Andri Snær Magnason
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 20 countries. Dreamland – a Self Help Manual for a Frightened Nation is his latest book. It won the Icelandic Literary Award 2006 and is soon becoming a feature length documentary film, directed by Andri and Thorfinnur Gudnason. His 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 30 countries. The Story of the Blue Planet received the Janusz Korczak Honorary Award 2000 and the West Nordic Children’s Book Prize 2002. The Blue Planet was performed on the main stage of LKTYP in Toronto in 2005. Andri has collaborated with various artists. Andri was vice-president of The Icelandic Writers Union and is currently a board member of The Culture House in Reykjavík and The National Theater of Iceland. He took part in organizing the Nattura Concert in Reykjavík in June 2008 with Björk and Sigurros. Andri Magnason won the Kairos Award of 2010 – given by the Alfred Toepfer institute in Hamburg.