Biography for Story of the Blue Planet
Random House, Inc.
Andri Snær Magnason is one of Iceland's most celebrated young writers. He has written poetry, plays, fiction, and non-fiction, and in 2009 he co-directed the documentary Dreamland, which was based on his book Dreamland: A Self-Help Manual for a Frightened Nation. The Story of the Blue Planet--now published or performed in twenty-six countries--was the first children's book to receive the Icelandic Literary Prize, and was also the recipient of the Janusz Korczak Honorary Award and the West Nordic Children's Book Prize. In 2002 his novel LoveStar was named "Novel of the Year" by Icelandic booksellers and received the DV Literary Award and a nomination for the Icelandic Literary Prize. Andri is the winner of the 2010 Kairos Award.
Áslaug Jónsdóttir is an illustrator, author of children's books, artist, and graphic designer. She has written and illustrated several books for children, amongst them The Egg (Eggið, 2003), I Want Fish! (Ég vil fisk! 2007), and the award-winning Good Evening (Gott kvöld, 2005), which received The Bookseller's Prize as the best children's book of 2005, The Icelandic Illustration Award, The Reykjavik Educational Council Children's Book Prize, and was nominated for The Nordic Children's Book Award.
Julian Meldon D'Arcy is Professor of English Literature at the University of Iceland. He has written books on Scottish literature and sports, and has translated novels, poetry, and films from Icelandic, including the children's books Flowers on the Roof and The Fisherman's Boy and the Seal.