Andri Snær Magnason
Icelandic Literary Prize winner
Andri Snær Magnason is the only Icelandic writer to have won the Icelandic Literary Prize in all three categories, Fiction, Non-Fiction and Children’s YA literature. Andri’s work has been published or performed in more than 30 countries. His novel, LoveStar (Seven Stories Press) won the Philip K Dick Honorary Award 2013. Andri has also been active in the fight against the destruction of the Icelandic Highlands. His book – Dreamland – a Self Help Manual for a Frightened Nation takes on these issues. Dreamland has been published in multiple languages and was made into a feature length documentary film. Andri’s newest book Tímakistan, or The Time Casket, has been nominated for the Nordic Literary Award.
2021 Virtual Book Chat: The power of words: Reading to Inspire
Andri Snær Magnason is a writer and a reader who seeks inspiration in all genres and his output is just as varied. He has written poetry, children’s books, science fiction and non fiction. His most famous text might be the eulogy he wrote for Ok Glacier, the first glacier Iceland loses to climate change, a text that hit the world news in 2019.
His newest book, On Time and Water is coming out in 27 languages, coming out in USA in march 2021, narrative non fiction about issues that have been widely reported, but we are still distant from the issue. How do you relate to 2100 in an intimate way? How do you understand something that is larger than language itself, an issue that is large to the 12th degree. A tapestry woven from memories and family stories, old travel books, scientific reports, interviews, mythology and science fiction.
Recommend reading includes Rebecca Solnit, Henry David Thoreau, Kurt Vonnegut, Svend Lindquist, Stanislaw Lem, Susan Sontag. To name a few.