Icelandic Authors

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Lani Yamamoto

Barna– og ungmennabækur Children – YA Chinese Danish Danska English Enska Franska French German Italian Ítalska Japanese Japanska Kínverska Korean Kóreska Norska Norwegian Portuguese (Brazil) Portúgalska (brasilísk) Slovene Slóvenska Spanish Spænska Þýska

Lani Yamamoto has written and illustrated six philosophical children's books, including the Albert series. Her most recent book, Egill spámaður, was nominated for the Nordic Council Children and Young People's Literature Prize, the Icelandic Literature Prize, and the Reykjavik Children's Book Award. Her previous book, Stína stórasæng, was nominated for the Nordic Council Children and Young People's Literature Prize and the Italian Scelte di Classe Award. It was awarded the Icelandic Women's Literature Prize and the Dimmalimm Illustration Award.

Lani holds a BA in psychology from Bryn Mawr College, a diploma in filmmaking from the London Film School, and master's degrees in both creative writing and the study of religions from the University of Oxford. In 2017, she was a Benediktson Fellow at the Leighton Artists Colony at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.

Her first novel, Ours and Others', is currently shortlisted for the 2020 Novel Prize from Fitzcarraldo Editions, New Directions Publishing, and Giramondo Publishing.

Originally from Boston, Lani has lived in Reykjavík for the past 25 years.

Works in translation

  • Albert – four books. Frances Lincoln, 2004-2006

Brazil (Difusão Cultural do Livro, 2011); China (King-in Culture, 2012); Denmark (Hr. Ferdinand, 2007) Hr. Ferdinand; Italy (Ape Junior 2005); Japan (Kodansha 2008); Korea (Bear Books, 2016, 2008); Norway (Hr. Ferdinand); Spain (Art Blume, 2006, 2005); UK, Electronic rights, (Mimic Books, 2009); US/Canada (Sleeping Bear Press, 2007, 2005, 2004)


  • Stína stórasæng, V & A Publishing, 2015

Denmark (Turbine Forlaget); Italy (Terre di mezzo editore); Spain (Nórdica libros); Catalan (Babulinka Books); UK (Victoria & Albert Museum, 2015); US/Canada (Abrams Books); Switzerland: French and German (Helvetiq, 2018); Slovenia (Knizana Dielna)