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Guðrún Eva Mínervudóttir


Guðrún Eva Mínervudóttir was born in Reykjavík on March 17, 1976. She worked as a waiter and bartender in various places in the years 1993 - 1996, while also studying at different high-schools. She graduated with a B.A. degree in philosophy from The University of Iceland in 2007. Guðrún Eva worked as a freelance journalist for newspaper Helgarpósturinn in 1996 - 1997. She is now a full time writer.

Guðrún Eva's first book, Sóley sólufegri, came out in 1998 in a very limited edition. In the same year the publishing house Bjartur published her short story collection Á meðan hann horfir á þig ertu María mey (While He Watches You, You are the Virgin Mary), to much acclaim. Since then Guðrún Eva has published more novels, a collection of philosophical stories for children published by The National Centre for Educational Materials and a book of poetry. She has also translated novels by foreign authors.

Guðrún Eva received The Icelandic Literature Prize in 2011 for her novel Allt með kossi vekur (Wakes Everything With a Kiss); she had previously been nominated to the prize for her novel Fyrirlestur um hamingjuna (A Lecture on Happiness) in 2000. The novel Sagan af sjóreknu píanóunum (The Story of the Pianoes That Drifted Ashore) was nominated for DV Cultural Prize for Literature in 2002 and Guðrún Eva was awarded the prize for her novel Yosoy in 2005.  She received the Icelandic Women's Literature Prize Fjöruverðlaunin for Ástin Texas in 2019, and in the year 2021 whe was nominated for the Nordic Council Literature Prize for Aðferðir til að lifa af (Survival Methods).

Author photo: Elene Torre (CC BY-SA 2.0)