Pastry Chef )
Anna Olson
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Birthdate: May 4, 1968
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States
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Michael Ondaatje
(Canada's Most Renowned Living Authors)
Michael Ondaatje
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Birthdate: September 12, 1943
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Colombo, Sri Lanka

Michael Ondaatje is a Sri Lankan-born Canadian poet, writer, and filmmaker. Born in Sri Lanka, he eventually migrated to Canada. He studied at Bishop's University and embarked on a teaching career. His literary works include poems, novels, and essays. He is the recipient of multiple prestigious awards, including the Giller Prize and the Booker Prize. 

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Justine Musk
(Canadian Author Known for Her Novel 'Bloodangel')
Justine Musk
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Birthdate: September 2, 1974
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Peterborough, Canada

Ex-wife of business magnet Elon Musk, Justine Musk is a Canadian author most recognised for her contemporary fantasy novel, BloodAngel. She wrote two more books Uninvited and Lord of Bones, both of which were appreciated. A Queen’s University graduate, she was employed as an English teacher in Japan before she moved back to US and later married Elon Musk.

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Robertson Davies
(One of the Most Popular Canadian Authors of All Time)
Robertson Davies
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Birthdate: August 28, 1913
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Thamesville
Died: December 2, 1995

Robertson Davies was a Canadian novelist, critic, playwright, professor, and journalist. One of the most popular Canadian authors of all time, Davies was honored with several prestigious awards such as the Dominion Drama Festival Award, the Stephen Leacock Award, the Lorne Pierce Medal, and the Governor-General's Literary Award.

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Miriam Toews
(Canadian Writer and Author of Nine Books)
Miriam Toews
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Birthdate: May 21, 1964
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Steinbach, Canada
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Danny Antonucci
(Animator)
Danny Antonucci
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Birthdate: February 27, 1957
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
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Bryan Lee O'Malley
(Canadian Cartoonist Best Known for His 'Scott Pilgrim' Series)
Bryan Lee O'Malley
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Birthdate: February 21, 1979
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: London, Ontario, Canada

Bryan Lee O'Malley is a Canadian cartoonist and musician. He is best known for his work in the Scott Pilgrim series. One of the most celebrated cartoonists of his generation, O'Malley has won several prestigious awards, such as the Doug Wright Award and Joe Shuster Award.

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Hiro Kanagawa
(Japanese-Canadian Actor and Playwright)
Hiro Kanagawa
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Birthdate: October 13, 1963
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan

Japanese-Canadian actor Hiro Kanagawa has appeared in many films such as Godzilla and series such as Legends of Tomorrow. He is also an award-winning playwright, noted for plays such as Indian Arm. He also voiced Reed Richards in the series Fantastic Four: World's Greatest Heroes.

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Rick Mercer
(Canadian Comedian, Television Personality and Author)
Rick Mercer
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Birthdate: October 17, 1969
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: St. John's, Canada

Rick Mercer has almost become a Canadian national icon with his satire and comedy on Canadian politics. Known for his hit shows such as This Hour Has 22 Minutes, Made in Canada, and Rick Mercer Report, he has also earned over 25 Gemini Awards and the Sir Peter Ustinov Comedy Award.

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Margaret Laurence
(Novelist, Writer, Children's writer)
Margaret Laurence
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Birthdate: July 18, 1926
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Neepawa
Died: January 5, 1987
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Robert W. Service
(Poet & Writer)
Robert W. Service
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Birthdate: January 16, 1874
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Preston, Lancashire, England
Died: September 11, 1958

Robert W. Service was a British-Canadian poet and writer. Popularly called "the Bard of the Yukon," he wrote some of the most commercially successful poetry of his era. A bank clerk by profession, he often wrote while traveling for work. Besides poetry, he also wrote fiction and non-fiction. He was often compared to English writer and novelist Rudyard Kipling. 

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Nellie McClung
(Canadian Author, Politician and Social Activist)
Nellie McClung
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Birthdate: October 20, 1873
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chatsworth, Ontario, Canada
Died: September 1, 1951

Canadian author and social reformer Nellie McClung had struck gold with her first novel, Sowing Seeds in Danny, a bestseller. She also spoke widely about woman suffrage and was part of the Alberta legislature. She was part of The Famous Five, a group of women who launched the Persons Case.

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Guy Gavriel Kay
(Lawyer, Writer)
Guy Gavriel Kay
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Birthdate: November 7, 1954
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Weyburn