Arno Jundze

Arno Jundze (1965) is a Latvian prose writer, cultural journalist, literary critic and theorist. He has been a host of “100g of Culture” and other TV programmes, and is one of the creators of the programme Melns uz balta/ Black on White, with interviews and videoprofiles of celebrated Latvian writers for Latvian television (LTV1). Arno Jundze is an editor of the cultural news section for one of the biggest newspapers in Latvia, and helps in shaping country's most important art and literature forums and outlets. He was a member of the council at the State Culture Capital Foundation and chairman of the board at its literature department from 2010 until 2012. Currently Jundze is head of the Latvian Writers' Union. Despite being deeply involved in administrative work, he has also written two books for children, a collection of stories about paradigm shifts, morality and culture in the Post-Soviet Latvia, and a novel Putekļi smilšu pulkstenī/ Dust in an Hourglass. His latest novel, Kristofers un ēnu ordenis/ Christopher and the Order of Shadows (2015, Zvaigzne ABC), is a book of fantasy, telling a story of imagination, capturing the soul of Riga, intertwined with Stephen Hawking's theories. Jundze's works for children have been nominated for the prestigious Jānis Baltvilks Award, and his prose is celebrated and popular with readers across the country.