Jón Kalman Stefánsson was born in Reykjavík in 1963.
He is the 2011 winner of the P. O. Enquist Award and his novels have been nominated three times for the Nordic Council Prize for Literature. His novel Summer Light, and Then Comes the Night received the Icelandic Prize for Literature. He also published a trilogy of novels, Heaven and Hell, The Sorrow of Angels and The Heart of Man. He lives in Iceland.