Andri Snær Magnason is an Icelandic writer.
He has written novels, poetry, plays, short
stories, essays and CD’s. His work has been
published or performed in more than 16
countries. His latest novel, LoveStar was chosen
“Novel of the year” by Icelandic booksellers
2002, it received the DV Literary Award and a
nomination to the Icelandic Literary Prize.
His children’s book, The Story of the Blue Planet,
was the first children’s book to receive the
Icelandic Literary Prize and has been published
in 12 countries. The Story of the Blue Planet
received the Janusz Korczak Honorary Award
2000 and the West Nordic Children’s Book Prize
2002. The play from the story is on the main
stage of LKTYP in Toronto in 2005. Andri has
collaborated with various artists, mostly with
a band called mum. Andri is vice-president of
The Icelandic Writers Union, board member of
The Culture House in Reykjavik and has been
active in the fight against the destruction of the
Icelandic Highlands.
Andri is born in Reykjavik on the 14th of July
1973. He comes from a family of doctors and
nurses. His father is a doctor, his mother is a
nurse, his sister is a brain surgeon, his brother
is a student but his wife is a nurse. Andri is
married to a nurse, her sister is in med school,
his mother-in-law is a nurse and her sister
too. His great grandfather was a doctor in the
West Fjords of Iceland. His grandfather, Björn
Thorbjarnarson is married to a nurse from
Toronto, he was a chief surgeon at the New York
Hospital and professor at Cornell University.
Björn wrote the bestseller: Surgery of the Bilinary
Tract, 1975. Andri lives in Reykjavik, he has four
children.