Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir is a prize-winning novelist, playwright and poet. She is the author of five novels, a collection of poetry and four plays. She also writes lyrics for the Icelandic performance pop band Milkywhale. Auður Ava's novels have been translated into over 25 languages and include Butterflies in November, also published by Pushkin Press, and The Greenhouse. Hotel Silence, won the Icelandic Literary Prize and was chosen Best Icelandic Novel by booksellers in Iceland. She lives in Reykjavik.